Health Sciences

Guidelines support breastfeeding during parent-newborn separation

A team of scientists led by a researcher from the School of Nursing has established a new clinical practice guideline using an evidence-based approach to support lactation when parents and newborns are separated due to a hospitalization.

From Penn Nursing News

The best new implants may be a piece of you

Innovative techniques like autologous surgery involves implanting patients with something taken from a different part of their body, which eliminates the risk of infection and erosion of synthetic materials.

From Penn Medicine News

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The New York Times

Waiting on U.S. mandate, some nursing homes are slow to vaccinate staff

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel said lower COVID-19 vaccination rates lead to more infections. “We should be clear that mandates have been working and have been working in every industry that has tried them,” he said.


ABC News

Why breakthrough COVID deaths can be misunderstood

Edward Stadtmauer of the Perelman School of Medicine advised cancer patients to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “If you have abnormal plasma cells to begin with or are getting therapy that might suppress or damage plasma cells, you can see why that this group of patients may have the most difficulty responding to a COVID infection and responding to vaccines,” he said. “If there is any group of patients who should be vaccinated and get a booster, it is this group of patients.”


Scientific American

Four success stories in gene therapy

Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire of the Perelman School of Medicine developed a gene therapy to treat blindness in patients with retinal dystrophy caused by mutations in the RPE65 gene. “These people can now do things they never could have dreamed of doing, and they’re more independent and enjoying life,” said Bennett.


ABC News

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

John Wherry of the Perelman School of Medicine said there’s no guarantee that a booster shot retooled to target the delta variant would work better than a general COVID-19 vaccine booster.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Why are incarcerated people, the only Americans with guaranteed health care, dying of COVID-19 faster than the general public?

Daniel Teixeira da Silva and SUMR scholar Kayla McLymont of the Leonard Davis Institute wrote an opinion piece about the lack of regulation of health care in U.S. correctional facilities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how these shortcomings in how health care is overseen in prisons and jails can have fatal consequences,” they said.