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    Creating New Borders for Clinical Rotations Abroad

    June 26, 2017

    Many clinical rotations abroad only go one way: residents from the United States travel to a foreign country for a few weeks and then they leave, unsure of what, if any, lasting impact their time will have on the community or their medical careers. But four years ago, Jules Lipoff, MD, an assistant professor of Clinical Dermatology and his colleague, Rudolf Roth, MD, a professor of Dermatology, sought to change that dynamic.

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    The Path Through Penn Medicine: Halfway There

    June 22, 2017

    In the fall of 2015, as the Perelman School of Medicine celebrated its 250th year, Penn Medicine magazine profiled nine entering medical students who each had an interesting path to medical school. We checked in with a few of these students recently as they approached the halfway point of their four years in medical school.

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    When I Die, Let Me Live

    June 21, 2017

    The first two-part episode of Perelman School of Medicine graduate Lauren Kelly, MD’s podcast, “When I Die, Let Me Live,” is not always an easy listen — but that’s kind of the point. Kelly aims to present the listener with firsthand stories from patients, families, and caretakers dealing with the myriad physical, mental, emotional, and moral complexities of end-of-life care.

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    [Liquid] Food for Thought

    June 19, 2017

    After a bike accident left me with a broken jaw wired shut, one of my biggest concerns was figuring out how and what to eat when I could only sip it through a straw. After discovering meal replacement shakes weren't going to cut it, I decided to talk with a pro to see what I was lacking and how I could get it.

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    The Latest on Sleep Medicine from A to Zzz's

    June 16, 2017

    Each year, many of the nation’s leading sleep clinicians and researchers gather to share recent progress made in addressing sleep apnea, insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, and other issues plaguing society today. This year’s meeting, SLEEP 2017, gathered such experts in Boston for poster and speaker sessions on the latest ongoing research in sleep and circadian science.

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    Drinking to Blackout: What Happens When Young Brains get Boozed

    June 14, 2017

    Though alcohol has become an integral part of many social functions, especially holidays, few people truly understand the damage that too many drinks can do to your body and your brain. In fact, years of chronic alcohol use can actually contribute to a person developing a serious brain disorder that affects cognition, movement, and memory.

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    Breast Milk “Bartending”: There’s An App for That

    June 12, 2017

    Nurses in neonatal intensive care units spend close to 13,000 hours every year “bartending” – monitoring, labeling, printing, and logging – breast milk for the nearly 500,000 babies across the U.S. that require special care. And for moms of these fragile patients, keeping a full inventory can add stress to an already trying time. Enter Keriton, a new breast milk management system designed for nurses and new moms, by nurses and new moms.

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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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    Rare Disease Revolution: Changing Research Through an App

    June 07, 2017

    Ever since Apple rolled out its ResearchKit framework two years ago, valuable data collected from the iPhones of patients who opt-in has poured into medical centers investigating better ways to study and treat diseases. The latest foray into mobile research technologies comes from researchers in Penn Dermatology, who recently launched a ResearchKit app focused on sarcoidosis.

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    Mining the Data Mother Lode

    June 05, 2017

    One of the newest entities with the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics, the Health Language Processing Lab combines social media content with other sources of health information in a unique way aimed at understanding how people use language to communicate health needs.

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