Health Sciences

From 5 to 95: The impact of life experiences on brain health

Structural and social determinants of health (SSDoH) are environmental conditions in which individuals are born, live, and learn that affect health, and evidence suggests that SSDoH can help to explain similar outcomes in Alzheimer’s disease.

From Penn Memory Center

Climate change’s impact on cardiovascular mortality

Two new studies from Penn LDI indicate the increasing number of extreme heat waves baking large swaths of the country pose new levels of potentially deadly health threats, particularly for older adults and minority populations in low-income communities.

Hoag Levins

Managing mental health amid gun violence

In 2021, Philadelphia saw a record number of 486 homicides by shooting as well 1,846 non-fatal shootings. According to clinical psychologist Leah Blain, exposure to trauma, including to gun violence, increases the risk of negative health outcomes.

From Penn Medicine News

In the News

Los Angeles Times

What it’s like to catch the coronavirus for the sake of science

Stanley Plotkin of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on how we can learn things more quickly by doing challenge studies.


The New York Times

The foods that keep you hydrated

Dan Negoianu of the Perelman School of Medicine says there’s really no data behind the eight-glasses-of-water-a-day advice.


AP News

U.S. grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall

E. John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on “bivalent” shots—a combination of the original vaccine plus omicron protection.


The New York Times

The many uses of CRISPR: Scientists tell all

Carl June and Ed Stadtmauer comment on the last decade’s revolution in the treatment of diseases.



How to make spatial maps of gene activity—down to the cellular level

Mingyao Li of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how imaging data can also be a powerful asset for cellular deconvolution.