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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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    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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    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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    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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    The App Doctors Want You to Delete

    October 06, 2017

    Debbie Cohen, MD, director of the Clinical Hypertension Program at Penn Medicine, doesn’t mince words when talking about the smartphone apps and kiosks in malls and pharmacies that take blood pressure. “People shouldn’t be using them,” said Cohen. “The readings can be completely inaccurate.”

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    Tech Habits that can Change Your Health

    September 27, 2017

    Our lives, our careers, our homes are now dependent on technology, and all the time we spend using it can have a negative impact on our health. The overuse of digital technology can hurt your eyes, your posture and your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

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    Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Extending Care Beyond the Hospital

    August 25, 2017

    Underlying chronic conditions or unexpected accidents can undermine a patient’s quest to be in good health, prompt a visit to an emergency room, or create the need for an inpatient stay. Sometimes, hospitalization just can’t be avoided. For that reason, Chester County Hospital’s Continuum of Care Program helps patients lessen the likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital down the road.

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    Happy 100th Birthday to Ray Perelman!

    August 21, 2017

    August 22 marks Raymond Perelman’s 100th birthday. Whether you’re a long-time alumnus, a recent graduate, or Philadelphia resident, you’re no doubt familiar with the exceptional generosity of Ray and his late wife, Ruth. Their historic gift of $225 million named the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine and has helped boost student financial aid, recruit the best physicians and scientists, and accelerate innovative research.

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    New Perelman School of Medicine Students Embrace the Future and Honor the Past

    August 18, 2017

    The Perelman School of Medicine’s White Coat ceremony has become an annual rite of passage for new medical students. One by one, students are garbed in short white clinician’s coats, given a stethoscope, and as they walk across the stage they symbolically take their first steps on a long journey to becoming a doctor.

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    Scientists “Myth Bust” Human VS Animal Competition

    July 21, 2017

    While we aren’t watching Olympians set records and break barriers this year, some athletes are still making headlines. On Sunday, Michael Phelps — the most decorated athlete in Olympic history — will go head-to-head against a very unlikely competitor: a great white shark. Yes, you read that correctly – an actual shark.

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