Health Sciences

Immune Cells Protect Body from Invaders, According to Penn Researchers

PHILADELPHIA - So-called barrier sites -- the skin, gut, lung – limit the inner body’s exposure to allergens, pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Understanding how the immune system works in these external surfaces has implications for understanding such inflammatory diseases as asthma, psoriasis, IBD, and food allergies, all of which occur at the body’s barriers.

Karen Kreeger

New Study from Penn Medicine: Antidepressant Use Reduced Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

“Our findings suggest that among healthy women who were not depressed or anxious, a 10 to 20 milligram dose of escitalopram – which is well below the dosage level for psychiatric use – provides a nonhormonal, off-label option that is effective and well-tolerated in the management of menopausal hot flashes,” said Elle

Olivia Fermano

Researchers Uncover New Gene for Heart Failure in Caucasians

Nearly five million Americans live with heart failure, with as many as 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. In addition to lifestyle factors, scientists have shown that heart failure has a strong heritable component, but identifying the responsible genes has been a major challenge.

Jessica Mikulski

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

How to help a hoarder set goals and make progress

Thea Gallagher of the Perelman School of Medicine said she likes Marie Kondo’s concept of thanking belongings before parting with them.


The New Yorker

The promise and price of cellular therapies

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine was profiled for his contributions to the field of CAR-T cellular therapy.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In surgical recovery—or any tough task—the key is to keep moving, cardiac resident learns

Jason Han, a surgical resident in the Perelman School of Medicine, wrote about the importance of movement to post-operative recovery. When patients get some momentum, “their mindset about recovery changes. They begin to believe their recovery is within their control and they challenge themselves to participate in their recovery.”


Reuters Health

Reduced work hours for trainee doctors not seen to compromise care

Krisda Chaiyachati of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on workday reforms that limited doctors in training to an 80-work week and 30-hour shifts. “I imagine it would be politically challenging to ask young physicians to routinely work, say, 100 hours a week.”



Trump calls for overhaul of costly kidney dialysis program

In response to President Trump’s push to reform the kidney dialysis program, which largely relies on clinic-based treatment, Jeffrey Berns of the Perelman School of Medicine said “there is under-utilization of home dialysis and under-exposure to it.”