Health Sciences

What’s the future of blood pressure monitoring?

Blood pressure monitoring is evolving for more convenience, comfort and accessibility, and may feature innovative methods, like customized “smart” sneakers, or by taking a two-minute video selfie.

Penn Today Staff

Vasculitis treatment with fewer steroids

The insights from the PEXIVAS Trial, a 10-year study, shows treatment for ANCA-associated vasculitis can become much more patient-friendly and reduces kidney failure, for which vasculitis patients are often at risk.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

All about the groundbreaking uterus transplant that helped this couple become parents

Kathleen O’Neill and Paige Porrett of the Perelman School of Medicine were interviewed about the uterine transplant trial they led, which ultimately resulted in the second-ever birth using a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor.


Our phones can now detect health problems from Parkinson’s to depression. Is that a good thing?

A study led by Jeremy Asch, David Asch, and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine found that patients’ health-related internet searches doubled in the week before an emergency room visit.


Huffington Post

There’s so much we still don’t know about pain

Rosemary Polomano of the School of Nursing said the rise of doctors prescribing opioids to treat chronic pain in the late 20th century “was not based on strong science.”


The Washington Post

The coronavirus is spreading rapidly. So is misinformation about it

PIK Professor Duncan Watts spoke about the prevalence of misinformation regarding health scares. “In any contest between someone who says, ‘It’s complicated and we don’t know the answer,’ and another person who says, ‘We know what to do,’ the other person will always get more attention—even when we know they’re not right—because it’s simple and appealing and lends itself to action,” he said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Medicaid block grant proposals spell trouble for patients and hospitals

Health System CEO Kevin Mahoney wrote an op-ed about proposals he believes would erode Medicaid. The proposed plans “represent a return to bad policy that would chip away at medical care for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens and further stress the precarious operations of many hospitals,” he writes.