Health Sciences

Severe Psoriasis Linked to Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE), such as heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death has not been defined.

Jessica Mikulski

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation as Good as Surgery for High Risk, Operable Patients

Just released data from a clinical trial shows continued promise for a new minimally invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis.  New research presented at the 2011 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions from the first arm, Cohort A, of the Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves (PARTNER) Trial shows that transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI

Jessica Mikulski

Penn Dental Medicine Presenting 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk on April 16

PHILADELPHIA – Students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine are partnering with the national Oral Cancer Foundation to present Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk on Saturday, April 16.  The event recognizes Oral Cancer Awareness Month, bringing attention to the disease and the importance of early detection.

Evan Lerner

Penn Study: Cardiovascular Patients’ Perspectives On Guilt As A Motivational Tool

Current research supports the notion that lifestyle choices influence cardiovascular health, but to what extent specific emotions play is undefined. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed the role that guilt may play as a motivational tool for cardiovascular patients.

Jessica Mikulski

Penn Study Suggests Another Avenue for Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have determined that a well-known chemical process called acetylation has a previously unrecognized association with one of the biological processes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Karen Kreeger

Deciphering Hidden Code Reveals Brain Activity

By combining sophisticated mathematical techniques more commonly used by spies instead of scientists with the power and versatility of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a Penn neurologist has developed a new approach for studying the inner workings of the brain.

Kim Menard

Penn Researchers Uncover Novel Immune Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center have discovered a novel way of treating pancreatic cancer by activating the immune system to destroy the cancer’s scaffolding. The strategy was tested in a small cohort of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, several of whose tumors shrank substantially.

Holly Auer

Rocking the Vote from Rocking Chairs

For seniors, voting can be difficult: standing with a walker or cane in the voting booth, struggling to read the tiny print on the ballot or trying to punch the tiny button to vote for the intended candidate. Despite the desire to vote, the typical voting process leaves many seniors disenfranchised, particularly for residents of long term care facilities.

Kim Menard

Penn Nursing Hosting 5K Walk for Water for Haiti

 WHO & WHAT:            The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing will host a 5K walk to raise money to purchase water-filtration systems and provide access to clean water for health clinics in Port Au Prince, Haiti, in conjunction with World Water Day.  

Julie McWilliams

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.”


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.”


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.


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.


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.”