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  • Rendell Blog

    Watch Governor Ed Rendell Myth-Bust Parkinson’s

    June 22, 2018

    Earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that he’s living with Parkinson’s disease. Along with leading edge research and advancements in therapies for Parkinson’s patients, Rendell’s decision to make his diagnosis public is helping to shine a light on what a Parkinson’s diagnosis really means.

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    Palliative Connect: Digitizing the Physician’s Intuition to Prompt Critical Conversations

    June 20, 2018

    It is morning at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). A palliative care nurse arrives to start her work day. Her team plays a vital role; she and the doctors and nurse practitioners she works with are called in to have some of the most important and powerful conversations in the lives of some patients and their families.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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).

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    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.”

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    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.

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    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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    Keeping an Eye on Newer Cornea Treatments

    May 23, 2018

    My hopes of living a life without glasses or contact lenses were dashed last month.

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    Skin and Summer Sports: The Importance of Self-Exams

    May 21, 2018

    It was fall of 2013 when Mike Schmidt noticed something strange on his hand. The Phillies legend only had a few hours in Florida before he had to catch a flight, but he decided to see if his dermatologist could see him on short notice.

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    Advanced Practice Providers: High Quality Care with Proven Outcomes

    May 18, 2018

    Advanced practice providers – specifically nurse practitioners and physician assistants – have been part of the health care environment for the last 50 years, but it’s only been in the past 15 years or so that their presence – and numbers – have dramatically shifted.

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    Making Progress on the Pavilion

    May 16, 2018

    Last May, Penn Medicine officially broke ground on its new, $1.5 billion hospital, known as the Pavilion. It is the largest capital building project in Penn’s history and Philadelphia’s most sophisticated and ambitious health care building.

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    Food [Log] for Thought

    May 14, 2018

    While I was fortunate to grow up learning that the right foods and playing sports was important for living a long, healthy life, and I was surrounded by people with similar approaches to eating and exercising, these are lessons that may be hard to come by in the in the midst of socioeconomic difficulties or coping with other chronic illnesses.

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    Watch your language and mind your manners, please!

    May 11, 2018

    When the Perelman School of Medicine celebrated its 250th birthday in 2015, we took the opportunity to take a look back at some of the major milestones and advancements in the practice of medicine, which has evolved alongside our nation itself.

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    Body and Mind: Adjusting to Normal Life after Cancer Treatment

    May 09, 2018

    Cancer, like so many other overwhelming or life-altering situations, can really stick with a person. For many, the end of treatment is met with a flood of emotions that can make it difficult to get back to normal life.

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    The Path through Penn Medicine: Differentiation of Each Student’s Journey

    May 07, 2018

    There is a shared background among every person who bears the letters “MD” after their name: They’ve gone through four years of medical school, learning similar basic sciences knowledge and clinical skills necessary to pursue medical licensing after they graduate.

  • Broad Street Run Blog

    A Perfect 10: Why the Broad Street Run is Made for Personal Bests

    May 04, 2018

    From elite runners to weekend warriors, the Broad Street Run is Philadelphia’s most popular run and the biggest 10-miler in the country. But why is it so popular? To get to the heart of this question, one has to go beyond the basics of running 10 miles, and take a closer look at what makes this race the pride of Philadelphia.

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    Zero Shades of Grey: Living with BPD

    May 02, 2018

    Kristen is stuck on a roller coaster. It’s not a gentle, kid-friendly coaster, but a seemingly endless stretch of extreme hills and terrifying drops, with a safety harness that keeps threatening to snap off. Sometimes the car goes full Final Destination 3 and flies off the tracks altogether – but when she opens her eyes, she’s ascending that first hill again. And again. And again. It’s exhausting. At 22, Kristen was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

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    PennPORT(al) into a Thriving Science Career

    April 30, 2018

    It’s no surprise that Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience, is starting his own lab at Penn in July. After all, he created his first lab when he was just 14 years old. What’s surprising is the journey he took to get here – from the home he grew up in located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, to North Carolina, and as far as Qatar – all to come back home to Penn.

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    Physical Therapy Helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients Hold Steady

    April 27, 2018

    The ability to perform seemingly simple body movements can slip away as Parkinson’s disease progresses, but paradoxically, research suggests that movement itself could be a key to staving off the speed at which the disease impacts patients’ nervous systems.

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    The Rest Project: How Penn Medicine is Helping Patients Sleep Better in the Hospital

    April 25, 2018

    For a place where the most obvious and necessary piece of furniture is a bed, a hospital room is a surprisingly difficult place to get a good night’s sleep. But what if there are ways patients could get better sleep while they are still in the hospital?

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    Microbiome Food for Thought

    April 23, 2018

    Clostridium difficile, like so many bacteria, are opportunists. Naturally present in many of our guts, these microorganisms sit and wait until the chance arises for them to thrive and wreak havoc. And we’re often the ones to give it to them.

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    The Psychology of Cancer and Appearance

    April 19, 2018

    Based on the number of expressions that pop up in cultures all around the world that link our faces to our sense of worth and our standing in our communities, you’d think we’d have a full understanding of the profound effect a healthy face can have on our psychological and emotional well-being. *Warning, this post contains images of wounds related to cancer.*

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    A Patient’s Courageous Decision Saves His Life

    April 18, 2018

    “It was a 10+-year ordeal.” That’s how 59-year old Tom Giangiulio described his sometimes ups – and often downs – of battling heart disease.

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    World Immunization Week 2018

    April 16, 2018

    Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Ahead of this year’s World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – we’re reviewing some of the most important vaccine breakthroughs in recent history, as well as a looking to the future of vaccine development for diseases like HIV/AIDS, Zika, and Herpes.

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    Speaking the Language of Medicine

    April 12, 2018

    Nearly 37,000 Amish live in the Lancaster County area, most of whom are fluent in Pennsylvania German, popularly known as Pennsylvania Dutch. While they also speak fluent English, these residents are critical to the culture and history of the region, and when they need medical attention, it’s vital that Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is able to support them.

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    Running with Heart: How the Body Handles a Marathon

    April 11, 2018

    As thousands of runners prepare for the Boston Marathon, what lessons can be learned from the quest to break 2 hours in the distance?

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    Penn Medicine Shares “Relatable Research” at the 8th Philadelphia Science Festival

    April 09, 2018

    For the eighth year, Penn Medicine is a partner in the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that engages the community with the ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives.

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    STB is the New CPR

    April 06, 2018

    Nearly 60,000 people die from bleeding each year, and though injuries that result in extreme blood loss have long been a sight all too common in areas like West Philadelphia, the national spotlight has certainly shone upon the issue of late.

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    LGBT Health Panel Challenges Diverse Audience to ‘Be the Champion’

    April 04, 2018

    “No matter what field you’re in, be the champion,” Allison Myers, MD, MPH, said. “LGBT care is still relatively new and you can be the champion within your realm for patients. Be an advocate and when you see an unmet need, try to make it happen.”

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    It’s an Emotional Day in the Neighborhood

    April 02, 2018

    A few weeks ago, the internet had a meltdown. Unsurprising, I know, but there was something different this time. The catalyst: the trailer for an upcoming documentary about the genre-defining children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Perhaps the emotional outpouring was pure nostalgia, but it’s possible that it’s both deeper and simpler than that: the show made kids feel seen and valued, and that played a critical part in their mental health and development.

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    Genome Time Machine

    March 30, 2018

    The human genome is a bit like a time machine, says Ben Voight, an associate professor in Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics and of Genetics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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    Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy vs. At-Home Kits

    March 28, 2018

    Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It’s also the third-most common cancer diagnosed in American men and women, excluding skin cancers.

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    Expect the Unexpected During In-Flight Medical Emergencies

    March 26, 2018

    “Ladies and gentlemen, is there a physician on board?” The flight attendant on a flight from Rwanda to Turkey made the announcement no one wants to hear, and Rachel Zang, MD, an emergency medicine resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, jumped into action.

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    Match Day 2018: Perelman School of Medicine Students Pursue their Passions

    March 23, 2018

    At the Perelman School of Medicine, this past Friday, March 16, was marked with tears of joy, hugs, and high fives as students and their loved ones discovered where they would be spending the next three or more years of their medical careers. During the annual ceremony, students are called up one by one to receive a letter telling them where they have matched. Some choose to tear open the envelope immediately, while others find a quiet corner to learn their fate before rushing back into the auditorium to celebrate.

  • The Workout Debate: Experts Weigh in on Cardio VS. HIIT

    March 21, 2018

    For many, going out for a morning jog, a run with friends on the weekend, or hitting the treadmill at the gym, might be a fitness regimen staple. But in the last 10 to 15 years, HIIT workouts—high intensity interval training—have gained a lot of momentum, opening up a debate about which regimen actually provides a better workout or more health benefits.

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    Gender Equality in Science: A Sign Things May Finally Be Changing

    March 19, 2018

    High-profile scandals and downfalls of the rich, famous, and powerful have been in the news on a daily basis in what has become a reckoning for decades of bad behavior. Still, issues like equal pay, equal opportunity for advancement, and equal recognition persist, and they plague just about every industry.

  • Match Day: Out of the Comfort Zone and Into the Crucible

    March 16, 2018

    Match Day is the climax of medical school. It's one of the most visible and dramatic outcome of four years of hard work. For many, it will be a day of pure joy. But because the Match process is not unlike being picked sequentially in gym class, the day is also a source of anxiety and uncertainty.

  • Shifting Perspectives: Pre-Match Day Reflections

    March 14, 2018

    Now, with residency interviews behind me, program rank lists debated and certified, and Match Day approaching, I have had ample opportunity to reflect on my time in medical school. I chose a career in medicine for the opportunity to meld my two passions, service and science.

  • Preventing Burnout: a Housestaff Hazard

    March 12, 2018

    In any profesion, burnout can leave a person feeling physically and emotionally tired, disengaged, and “lost” – but due to the long hours and often, life and death matters confronted on the job, burnout is more common among health care workers.

  • When Morning Sickness Becomes All Day and All Night Sickness

    March 09, 2018

    Almost every expectant mom has heard these and many other “methods” to get them through the first trimester of pregnancy which can often be the most difficult thanks to surging hormones, morning sickness, and extreme exhaustion.

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    New Community Open Space Gets a Colorful Kickoff

    March 07, 2018

    For students at Ross Elementary School in Lancaster City, the daily commute to school is now an exciting walk of fame, thanks to a recent art project organized by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health).

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    One Patient’s Needs Sparks New Surgical Protocol

    March 05, 2018

    Ever wonder what you might do if you found yourself diagnosed with a disease and your doctors didn’t have a process in place to fully treat it? Ever think about what happens behind the scenes in a hospital to prepare for a new surgical procedure?

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    Addressing the Unseen Scars of a TBI Head On

    March 02, 2018

    Though fractures and other injuries may case aches and pains and damaged ligaments and joints may never be exactly the same as they once were, the scars left by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often manifest in less visible ways.

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    (Earth) Angels Bring Awareness and Support to Caregivers with Innovative Social Media Campaign

    February 28, 2018

    Remember the joy you had when you were a kid and made a snow angel at the first sign of snow each winter?

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    Show Your Heart Some Love & Know Your Numbers

    February 26, 2018

    Each February, the American Heart Association (AHA) encourages every American to celebrate Heart Month by learning about their risks for cardiovascular diseases and by taking steps to reduce those risks with a commitment to healthier, heart-conscious lifestyle choices.

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    Jumping on the At Home DNA Testing Kit Bandwagon

    February 23, 2018

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests were popular gifts this past holiday season. The tests’ makers promise the ability to sketch out details about customers’ family trees, but some results may also include a swath of information related to your genetic risk of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Parkinson's disease.

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    Inherited But Not Fatal: Changing the Course of Heart Disease

    February 21, 2018

    Krysten Ollice lost her mother to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2009. Krysten was 23 years old; her mom was 48. She recalled her mom had typical symptoms of a potential heart problem, including breathlessness, dizziness, and fatigue. But it took a long time for her to get diagnosed with a heart condition.

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    The Connection Between Blood Type and Heart Health

    February 19, 2018

    It’s a question that has been vexing researchers for more than half a century but have yet to fully answer: Does having a certain blood type – AB or O, for example – increase your risk for heart disease?

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    Isaac Starr and the Rise and Fall of the Ballistocardiograph

    February 16, 2018

    Here’s a weird observation: If you stand on an old bathroom scale—not a digital one, but one with a needle that points to the number for your weight, based on the pressure your body exerts on its interior springs—hold your breath, stand up straight, and don’t move a muscle. While in that perfect stillness, watch the needle. It will oscillate, thump, thump, thump, in time with your heartbeat.

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    Health System Collegiality Inspires Outpatient Treatment for Heart Failure

    February 14, 2018

    In an effort to answer that question, CCH launched an Outpatient Diuretic Program in November 2017. “This outpatient treatment solution was introduced to help prevent hospital readmissions and to also keep patients in their own environment while recovering.”

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    Tobacco Use and Heart Disease: A Growing Global Health Challenge

    February 12, 2018

    More than 1 billion people worldwide currently use tobacco products. While that may sound like a staggering number, tobacco use, particularly in the United States and Europe, is actually decreasing. But global health experts caution that this overall decline might be a bit of smoke and mirrors.

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    One Appointment, Multiple Healthier Outcomes: Screening Moms at Well-Baby Visits

    February 09, 2018

    “Like many other women’s health providers, I find that caring for women between pregnancies can be a challenge when visits are limited,” he said. “The IMPLICIT ICC model addresses this by paralleling the medical home as a model for evidence based care. It enables us to provide assistance to a population of reproductive-age women, regardless of whether they visit their usual source of care.”

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    Changing Behaviors to Change Health

    February 07, 2018

    Five thousand hours. That’s how long the average person spends each year awake and not in front of a doctor. People tend to think of health care as the time you spend getting checkups, but your health is substantially more dependent on the choices you make during those five thousand hours.

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    World Cancer Day: Researcher Shares How He’s Reshaping Breast Health in Rwanda

    February 05, 2018

    In 2012, 39-year-old Antoinette sought treatment at her community health center in rural Rwanda for a swollen left breast. All the women in her community with breast cancer who went to the clinic had returned home without treatment and ultimately died of the disease.

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    Uncovering the Long Term Health Impact of Playing in the NFL

    February 02, 2018

    In 1987, NFL players went on strike. Teams scrambled to fill their rosters with “replacement players” with some experience with college or professional football. They became a footnote in sports history, but it turns out these players may actually play a critical role in helping us understand how playing in the NFL affects long-term health.

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    Concussion Watch: The Eyes on the Sides

    January 31, 2018

    Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, spends most of his days performing and teaching others to perform delicate brain procedures like Deep Brain Stimulation and MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. So when the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game earlier this month, some were surprised to see Baltuch standing on the field alongside the coaches and players.

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    Scientist’s Best Friend

    January 29, 2018

    Meet Venus and Mercury, the loving mother-and-pup companions of married-couple researchers Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, and Albert Maguire, MD. Like many Swedish Briards, they were born with a form of congenital blindness, and their impaired eyesight got worse with age — until they underwent an experimental therapy that Bennett and Maguire had pioneered.

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    Delivering the Odds on Childbirth

    January 26, 2018

    Most expectant women, whether they’re having their first baby or they’ve gone through the labor and delivery process before, have some kind of plan in mind for how they’d like to deliver their baby. But, nature doesn’t always let things go according to plan. Annually, nearly 1 million women in the United States end up having an unplanned labor induction.

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    IV Lounges Want to Cure Hangovers, but at What Cost?

    January 24, 2018

    Carrying offerings named “Jet Lag Eraser,” “Hydrofix,” and “Epic Hangover Recovery,” concierge intravenous (IV) lounges are popping up in cities around the country and offer bold promises for consumers looking for a quick fix from a hangover, jet lag, or someone looking for a beauty boost, or to build their resistance against colds or flu.

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    New Year, New Me? How to Make 2018 a Success

    January 22, 2018

    December 31st, 11:59 p.m. The new year is nearly here, and you’re waiting for the clock to signal a fresh start. The 2017 version of you may not have been able to implement healthy habits, maintain perfect relationships, or bring about world peace, but the 2018 model of you? They’re on it. Fast forward three weeks later. How are you holding up? Statistically speaking – probably not so well.

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    Reducing the Prevalence of Cervical Cancer in the Hispanic Community

    January 19, 2018

    The Hispanic community is the fastest growing population in the United States, and their health needs are growing too: the CDC’s most recent reports show that Hispanic women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

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    Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: An Insider’s View

    January 17, 2018

    As we took our positions around the bed in the trauma bay, I could hear the first patient being wheeled in by the paramedics, screaming hysterically with slurred speech, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please save her!” The paramedics slid her backboard on to the gurney. She was flailing with tears welling up in her eyes and a heavy smell of alcohol on her breath.

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    Tissue Engineering to Improve the Most Common Orthopaedic Surgery

    January 15, 2018

    The knee carries a lot of weight in the English language, just as it does in the body. As the largest and one of the most complicated joints, the knee is also one of the most easily injured. Anatomically, it’s no wonder – the knee connects the two longest levers in the body: the thigh and lower leg.

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    WhatsApp is Changing Dermatology Care in Botswana

    January 12, 2018

    Innovation in health care doesn’t always have to mean new or expensive. It’s often the smart repurposing of something – “frugal innovations” that have a long history in low-resource settings. A recent example that has been flying under the radar in Botswana is the use of the smartphone application WhatsApp.

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    The Promise of a New Year: A Look at Medicine in 2018

    January 10, 2018

    From the FDA’s approval of the first ever gene therapy that brings new hope to cancer patients, to the approval of a gene therapy that can treat a rare form of blindness, to advancements in clinics and labs that could lead to new discoveries, 2017 saw great achievements in the field of medicine. Here’s what Penn doctors say they’re excited about as they look to 2018.

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    Building Bridges: Giggles, Smiles, and So Much More

    January 08, 2018

    Nobody likes long waits to see a doctor, but it’s especially hard for young children to “sit still and behave.” Thanks to Building Bridges, an intergenerational partnership between the Penn Memory Center and CHOP, a lot more giggles are emanating from the waiting room. Perhaps, even more important, older adults are feeling needed.

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    Baby, It’s Cold (Season) Outside!

    January 05, 2018

    “Don’t go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold!” We’ve all heard this and other “facts” about how you might catch a cold, but which ones are true and which are simply something to sneeze at? We sat down with Anne Norris, MD, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases, to find out.

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    Penn HealthX Aims to Expand the Conversation Beyond Boundaries in Medicine

    January 03, 2018

    When the news broke of the FDA approval of a gene therapy for the treatment of a form of retinal blindness, some medical students at Penn had an insider’s perspective. Not only was the therapy initially developed by researchers at Penn and CHOP, but a medical student group called Penn HealthX had hosted in-depth conversations about bringing that scientific discovery to the marketplace.

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    ‘Tis the Season for Service

    December 22, 2017

    Penn Medicine is proud to have employees who are committed to making a meaningful mark on their local communities, and while their enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge, expertise, and compassion spans all year round, there is undoubtedly something especially "magical" about giving back during the "most wonderful time of the year."

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    When It Comes to Calorie Consumption, Is Knowledge Power?

    December 20, 2017

    Over-consumption of calories has been a key driver of rising rates of obesity. By May 2018, restaurants, grocery stores, and other food establishments with 20+ locations will be required to post calorie information on their menus. The hope is that making such information more visible will encourage consumers to choose – and restaurants to offer – lower-calorie items. But will it work?

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    Sharing Examples of Caring this Season

    December 18, 2017

    Service to community takes many unique forms among Penn Medicine staff. These are just a few stories of work members of our community perform beyond the walls of our hospitals, clinics and classrooms year round. In honor of the season of giving, Penn Medicine debuts four new short videos of Penn Medicine CAREs-funded initiatives making a difference all year long.

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    Nourishing Preemies

    December 15, 2017

    Anticipating the birth of her first child, Brea Cox thought she was prepared, but things don’t always go as planned. Her daughter, Paxtyn, was born at 28 weeks and spent the first 61 days of her life in the NICU, but what surprised Cox the most was what many of us take for granted. Paxtyn needed help learning how to coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing – all essential skills for eating.

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    How the Opioid Epidemic is Changing Emergency Care

    December 13, 2017

    Drug overdoses, mostly from opioids, are killing an average of 142 Americans each day. In Chester County, deaths related to opioid overdoses are up 38 percent for the first half of this year compared with 2016. The crisis is affecting both urban and community hospitals alike. Chester County Hospital is taking steps to meet the challenges this crisis presents.

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    Kyra’s Legacy

    December 11, 2017

    A little over 10 years ago, Abramson Cancer Center director Robert Vonderheide, MD – then an assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology – and his colleagues at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, told a room full of local reporters about an immunotherapy vaccine to treat lymphoma in pet dogs, which they hoped would someday help children with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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    Fighting Antibiotic Resistance with a Little Help from Nature

    December 08, 2017

    The bacteria are winning. That’s what happens when they’re excessively attacked with the same antibiotics for 70 plus years. About two million people became infected with resistant bacteria this year in the United States, and at least 23,000 of them died as a direct result, according to CDC estimates. The future looks even grimmer: By 2050, resistant bugs will account for 10 million annual deaths around the world.

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    Tis the Season to Be…Hypertensive?

    December 06, 2017

    We’re smack in the middle of the Holiday season – the time of year when just about every media outlet begins rolling out tips for keeping stress down, maintaining diet and exercise routines, and starting the New Year off right. While these can be helpful, they’re not always foolproof. In fact, this year for many Americans, some heath pitfalls may be unavoidable – specifically, high blood pressure.

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    Mur, Mur, Mur

    December 04, 2017

    I’ve apparently got a “great” heart murmur. I think it’s some mix of loudness and clarity that makes it a particularly good murmur. It’s actually kind of charming, how much doctors and residents tend to nerd out about it. They’ll tell me, “Ah, that’s a really wonderful murmur!” and I’ll react with a “Thank you,” as if they’d complimented my fastball.

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    A Deeper Look: How Data Technology is Changing Medicine

    December 01, 2017

    Data technology holds the key to unlocking “gold nuggets” of information from electronic health records and other data systems that are paving the way to earlier patient discharges, fewer readmissions, and improved outcomes. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

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    Cosmetic Surgery: Is There Still a Stigma for Men?

    November 29, 2017

    A look through the American Association of Plastic Surgery’s annual report shows doctors performed more than 17.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2016, but buried in the report is something you might not expect. Despite the public perception that these procedures are predominantly focused on women, a growing number of cosmetic plastic surgery patients are men.

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    World AIDS Day 2017: Aging with HIV

    November 27, 2017

    It has been almost 40 years since the world was first introduced to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Since those early days of confusion and fear, treatment advances have led to a scenario that doctors and patients in the 1980s and early 1990s could not have imagined: the aging HIV patient.

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    November 22, 2017

    In addition to celebrating five years of remarkable progress in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of BRCA-related cancers, the Basser Jean Bash featured the launch of the #invisiblegenes hereditary cancer awareness campaign which encourages genetic testing and counseling so that carriers can take preventative measures.

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    Penn’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant

    November 20, 2017

    Penn's Jason Moore — director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics — is developing something like an assistant for medical researchers to bring the buzzed-about tools of artificial intelligence into the regular toolbox for investigators who aren’t computer programmers.

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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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    Building Tomorrow’s Global Health Leaders

    October 25, 2017

    Like many countries in eastern and southern Africa, Kenya has a high rate of pediatric HIV, with nearly 100,000 children living with the virus. Rosa Chemwey Ndiema hopes to put Kenya on the path to virtual elimination of the virus through research on how to better involve community leaders to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV—and that brought her to Philadelphia this summer to learn from renowned physicians and researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine.

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    Changing How We Detect and Treat Sport Concussions

    October 23, 2017

    With another season of scholastic football in full swing at school districts across the country, a growing number of physicians and athletic trainers are re-evaluating how they diagnose and treat head injuries suffered during practices and games.

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    A Healthy Bottom Line: LDI's 50th Anniversary Symposium

    October 20, 2017

    Since the 1980s, the costs of health care in the Unites States has risen from nine percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product to now nearly twice that amount. With a population that is steadily increasing and aging, it appears that trend is not likely to slow anytime soon. The challenge is a tricky balancing act: providing the best possible care while controlling costs within an extraordinarily complex system of insurance networks, pharmaceutical companies, care providers, and so much more.

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