Public Health

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.

Penn Today Staff

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.

Penn Today Staff 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 has published a series of articles countering common misunderstandings and mistruths.

Penn Today Staff

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.

Penn Today Staff

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. 

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The Washington Post

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.


Philadelphia Inquirer

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.