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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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    Skin in the Game: Dermatology’s Role in Antibiotic Stewardship

    July 10, 2017

    While discussions on antibiotic stewardship are often focused on fighting infection among the sickest patients, those aren’t the only people taking these drugs. Data from the CDC shows the average dermatology provider wrote 669 antibiotic prescriptions in 2014. That is, by far, the highest average of any provider specialty. 

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    Creating New Borders for Clinical Rotations Abroad

    June 26, 2017

    Many clinical rotations abroad only go one way: residents from the United States travel to a foreign country for a few weeks and then they leave, unsure of what, if any, lasting impact their time will have on the community or their medical careers. But four years ago, Jules Lipoff, MD, an assistant professor of Clinical Dermatology and his colleague, Rudolf Roth, MD, a professor of Dermatology, sought to change that dynamic.

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    Rare Disease Revolution: Changing Research Through an App

    June 07, 2017

    Ever since Apple rolled out its ResearchKit framework two years ago, valuable data collected from the iPhones of patients who opt-in has poured into medical centers investigating better ways to study and treat diseases. The latest foray into mobile research technologies comes from researchers in Penn Dermatology, who recently launched a ResearchKit app focused on sarcoidosis.

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    The Obsession with Pimple-Popping

    June 02, 2017

    There’s no grey area when it comes to the eruption of pimple-popping videos floating around the internet. People either “pore” over them, or burst out in horror just seeing the links. I happen to like them. They’re incredibly grotesque, I admit, but also inexplicably gratifying to me – and many others. That’s why they’re all over YouTube, bubbling up on Facebook feeds, and popping up in news stories.

  • New Research Tries to Crack the Code of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    November 02, 2016

    If you’re anything like me, when you hear “diabetic foot ulcers”, it doesn’t really hit home. You know what all of those words mean individually. You understand diabetes. You know what an ulcer is. You have a general idea that we’re dealing with something pretty uncomfortable. But then you Google...

  • Itching for Some Sun

    June 10, 2016

    It may have taken awhile, but now that the sun is out and temperatures are rising, it’s time for the annual reminders about sun safety. Usually these consist of the old adages: wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses, sit in the shade whenever possible, wear protective, tightly-woven clothing, and of...

  • 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,...

  • Beyond Skin Deep: How Scars Affect Psychosocial Well-Being

    May 18, 2015

    Americans spend more than $12 billion per year on cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance, whether it’s tanning, implanting, nipping or tucking. That’s because physical appearance influences nearly every aspect of our lives. And it’s not all our own insecurities or judgments, either. Studies show that strangers who observe photographs...

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