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

A Quarter-century of Community Partnerships

Glen Casey will be the first to admit it: He wasn’t the perfect student in high school. “I was always doing the dumbest things; getting into fights, getting arrested,” he says. A student then at University City High, Casey failed ninth grade, and barely passed 10th. “I just really wasn’t into school,” he says.

In the News

U.S. News & World Report

Teens who get while driving may take other risks behind the wheel

Research from the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia finds that young adults who use the phone while driving are more likely to engage in other behaviors associated with car crashes. “It may be useful to treat cellphone use while driving as part of a group of risky driving behaviors, such as driving while impaired by alcohol,” said the APPC’s Dan Romer.


The New York Times

COVID-sniffing dogs are accurate but face hurdles for widespread use

Cynthia Otto of the School of Veterinary Medicine said that before the U.S. deploys COVID-sniffing dogs on a large scale, clear training and performance standards need to be set.


NBC News

There are too few Latino nurses. COVID showed how important they are

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing, spoke about the structural barriers that prevent many Latino students from pursuing nursing and the important role Spanish-speaking nurses have played during the pandemic.



A link between COVID-19 vaccination and a cardiac illness may be getting clearer

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine said the CDC could increase parental confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine by providing more updates on the potential side effect of myocarditis in adolescents. Still, he said, “I would vaccinate my teenager in a second. This is an extremely rare risk.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Hospital doctors are seeing far fewer COVID-19 patients now. That feels good

George Anesi and Benjamin Sun of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the decline in coronavirus patients since the vaccines became more widely available. Anesi said, of the few current cases at Penn Medicine, “the strong, strong majority are unvaccinated. That’s very discouraging for us because almost all of those are preventable.”