Health Sciences

Proton therapy lowers risk of side effects in cancer patients

Proton therapy leads to a significantly lower risk of side effects severe enough to lead to unplanned hospitalizations for cancer patients when compared with traditional radiation. Cure rates between the two groups are almost identical.

Penn Today Staff

A new era in cystic fibrosis treatment

FDA approval of new therapies for cystic fibrosis is a major breakthrough for patients, meaning fewer complications, delayed progression and even longer life expectancies.

Penn Today Staff

An Alzheimer’s research pioneer, right here at Penn

Virginia Man-Yee Lee, a professor and researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine, is the 2020 recipient of a Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, earning $3 million for her innovative, inspiring work that could one day cure various neurodegenerative diseases.

Lauren Hertzler

Using radiomics to predict breast cancer

Penn researchers can predict 10-year breast cancer recurrence with MRI scans that characterize the genetic makeup of tumors, allowing for individualized, non-invasive treatment.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


Science

Deciphering a cancer treatment’s dark side

Saar Gill of the Perelman School of Medicine said it would be easier to treat cancer using CAR-T cell therapy without the looming possibility of triggering cytokine release syndrome.

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The New York Times

Can melatonin vapes safely help people sleep?

Julio Chirinos of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote an editorial to accompany a new study about the effects of marathon running on the heart. “Exercise is great for the entire body, including the arteries,” he said.

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Rolling Stone

Can melatonin vapes safely help people sleep?

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on the use of melatonin to aid sleep. “There have been quite a few randomized trials showing that melatonin is no better than placebo to help people sleep,” he said.

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“Academic Minute” (WAMC, Northeast Public Radio)

Jonathan Moreno on bioethics and the transformation of health care in America

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno discussed the book “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America,” which he co-authored with President Amy Gutmann.

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The New York Times

The F.D.A. is in trouble. Here’s how to fix it

Steven Joffe of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the tensions between groups that want medical products to be proven effective before the F.D.A. approves them for public use and groups that believe patients can make their own decisions once the products pass basic safety testing. “The F.D.A. has been moving in the latter direction under great political and public pressure,” he said.

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