Articles by Alex Getsos
SHS director remembered for caring for studentsOn Thursday, May 8, Director of Student Health Services Evelyn Wiener died. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and had been undergoing chemotherapy treatment since then.
CAPS trains students, faculty to care for those around themiCare, a new initiative by CAPS, is intended to integrate a variety of different approaches through an eight-hour workshop in order to help further the mental health conversation on campus.
Tell doctors medical stories, and they'll remember more detailsProfessors Zachary Meisel and Jeanmarie Perrone are studying how doctors adopt medical guidelines, and how their adoption of the guidelines affects prescribing pain medications, such as oxycontin and percocet.
Penn professors interact with Obamacare through health care researchAs health care has finally begun to expand over the past few months, fewer Americans are now without health insurance. Polsky is one of many Penn professionals who interact directly with health policy and the legislation that has come out of the Obama administration.
Perelman professor Jennifer Ruger elected to the Council on Foreign RelationsRuger specializes in global health governance.
Engineering seniors attempt to normalize infant blood pressure valuesSeniors Deepthi Shashidhar and Mingze Lin designed a program that can generate graphs using data collected from infants under anesthesia to determine if an infant’s blood pressure is too high or low, a feat never before accomplished, the seniors say.
A day in Penn Nursing's simulation labA patient comes in and complains of cold-like symptoms. Her past medical history includes an open reduction internal fixation of the right hip — more commonly known as a hip replacement. Her CO2 levels and her white blood cell count are both elevated, and her hemoglobin and platelet counts are normal. This is a typical scenario given to Penn students in simulation labs, a class that composes a core part of the School of Nursing's curriculum.
Penn Medicine will expand to new buildings and spacesPenn Medicine, in an attempt to meet its ever-growing needs, is adding a number of new buildings and spaces.
Joke Issue: Freshman hooks up with hallmate; not sure it's a 'thing'Two freshmen in the third floor Green Suite of Hill College house are bringing a whole new meaning to the term “hallcest.”
Study: Sleep loss could lead to brain damageA study conducted by Penn psychology professor Sigrid Veasey over the past year shows continuous sleep loss could result in brain damage.
Researchers to study astronaut twins' physiologyPenn researchers will work with NASA to examine the biological and cognitive differences in twins while one is on Earth and one launches into space.
Class Boards to host mental wellness projectClass Boards plan to add to the mental health initiatives on campus and host the Wellness Project, working with CAPS to coordinate Mental Health Week and implementing Wellness Wednesdays.
Helping community members improve healthCommunity health workers are at the heart of a new model implemented in order to help improve patient outcomes post-discharge.The community health workers work in two different settings, some in a primary care clinic and some at the hospital.
When One Peer Goes a Long WayHospitals and doctors offices alike are made more accountable for improving patient outcomes given the new healthcare laws, and the Individualized Management for Patient Center Targets aims to fulfill this duty.
Active Minds launches mental health blog PennsivePennsive aims to combat stigma of mental illness by engaging Penn student body in a conversation about mental wellness and personal struggles.
Two grad school health programs to leave PennThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program and Clinical Scholars program will admit one final batch of grad scholars.
Student-run mental health group, Cogwell, equips students to handle difficult situations“We aren’t encouraging students to become someone’s counselor or psychiatrist but want to help them make the right decisions if they have to seek some other form of help,” Cogwell Chair and College junior Joanna Heinz said.
Positive academic environment reduces use of narcotics, researchers sayThe DP sat down with researcher Dan Romero, of the Annenberg School of Communications to discuss his results on the relationship between the academic environment and the use of narcotics such as tobacco and marijuana.
Student-run mental health group to increase campus presenceTalking to peers is oftentimes easier than talking to a professional — this is the philosophy and ultimate approach of Penn’s mental health group Active Minds.