Health Sciences

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

With summer’s return, a guide to avoiding drowning

Zaffer Qasim of the Perelman School of Medicine analyzed the mortality data of drowning victims in the United States to prescribe treatment measures. Among other recommendations, he encourages everyone to get training in basic life support.

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Biogen’s next Alzheimer drug feeds push for FDA approval revamp

Emily Largent and Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about the clinical uncertainty of new Alzheimer’s drug findings and the FDA’s need to have post-approval trials underway.


The Washington Post

A dog who loves boxes. A cat who loves socks. Why are pets so weird?

Carlo Siracusa of the School of Veterinary Medicine says that pet quirks are an evolution of ancestral behaviors adapted to new domesticated lives.



Early data suggest vaccine protects against monkeypox, but questions remain

Stuart Isaacs of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the CDC’s findings on the effectiveness of the monkeypox vaccine are encouraging.



How health systems can truly value Black lives: Help close the racial wealth gap

In an op-ed, the Perelman School of Medicine’s Atheendar Venkataramani, Eugenia C. South, and George Dalembert, also of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, write that health systems are uniquely positioned as economic engines to address the racial wealth gap.



$50 million gift to University of Pennsylvania for autoimmune disease research

A $50 million gift from Wharton School alumni Judy and Stewart Colton will further develop the work of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at the Perelman School of Medicine, with a statement from President Liz Magill.