Health Sciences

Identifying a gene for canine night blindness

An international team of researchers led by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Keiko Miyadera has identified the gene mutation responsible for a form of night blindness in dogs. Strategies to treat this condition could also inform treatment of other diseases that rely on targeting this cell type.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Penn team creates first bile duct-on-a-chip

The miniature, fabricated organ, replicating the structure and cellular makeup of the tissue, may lead to better understanding of the organ system and the differences between child and adult bile ducts.

Penn Today Staff

The dangers of vaping

Vaping has been marketed as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, but recent deaths and acute respiratory illnesses have belied that claim. Pulmonologist and smoking cessation expert Frank Leone of the Perelman School of Medicine explains the e-cigarette phenomenon and why it’s dangerous.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Pairing science with ethics to save lives

Penn President Amy Gutmann and Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed their new book “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven But Nobody Wants to Die” at a Free Library of Philadelphia book talk Monday.

Lauren Hertzler



In the News


Forbes

Eye drops proven to reverse vision loss in clinical trial

Eve Higginbotham of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about some of the shortcomings of eye drops that treat age-related farsightedness. “There’s a question of whether or not people will actually use these drops twice a day in order to see a little better up close,” she said. “I am sure there may be a small segment of the population that may choose to put drops in twice a day, but for the vast majority of individuals, using drops twice a day may be a challenge.”

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Time

‘I burned all the time.’ Selma Blair discusses her MS diagnosis and hope for effective treatments for chronic diseases

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine was noted for his contributions to the development of CAR T cell therapy. “The approaches we’ve learned in cancer may well apply to dementia,” he said. “I think that will be the next wave of research.”

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Forbes

FDA: Deliveries of scarce childhood cancer drug due to resume later in October, but shortages may continue for months

Peter Adamson of the Perelman School of Medicine authored a letter proposing a “call to action” to make sure childhood-cancer drug shortages don’t reoccur.

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Using a patient portal could help you work harder for your health

Health System CEO Kevin Mahoney spoke about the health benefits of online patient portals. “An engaged patient is more likely to follow guidelines of when you're supposed to get your preventative health care screenings,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn’s genital herpes vaccine is a winner in animals. Next up: Testing on humans

Harvey Friedman of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his efforts to develop an “urgently needed” genital herpes vaccine. “What we have is close to perfect in animals. No one else has done that,” he said. “The big unknown is whether it will work in humans.”

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