Health Sciences

Two Penn Students Named Albert Schweitzer Fellows

PHILADELPHIA — Two graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, along with 13 others from the greater Philadelphia region, have each been awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. 

Jill DiSanto-Haines

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Consumer Reports

Medical algorithms have a race problem

Nwamaka Eneanya of the Perelman School of Medicine and PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts spoke about how factoring a patient’s race into medical tests and treatments can exacerbate health disparities. “It’s promoting the idea that Black people as a race are distinguishable biologically—just because of their race—from other human beings,” said Roberts.



Can I visit family for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Your pandemic holiday travel questions, answered

M. Kit Delgado of the Perelman School of Medicine said visiting family during the holidays this year is a medium- to high-risk activity. “Unfortunately, the merriment we crave—eating, drinking and singing together in a cozy room—are among the highest-risk scenarios for transmitting COVID-19,” he said. “I’m optimistic that things will be different next year, and we can give up this year as an act of charity to our friends, family and community.”


The Washington Post

Those scaled-back pandemic beauty habits are better for your skin, hair and nails, experts say

Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine recommended using fewer cosmetics and skin care products. “In general, there’s no medical hygienic benefit to really almost any of this,” he said.


PRI/WGBH Innovation Hub

The potency of sleep

Amita Sehgal of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the effects of sleep on health. “I think we as a society are getting less sleep now than we should be getting,” she said.


The Washington Post

Here’s how Joe Biden would combat the pandemic if he wins the election

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about distributing the coronavirus vaccine once it’s available. “The logistics behind getting a vaccine to people is much more daunting than what people have thought through. … I don’t think our current infrastructure is sufficient,” he said.