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    A New Milestone for Chester County Hospital’s Largest-Ever Expansion

    June 29, 2018

    The beams are creating the framework for a 250,000-square foot expansion of the hospital and a 26,000-square foot renovation of its Emergency Department. The steel framework is on track to be completed in July.

  • Precision

    Streamlining and Accelerating Good Ideas into the Clinic

    June 27, 2018

    To make sure that good ideas to enhance healthcare are not lost due to a lack of resources, a growing number of centers at Penn Medicine organize forums to pitch ideas to improve medical devices and technology, hold annual competitions to fund studies to improve patient care while keeping costs down, and sponsor seed grants for programs focused on patients.

  • FreeLibrary

    The Critical Role Your Neighborhood Library Could be Playing in Public Health

    June 25, 2018

    Homelessness, mental health, and more recently, the opioid crisis: Librarians across the country have been on the front lines tackling these issues for years. They guide patrons towards health literature. They connect them to the right care. And they even administer the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, when necessary.

  • Rendell Blog

    Watch Governor Ed Rendell Myth-Bust Parkinson’s

    June 22, 2018

    Earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell announced that he’s living with Parkinson’s disease. Along with leading edge research and advancements in therapies for Parkinson’s patients, Rendell’s decision to make his diagnosis public is helping to shine a light on what a Parkinson’s diagnosis really means.

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    Palliative Connect: Digitizing the Physician’s Intuition to Prompt Critical Conversations

    June 20, 2018

    It is morning at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). A palliative care nurse arrives to start her work day. Her team plays a vital role; she and the doctors and nurse practitioners she works with are called in to have some of the most important and powerful conversations in the lives of some patients and their families.

  • Twitter Docs

    Twitter Docs: How Researchers and Clinicians Navigate Social Media

    June 18, 2018

    “What should my first tweet be?” It’s a question John Barbieri, MD, was thinking about just after he created his account on the social media platform.

  • Arm

    What Do the Golden Gate Bridge and Orthopaedic Implants Have in Common?

    June 15, 2018

    We’ve heard it before: your mother fell and broke her humerus (upper arm bone). Or the son of your next door neighbor fractured his ankle playing soccer. Regardless of who was injured, or even what specifically was injured, many orthopaedic fractures require some amount of hardware to help the injury heal.

  • Trauma

    Spreading the Health

    June 13, 2018

    Geospatial analysis combines extensive geographic and demographic data with transportation options, consumer behavior, and the presence of nearby competitors to achieve a competitive edge. Can this research process used by banks, restaurants, and grocery chains to determine future development sites also help determine the best placement for trauma centers in Pennsylvania?

  • Robot Human

    Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

    June 11, 2018

    The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines has captured the minds of societies across the globe.

  • Bias

    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.

  • Window33ss

    Get EnLIGHTened: Why Working Near a Window is Good for Your Health

    June 06, 2018

    Many of today’s buildings incorporate much more glass and natural light into their designs than in the past. While this is clearly an aesthetic choice, it’s also a healthy one.

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    CHIBE Combats the Opioid Crisis, One ‘Nudge’ at a Time

    June 04, 2018

    One in five Americans reports knowing someone struggling with an opioid addiction. But while it may feel too massive a problem to tackle or too overwhelming to even comprehend, experts in many corners of Penn Medicine are at work combatting the deadly toll, including the physicians and researchers of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE).

  • Vegdiet

    Eating a Plant-Based Diet in a Cheesesteak City

    June 01, 2018

    “I grew up in a house in Philadelphia where food was very important,” said Swartz. “I learned to eat all kinds of interesting things as a young kid – hoagies, pizza, cheesesteaks, Chinese food, Indian food, and whatever – I just loved food. So, when Duffy suggested I try to embrace a plant-based lifestyle, I was pretty skeptical and not very interested.”

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    Protecting the Littlest Victims of the Opioid Crisis

    May 30, 2018

    “Once you see these babies in person, you can understand how hard it is to watch them suffer,” says Susan Cacciavillano, BSN, RN, clinical manager of Chester County Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics department.

  • light bulb

    From Napkin to Prototype: Bringing Health Innovation to Life

    May 25, 2018

    Where does a cardiologist go when she has an idea to improve a common medical device? She knows that a pacemaker with a longer lifespan and lighter weight could help improve her patients’ quality of life, but how does she make her idea into a reality?

  • Eye

    Keeping an Eye on Newer Cornea Treatments

    May 23, 2018

    My hopes of living a life without glasses or contact lenses were dashed last month.

  • Skin Cancer

    Skin and Summer Sports: The Importance of Self-Exams

    May 21, 2018

    It was fall of 2013 when Mike Schmidt noticed something strange on his hand. The Phillies legend only had a few hours in Florida before he had to catch a flight, but he decided to see if his dermatologist could see him on short notice.

  • APP

    Advanced Practice Providers: High Quality Care with Proven Outcomes

    May 18, 2018

    Advanced practice providers – specifically nurse practitioners and physician assistants – have been part of the health care environment for the last 50 years, but it’s only been in the past 15 years or so that their presence – and numbers – have dramatically shifted.

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    Making Progress on the Pavilion

    May 16, 2018

    Last May, Penn Medicine officially broke ground on its new, $1.5 billion hospital, known as the Pavilion. It is the largest capital building project in Penn’s history and Philadelphia’s most sophisticated and ambitious health care building.

  • Food blog

    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.

  • Patient Ward

    Watch your language and mind your manners, please!

    May 11, 2018

    When the Perelman School of Medicine celebrated its 250th birthday in 2015, we took the opportunity to take a look back at some of the major milestones and advancements in the practice of medicine, which has evolved alongside our nation itself.

  • Family Blog

    Body and Mind: Adjusting to Normal Life after Cancer Treatment

    May 09, 2018

    Cancer, like so many other overwhelming or life-altering situations, can really stick with a person. For many, the end of treatment is met with a flood of emotions that can make it difficult to get back to normal life.

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    The Path through Penn Medicine: Differentiation of Each Student’s Journey

    May 07, 2018

    There is a shared background among every person who bears the letters “MD” after their name: They’ve gone through four years of medical school, learning similar basic sciences knowledge and clinical skills necessary to pursue medical licensing after they graduate.

  • Broad Street Run Blog

    A Perfect 10: Why the Broad Street Run is Made for Personal Bests

    May 04, 2018

    From elite runners to weekend warriors, the Broad Street Run is Philadelphia’s most popular run and the biggest 10-miler in the country. But why is it so popular? To get to the heart of this question, one has to go beyond the basics of running 10 miles, and take a closer look at what makes this race the pride of Philadelphia.

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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.

  • PennPortal

    PennPORT(al) into a Thriving Science Career

    April 30, 2018

    It’s no surprise that Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow in Neuroscience, is starting his own lab at Penn in July. After all, he created his first lab when he was just 14 years old. What’s surprising is the journey he took to get here – from the home he grew up in located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, to North Carolina, and as far as Qatar – all to come back home to Penn.

  • PT

    Physical Therapy Helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients Hold Steady

    April 27, 2018

    The ability to perform seemingly simple body movements can slip away as Parkinson’s disease progresses, but paradoxically, research suggests that movement itself could be a key to staving off the speed at which the disease impacts patients’ nervous systems.

  • Comfy Cart

    The Rest Project: How Penn Medicine is Helping Patients Sleep Better in the Hospital

    April 25, 2018

    For a place where the most obvious and necessary piece of furniture is a bed, a hospital room is a surprisingly difficult place to get a good night’s sleep. But what if there are ways patients could get better sleep while they are still in the hospital?

  • Bion Blog

    Microbiome Food for Thought

    April 23, 2018

    Clostridium difficile, like so many bacteria, are opportunists. Naturally present in many of our guts, these microorganisms sit and wait until the chance arises for them to thrive and wreak havoc. And we’re often the ones to give it to them.

  • identity

    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.*

  • Transplant

    A Patient’s Courageous Decision Saves His Life

    April 18, 2018

    “It was a 10+-year ordeal.” That’s how 59-year old Tom Giangiulio described his sometimes ups – and often downs – of battling heart disease.

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    World Immunization Week 2018

    April 16, 2018

    Vaccines are widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Ahead of this year’s World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – we’re reviewing some of the most important vaccine breakthroughs in recent history, as well as a looking to the future of vaccine development for diseases like HIV/AIDS, Zika, and Herpes.

  • Translation

    Speaking the Language of Medicine

    April 12, 2018

    Nearly 37,000 Amish live in the Lancaster County area, most of whom are fluent in Pennsylvania German, popularly known as Pennsylvania Dutch. While they also speak fluent English, these residents are critical to the culture and history of the region, and when they need medical attention, it’s vital that Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health is able to support them.

  • Marathon

    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?

  • kids science 2

    Penn Medicine Shares “Relatable Research” at the 8th Philadelphia Science Festival

    April 09, 2018

    For the eighth year, Penn Medicine is a partner in the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival, an innovative, nine-day celebration that engages the community with the ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives.

  • CPR

    STB is the New CPR

    April 06, 2018

    Nearly 60,000 people die from bleeding each year, and though injuries that result in extreme blood loss have long been a sight all too common in areas like West Philadelphia, the national spotlight has certainly shone upon the issue of late.

  • Diversity

    LGBT Health Panel Challenges Diverse Audience to ‘Be the Champion’

    April 04, 2018

    “No matter what field you’re in, be the champion,” Allison Myers, MD, MPH, said. “LGBT care is still relatively new and you can be the champion within your realm for patients. Be an advocate and when you see an unmet need, try to make it happen.”

  • mister rogers childrens hospital pittsburgh

    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.

  • Time Machine

    Genome Time Machine

    March 30, 2018

    The human genome is a bit like a time machine, says Ben Voight, an associate professor in Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics and of Genetics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

  • Colon Cancer Waiting

    Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Colonoscopy vs. At-Home Kits

    March 28, 2018

    Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It’s also the third-most common cancer diagnosed in American men and women, excluding skin cancers.

  • air sick

    Expect the Unexpected During In-Flight Medical Emergencies

    March 26, 2018

    “Ladies and gentlemen, is there a physician on board?” The flight attendant on a flight from Rwanda to Turkey made the announcement no one wants to hear, and Rachel Zang, MD, an emergency medicine resident at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, jumped into action.

  • Match Day

    Match Day 2018: Perelman School of Medicine Students Pursue their Passions

    March 23, 2018

    At the Perelman School of Medicine, this past Friday, March 16, was marked with tears of joy, hugs, and high fives as students and their loved ones discovered where they would be spending the next three or more years of their medical careers. During the annual ceremony, students are called up one by one to receive a letter telling them where they have matched. Some choose to tear open the envelope immediately, while others find a quiet corner to learn their fate before rushing back into the auditorium to celebrate.

  • The Workout Debate: Experts Weigh in on Cardio VS. HIIT

    March 21, 2018

    For many, going out for a morning jog, a run with friends on the weekend, or hitting the treadmill at the gym, might be a fitness regimen staple. But in the last 10 to 15 years, HIIT workouts—high intensity interval training—have gained a lot of momentum, opening up a debate about which regimen actually provides a better workout or more health benefits.

  • Women in Medicine

    Gender Equality in Science: A Sign Things May Finally Be Changing

    March 19, 2018

    High-profile scandals and downfalls of the rich, famous, and powerful have been in the news on a daily basis in what has become a reckoning for decades of bad behavior. Still, issues like equal pay, equal opportunity for advancement, and equal recognition persist, and they plague just about every industry.

  • Match Day: Out of the Comfort Zone and Into the Crucible

    March 16, 2018

    Match Day is the climax of medical school. It's one of the most visible and dramatic outcome of four years of hard work. For many, it will be a day of pure joy. But because the Match process is not unlike being picked sequentially in gym class, the day is also a source of anxiety and uncertainty.

  • Shifting Perspectives: Pre-Match Day Reflections

    March 14, 2018

    Now, with residency interviews behind me, program rank lists debated and certified, and Match Day approaching, I have had ample opportunity to reflect on my time in medical school. I chose a career in medicine for the opportunity to meld my two passions, service and science.

  • Preventing Burnout: a Housestaff Hazard

    March 12, 2018

    In any profesion, burnout can leave a person feeling physically and emotionally tired, disengaged, and “lost” – but due to the long hours and often, life and death matters confronted on the job, burnout is more common among health care workers.

  • 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.

  • LGH Students

    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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