Health Sciences

A road trip for orthopedic surgery

For canine cruciate ligament surgery, one out-of-state dog owner entrusted Penn Vet with her 9-year-old mixed breed. The two traveled to Philadelphia from New York City, despite the abundance of vet care there.

Penn Today Staff

Texting and driving with the littlest passengers

Researchers found that in the previous three months, about half of parents admitted to reading texts and using social media while driving, and found a correlation between distracted driving and other risky behaviors behind the wheel.

Penn Today Staff

Ice cream conundrum

The refreshing delight of ice cream on a hot summer day has its dangers: tooth sensitivity and the familiar feeling of “brain freeze.” Scientists break down the causes of the discomfort we are so willing to endure.

Jacob Williamson-Rea

Penn One Health goes abroad

In August, Penn Vet student James Ferrara will combine veterinary research and public health outreach in Nepal, where he will join a team of graduate students conducting research on Campylobacter, a bacteria found in unpasteurized milk, that is prone to cause infection.

Jacob Williamson-Rea



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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