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.
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.
In the News
In the line for scarce covid treatments, immunocompromised Americans should go before the unvaccinated
Emily Largent of the Perelman School of Medicine and Govind Persad of the University of Denver wrote an op-ed arguing that, when resources are scarce, people who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated due to ineligibility should be prioritized for COVID-19 treatments over those who have remained unvaccinated by choice.
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PCR COVID tests are not very useful. Focus on rapid antigen tests instead
PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel and other members of the Biden administration’s transitional COVID-19 advisory board wrote an op-ed advocating for more reliance on rapid antigen tests. They argued that PCR tests can have slow turnaround times, which can render the results moot.
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‘COVID shame’ is becoming more common during omicron spike
Hillary Ammon of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the shame and guilt that sometimes accompany a COVID-19 diagnosis. “I like to tell clients that I am working with that they made the best decision they could with the information they had at that present time,” she said. “Additionally, reminding them that their risk and safety calculations are personal and unique to their life circumstances.”
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Workers at a Wisconsin hospital sought new jobs with higher pay—then the hospital sued to stop them from leaving
Research by the School of Nursing found that nurse burnout and job dissatisfaction are tied to poor working conditions.
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Why does alcohol mess with my sleep?
Ilene M. Rosen of the Perelman School of Medicine said alcohol is a sedative and should not be combined with sleep aids. “I would not use any sedative hypnotic, whether over-the-counter or not, when you’re drinking alcohol,” she said.
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