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    How Penn Researchers Simplify Science

    August 30, 2017

    When it comes to presenting information in an easy to understand way, clinicians and researchers at Penn Medicine often turn to analogies – much like our 9th grade bio teachers did – to help explain the complexities of what they do, to boil down seemingly common but not always easily defined treatments and diseases, and give some relatable context to their research.

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    Combining Yoga with Medical Studies Helps Students Connect, Recharge, Remember

    August 28, 2017

    By mindfully moving and breathing with the body parts that earlier in the day they had learned about in lectures and examined up-close in donated cadavers in the lab, first-year medical students at Penn gain a deeper appreciation of these structures in a living body.

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    Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Extending Care Beyond the Hospital

    August 25, 2017

    Underlying chronic conditions or unexpected accidents can undermine a patient’s quest to be in good health, prompt a visit to an emergency room, or create the need for an inpatient stay. Sometimes, hospitalization just can’t be avoided. For that reason, Chester County Hospital’s Continuum of Care Program helps patients lessen the likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital down the road.

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    Cut and Dry Insights to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

    August 23, 2017

    In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidelines on surgical site infection prevention. The update to that guideline began over five years ago, but Ebola, Zika and other national and international healthcare emergencies delayed its completion. The news blog checked in with Penn Medicine's Craig Umscheid to see what the major takeaways are from this guideline and how it can improve the safety of surgical procedures.

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    Saving Our Sox for the Homeless

    August 21, 2017

    Anyone who’s ever been a patient in a hospital is most likely familiar with nonslip socks. Some patients take the socks home with them — but, most often, the socks are left behind and then thrown out after just a single wear. A new initiative at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is slowly changing that scenario, repurposing the socks for the homeless.

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    Happy 100th Birthday to Ray Perelman!

    August 21, 2017

    August 22 marks Raymond Perelman’s 100th birthday. Whether you’re a long-time alumnus, a recent graduate, or Philadelphia resident, you’re no doubt familiar with the exceptional generosity of Ray and his late wife, Ruth. Their historic gift of $225 million named the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine and has helped boost student financial aid, recruit the best physicians and scientists, and accelerate innovative research.

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    New Perelman School of Medicine Students Embrace the Future and Honor the Past

    August 18, 2017

    The Perelman School of Medicine’s White Coat ceremony has become an annual rite of passage for new medical students. One by one, students are garbed in short white clinician’s coats, given a stethoscope, and as they walk across the stage they symbolically take their first steps on a long journey to becoming a doctor.

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    The Value — and Rarity — of Accurately Understanding a Cancer Diagnosis

    August 16, 2017

    In a recent study of 208 patients, nearly half did not know their stage of cancer. One in four patients were unsure whether they were free of cancer or in remission. The review established a baseline of patient comprehension, and identifies several groups more likely to need extra conversation or support at initial diagnosis, throughout survivorship, and in incurable disease.

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    Using Data to Map the Human Brain

    August 14, 2017

    In 2009, the NIH awarded The Human Connectome Project to prominent researchers help them collect detailed imaging data to map connections in the human brain along with extensive behavioral and heritability measures. Researchers are using this archived, freely available data to better understand how the normal human brain processes functions like reason, memory, and emotion.

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    Coaching the Pros

    August 11, 2017

    Even professionals need coaching. It’s why the best major league pitchers still need a coach to visit the mound from time to time. Sometimes another experienced set of eyes can spot something even the pros missed, hopefully heading off problems before they become bad habits. In medicine, it works much the same way.

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