Health Sciences

Texting and driving with the littlest passengers

Researchers found that in the previous three months, about half of parents admitted to reading texts and using social media while driving, and found a correlation between distracted driving and other risky behaviors behind the wheel.

Penn Today Staff

Ice cream conundrum

The refreshing delight of ice cream on a hot summer day has its dangers: tooth sensitivity and the familiar feeling of “brain freeze.” Scientists break down the causes of the discomfort we are so willing to endure.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

Penn One Health goes abroad

In August, Penn Vet student James Ferrara will combine veterinary research and public health outreach in Nepal, where he will join a team of graduate students conducting research on Campylobacter, a bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, that is prone to cause infection.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

Serving those who serve

In preparation for a career as a physician with the Military Health System, Ryan Leone is spending his summer in Falls Church, Va., interning with the Defense Health Agency.

Jill DiSanto

Public libraries can influence public health

The Healthy Library Initiative, a partnership between Penn and the Free Library of Philadelphia, works to expand the role of public librarian to serve the public health needs of patrons and the community.

Penn Today Staff

A ‘smart-connected cup’ to fight Zika

By combining a a Thermos, a microfluidics chip and a smartphone, researchers have found a way to bring Zika testing to sites where clinical laboratories aren’t present but diagnostics are needed.

Penn Today Staff

A maverick among chemists

Madeleine Joullie, the first woman to join Penn’s chemistry faculty, was also the University’s first affirmative action officer, which she says is the most important thing she’s done.

Ali Sundermier



In the News


The New York Times

Clues to your health are hidden at 6.6 million spots in your DNA

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the availability of genetic screening for early indicators of heart disease.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

New hepatitis C drugs mean diseased organs can be used for transplants

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Peter Reese discussed the possibility of increased rejection in patients who’ve received infected kidneys, saying “we can’t rule it out. It’s possible there’s more immunological injury with hep C infection.”

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Associated Press

Penn Medicine eliminating sugary drinks in facilities

Ralph Muller of Penn Medicine discussed the hospital system’s recent announcement regarding the phasing out of sugary drink sales.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Hyperbaric oxygen: The mysterious therapy that saved a cancer survivor from radiation side effects

Hyperbaric therapy is controversial, according to Matthew Kelly of HUP, largely because “it’s expensive, and some practitioners overuse it, which gives a black eye to the field.” However, for some patients, the oxygen-rich environment can promote healing and fight infection.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Cancer ‘drones’ in blood weaken immune system, Penn scientists show

Wei Guo of the School of Arts and Sciences and George Xu of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed their team’s cancer research. “Tumor cells are smarter than we thought,” said Guo.

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