Health Sciences

National Trial Shows Equal Efficacy of Two Medications Used to Treat Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that damages the retina and can destroy central vision, affects approximately 1.6 million Americans. For the past five years, there has been active debate over treatment options for AMD patients because ophthalmologists have not had accurate data regarding the true efficacy of the most commonly used medication.

Jessica Mikulski

Penn Study: Preventing Chronic Diseases in People Living With HIV/AIDS

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that interventions to promote healthy behaviors, including eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and participating in cancer screenings appear beneficial for African-American couples who are at high risk for chronic diseases, especially if one of the individuals is living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Joe Diorio

School of Veterinary Medicine

In the late 1800s, when meat consumption by Americans was increasing, livestock illness was one of the biggest threats to the livelihoods of farmers. At the time, many of the United States’ veterinarians came from Europe, and there was an urgent need for home-grown doctors who could save sick animals.

Jeanne Leong



In the News


The New York Times

There are 3 things we have to do to get people wearing masks

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences, Lyle Ungar of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and PIK Professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel wrote an op-ed about how best to persuade people to wear protective face masks. “It’s not too late to apply three basic principles from behavioral science: make it easy, understood, and expected,” they write, “and we’ll soon see face masks everywhere, saving lives.”

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The New York Times

Cancel sleep away camp

Jill M. Baren of the Perelman School of Medicine and a Columbia University colleague wrote an op-ed proposing the cancellation of summer camps. “Camps are primarily in rural communities where an increasing number of COVID-19 cases are now emerging,” they write. “That local rise in cases increases the risk of transmission into camps, which could overwhelm already fragile hospital systems.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Orchestra channel gives Penn hospitals a new soundtrack

Patients at Penn’s hospitals can now access archived footage of the Philadelphia Orchestra. “Patients have given us feedback that they are utilizing it, that they find it helpful, and that they find it comforting,” said HUP CEO Regina Cunningham.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Protests, masks and public health: where do my rights end and yours begin?

Dominic Sisti of the Perelman School of Medicine and Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about encouraging healthy behavior during a pandemic and the responsibilities of those who choose not to participate in social distancing.

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The Washington Post

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic

Maria A. Oquendo of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the pandemic’s negative effects on Americans’ mental health. “It’s understandable given what’s happening. It would be strange if you didn’t feel anxious and depressed,” she said. “This virus is not like a hurricane or earthquake or even terrorist attack. It’s not something you can see or touch, and yet the fear of it is everywhere.”

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