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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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    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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    Breaking the Cycle of Addiction

    September 20, 2017

    “For a lot of these patients, it’s been a revolving door,” Barnett said. “It’s a tough population. We treat them, they leave, and they come back to be revived again. There’s more hope now that they’ll get treatment.”

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    Some Patients Grow Wary of Opioids as Epidemic Looms

    January 13, 2017

    Nearly all of the cancer patients Erin McMenamin, MSN, CRNP—a registered a nurse in Radiation Oncology—speaks with are afraid of opioids, citing shocking statistics they’ve read about in the newspaper, tragic stories they’ve seen on the evening news or downright incorrect information they’ve read online.

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    Raising Spirits Throughout the Holiday Season

    January 09, 2017

    Reaching out into our communities to improve the lives of those less fortunate is one of Penn Medicine’s highest priorities. But giving back takes on a special significance during the holiday season.

  • Pa. Physician General: “Opioid Stewardship” Needed to Beat Crisis

    November 03, 2016

    More than 50,000 people across the nation are expected to die this year due to opioid and heroin overdose. That’s about the same number of Americans were killed during the entire 12 years of the Vietnam War. Rachel Levine, MD, physician general of Pennsylvania, kicked off her grand rounds on...

  • A History of Harm Reduction in Philadelphia

    October 03, 2016

    How many clean syringes were handed out last year by Prevention Point Philadelphia, a local harm reduction nonprofit that provides a wide array of social services to addicts? That question was posed to the audience gathered at Presby’s PHI building to listen to Brian Work, MD, MPH, an assistant professor...

  • A Welcome Tool to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

    August 26, 2016

    The message was clear at a Thursday afternoon press conference in the Henry A. Jordan Medical Education Center. The opioid crisis in America affects everyone, across all boundaries. “It affects teenagers, who have their entire lives in front of them. It affects elderly who struggle with chronic pain ailments,” said...

  • FDA’s Latest Tobacco Ruling: A Q&A about E-Cigarettes

    May 13, 2016

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released new rules last week pertaining to what they have labeled “all tobacco products.” These products include cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and others, but perhaps the most controversial of all products now governed is the e-cigarette. The ruling, which will help...

  • An Inside Look at an Academic Medical Journal

    July 29, 2014

    Henry Kranzler, MD, Penn professor and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, has been a leader in research on alcohol dependence for 25 years. His work has contributed to an understanding of the genetic risk factors that contribute to alcohol dependence, and he has designed and conducted several...

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