Health Sciences

From 5 to 95: The impact of life experiences on brain health

Structural and social determinants of health (SSDoH) are environmental conditions in which individuals are born, live, and learn that affect health, and evidence suggests that SSDoH can help to explain similar outcomes in Alzheimer’s disease.

From Penn Memory Center

Climate change’s impact on cardiovascular mortality

Two new studies from Penn LDI indicate the increasing number of extreme heat waves baking large swaths of the country pose new levels of potentially deadly health threats, particularly for older adults and minority populations in low-income communities.

Hoag Levins

Managing mental health amid gun violence

In 2021, Philadelphia saw a record number of 486 homicides by shooting as well 1,846 non-fatal shootings. According to clinical psychologist Leah Blain, exposure to trauma, including to gun violence, increases the risk of negative health outcomes.

From Penn Medicine News

Helping the brain to heal the gut

In the second edition of her book on irritable bowel syndrome, Penn psychologist Melissa Hunt explores advances made in the past decade. Her aim is to offer accessible, effective, self-help psychological treatment for those who suffer from the disorder.

Luis Melecio-Zambrano



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine teams with Independence Blue Cross on primary care venture

Penn Medicine is investing in Independence Blue Cross subsidiary Tandigm Health and adding primary care doctors to Tandigm’s systems, with a statement from CEO Kevin Mahoney.

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Tallahassee Democrat

FSU awarded grant for ‘mystery shopper’ research to reduce HIV infections in young adults

José Bauermeister of the School of Nursing will assist a Florida State University team in developing research on HIV clinics to decrease infection rates among young gay men.

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NPR

Pfizer and Moderna seek authorization of omicron booster for kids ages 5-11

Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine says that uncertain benefits for children and lack of historical data on bivalent vaccines might not justify pediatric authorizations for omicron boosters.

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SciTechDaily

New treatment target could counter bone loss

A study from Shuying (Sheri) Yang of the School of Dental Medicine and colleagues identified a protein that regulates osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone, which may pave the way for new treatments that prevent bone loss.

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The Guardian

Biden’s claim that COVID pandemic is over sparks debate over future

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel says that President Biden’s remarks reflect the general population’s current disregard of masks and pandemic precautions.

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