Geographic disparities in lower extremity amputation rates

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that peripheral artery disease affects Black people and those of low socioeconomic status, and the U.S. health system is missing opportunities to slow or stop the progression.

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Same vaccines, but different fatality rates: Why are some COVID outbreaks worse than others?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “We’ve learned more in the last year and a half about human immunology and human vaccine responses than we probably learned in the previous several decades.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Yelp reviews may provide key insights into patient experiences with racism

Jason Tong and Anietie Andy of the Perelman School of Medicine studied Yelp reviews of hospitals to better understand racial disparities in health care. “Racism within health care can be pervasive and can occur in a variety of both clinical and nonclinical spaces,” said Tong. “Hopefully [we] can create a composite metric of racism that can be used for targeted quality improvement initiatives for hospitals.”



Why does asthma get worse at night?

Garret FitzGerald of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on a study that linked the circadian system to nighttime asthma symptoms. “This work highlights the value of small, carefully conducted studies,” and could inform future treatments, he said.


The Washington Post

How to seek care for non-COVID health issues during the pandemic, and why you shouldn’t delay

Keith Hemmert of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on how to dramatically lower your risk of contracting COVID when visiting the emergency room.


Wisconsin Public Radio

New studies find evidence of ‘superhuman’ immunity to COVID-19 in some individuals

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the speed of antibody evolution happening in people who are just vaccinated and in those who have already been infected.


Philadelphia Inquirer

The coming crisis in dementia care and why PA is woefully unprepared

Joel Streim and Alison Lynn of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how and why Pennsylvania is in a perilous position with dementia care.