Health Sciences

New insights into malaria culprit

New insights from the Perelman School of Medicine on the origins of deadly infectious diseases are vital to understanding the emergence of human pathogens, and may even lead to eradicating malaria.

Penn Today Staff

A promising candidate for a universal flu vaccine

A flu vaccine that targets a deeper level of the virus itself may be the key to a universal flu vaccine that is more effective at protecting humans from any strain of flu each season.

Penn Today Staff

New Parkinson’s disease biomarker guidelines invigorates drive for treatments

Identifying biomarkers of Parkinson's disease, such as proteins found in blood, is key to discovering treatment for the disease. New guidelines, published in Science and Translational Medicine journal, are the result of a collaboration between researchers with unique expertise outside of academia.

Penn Today Staff

Bringing nursing to the most remote places

Registered nurse Nancy Bonalumi teamed up with Project Helping Hands, a nonprofit organization that deploys volunteer medical teams to remote areas in developing nations, from Nepal to Kenya, and recently returned from her fifth visit to Bolivia.

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Smoking featured in half of hip-hop videos, study finds

The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Dan Romer offered commentary on a study of smoking in music videos. He noted that the study didn’t differentiate between marijuana and tobacco products or consider the role of product placement.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Depression often goes undiagnosed. Researchers are turning to Facebook to change that

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored a study on social media and mental illness. “Depression is a really debilitating disease and we have treatments that can help people,” said Raina Merchant. “We want to think of new ways to get people resources and identification for depression earlier.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Brown fat could help fight obesity. This Penn scientist is looking to harness its power

Patrick Seale of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed differing types of human fat: “white fat,” which stores energy, and “brown fat,” which burns it. Seale was recently awarded the Richard E. Weitzman Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award for his research on the subject.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Is blackout drinking the same as passing out from alcohol? A Penn psychologist explains

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Reagan Wetherill discussed common misconceptions about alcohol-related blackouts. People in a blackout are “conscious and interacting with their environment,” she said. But their brains are “not creating memories” due to alcohol’s impact on the hippocampus.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Planning for your retirement? Many Americans aren’t financially prepared for how long they may live

Lyle Ungar of the School of Arts and Sciences and Lisa Walke of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the effects of healthy behavior on the human lifespan. The best way to extend one’s life, apart from quitting smoking, is exercise. “I know no one wants to hear that,” said Walke.

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