Health Sciences

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.  

Gail Luciani, Jennifer Rench

U.S. Falls to 27th in Latest Report Card on World Social Progress; Chronic Poverty to Blame

PHILADELPHIA -- Cuts in social services and chronic poverty in U.S. cities and rural areas during the '90s have caused the U.S. to lag behind nearly all of Europe and several other countries in terms of overall social progress, according to the 2004 "Report Card on World Social Progress" by Richard Estes, a University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work professor.

Matt Gray

"At the Cutting Edge: The State of the Art Quilt " at the Arthur Ross Gallery

WHO: Philadelphia artists Cindy Friedman, Amy Orr, Leslie Pontz, Emily Richardson, Lonni Rossi and Deborah SchwartzmanWHAT: "At the Cutting Edge: The State of the Art Quilt" exhibitionWHERE: Arthur Ross Gallery, Furness Library Building, University of Pennsylvania, 220 S. 34th Street.WHEN: June 15 through July 28, 2002.

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COVID vaccines: An opportunity for science?

Alison Buttenheim of the School of Nursing spoke about the hesitancy surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. “It looks like right now about half of adults, in the U.S. at least, say they are likely to get the vaccine—this moves around a bit—but another 20-30% either say they’re maybe unlikely or might want to wait,” she says.



Can dogs smell COVID? Here’s what the science says

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine spoke about training dogs to identify COVID-19 infections by scent. “The dogs can do it. The challenge is the ignorance that we have as humans as to what can confuse the dogs,” she says.


Los Angeles Times

At-home health tests are booming amid coronavirus. Experts warn about their safety

Perelman School of Medicine researchers, led by Louiza Kalokairinou, studied the pros and cons of at-home COVID-19 testing and found an increased risk of consumers misinterpreting test results.



The weirdest sign of COVID-19 fatigue? More Americans are grinding their teeth

Thomas Sollecito of the School of Dental Medicine spoke about the increase in patients experiencing pain from grinding or clenching their teeth. He recommended meditation and physical exercise to reduce stress but encouraged patients with persistent pain and tension to call their dentists.


WBUR Radio (Boston)

Pfizer concludes coronavirus vaccine trial and will seek FDA approval

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. “I think there is every reason to be enormously optimistic,” he said.