Health Sciences

Penn Geneticists Help Show Bitter Taste Perception Is Not Just About Flavors

PHILADELPHIA — Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli’s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait.

Evan Lerner

Antibiotics for Acne Linked to Sore Throat, Penn Study Shows

Oral antibiotics used to treat acne are linked to symptoms of sore throat, according to a study by researchers with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published Online First in the Archives of Dermatology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Kim Menard

Penn Medicine docs see the value of a good story

Science is defined by accuracy and objectivity. Researchers must carefully design experiments and submit their findings to exacting peer review. With their work receiving such grueling analysis, it would seem that scientists' findings would speak for themselves. Not so, say two doctors in the Perelman School of Medicine.

Evan Lerner

Can we still call the Health System ‘Penn Medicine’?

Dear Benny: Did changing the name of Penn’s medical school to the Perelman School of Medicine also change the name of the hospital and the overall Penn medical system? Is it no longer correct to refer to Penn’s many medical institutes and centers as simply Penn Medicine? --What’s In A Name?Dear WIAN:

Tanya Barrientos

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

How the coronavirus ‘jumped’ to humans is a story as old as evolution

Sara Cherry of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the cross-species transmission of viruses throughout history. “We’re bad at predicting” how a virus will mutate and spread, she said. “We don’t know what the barriers are.”


Penn Nursing

What is self-care? How to cut through the marketing noise and actually practice it

Barbara Riegel of the School of Nursing spoke about the concept of self-care, which “goes all the way back to Hippocrates.” “Self-care centers upon the idea of being aware of yourself every single day and asking yourself questions like, ‘Did I get enough sleep? Did I eat right? Did I get in some exercise?’” she said.


All about the groundbreaking uterus transplant that helped this couple become parents

Kathleen O’Neill and Paige Porrett of the Perelman School of Medicine were interviewed about the uterine transplant trial they led, which ultimately resulted in the second-ever birth using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.


Our phones can now detect health problems from Parkinson’s to depression. Is that a good thing?

A study led by Jeremy Asch, David Asch, and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine found that patients’ health-related internet searches doubled in the week before an emergency room visit.


Huffington Post

There’s so much we still don’t know about pain

Rosemary Polomano of the School of Nursing said the rise of doctors prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain in the late 20th century “was not based on strong science.”