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    Food [Log] for Thought

    May 14, 2018

    While I was fortunate to grow up learning that the right foods and playing sports was important for living a long, healthy life, and I was surrounded by people with similar approaches to eating and exercising, these are lessons that may be hard to come by in the in the midst of socioeconomic difficulties or coping with other chronic illnesses.

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    Running with Heart: How the Body Handles a Marathon

    April 11, 2018

    As thousands of runners prepare for the Boston Marathon, what lessons can be learned from the quest to break 2 hours in the distance?

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    It’s an Emotional Day in the Neighborhood

    April 02, 2018

    A few weeks ago, the internet had a meltdown. Unsurprising, I know, but there was something different this time. The catalyst: the trailer for an upcoming documentary about the genre-defining children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Perhaps the emotional outpouring was pure nostalgia, but it’s possible that it’s both deeper and simpler than that: the show made kids feel seen and valued, and that played a critical part in their mental health and development.

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    Scientist’s Best Friend

    January 29, 2018

    Meet Venus and Mercury, the loving mother-and-pup companions of married-couple researchers Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, and Albert Maguire, MD. Like many Swedish Briards, they were born with a form of congenital blindness, and their impaired eyesight got worse with age — until they underwent an experimental therapy that Bennett and Maguire had pioneered.

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    IV Lounges Want to Cure Hangovers, but at What Cost?

    January 24, 2018

    Carrying offerings named “Jet Lag Eraser,” “Hydrofix,” and “Epic Hangover Recovery,” concierge intravenous (IV) lounges are popping up in cities around the country and offer bold promises for consumers looking for a quick fix from a hangover, jet lag, or someone looking for a beauty boost, or to build their resistance against colds or flu.

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    New Year, New Me? How to Make 2018 a Success

    January 22, 2018

    December 31st, 11:59 p.m. The new year is nearly here, and you’re waiting for the clock to signal a fresh start. The 2017 version of you may not have been able to implement healthy habits, maintain perfect relationships, or bring about world peace, but the 2018 model of you? They’re on it. Fast forward three weeks later. How are you holding up? Statistically speaking – probably not so well.

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    Baby, It’s Cold (Season) Outside!

    January 05, 2018

    “Don’t go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold!” We’ve all heard this and other “facts” about how you might catch a cold, but which ones are true and which are simply something to sneeze at? We sat down with Anne Norris, MD, an associate professor of Infectious Diseases, to find out.

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    Penn HealthX Aims to Expand the Conversation Beyond Boundaries in Medicine

    January 03, 2018

    When the news broke of the FDA approval of a gene therapy for the treatment of a form of retinal blindness, some medical students at Penn had an insider’s perspective. Not only was the therapy initially developed by researchers at Penn and CHOP, but a medical student group called Penn HealthX had hosted in-depth conversations about bringing that scientific discovery to the marketplace. 


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    ‘Tis the Season for Service

    December 22, 2017

    Penn Medicine is proud to have employees who are committed to making a meaningful mark on their local communities, and while their enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge, expertise, and compassion spans all year round, there is undoubtedly something especially “magical” about giving back during the “most wonderful time of the year.”

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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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