Health Sciences

How unflagged, factual content drives vaccine hesitancy

A new paper from computational social scientist Duncan Watts examines how factual, vaccine-skeptical content on Facebook has a greater overall effect than “fake news,” discouraging millions from the COVID-19 shot.

From Penn Engineering Today

Fruitful insights on the brain

Research led by China Byrns of the lab of Nancy M. Bonini in the School of Arts & Sciences have uncovered new details about the role of zombie-like cells in brain aging, using the fruit fly as a model.

Nathi Magubane



In the News


Los Angeles Times

Opinion: Native Americans face huge healthcare disparities. Here’s a way to help close the gaps

Lauren Eberly of the Leonard Davis Institute and Perelman School of Medicine used a proactive telehealth program to improve access to care for Native American communities.

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Huffington Post

Read this if you regularly go to bed after 1 a.m.

Indira Gurubhagavatula of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study which found that people who go to bed after 1 a.m. were more likely to experience mental health disorders.

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The New York Times

A bird-flu pandemic in people? Here’s what it might look like

Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the bird flu virus would have to change significantly to be able to bind effectively to human cells.

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Philadelphia Tribune

Fueling the next epidemic of HIV in Philadelphia: the boomerang effect of curtailing syringe exchange services for people who inject drugs

Florence Momplaisir of the Leonard Davis Institute and Perelman School of Medicine and Perelman’s Ronald Collman write that the recent Philadelphia city budget removing funding for syringe exchange will harm the city’s population.

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Psychology Today

TikTok and ADHD misinformation

J. Russel Ramsay of the Perelman School of Medicine says that TikTok and social media aren’t reliable sources for ADHD information.

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