Articles by Melanie Lei

04/25/12 1:38am
My BlackBerry without a data plan, which takes after its owner, has faked being smart for the last four years.
02/09/11 6:03am

CAPS sees rise in student stress, visits

Addressing the mental health needs of over 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students poses a challenge to a center that has the equivalent of 23 full-time clinicians.
05/14/10 12:53am
Thirty years ago, before the term post-traumatic stress disorder was used in mental health discourse, Edna Foa wondered how individuals processed disturbing and distressing events. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now treats PTSD patients, thanks to Foa’s treatment program.
04/29/10 12:56am

Obese patients receive higher quality health care, Penn Med study finds

A recent study by researchers from the School of Medicine shows that while obese patients may feel discriminated against by physicians, they actually receive a higher quality of health care than normal-weight patients
04/28/10 11:20pm
Through a collaboration with the University of Illinois and Tufts University, researchers at the Penn School of Medicine have developed a model for an implant device that would “melt into the brain.”
04/23/10 4:05am

Prof. begins development of blood test for appendicitis

A new blood test for appendicitis under trial at the School of Medicine could eventually replace costly and harmful radiation scans for patients needing immediate diagnoses for abdominal pain.
04/20/10 3:45am

Penn Med study finds community groups can perform HIV intervention

Two professors studied the effectiveness of HIV/STD risk-reduction intervention when carried out by community-based organizations.
04/13/10 5:02am
While recent food safety violations at Penn Dining have alarmed some students, the many factors that affect the results of health inspections might not be immediately clear.
04/09/10 3:37am

Incentivizing kidney donation may be more effective

Researchers at Penn Medicine conducted the first study of how financial incentives affect a healthy person’s decision to donate his or her kidney.
04/06/10 5:46am
Two students were cited for more than 20 violations of city health code, according to Philadelphia Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran, causing HUP visits to increase 10 percent.
03/29/10 11:16pm

Alum's website helps users quickly locate doctors

Founded by a Wharton alumnus, DocAsap, which went public last August, allows users to search for immediate appointments, with the possibility of seeing a doctor within the same day.
03/29/10 5:09am
Along with Fresh Grocer, there are a number of food establishments near campus currently listed as out of compliance with Philadelphia health code.
03/24/10 3:46am

Phila. receives millions for health programs

Obesity and smoking rates in Philadelphia are among the highest in the nation, but $25.4 million in federal stimulus grants and an aggressive public health campaign aim to change that statistic.
03/19/10 5:21am

PHIXing medical record sharing

After receiving $17.1 million of federal stimulus funds, the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform is developing a statewide system to share electronic medical records between health institutions, called the Pennsylvania Health Information Exchange, or PHIX.
03/18/10 12:13am

With proposed tax, city gets revenue for sugary sales

Because the sugary drinks tax will be charged to distributors and not individual consumers, some critics argue that this initiative will not directly affect soda consumption habits.
03/02/10 5:43am
The exhibit, currently housed in a digital art museum in Austria, is a model of the process of blood vessel formation in early lung development.
02/26/10 4:35am

Local abortion clinic raided

Investigators say they found fetuses in jars and bloodied floors in Kermit Gosnell’s clinic at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue. Gosnell has temporarily lost his license.
02/24/10 7:00am

Study finds a link between brain diseases

A recent Penn-led study identified a particularly toxic form of the protein Elk-1, which provides clues to the first link between Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
02/18/10 4:37am
Quitting smokers who prolong their use of nicotine patches may find it easier to abstain from cigarette use in the future, according to a recent study by Penn researchers.
02/16/10 4:09am
Although the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti continues to ravage the island, the members of a relief team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine returned home last week knowing that they had made a substantial, positive impact.
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