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Melanie Lei | Not all who wander are lost

My BlackBerry without a data plan, which takes after its owner, has faked being smart for the last four years.

April 25, 2012

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.

February 9, 2011

'Time' 100 list honors Penn prof.

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.

May 14, 2010

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

April 29, 2010

Penn Med develops implant device that would 'melt into the brain'

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.”

April 28, 2010

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.

April 23, 2010

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.

April 20, 2010

U. dining waits for inspections

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.

April 13, 2010

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.

April 9, 2010

*Students break health codes

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.

April 6, 2010

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.

March 29, 2010

Health code violations near campus

Along with Fresh Grocer, there are a number of food establishments near campus currently listed as out of compliance with Philadelphia health code.

March 29, 2010

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.

March 24, 2010

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.

March 19, 2010

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.

March 18, 2010

Penn profs portray biological processes with 12-foot lung model

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.

March 2, 2010

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.

February 26, 2010

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.

February 24, 2010

Keep the patch on and the smoke clouds away

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.

February 18, 2010

Penn doctors make a difference in Haiti

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.

February 16, 2010

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