Opioids and hepatitis C: How OxyContin fed a new epidemic

A new study from LDI senior fellow Abby Alpert, with David Powell and Rosalie Pacula, links OxyContin reformulation to a national epidemic of hepatitis C, which kills more than 20,000 Americans a year and infects tens of thousands more.  

Penn Today Staff

Leafing through the pages of medical library history

Rare gems, anatomical and botanical volumes, and the original library catalog are all housed in the Historic Medical Library at Pennsylvania Hospital, the first of its kind in the country.

Penn Today Staff

Why is CBD oil everywhere?

From body balms to cocktails, CBD oil has exploded on the market, despite a lack of clinical trials and wildly different dosages among products. Marcel Bonn-Miller explains the science behind the fad.

Tina Rodia

25 years of integration, innovation, and ideals

2018 marked 25 years since the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) was first established—a milestone that would undoubtedly make the institution’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, proud.

Penn Today Staff

Energizing the immune system to eat cancer

An Abramson Cancer Center study identifies a method of priming macrophages to boost an anti-tumor response wherein macrophages attack and eat cancer cells.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The New Yorker

The mystery of the Havana Syndrome

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Douglas Smith offered commentary on the concussion-like symptoms experienced by American diplomats in Havana in the winter of 2017. While some have suggested that their symptoms were psychosomatic, Smith said that “there was not one individual on the team [at Penn] who was not convinced that this was a real thing.”


CBS News

Eating more fish or taking omega-3 fish oil supplements can cut heart attack risk, studies find

To lower one’s risk of heart disease, the Perelman School of Medicine’s Helene Glassberg recommended eating more fish over taking fish oil supplements. “Get it in your diet if you can, from omega-3 fatty fish like salmon or sardines,” said Glassberg. “This is the best way to get it and not spend $30 on a bottle of supplements at a health food store.”