News Blog

  • Keeping Our Most Vulnerable Patients Safe

    October 07, 2015

    Infant abduction from a hospital is not a common event but when it happens, the results can be devastating. Most often, news reports highlight stories of babies taken by non-custodial family members, or by women or couples who are desperate to have a baby. In the last 20 years, only...

  • Drug Pricing Debate Once Again Ignited

    October 06, 2015

    A few weeks ago, news broke that the founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, bought the 62-year-old drug daraprim, only to turn around and up the cost by 5,000 percent. The move by Shkreli, who said the revenue would fund research to develop better treatments for toxoplasmosis, the parasitic infection...

  • Fat Busting, Non-Invasive Drug Takes on Double Chins

    October 05, 2015

    Individuals lose weight in different areas of the body and at different rates, often leaving some with what they feel are specific "problem areas," where the fat just won’t disappear. Double chins in particular have a tendency to make people feel like they look older or heavier than they are,...

  • A Weekend Inside the Pope-rimeter at Penn Medicine (Slideshow)

    October 02, 2015

    So the Pope came to town. Dunno if you heard. Pope Francis's historic visit to Philadelphia was an uneventful kind of eventful — which is to say that based on crowd estimates for the historic event, we here at Penn Medicine were prepared for an enormous surge of patients speaking...

  • How Entropy Affects Drug Design

    September 30, 2015

    Entropic Botzmann by Les Dutton, PhD How could entropy, the basis of the second law of thermodynamics -- or simply put, the measure of disorder in a system -- have anything to do with medicine, a seemingly orderly discipline? Ask Kim Sharp, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics,...

  • A Safe Place for Important Practice

    September 29, 2015

    “This can’t be happening,” Sarah said through teary-eyed disbelief. “I’ve been clean for six years. I’ve been doing so good.” Denise LaMarra, director of the Standardized Patient Program, standing in front of Jared and Sarah Jared Huber, her doctor, had just told her the she had tested positive for HIV,...

  • 24 Hours and Counting

    September 25, 2015

    Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia tomorrow, the last stop on a multi-city visit to this country. While his stay in the city will only be for two days, preparations at each of Penn Medicine’s hospitals in the city – Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH), and...

  • 5K Supports Aging Research at Penn Medicine (Slideshow)

    September 23, 2015

    The 4th Annual 5K for Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) is now in the record books. Last Sunday, 435 committed Penn Medicine faculty, staff and friends and families of those affected by age-related diseases were up early on a windy, late summer morning to run and walk to raise money...

  • Howard Eisen Isn’t Really John Morgan

    September 21, 2015

    Benjamin Franklin and Dr. John Morgan at Medical Alumni Weekend In his 18th-century coat, his dark breeches, his white cravat, and his three-cornered hat, he was quite a presence during this spring’s Medical Alumni Weekend. He could be glimpsed helping to carry the Perelman School of Medicine banner during the...

  • Music to Patients’ Ears

    September 18, 2015

    As I get out of the elevator on a Friday morning at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse, I follow angelic voices to the unit’s volunteer Threshold Singers practicing for a day of spreading comfort to patients. Since 2012, when co-director Doris Mogen began the all-volunteer, 15-member chapter, she and other members...

About this Blog

This blog is written and produced by Penn Medicine’s Department of Communications. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive an e-mail notification when new content goes live!

Views expressed are those of the author or other attributed individual and do not necessarily represent the official opinion of the related Department(s), University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), or the University of Pennsylvania, unless explicitly stated with the authority to do so.

Health information is provided for educational purposes and should not be used as a source of personal medical advice.

Blog Archives


Author Archives

Share This Page: