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  • Twitter Docs

    Twitter Docs: How Researchers and Clinicians Navigate Social Media

    June 18, 2018

    “What should my first tweet be?” It’s a question John Barbieri, MD, was thinking about just after he created his account on the social media platform.

  • Arm

    What Do the Golden Gate Bridge and Orthopaedic Implants Have in Common?

    June 15, 2018

    We’ve heard it before: your mother fell and broke her humerus (upper arm bone). Or the son of your next door neighbor fractured his ankle playing soccer. Regardless of who was injured, or even what specifically was injured, many orthopaedic fractures require some amount of hardware to help the injury heal.

  • Trauma

    Spreading the Health

    June 13, 2018

    Geospatial analysis combines extensive geographic and demographic data with transportation options, consumer behavior, and the presence of nearby competitors to achieve a competitive edge. Can this research process used by banks, restaurants, and grocery chains to determine future development sites also help determine the best placement for trauma centers in Pennsylvania?

  • Robot Human

    Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

    June 11, 2018

    The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines has captured the minds of societies across the globe.

  • Bias

    Can Bias Be Reversed

    June 08, 2018

    Starbucks has been in the headlines more than usual lately – and not because of record-setting earnings or because of its latest limited-edition frappe. In April, Starbucks came under fire when two black men were wrongfully arrested at a Philadelphia store. The story went viral and within hours the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending.

  • Window33ss

    Get EnLIGHTened: Why Working Near a Window is Good for Your Health

    June 06, 2018

    Many of today’s buildings incorporate much more glass and natural light into their designs than in the past. While this is clearly an aesthetic choice, it’s also a healthy one.

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    CHIBE Combats the Opioid Crisis, One ‘Nudge’ at a Time

    June 04, 2018

    One in five Americans reports knowing someone struggling with an opioid addiction. But while it may feel too massive a problem to tackle or too overwhelming to even comprehend, experts in many corners of Penn Medicine are at work combatting the deadly toll, including the physicians and researchers of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).

  • Vegdiet

    Eating a Plant-Based Diet in a Cheesesteak City

    June 01, 2018

    “I grew up in a house in Philadelphia where food was very important,” said Swartz. “I learned to eat all kinds of interesting things as a young kid – hoagies, pizza, cheesesteaks, Chinese food, Indian food, and whatever – I just loved food. So, when Duffy suggested I try to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, I was pretty skeptical and not very interested.”

  • Maternal opioid depdendence

    Protecting the Littlest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

    May 30, 2018

    “Once you see these babies in person, you can understand how hard it is to watch them suffer,” says Susan Cacciavillano, BSN, RN, clinical manager of Chester County Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics department.

  • light bulb

    From Napkin to Prototype: Bringing Health Innovation to Life

    May 25, 2018

    Where does a cardiologist go when she has an idea to improve a common medical device? She knows that a pacemaker with a longer lifespan and lighter weight could help improve her patients’ quality of life, but how does she make her idea into a reality?

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