Health Sciences

Wonder within wonder

Penn Medicine’s uterus transplant trial offers hope for a rare form of infertility—and at the same time, has the potential to unlock a deeper understanding of the complex biology of human pregnancy.

Queen Muse

The placebo cure

Drug researchers use control groups to measure the efficacy of their drug tests. What happens when the control group responds? Science proves the placebo effect is indeed medicine itself.

Tina Rodia

Perelman School of Medicine students find their match

On March 15, 146 medical students from the Perelman School of Medicine celebrated Match Day—the national, annual ceremony, during which students learn where they will spend the next chapter of their journeys toward becoming physicians and surgeons. 

Penn Today Staff

An implant to blunt opioid effects

A study by Penn Medicine researchers finds a slow-release naltrexone implant helps HIV patients with opioid dependence adhere to medications and prevent relapse.

Penn Today Staff

What is esketamine?

Following FDA approval of esketamine as a nasal spray to address otherwise untreatable cases of depression, Michael Thase, a professor of psychiatry at Penn Medicine, explains what it is and how it came to be.

Brandon Baker



In the News


Axios

The flimsy promises of brain wearables

Anna Wexler of the Perelman School of Medicine said the FDA is ill prepared to reign in the companies producing wearable brain devices, which record brain activity or stimulate the brain with electric currents in spite of little oversight.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

College affirmative action bans linked to higher rates of smoking among minority youth

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine has found that states that ban affirmative action in college admissions experience increased smoking rates among black, Latino, and Indigenous high schoolers. “Educational policies can have these unintended health consequences,” said co-author Atheendar Venkataramani. “Social policies really matter for health, and it’s worth talking about.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

In Pennsylvania, ‘deaths of despair’ are 50% higher than the national average

Maria Oquendo of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on increased suicide rates in Pennsylvania.

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Time

‘They’re chipping away.’ Inside the grassroots effort to fight mandatory vaccines

In an article about anti-vax organizing, Paul Offit of the Perelman School of Medicine said, “Vaccines are a victim of their own success.” Offit continued, “people have forgotten how sick measles can make you and how dead measles can make you.”

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Nature

Whole-body PET scanner produces 3D images in seconds

Abass Alavi of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a new version of a PET scanner that can generate 3D renderings of the entire human body in just seconds, a fraction of the time required by older iterations. “The whole-body machine is another quantum jump in medical imaging,” said Alavi.

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