Health Sciences

Dr. J. Larry Jameson to Lead Penn Medicine

PHILADELPHIA -- J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the next executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of Penn’s School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2011.

Lori N. Doyle

Preventive Surgeries Linked to Lower Risk of Cancer for Women with BRCA1/2 Gene Mutations

Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) genes have substantially elevated risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  A study that will appear in the September 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that women with these inherited mutations who have had a prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the

Violence in Inner City Neighborhoods Contributes to Trouble With Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –   Patients with asthma who are exposed to violence in their community are at an increased risk for an asthma-related hospitalization and emergency room visits for asthma or any cause, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Jessica Mikulski



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Axios

The flimsy promises of brain wearables

Anna Wexler of the Perelman School of Medicine said the FDA is ill prepared to reign in the companies producing wearable brain devices, which record brain activity or stimulate the brain with electric currents in spite of little oversight.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

College affirmative action bans linked to higher rates of smoking among minority youth

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine has found that states that ban affirmative action in college admissions experience increased smoking rates among black, Latino, and Indigenous high schoolers. “Educational policies can have these unintended health consequences,” said co-author Atheendar Venkataramani. “Social policies really matter for health, and it’s worth talking about.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

In Pennsylvania, ‘deaths of despair’ are 50% higher than the national average

Maria Oquendo of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on increased suicide rates in Pennsylvania.

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Time

‘They’re chipping away.’ Inside the grassroots effort to fight mandatory vaccines

In an article about anti-vax organizing, Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “Vaccines are a victim of their own success.” Offit continued, “people have forgotten how sick measles can make you and how dead measles can make you.”

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Nature

Whole-body PET scanner produces 3D images in seconds

Abass Alavi of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a new version of a PET scanner that can generate 3D renderings of the entire human body in just seconds, a fraction of the time required by older iterations. “The whole-body machine is another quantum jump in medical imaging,” said Alavi.

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