Health Sciences

Health Insurance as an Investment to Cover Young Adults

PHILADELPHIA -- Could offering a cash bonus for not consuming more than a threshold value of medical care hold the key to providing health insurance for 19-29 year olds, the so-called “young invincibles” who account for nearly half of all uninsured adults?

Jeanne Leong

In the News

PBS NewsHour

Genetic research has a white bias, and it may be hurting everyone’s health

PIK Professor Sarah Tishkoff and Giorgio Sirugo of the Perelman School of Medicine collaborated on a paper that concluded that predominately European genetic databases may lead to difficulties treating people from other racial backgrounds. “If we don’t include ethnically diverse populations, we are potentially going to be exacerbating health inequalities,” said Tishkoff.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Using catheter to replace heart valve better than open-heart surgery, studies suggest

Wilson Szeto of the Perelman School of Medicine said more research and “longer follow-up” are necessary to confirm beneficial outcomes from a new aortic-valve-replacement procedure.


Doctors weigh in on potential benefits of taking a cold shower

Helene Glassberg of the Perelman School of Medicine said those at risk of heart disease should avoid jumping into cold pools or showers. “Abrupt exposure to cold water causes your blood vessels to restrict, causes you to take a deep breath, causes your heart rate and blood pressure to potentially go up and this could potentially cause a stressor on the heart.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

5 questions: Is your body clock important?

Carsten Skarke of the Perelman School of Medicine offered a primer on chronobiology and how our body clocks might affect medical treatments. “The big hope is that we can find a way to synchronize the time of treatment with the molecular time of the patient.”



What happened to Salvador Cabañas?

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Ramon Diaz-Arrastia commented on soccer player Salvador Cabaña’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury. “Some people refer to these injuries as ‘hidden injuries,’ because if you were to look at the individual, on the surface – say you meet them at a cocktail party – they’d look perfectly normal, but the problems they are having are in the areas of executive functioning, in the areas of mood and emotional lability,” said Diaz-Arrastia.