Health Sciences

The history, and future, of Black doctors at Penn

A recent article in Penn Medicine magazine highlights four Black graduates and physicians over 200 years, and the ongoing efforts today to build a more diverse and inclusive community.

From Penn Medicine News

Helen Octavia Dickens: An expanded view of a trailblazing OB-GYN

Helen Octavia Dickens was not only the first African American woman faculty member in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn, but a vital leader in the community advocating for preventive health for women and teen girls of color.

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Combating health misinformation

A new article from Penn Nursing explains how unreliable and false health information accelerated during the pandemic, and how social media platforms amplified the problem.

From Penn Nursing News

In the News

Health Day

1 in 3 Americans now live in areas where indoor masks advised, CDC says

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel says that local leaders need to step up their game on COVID prevention strategies as cases increase.



D.C.’s struggle to end homelessness is getting more complicated

Unhoused people in their 50s and 60s in three cities examined by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania had health conditions more akin to housed people who were 20 years older.


Daily Nurse

Lauder donates $125M for tuition-free program to recruit and deploy NPs in underserved communities

Dean Antonia Villarruel of the School of Nursing is quoted on the Leonard A. Lauder Community Care Nurse Practitioner Program, which will recruit and prepare a diverse cadre of expert nurse practitioners to provide primary care to individuals and families in underserved communities across the U.S.


The Hill

Extreme heat linked to rise in U.S. death rates

Sameed Khatana of the Perelman School of Medicine says extreme heat is associated with a higher mortality rate across the contiguous United States.


The New York Times

Can a night owl become an early bird?

“Your circadian rhythm tendencies are genetic and can’t really be changed,” said Ilene M. Rosen of the Perelman School of Medicine, referring to the body’s innate 24-hour circadian cycles that govern when we wake up and fall asleep. “But the good news is that we can give our clocks some cues that influence it a little bit.”