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Racial bias in mortality prediction scores

In mass casualty situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, mortality prediction models alone could divert scarce critical care resources away from Black patients.

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U.S. News & World Report

Some blood pressure meds raise heart risks in people with HIV

Jordana Cohen of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored a study that found beta-blocker blood pressure drugs may increase the risk of heart problems in people with HIV. “Ideally, a patient’s primary care and infectious disease team should work together for the best possible outcomes,” she said.

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The New York Times

Your ‘maskne’ might not be acne at all

Carrie Kovarik of the Perelman School of Medicine said some people are mistaking perioral dermatitis caused by the humid space behind a face mask for acne. “Depending on what kind of mask you’re wearing, you could really have a lot of moisture sitting there on your face,” she said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine and PHMC take over at Mercy hospital in West Philly

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is now running the emergency department at the former Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia.

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Wired

Even mild brain injuries raise the risk of dementia

Andrea Schneider of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about her new study, which found that head injuries, including mild ones, are linked to an increased risk of dementia, particularly among women and white people. “There’s a great deal more work that is needed to be done to look at reasons why we may have observed these differences,” she said.

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Newsweek

7 women scientists who defied the odds and changed science forever

Ashley Wallace of the School of Engineering and Applied Science spoke about Kizzmekia Corbett, a viral immunologist who co-developed Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. "The pandemic exposed layers of racial disparities in medical treatment and clinical research, resulting in conversations surrounding the effects of how COVID-19 disproportionately infects and kills people of color," said Wallace. "Dr. Corbett is not only advancing science but she is also using her voice and platform to contribute to these conversations."

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USA Today

A universal flu vaccine? Study suggests protection against multiple strains, perhaps for years, may be possible

Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about developing a universal flu vaccine. “Maybe it's a vaccine we start giving our kids so we prevent influenza in the future,” he said. “In the meantime, we'll test it in adults and see if adults who have seen influenza many times make a protective immune response.”

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