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    Identifying Food Insecurity, Even in Pennsylvania's Wealthiest County

    July 26, 2017

    Chester County is the wealthiest county among all 67 counties in Pennsylvania — and yet, more than 25,000 county residents received over $3 million in SNAP (food stamp) benefits because they do not have enough money to consistently put food – let alone healthy food – on the table each night.

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    Modeling Migraines

    July 24, 2017

    There are still questions waiting to be answered about exactly how and why migraines are generated: What are these things? Why are they so difficult to treat? Why are they different for everybody? Research is ongoing, though, and several different models are helping physicians shed new light on what makes migraines tick — which could, in turn, lead to new and more effective treatment options down the line.

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    Scientists “Myth Bust” Human VS Animal Competition

    July 21, 2017

    While we aren’t watching Olympians set records and break barriers this year, some athletes are still making headlines. On Sunday, Michael Phelps — the most decorated athlete in Olympic history — will go head-to-head against a very unlikely competitor: a great white shark. Yes, you read that correctly – an actual shark.

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    Finding Closure When You Least Expect It

    July 19, 2017

    Christine Jaslar, a lactation consultant at HUP, stared at the name Dawn Morgan on the list of new moms she would visit in the post-partum unit and wondered: Was it possible? Twenty-five years ago, in HUP’s intensive care nursery, a tiny baby named Dawn Morgan – born at 26 weeks gestation (14 weeks early) and weighing less than two pounds – had been her very first patient.

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    You’re Not Yourself When You’re Sleepy

    July 17, 2017

    More than a third of Americans don’t get enough sleep, and growing evidence suggests it’s not only taking a toll on their physical health through heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and/or other conditions, but hurting their mental health as well.

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    Tracking the Motivational Power of Wearable Technology

    July 14, 2017

    As debate swirls around the utility, necessity and accuracy of fitness trackers - about half of the current wearable-tech market - Penn researchers are examining whether such technologies and other approaches can bring about behavioral changes that improve a patient’s health and well-being.

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    Summer Break: Time to Learn or Time to Let Kids Be Kids?

    July 12, 2017

    Summer is becoming a time during which certain children are prone to experience summer learning loss — the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer months – and parents are desperately fighting to prevent their children from falling behind. When it comes to keeping their kids academically focused over the summer, Penn Medicine's Martin Franklin says some parents might be overdoing it.

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    Skin in the Game: Dermatology’s Role in Antibiotic Stewardship

    July 10, 2017

    While discussions on antibiotic stewardship are often focused on fighting infection among the sickest patients, those aren’t the only people taking these drugs. Data from the CDC shows the average dermatology provider wrote 669 antibiotic prescriptions in 2014. That is, by far, the highest average of any provider specialty. 

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    Resident Physician Magazine Breaks Silence and Stigma through Creative Expression

    July 07, 2017

    When he was approached by a colleague about writing for a magazine with the theme “unspeakables and ineffables,” Lary Campbell had one idea for a personal essay that kept coming to mind. He had doubts about sharing it, though. The colleague, Lisa Jacobs, knew Campbell was an accomplished playwright and filmmaker who would be a talented contributor to the second issue of the magazine she had founded, Penndulum. She didn’t know that Campbell was HIV positive.

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    “So, a Surgeon Walks Into a Zoo…” – A Wild Delivery Story That’s No Joke

    July 05, 2017

    On Friday, June 2, an unlikely group of local medical professionals assembled Avengers-style at the Philadelphia Zoo to bring its newest addition into the world: a five pound baby western lowland gorilla. On the scene with the multidisciplinary group was Sean P. Harbison, MD, chief of General Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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