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    Preemies 4 Prevention

    November 17, 2017

    Wanting to make a difference in the lives of other premature babies and families struggling to deal with the effects of prematurity, this month, two teens born prematurely will launch an initiative to help put an end to the leading cause of death in newborns.

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    Birthing New Findings

    November 15, 2017

    A team led by Penn Medicine’s Mary Regina Boland, PhD, an assistant professor of Informatics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, looked at previously documented associations between specific diseases and being born at a certain time of the year, probing deeper to pinpoint the links between them.

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    Surviving the “Silent Killer”: How Seamless Coordination Saves Lives

    November 13, 2017

    As temperatures drop, the number of visits to emergency rooms across the country tends to spike in the opposite direction. From tumbles off of ladders while decorating and holiday baking burns, to icy falls and omnipresent flu germs, the “most wonderful time of the year” doesn’t always live up to its moniker. Yet, there’s one seasonal threat that we tend to forget about until a tragic story hits the news: carbon monoxide (CO), often dubbed the “invisible killer” or “silent killer.” 

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    Smoking and Vaping: Cessation and Prevention in the Modern Era

    November 10, 2017

    Even though overall smoking numbers have declined, Penn's Susan Pizzi worries that millennials and teens are being enticed into the smoking culture through the modern technology of e-cigarettes, which are not yet regulated by the FDA.

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    Good Place to “Hang Out” or Harmful?: The Tumor Microbiome’s Role in Driving Cancer

    November 08, 2017

    Increasing evidence is showing that a dysregulated human microbiome – changes in the diverse population of microorganisms within every person – may play a key role in either setting the stage for some cancers, or even causing them directly.

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    A New Take on the Gift of Life

    November 06, 2017

    Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) is a devastating and prevalent condition that affects five percent of women worldwide and 50,000 women in the United States. Whether congenital or acquired, women with UFI are unable to carry and deliver babies. But, advancements in women’s health and transplant surgery are helping to create new solutions for these women and their families.

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    The Not-so-Famous Way to Get Health Info

    November 03, 2017

    The truth is, celebrity news stories attract a lot of eyeballs. So it’s not surprising that media outlets continue to use that angle for stories on health and disease, with headlines like “14 Celebrities with Breast Cancer” or “Stars Who Have Battled Cancer.” What is surprising is that it may not be what patients actually want to read when they’re looking for health information.

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    When Eadward Muybridge Came to Penn

    November 01, 2017

    Deep within the annals of Penn Medicine’s two-and-a-half centuries is a fun little story that ties together horse racing, an eccentric man with a Rip Van Winkle beard, The Matrix, and the University of Pennsylvania. It starts, as many good stories do, with a (possibly apocryphal) bet.

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    Women Help Women at BRA Day 2017

    October 30, 2017

    Held annually on the third Wednesday of October – in the heart of Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day is more than just an educational opportunity. It’s also a chance for women to help other women. That task was on the minds of both patients and survivors at Penn’s BRA Day event, held this year in the Smilow Center for Translational Research on October 18th.

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    An Ounce of Volunteering is Worth A Pound of Cure

    October 27, 2017

    Over the past two years, Jack Sheridan has seen his cardiovascular vital signs – total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) – decrease dramatically. Yet, during this time, he hasn’t exercised more or changed his diet. His weight has remained the same as have his medications. So what’s his secret? He volunteers.

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