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  • When Morning Sickness Becomes All Day and All Night Sickness

    March 09, 2018

    Almost every expectant mom has heard these and many other “methods” to get them through the first trimester of pregnancy which can often be the most difficult thanks to surging hormones, morning sickness, and extreme exhaustion.

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    New Community Open Space Gets a Colorful Kickoff

    March 07, 2018

    For students at Ross Elementary School in Lancaster City, the daily commute to school is now an exciting walk of fame, thanks to a recent art project organized by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health (LG Health).

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    One Patient’s Needs Sparks New Surgical Protocol

    March 05, 2018

    Ever wonder what you might do if you found yourself diagnosed with a disease and your doctors didn’t have a process in place to fully treat it? Ever think about what happens behind the scenes in a hospital to prepare for a new surgical procedure?

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    Addressing the Unseen Scars of a TBI Head On

    March 02, 2018

    Though fractures and other injuries may case aches and pains and damaged ligaments and joints may never be exactly the same as they once were, the scars left by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) often manifest in less visible ways.

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    (Earth) Angels Bring Awareness and Support to Caregivers with Innovative Social Media Campaign

    February 28, 2018

    Remember the joy you had when you were a kid and made a snow angel at the first sign of snow each winter?

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    Show Your Heart Some Love & Know Your Numbers

    February 26, 2018

    Each February, the American Heart Association (AHA) encourages every American to celebrate Heart Month by learning about their risks for cardiovascular diseases and by taking steps to reduce those risks with a commitment to healthier, heart-conscious lifestyle choices.

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    Jumping on the At Home DNA Testing Kit Bandwagon

    February 23, 2018

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests were popular gifts this past holiday season. The tests’ makers promise the ability to sketch out details about customers’ family trees, but some results may also include a swath of information related to your genetic risk of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Parkinson's disease.

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    Inherited But Not Fatal: Changing the Course of Heart Disease

    February 21, 2018

    Krysten Ollice lost her mother to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in 2009. Krysten was 23 years old; her mom was 48. She recalled her mom had typical symptoms of a potential heart problem, including breathlessness, dizziness, and fatigue. But it took a long time for her to get diagnosed with a heart condition.

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    The Connection Between Blood Type and Heart Health

    February 19, 2018

    It’s a question that has been vexing researchers for more than half a century but have yet to fully answer: Does having a certain blood type – AB or O, for example – increase your risk for heart disease?

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    Isaac Starr and the Rise and Fall of the Ballistocardiograph

    February 16, 2018

    Here’s a weird observation: If you stand on an old bathroom scale—not a digital one, but one with a needle that points to the number for your weight, based on the pressure your body exerts on its interior springs—hold your breath, stand up straight, and don’t move a muscle. While in that perfect stillness, watch the needle. It will oscillate, thump, thump, thump, in time with your heartbeat.

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    Health System Collegiality Inspires Outpatient Treatment for Heart Failure

    February 14, 2018

    In an effort to answer that question, CCH launched an Outpatient Diuretic Program in November 2017. “This outpatient treatment solution was introduced to help prevent hospital readmissions and to also keep patients in their own environment while recovering.”

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    Tobacco Use and Heart Disease: A Growing Global Health Challenge

    February 12, 2018

    More than 1 billion people worldwide currently use tobacco products. While that may sound like a staggering number, tobacco use, particularly in the United States and Europe, is actually decreasing. But global health experts caution that this overall decline might be a bit of smoke and mirrors.

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    One Appointment, Multiple Healthier Outcomes: Screening Moms at Well-Baby Visits

    February 09, 2018

    “Like many other women’s health providers, I find that caring for women between pregnancies can be a challenge when visits are limited,” he said. “The IMPLICIT ICC model addresses this by paralleling the medical home as a model for evidence based care. It enables us to provide assistance to a population of reproductive-age women, regardless of whether they visit their usual source of care.”

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    Changing Behaviors to Change Health

    February 07, 2018

    Five thousand hours. That’s how long the average person spends each year awake and not in front of a doctor. People tend to think of health care as the time you spend getting checkups, but your health is substantially more dependent on the choices you make during those five thousand hours.

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    World Cancer Day: Researcher Shares How He’s Reshaping Breast Health in Rwanda

    February 05, 2018

    In 2012, 39-year-old Antoinette sought treatment at her community health center in rural Rwanda for a swollen left breast. All the women in her community with breast cancer who went to the clinic had returned home without treatment and ultimately died of the disease.

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    Uncovering the Long Term Health Impact of Playing in the NFL

    February 02, 2018

    In 1987, NFL players went on strike. Teams scrambled to fill their rosters with “replacement players” with some experience with college or professional football. They became a footnote in sports history, but it turns out these players may actually play a critical role in helping us understand how playing in the NFL affects long-term health.

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    Concussion Watch: The Eyes on the Sides

    January 31, 2018

    Gordon Baltuch, MD, PhD, spends most of his days performing and teaching others to perform delicate brain procedures like Deep Brain Stimulation and MR-guided Focused Ultrasound. So when the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game earlier this month, some were surprised to see Baltuch standing on the field alongside the coaches and players.

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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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    Delivering the Odds on Childbirth

    January 26, 2018

    Most expectant women, whether they’re having their first baby or they’ve gone through the labor and delivery process before, have some kind of plan in mind for how they’d like to deliver their baby. But, nature doesn’t always let things go according to plan. Annually, nearly 1 million women in the United States end up having an unplanned labor induction.

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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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    Reducing the Prevalence of Cervical Cancer in the Hispanic Community

    January 19, 2018

    The Hispanic community is the fastest growing population in the United States, and their health needs are growing too: the CDC’s most recent reports show that Hispanic women have the highest incidence of cervical cancer than any other racial or ethnic group in the U.S.

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    Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: An Insider’s View

    January 17, 2018

    As we took our positions around the bed in the trauma bay, I could hear the first patient being wheeled in by the paramedics, screaming hysterically with slurred speech, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! Please save her!” The paramedics slid her backboard on to the gurney. She was flailing with tears welling up in her eyes and a heavy smell of alcohol on her breath.

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    Tissue Engineering to Improve the Most Common Orthopaedic Surgery

    January 15, 2018

    The knee carries a lot of weight in the English language, just as it does in the body. As the largest and one of the most complicated joints, the knee is also one of the most easily injured. Anatomically, it’s no wonder – the knee connects the two longest levers in the body: the thigh and lower leg.

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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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    Building Bridges: Giggles, Smiles, and So Much More

    January 08, 2018

    Nobody likes long waits to see a doctor, but it’s especially hard for young children to “sit still and behave.” Thanks to Building Bridges, an intergenerational partnership between the Penn Memory Center and CHOP, a lot more giggles are emanating from the waiting room. Perhaps, even more important, older adults are feeling needed.

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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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    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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    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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    Nourishing Preemies

    December 15, 2017

    Anticipating the birth of her first child, Brea Cox thought she was prepared, but things don’t always go as planned. Her daughter, Paxtyn, was born at 28 weeks and spent the first 61 days of her life in the NICU, but what surprised Cox the most was what many of us take for granted. Paxtyn needed help learning how to coordinate sucking, swallowing, and breathing – all essential skills for eating.

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    How the Opioid Epidemic is Changing Emergency Care

    December 13, 2017

    Drug overdoses, mostly from opioids, are killing an average of 142 Americans each day. In Chester County, deaths related to opioid overdoses are up 38 percent for the first half of this year compared with 2016. The crisis is affecting both urban and community hospitals alike. Chester County Hospital is taking steps to meet the challenges this crisis presents.

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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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    Fighting Antibiotic Resistance with a Little Help from Nature

    December 08, 2017

    The bacteria are winning. That’s what happens when they’re excessively attacked with the same antibiotics for 70 plus years. About two million people became infected with resistant bacteria this year in the United States, and at least 23,000 of them died as a direct result, according to CDC estimates. The future looks even grimmer: By 2050, resistant bugs will account for 10 million annual deaths around the world.

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    Tis the Season to Be…Hypertensive?

    December 06, 2017

    We’re smack in the middle of the Holiday season – the time of year when just about every media outlet begins rolling out tips for keeping stress down, maintaining diet and exercise routines, and starting the New Year off right. While these can be helpful, they’re not always foolproof. In fact, this year for many Americans, some heath pitfalls may be unavoidable – specifically, high blood pressure.

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    Mur, Mur, Mur

    December 04, 2017

    I’ve apparently got a “great” heart murmur. I think it’s some mix of loudness and clarity that makes it a particularly good murmur. It’s actually kind of charming, how much doctors and residents tend to nerd out about it. They’ll tell me, “Ah, that’s a really wonderful murmur!” and I’ll react with a “Thank you,” as if they’d complimented my fastball.

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    A Deeper Look: How Data Technology is Changing Medicine

    December 01, 2017

    Data technology holds the key to unlocking “gold nuggets” of information from electronic health records and other data systems that are paving the way to earlier patient discharges, fewer readmissions, and improved outcomes. Nowhere is this more evident than at the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation.

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    Cosmetic Surgery: Is There Still a Stigma for Men?

    November 29, 2017

    A look through the American Association of Plastic Surgery’s annual report shows doctors performed more than 17.1 million cosmetic procedures in 2016, but buried in the report is something you might not expect. Despite the public perception that these procedures are predominantly focused on women, a growing number of cosmetic plastic surgery patients are men.

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    World AIDS Day 2017: Aging with HIV

    November 27, 2017

    It has been almost 40 years since the world was first introduced to the HIV/AIDs epidemic. Since those early days of confusion and fear, treatment advances have led to a scenario that doctors and patients in the 1980s and early 1990s could not have imagined: the aging HIV patient.

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    November 22, 2017

    In addition to celebrating five years of remarkable progress in the understanding, prevention, and treatment of BRCA-related cancers, the Basser Jean Bash featured the launch of the #invisiblegenes hereditary cancer awareness campaign which encourages genetic testing and counseling so that carriers can take preventative measures.

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    Penn’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant

    November 20, 2017

    Penn's Jason Moore — director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics — is developing something like an assistant for medical researchers to bring the buzzed-about tools of artificial intelligence into the regular toolbox for investigators who aren’t computer programmers.

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    Preemies 4 Prevention

    November 17, 2017

    Wanting to make a difference in the lives of other premature babies and families struggling to deal with the effects of prematurity, this month, two teens born prematurely will launch an initiative to help put an end to the leading cause of death in newborns.

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    Birthing New Findings

    November 15, 2017

    A team led by Penn Medicine’s Mary Regina Boland, PhD, an assistant professor of Informatics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, looked at previously documented associations between specific diseases and being born at a certain time of the year, probing deeper to pinpoint the links between them.

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    Surviving the “Silent Killer”: How Seamless Coordination Saves Lives

    November 13, 2017

    As temperatures drop, the number of visits to emergency rooms across the country tends to spike in the opposite direction. From tumbles off of ladders while decorating and holiday baking burns, to icy falls and omnipresent flu germs, the “most wonderful time of the year” doesn’t always live up to its moniker. Yet, there’s one seasonal threat that we tend to forget about until a tragic story hits the news: carbon monoxide (CO), often dubbed the “invisible killer” or “silent killer.”

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    Smoking and Vaping: Cessation and Prevention in the Modern Era

    November 10, 2017

    Even though overall smoking numbers have declined, Penn's Susan Pizzi worries that millennials and teens are being enticed into the smoking culture through the modern technology of e-cigarettes, which are not yet regulated by the FDA.

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    Good Place to “Hang Out” or Harmful?: The Tumor Microbiome’s Role in Driving Cancer

    November 08, 2017

    Increasing evidence is showing that a dysregulated human microbiome – changes in the diverse population of microorganisms within every person – may play a key role in either setting the stage for some cancers, or even causing them directly.

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    A New Take on the Gift of Life

    November 06, 2017

    Uterine Factor Infertility (UFI) is a devastating and prevalent condition that affects five percent of women worldwide and 50,000 women in the United States. Whether congenital or acquired, women with UFI are unable to carry and deliver babies. But, advancements in women’s health and transplant surgery are helping to create new solutions for these women and their families.

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    The Not-so-Famous Way to Get Health Info

    November 03, 2017

    The truth is, celebrity news stories attract a lot of eyeballs. So it’s not surprising that media outlets continue to use that angle for stories on health and disease, with headlines like “14 Celebrities with Breast Cancer” or “Stars Who Have Battled Cancer.” What is surprising is that it may not be what patients actually want to read when they’re looking for health information.

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