Health Sciences

Shining a (UV) light on hospital infections

A rolling, six-foot-tall UV light device assigned to each floor of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania rids hospital rooms of harmful organisms after every discharge, preventing infection.

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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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