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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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    When Push Comes to Nudge

    July 03, 2017

    Imagine if health care costs could be dramatically reduced, and outcomes improved without any heavy lifting – no bills would need to be passed, no policies approved, and no major restructuring required. What if we could simply will people to make decisions that resulted in better care and a healthier population?

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    “Science in the Service of the People”

    June 30, 2017

    “Are you unhappy with your environment?” asked the flyer for a Town Hall meeting at the Faith Temple Holy Church in Chester, PA held earlier this month. More than 75 residents gathered for a Q&A with environmental scientists along with Rev. Horace Stand, pastor of Faith Temple and founder of the Chester Environmental Partnership (CEP), and long-time Chester residents Dolores and John Shelton, also CEP members.

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    How HIV Positive Men Safely Become Fathers

    June 28, 2017

    Last year, Helen Koenig, MD, an infectious disease expert at Penn Medicine, met a married couple faced with an uncommon fertility challenge they wanted to safely overcome: The husband is HIV positive and the wife is not. Every day, 400 babies are born HIV positive around the world, but with newer technologies and discoveries, having healthy, HIV-free children has become a reality for more and more couples.

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    Addressing Adherence: PrEP’s Achilles Heel

    June 09, 2017

    Prevention is still our best weapon against HIV. One prevention method that has gained a lot of public attention in recent years is pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP. Daily PrEP use can lower the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90 percent and from injection drug use by more than 70 percent—but the challenge with PrEP, like many other daily medications, is adherence. That’s where Penn Medicine's Helen Koenig and recent Perelman School of Medicine graduate Giffin Daughtridge come in.

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    Hormonal Changes Affect Female Athletic Performance. Period.

    May 03, 2017

    Over the past year, several notable female athletes have publically discussed the impact of their menstrual cycles on athletic performance. While the stories caused a bit of a stir, with people questioning the validity of the claims, science may indicate that performance can be impacted by a woman’s menstrual cycle.

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    "13 Reasons Why" and the Difficult Subject of Teen Suicide

    April 28, 2017

    Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" has received significant attention, not all of it positive, for the graphic way it portrays suicide, sexual assault, and bullying. For Steve Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, the show fails to adequately handle the subject of teenage suicide in a number of ways — some all too common.

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    Effects of Smoking and Alcohol on Smell and Taste (It’s Not What You Think)

    April 10, 2017

    Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can wreak havoc on the organs, but what do these two vices do to the senses? Considering what's known, overdoing it presumably damages a person's sense of smell and taste—however, the work of Richard Doty, PhD, the director of the Penn Smell and Taste Center, along with colleagues at Harvard University, suggests it may be more nuanced.

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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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    Crowdsourcing for CPR

    February 24, 2017

    The chance of a bystander stepping in to perform CPR on someone who goes into cardiac arrest out in public hovers around 40 percent. In Philadelphia, the numbers are far worse. Nonprofits like the American Heart Association are working hard to help turn that around with more CPR outreach, training, and better technological approaches. Yes, there’s an app for it.

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