Health Sciences

Process Leading to Protein Diversity in Cells Important for Proper Neuron Firing

PHILADELPHIA – Cells have their own version of the cut-and-paste editing function called splicing. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have documented a novel form of splicing in the cytoplasm of a nerve cell, which dictates a special form of a potassium channel protein in the outer membrane.

Karen Kreeger

Penn Study: Hospital CPR Quality Is Worse at Night

CHICAGO -- CPR quality is worse during in-hospital cardiac arrests occurring overnight than those that happen during the day, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions on November 14.

Holly Auer

Breast Cancer Survivors Often Rate Post-Treatment Breast Appearance Only “Fair”

SAN DIEGO -- A third of breast cancer survivors who received the breast-conserving treatments lumpectomy and radiation rate the appearance of their post-treatment breast as only “fair” or “poor” in comparison to their untreated breast, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented today at the 52nd Annual M

Holly Auer

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The New York Times

Tuesday could be the beginning of the end of Philadelphia’s soda tax

Christina Roberto of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on Philadelphia’s soda tax: “It’s not surprising that, if you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it.”


The Atlantic

What is pornography doing to our sex lives?

Mary Anne Layden of the Perelman School of Medicines said the social pressure to mimic pornography can result in more sexual violence for some and a resistance to sex by others.



This is the difference between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder

Holly Valerio of the Perelman School of Medicine clarified the differences between having anxious feelings and actually having an anxiety disorder. For those with the latter, there is “often a disconnect in the estimation of danger … in anxiety-producing situations versus the actual or realistic threat,” she said.


The New York Times

Where should a child die? Hospice homes help families with the unimaginable

Chris Feudtner of the Perelman School of Medicine said palliative care for children is a “largely silent, hidden, and woefully unmet need.” However, he said, these facilities are expensive and unsustainable under the current reality of American health care.


U.S. News & World Report

AHA News: Dangerous blood clots may be the latest risk from ‘bad’ cholesterol

Scott Damrauer of the Perelman School of Medicine authored a study that found that LDL cholesterol, often called “bad” cholesterol, may contribute to venous thromboembolism, which causes potentially dangerous blood clots in the limbs. “This study shows how we can use genetics to try to more accurately understand who will go on to develop venous thromboembolism and who will not,” he said.