Health Sciences

How cumulative trauma may affect migrant children

Doctors and researchers argue that the cumulative childhood trauma and chronic stress associated with parental separation for migrant children can cause potentially irreparable lifelong harm to their mental and physical health.

Penn Today Staff

The ins and outs of sugar alcohol

Gastroenterologist Octavia Pickett-Blakely, an assistant professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, explains the workings of the increasingly popular sweetener, found in products like Bai Water and Halo Top. 

Brandon Baker

Correcting a blind spot

A groundbreaking genetic study seeks to transform the prevention and treatment of glaucoma while reversing historical racial disparities in who suffers from the disease, and who benefits from such research.

Queen Muse

How police killings of black Americans affect communities

Black Americans are nearly three times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts, with even larger disparities among those who are unarmed. The trend is also harming the mental health of the black community.

Penn Today Staff

Governor Ed Rendell ‘myth-busts’ Parkinson’s

Former governor Edward G. Rendell’s announcement that he has Parkinson’s disease comes with a message of optimism—new therapies coupled with leading research have changed what a current diagnosis can mean.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

The New York Times

Clues to your health are hidden at 6.6 million spots in your DNA

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the availability of genetic screening for early indicators of heart disease.


Philadelphia Inquirer

New hepatitis C drugs mean diseased organs can be used for transplants

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Peter Reese discussed the possibility of increased rejection in patients who’ve received infected kidneys, saying “we can’t rule it out. It’s possible there’s more immunological injury with hep C infection.”


Associated Press

Penn Medicine eliminating sugary drinks in facilities

Ralph Muller of Penn Medicine discussed the hospital system’s recent announcement regarding the phasing out of sugary drink sales.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Hyperbaric oxygen: The mysterious therapy that saved a cancer survivor from radiation side effects

Hyperbaric therapy is controversial, according to Matthew Kelly of HUP, largely because “it’s expensive, and some practitioners overuse it, which gives a black eye to the field.” However, for some patients, the oxygen-rich environment can promote healing and fight infection.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Cancer ‘drones’ in blood weaken immune system, Penn scientists show

Wei Guo of the School of Arts and Sciences and George Xu of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed their team’s cancer research. “Tumor cells are smarter than we thought,” said Guo.