Health Sciences

Therapy for rare cancers receives FDA approval

A trial led by researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center received first approval for AZEDRA, an anti-cancer drug for advanced pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma patients who are not candidates for surgery.

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The fight to eliminate hepatitis C in Philly: A Q&A with Stacey Trooskin

The state of Pennsylvania increased access to hepatitis C drugs for Medicaid patients regardless of their liver health or drug and alcohol use. Penn's Stacey Trooskin, who also serves as the director of Viral Hepatitis Programs at Philadelphia FIGHT, discusses increasing access to treatment even further.

Penn Today Staff

Reducing buggy accidents in Amish country

Lancaster County is working to promote driver awareness for all vehicles in Amish country, focusing on safely sharing the road with horse-drawn buggies to reduce accidents.

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In the News


CNN

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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