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.
Roy and Gretchen Jackson Endow Chair for Equine Disease Research at Penn Veterinary Medicine School
PHILADELPHIA - A $3 million gift from Roy and Gretchen Jackson, owners of Barbaro, will endow a chair in the name of Dean W. Richardson at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Your Brain and You: Penn Researcher Forecasts Ethical Challenges Ahead for Neuroscience and Society
PHILADELPHIA -- Are we ready for a future where brain scans invade our private thoughts? Will we have to alter our brains chemically to keep competitive at our jobs? Could science determine that "souls" do not exist, and, if so, what does that mean for how we think of ourselves as human beings?
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.
"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.
Genetic variant largely found in patients of African descent increases risk for heart failure
A new study, led by Penn Medicine, reveals that this genetic cause of heart failure, which is now treatable, is significantly underdiagnosed.
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After year with virtually no flu, scientists worry the next season could be a bad one
Scott Hensley of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about next year’s flu season, which may be worse than previous years. “A lot of this is out of our hands,” he said. “The one thing we can do is to get vaccinated. If there was ever a year to get vaccinated, this is the year to do that.”
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To reduce shootings, give guns on TV the cigarette treatment
Dan Romer and Patrick Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center argue that the U.S. should fund further research on how depictions of guns violence in entertainment media affect off-screen gun violence. “One might argue that seeing cigarette use is not morally objectionable and so it’s more likely to be imitated by adolescents the more it’s seen in use by appealing characters on the screen,” they write. “But the same is true for guns, when they are used by appealing characters for seemingly justified reasons.”
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Pioneering mRNA researcher breaks down coronavirus vaccines
Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine explained the science behind and advantages of mRNA-based vaccines. “With RNA, you only need the sequence of the protein of interest. Once you’ve got the sequence, you can make an RNA within days to weeks,” he said. “So, it’s very fast at responding to new pandemics, new emerging infections, and other potential diseases.”
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2019 was the safest year for women to give birth globally. Then, the pandemic hit
Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine co-wrote an op-ed about global maternal mortality rates, which have risen dramatically since the pandemic began. “Reversing the trajectory of maternal mortality requires action on a global scale,” she said.
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Why do Americans die earlier than Europeans?
Samuel Preston of the School of Arts & Sciences and a colleague wrote about U.S. mortality rates, which are significantly higher than those in Europe. “We would argue that a lack of federal oversight and regulation, powerful lobbying structure, deindustrialization of American jobs, and systemic racism combine to create an annual tsunami of excess deaths,” they said.
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