Health Sciences

Treatment in a FLASH

A clinical trial in dogs with cancer, co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine, is testing the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of delivering a full dose of radiation therapy in a split second.

Katherine Unger Baillie

The many lives of charcoal

Catherine Nabukalu, an alumna of the Master in Environmental Studies program, worked with School of Arts and Sciences Professor Reto Gieré to track the charcoal supply chain through research in Nabukalu’s native Uganda.

Katherine Unger Baillie

The healing power of music

WXPN celebrates 15 years of its Musicians On Call volunteer program, which has brought music to more than 100,000 patients in Philadelphia hospitals.

Brandon Baker

Better prescribing for bad backs

A recent study finds that finds that patients with new low back pain are receiving opioids less frequently, although prescription rates remain uneven across the country.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

ABC News

Nurses group turns to crowd-sourcing for unused protective gear

Marion Leary of the School of Nursing spoke about efforts to crowd-source safety masks and other personal protective gear. “Anyone that has a stock of these supplies that they could donate to their local hospitals and healthcare providers,” she said, would be doing a great service.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Lessons from 1918

Pat D’Antonio of the School of Nursing spoke about the 1918 influenza pandemic and how we can apply its lessons to the present.


The New York Times

7 medical leaders to politicians: Save lives, not Wall Street

In collaboration with the leaders of six other large academic medicine institutions, Dean J. Larry Jameson of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote an op-ed urging “national leadership to resist pressure to lift tough social restrictions intended to subdue this outbreak and save thousands of lives.”



Her incredible sense of smell is helping scientists find new ways to diagnose disease

Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the use of scent signaling in diagnosing disease. “It used to be that physicians did use breath odor and other odors, to signify certain disorders. But that’s not really invoked presently, because we have so much better ways of [diagnosing] things,” he said.


The Washington Post

Trump’s not a doctor. He’s only playing one on TV

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel wrote an op-ed about the hazards of implementing untested treatments for the novel coronavirus. “When it comes to fearsome, fatal conditions, it is human nature to try something because it should help, because it might help, because it must help, or because it couldn’t hurt,” he writes. “But often it does harm people and our quest for a real cure.”