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    When I Die, Let Me Live

    June 21, 2017

    The first two-part episode of Perelman School of Medicine graduate Lauren Kelly, MD’s podcast, “When I Die, Let Me Live,” is not always an easy listen — but that’s kind of the point. Kelly aims to present the listener with firsthand stories from patients, families, and caretakers dealing with the myriad physical, mental, emotional, and moral complexities of end-of-life care.

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    Is Living Longer, Living Better?

    March 10, 2017

    With the potential for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the health care safeguards that help care for the aging and those with chronic disease could be in jeopardy. Research has shown there is a correlation between access to care and health–and perhaps by association, lifespan—and the risks are becoming more profound over time, with the increasing number of people who need care for serious illnesses throughout their lives.

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    Putting the ‘Plastic’ in ‘Synaptic Plasticity’

    March 03, 2017

    We’ve all seen 'em: Children displaying prowess far beyond ours in areas we considered ourselves capable. They make up for a lack of experience with the ability to learn at an extraordinary pace, surpassing their elders quickly. You may be relieved to know there’s a term, and full scientific explanation, for this phenomenon—beyond just your being out of touch.

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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.

  • The Memory Café: A “Safe” Place to Socialize

    August 22, 2016

    At a recent event at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, a group of people sat around four tables, each with Egyptian artifacts as its centerpiece. Museum educators went from table to table explaining – in a highly entertaining fashion – what each artifact signified in ancient...

  • Can Movin' and Groovin' Keep Alzheimer's at Bay?

    June 17, 2016

    At the Ralston House, home of Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA), a small group of older African-Americans moves to the rhythm of African music, keeping time to the beat of the drums as they follow their dance instructor’s steps. Another similarly aged group tackles mentally stimulating activities, such as creating...

  • Hips Don't Lie; Neither Do Radiologists

    January 20, 2016

    On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a...

  • Penn Leads the Way in Alzheimer’s Research and Care

    November 19, 2015

    It’s an exciting time in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research, declared a recent CNBC.com article. Enhanced investment in research has led to new and improved treatments for cancer and other common illnesses, with Alzheimer’s perennially lagging in both available treatments and federal funding. But leading researchers, those at Penn among them,...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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