WIC Child Nutrition Program saw enrollment grow after switch from paper vouchers
A Penn Medicine study finds electronic benefit cards are more user-friendly and encourage less stigma than paper vouchers.
Sixty percent of opioids unused after common procedures
A new Penn Medicine study of how text messaging could inform opioid prescribing practices shows that 60% of opioids are left over after orthopaedic and urologic procedures.
Turning back the clock on a severe vision disorder
Gene therapy triggered the regrowth of healthy photoreceptor cells and restored vision in dogs with a severe form of Leber congenital amaurosis.
Research reveals how a cell mixes its mitochondria before it divides
A team at Penn Medicine has discovered—and filmed—the molecular details of how a cell, just before it divides in two, shuffles important internal components called mitochondria to distribute them evenly to its two daughter cells.
Med study illuminates the molecular details of lung development
Researchers at Penn Medicine have produced a detailed molecular atlas of lung development, key for future studies of mammalian biology and of new treatments for diseases, such as COVID-19, that affect the lungs.
Penn Medicine finds viral variants of concern in over a third of latest COVID-19 samples
Experts call on the public to continue masking, social distancing, and other protection efforts to prevent spread and further mutation of the virus.
Public Health Management Corporation and Penn Medicine announce opening of the PHMC Public Health Campus on Cedar
The Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic’s transition of the former Mercy Catholic Medical Center—Mercy Philadelphia Campus, along with coalition partners, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, envision integrated health care and social services for the West and Southwest Philadelphia community.
Return to work and the path to recovery after serious injury in Black men
In a new study from the School of Nursing, researchers investigated the ways that returning to work after an injury predict mental health outcomes in Black men living and recovering in Philadelphia.
1920-2020: Profiles of women in medicine
Between 1920 and 2020, women rose from second-class citizenship to take the reins as pioneering leaders in medicine, among all other areas of public life
Why Match Day has more meaning in 2021
This year, 147 medical students from the Perelman School of Medicine celebrated the reveal of their residency placements on Match Day in hybrid celebration of virtual and small number of in-person students.
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Your COVID post-vaccine activities safety guide, including gyms, shopping, taking an Uber and more
Once two weeks have passed following a second COVID-19 vaccine dose (or one Johnson & Johnson dose), individuals are considered fully vaccinated. At that point , what activities are considered “safe” to resume? Meenakshi Bewtra of the Perelman School of Medicine says that for vaccinated people, activities that were once considered risky are safer, but advises people to proceed with caution in light of new variants, and to keep public health and safety at the forefront of daily activities by wearing a mask and maintaining social distance in public.
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The immune link between a leaky blood-brain barrier and schizophrenia
For people with schizophrenia and other mental disorders, a more permissive blood-brain barrier appears to allow the immune system to get improperly involved in the central nervous system. The inflammation that arises likely contributes to the clinical manifestations of neuropsychiatric conditions, according to new findings from a team led by researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
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Earth Week: New research links lung cancer to air pollution in Philadelphia
Air in the Philadelphia region is ranked as the 12th most polluted in the country by the American Lung Association. Toxins in the air, mainly from traffic and industry, are known to cause lung cancer. Trevor Penning, a pharmacology professor in the Perelman School of Medicine, developed hazard indices for 421 zip codes using satellite imagery for particulate matter and volatile organic compounds.
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I’m a doctor who examines asylum seekers. I want Biden to fix the asylum system
Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine argued for reforming and expanding the U.S. asylum system. “We must renew the United States as a bold world leader in standing for the dignity of human rights,” he wrote.
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Dr. Zeke Emanuel on why the U.S. should consider a vaccine mandate
PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel talks about why a vaccine mandate for some types of workers may be a necessary last resort in establishing herd immunity. “I don’t think the risks of the vaccine compare to the risks for the country of the coronavirus is really at issue,” he said.
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