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    How Cumulative Trauma Could Shape the Lives of Migrant Children

    July 02, 2018

    On June 20, President Trump issued an executive order rolling back the separations of undocumented families in favor of family detention. However, for the thousands of kids who remain detained separately or in foster care, physicians warn their experiences with cumulative trauma and chronic stress could cause irreparable lifelong harm.

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    Can Bias Be Reversed

    June 08, 2018

    Starbucks has been in the headlines more than usual lately – and not because of record-setting earnings or because of its latest limited-edition frappe. In April, Starbucks came under fire when two black men were wrongfully arrested at a Philadelphia store. The story went viral and within hours the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks was trending.

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    Zero Shades of Grey: Living with BPD

    May 02, 2018

    Kristen is stuck on a roller coaster. It’s not a gentle, kid-friendly coaster, but a seemingly endless stretch of extreme hills and terrifying drops, with a safety harness that keeps threatening to snap off. Sometimes the car goes full Final Destination 3 and flies off the tracks altogether – but when she opens her eyes, she’s ascending that first hill again. And again. And again. It’s exhausting. At 22, Kristen was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

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    The Psychology of Cancer and Appearance

    April 19, 2018

    Based on the number of expressions that pop up in cultures all around the world that link our faces to our sense of worth and our standing in our communities, you’d think we’d have a full understanding of the profound effect a healthy face can have on our psychological and emotional well-being. *Warning, this post contains images of wounds related to cancer.*

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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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    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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    When It Comes to Calorie Consumption, Is Knowledge Power?

    December 20, 2017

    Over-consumption of calories has been a key driver of rising rates of obesity. By May 2018, restaurants, grocery stores, and other food establishments with 20+ locations will be required to post calorie information on their menus. The hope is that making such information more visible will encourage consumers to choose – and restaurants to offer – lower-calorie items. But will it work?

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    “Snowflakes” and Selfies: Misconceptions of Millennial Self-Care

    August 07, 2017

    Between “killing” entire industries (chain restaurants, breakfast cereal, napkins, etc.), documenting the aforementioned murders via Snapchat, and finding new ways to combine healthcare and the arts, us Millennials are rather busy—but we leave plenty of time in our full schedules to worry. So I took to Twitter to ask my peers about the health concerns that keep them up at night.

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    Summer Break: Time to Learn or Time to Let Kids Be Kids?

    July 12, 2017

    Summer is becoming a time during which certain children are prone to experience summer learning loss — the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer months – and parents are desperately fighting to prevent their children from falling behind. When it comes to keeping their kids academically focused over the summer, Penn Medicine's Martin Franklin says some parents might be overdoing it.

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    Resident Physician Magazine Breaks Silence and Stigma through Creative Expression

    July 07, 2017

    When he was approached by a colleague about writing for a magazine with the theme “unspeakables and ineffables,” Lary Campbell had one idea for a personal essay that kept coming to mind. He had doubts about sharing it, though. The colleague, Lisa Jacobs, knew Campbell was an accomplished playwright and filmmaker who would be a talented contributor to the second issue of the magazine she had founded, Penndulum. She didn’t know that Campbell was HIV positive.

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