Vaccine misinformation and social media
People who look to social media for information are more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media.
A reality check on coronavirus
The novel disease is serious. But risks here remain low, says Ezekiel J. Emanuel, vice provost for global initiatives, who attended a World Health Organization meeting on the subject last week.
Penn’s Community Health Worker program yields $2.47 for every $1 invested annually by Medicaid
A first-of-its-kind analysis provides the latest evidence showing how addressing unmet social needs can improve health and cut costs.
The dangers of asbestos: What the public should know
Marilyn Howarth and Ian Blair of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the hazards of asbestos, how it harms the body, the crisis in the school district, and why there is no safe level of asbestos.
For aging patients, one missed doctor’s visit can lead to vision loss
A Penn Medicine study found keeping regular ophthalmology appointments play an important role in outcomes for patients with age-related macular degeneration.
What is your risk from smoking? Your network knows
A new study from researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication found that most people—smokers and nonsmokers alike—were nowhere near accurate in their answers to questions about the health effects of smoking.
FactCheck.org debunks coronavirus myths
Since China first reported an atypical cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan in late December, myths abound about the virus responsible for the outbreak, the novel coronavirus. To combat misinformation, the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s FactCheck.org has published a series of articles countering common misunderstandings and mistruths.
Nourishing the brain with conversations about food
A yearlong colloquium from Penn Anthropology offers a steady diet of research perspectives, delving into how this facet of culture affects modern health and practices, and broadens our historical outlook.
Better prescribing for bad backs
A recent study finds that finds that patients with new low back pain are receiving opioids less frequently, although prescription rates remain uneven across the country.
FDA’s policy change on flavored e-cigarettes
After months of considering a complete ban on flavored electronic cigarettes, a new policy announced on Jan. 2 will forbid the sale of some, but not all, flavored vapes.
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The Tragedy to Communities When Church Buildings Are Demolished to Make Condos
Ram Cnaan of the School of Social Policy & Practice has piloted several studies on the economic and social benefits urban congregations offer local communities.
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As Opioid Overdoses Rise Along With Suicides, Experts Look for Links
Maria Oquendo of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed opioid addiction, noting that “anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose” may actually be suicides.
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