December 2012 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Penn Medicine 2012 Year in Review

By Jessica Mikulski // December 31, 2012 // Comments Yearinreview

Taking a look back, 2012 has been a year marked by breakthroughs in medical research, system-wide growth, and landmark philanthropic support for Penn Medicine. As we set our sights on the year ahead, we also celebrate the past year's accomplishments and give thanks to the outstanding faculty, staff, and students...

Penn Medicine Practices Provide Additional Care in their Communities During Holiday Season

By Greg Richter // December 28, 2012 // Comments Adopt-a-family-Christmas-2012-

Across Penn Medicine, practices continuously seek out ways to support their communities. During this season, those sites also aim to bring joy to patients and staff; some of whom may not be able to spend the holiday season with loved ones. Many Penn Medicine community practices, Clinical Care Associate practices,... Read more

Helping Spirits Rise

By Sally Sapega // December 24, 2012 // Comments Scottish santa cropped

No one wants to be in the hospital, but being there during the holidays –- away from family and friends -– makes a difficult situation even harder. That’s why staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania go out of their way to bring the holiday spirit into patient... Read more

So You Think You’re Exhausted? War-Weary T Cells Have Us All Beat

By Karen Kreeger // December 20, 2012 // Comments Wherry Immunity image Dec 12

This time of year has me pretty run down, with birthdays, holidays, concerts, you name it -- all manner of good and bad stress that weighs on one’s immune system. But I never knew my T cells could get exhausted, too. Two papers from the lab of E. John Wherry,... Read more

Third Graders Evaluate Neuroscience Work

By Greg Richter // December 19, 2012 // Comments IMG_0737

When Maxine Hobson, program coordinator of Penn’s Biological Basis of Behavior program (BBB) invited schools to this year’s Penn KidsJudge! Neuroscience Fair, she explained that the third graders would not only be learning through hand-on activities, but they would also judge the work of Penn undergraduate and graduate students. One... Read more

Trauma and Recovery: Tips for Talking with Children about the Connecticut School Tragedy

By Jessica Mikulski // December 19, 2012 // Comments Steve_berkowitz2

Steve Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, outlines some strategies for helping children and teens process their feelings in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. Read more

Dynamic Clots Make for Dynamic Research

By Karen Kreeger // December 18, 2012 // Comments Weisel platelets cover 2012

“We showed for the first time that clotting is reversible,” says John Weisel, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, in contrast to a long-standing assumption that it isn’t. Weisel and colleagues showed how these sometimes dangerous knots of protein and cells are actually a dynamic, mutable structure this month... Read more

Giving New Life to Dead Bones

By Katie Delach // December 14, 2012 // Comments IMG_0102

While most artificial hip joints in use today will last 10-20 years, like all devices, the artificial hip joint – which replaces the natural hip bone with a metal ball and resurfaces the hip socket with a metal shell and plastic liner – wears out over time. For younger patients, this means a second surgery (and maybe even a third) will be required to replace the artificial joint. Fortunately, a rare procedure now being offered by specialists at Penn Medicine provides a long-term alternative for younger patients with chronic hip pain. Read more

Breaking through the Communications Clutter with “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”

By Olivia Fermano // December 12, 2012 // Comments 10 Step Ribbon Cutting 1

In an effort to cut through the constant communications clutter – websites, e-newsletters, targeted text messages and mailings, plus a plethora of pregnancy and parenting magazines – that bombards women during pregnancy and during early motherhood, Pennsylvania Hospital is taking a fresh approach to help educate and inform staff and... Read more

Unraveling Anesthesia’s Mystery

By Jessica Mikulski // December 10, 2012 // Comments Anesthesiologist_OR

Despite their use in approximately 60,000 surgeries per day in the U.S. alone, medical researchers don’t know exactly how anesthetics cause unconsciousness – or what the true long-term impact of their use could be on the brain and the rest of the body. "The development of anesthetic drugs has been... Read more

Getting Personal

By John Shea // December 10, 2012 // Comments

Nathan Francis Mossell, MD, the first black student in Penn’s School of Medicine, received his medical degree in 1882. On his first day, he later wrote, he was “accompanied by a storm of protest” as his fellow incoming students sounded their displeasure. “I was not perturbed in the least,” wrote... Read more

Penn Medicine and the Day in the Life Project: A Lesson in Scale

By Robert Press // December 7, 2012 // Comments IMG_8896

As a Digital Communications Editor, much — if not all — of my typical day is spent behind a keyboard in a regular office separate from our clinical facilities. For someone who is relatively new to Penn Medicine, this can create issues of scale. You’re told from the very beginning... Read more

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