Health Sciences

How researchers and clinicians navigate social media

The silence after an inaugural tweet can be ego-crushing. For medical professionals, garnering a following is a quantifiable exercise not just in personal popularity, but in the medical field itself.

Penn Today Staff

Orthopaedic implants for the future

The hardware that hold orthopaedic implants together must have some give in order to accommodate physiology. At the Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research, specialists are studying and designing the hardwares’ minutiae to improve upon the intricacies of setting a broken bone in place.

Penn Today Staff

Can bias be reversed?

Mandatory education and training can improve awareness of implicit biases and how it may affect patient care, according to studies and fieldwork done in communities.

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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