Health Sciences

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.

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.

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I’m fully vaccinated and I also had COVID. Do I need a booster?

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said the COVID-19 booster shot is safe for those with hybrid immunity, which occurs when someone who has already had the virus gets vaccinated. However, he said, hybrid immunity is already powerful on its own.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Telemedicine is here to stay, but how it will be covered by insurance is still being debated

Rolando Vega, a graduate student at the School of Nursing, wrote an opinion piece about the future of telemedicine. If signed by the governor, a Pennsylvania State Sensate Bill would mandate full insurance reimbursement for these services going forward. “This bill is essential and there is a sense of urgency as many patients, as well as health care providers are counting on its final approval,” Vega wrote.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Like blood pressure and temperature, sleep should be an important vital sign for every patient

Jason Han, a cardiac surgery resident at Penn Medicine, wrote an opinion piece about the importance of sleep to patients’ recovery and providers’ wellness. “I consider sleep as another vital sign for them—and for me,” he wrote.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

What COVID-19 precautions should I take over the holidays?

Richard Wender of the Perelman School of Medicine said COVID-19 precautions are still needed this holiday season. “When you’re dealing with something like a global pandemic, you just gotta take life day-by-day and not act as if the ending has already arrived, because it hasn’t, and in many parts of the country, COVID rates are quite high right now,” he said.


BBC News

Could mRNA make us superhuman?

Research by Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman of the Perelman School of Medicine laid the groundwork for mRNA vaccines.