Penn's Urban Nutrition Initiative Recognized as Best Year-round Program by Work Ready Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- The Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of the Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, has been recognized as the best year-round YouthWorks program by Work Ready Philadelphia. UNI was recognized for its youth projects that work to improve community food systems in Philadelphia.
University of Pennsylvania Researchers Develop Formula to Gauge Risk of Disease Clusters
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a mathematical formula to assess whether concentrated disease outbreaks can be ascribed to random-chance events or, instead, suggest a contagious or environmental effect that requires epidemiological investigation.
Childhood Obesity Indicates Greater Risk of School Absenteeism, University of Pennsylvania Study Reveals
PHILADELPHIA -- In the first study of how weight may affect school attendance, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University have found that overweight children are at greater risk of school absenteeism than their normal-weight peers.
Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence
Featured below is information on the experts from the Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence as well as audio transcripts of the proceedings. The Penn Media Seminar on Gun Violence is one of a series of programs to which reporters, editors and producers from the news media are invited. Featured panelists
Penn Vet To Perform First-Ever Radiation Therapy On "Sir-Mix-A-Lot" the Anaconda
WHO: Penn veterinarians, and Sir-Mix-A-Lot, a yellow anaconda from the Brandywine ZooWHAT: Rare treatment of a reptile with radiation therapy WHERE: Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania39th and Spruce StreetsPhiladelphia, PAWHEN: Thursday, July 12, at 9:00 a.m.
Understanding Smooth Eye Pursuit - The Incredible Targeting System of Human Vision
PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have shed new light on how the brain and eye team up to spot an object in motion and follow it, a classic question of human motor control. The study shows that two distinctly different ways of seeing motion are used - one to catch up to a moving object with our eyes, a second to lock on and examine it.
Council Calls for New Partnership Between Nursing and Medicine to Address Personnel Shortages
PHILADELPHIA - The Council on Physician and Nurse Supply is calling for a new partnership between nursing and medicine to address the growing shortage of physicians and nurses.
Penn's Field Center Hosts Documentary Film Festival on Child Abuse, Part of National Child-Welfare Conference
PHILADELPHIA - The winners have been announced in the University of Pennsylvania's Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research's documentary film contest, a part of National Child Abuse Prevention month.
Penn Nursing's LIFE Program for Seniors Opens Facility That's Gone from Community Eyesore to Asset
WHAT: The grand opening of a new facility for the Living Independently for Elders, or LIFE program, a community outreach of the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania.
Penn Vet Announces World Leadership and Student Inspiration Awards
PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has launched the first veterinary medicine awards of its kind designed to recognize innovation, creativity and leadership in the veterinary profession anywhere in the world.
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Who gets a vaccine first? U.S. considers race in coronavirus plans
Harald Schmidt of the Perelman School of Medicine said courts would likely strike down any vaccine prioritization model based on race and ethnicity, proposing instead an approach that considers socioeconomic status. “It’s imperative that we pay attention to how COVID has impacted the health of minorities differently; otherwise it compounds the inequalities we’ve seen,” he said.
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Fighting the coronavirus infodemic
Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the spread of misinformation online. "In our hyper-polarized and politicized climate, many folks just inherently mistrust advice or evidence that comes from an opposing political party," she said.
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Coronavirus: Wear masks in crowded public spaces, says science body
Paul Edelstein of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the effectiveness of face masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19. "There are people without symptoms going about their daily business who are unknowingly breathing out droplets that are carrying the virus," he said. "If they had their faces covered the majority of those droplets would be caught before they can infect other people. Wearing face coverings can help save lives and prevent disabling illnesses."
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How blood type may affect your coronavirus risk
Lewis Kaplan of the Perelman School of Medicine said people with a lower risk of contracting COVID-19 according to their blood type shouldn’t get overly confident. "It might mean they have less risk, but if you engage in risky behavior, we don't know just how much risk you need to incur to overwhelm whatever potential protection you might have," he said. "We have no clue."
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The wilderness of rare genetic diseases and the parents navigating it
Jim Wilson of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about his research at Penn’s Orphan Disease Center. “When I was practicing clinical genetics, it was limited to diagnosis and prognosis,” he said. “Now, in a limited number of diseases, there are potential treatments, if not cures.”
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