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Heart Month Wrap Up: Hot Topics

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Mariell Jessup, MD To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. As we wrap-up our Heart Month blog post series, I asked Penn Medicine’s Mariell Jessup, MD, medical director of the Heart...

2013 Facts and Figures Highlights a Year of Progress at Penn Medicine

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Penn Medicine continuously builds on its tradition of pioneering discoveries and innovations, excellence in training tomorrow’s physicians and scientists, and safe and compassionate patient care. Many of these advances are concisely outlined in the 2013 edition of Facts & Figures. Facts & Figures offers background information and quick information at...

New Hope on the Horizon: Penn Tests Non-Invasive, Medication-free Treatment for Major Depression

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Depression is one of the most common types of mental illness. Estimated to affect over 17 million people in the United States, it can afflict anyone at any time. Patients commonly report feelings of sadness, fear, hopelessness, and worthlessness, even if everything else in their lives seems to be going...

Preparing Students for Success on Medical Career Paths

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Roy Hamilton, MD, assistant professor of Neurology and director of Pipeline Initiatives for the Perelman School of Medicine's Council for Diversity and Inclusion, has cultivated a handful of education and outreach programs that extend from high school through medical school and residency. Through exposure, mentorship, and education, his efforts are helping to prepare students before they get to the next step, so they can anticipate and succeed along the way. For all his efforts to educate and help young people advance to next stage of their career , Dr. Hamilton recently was awarded the 2013 University's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Award for Community Service.

Focusing Attention on Heart Health: Good News for Adults Taking ADHD Medication

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To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. Research studies have shown that medications commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – such as Adderall, Dexedrine and Ritalin – have a...

Take Control of Your Heart Health

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. The mortality rate from both heart disease and stroke have decreased significantly in the past decade, but they still remain the #1 and #4...

Heart Research Hits Close to Home for a New Penn Med Prof

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 To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. “I know this sounds like a cliché, but one of the main reasons I’m interested in learning about the genetic basis of heart...

Lasso It Up: How a Rodeo Roping Technique Can Help Treat an Age-old Heart Ailment

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To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. At first pass, lariat seems like just a hifalutin' word for the more down-to-earth, lasso – a long, noosed rope. For most, either word...

The Importance of Presurgical Psychological Screening

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From time immemorial, it seems, surgeons have gone about their work with one goal in mind: to use their technical skills to improve a patient’s physical condition. Their focus was on the specific procedure, and the patient was more or less a passive participant But what if the patient were...

Heart Warming: Penn Medicine Cardiovascular Patients Inspire and Thrive

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To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. In honor of Heart Month and Valentine's Day, we're revisiting some of our most inspirational heart health patient stories from the last year. Penn...

Ezekiel Emanuel Confronts Health Care Costs – and Doesn’t Like What He Sees

Just describing the huge challenge of reforming the health care system of the United States demands drama and superlatives, so Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, was ready. He was the presenter at a recent Grand Rounds sponsored by the department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, called “Health...

Lend a Hand, Save a Life

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The Pennsylvania HeartRescue Project, led by the Center for Resuscitation Science in Penn’s department of Emergency Medicine, has partnered with the American Heart Association and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Emergency Medical Services to form the “Lend A Hand, Save a Life” CPR Challenge, which launched last month and will continue through late May. The initiative aims to train 250,000 people across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Erectile Dysfunction Can be a Sign of Coronary Heart Disease

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. Approximately one in five men aged 40 and older experience moderate to severe erectile dysfunction (ED). Now, a study published Jan. 29 in the...

Having Fun While Raising Funds at Pennsylvania Hospital’s First “Souper Bowl”

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It’s that time of year again. All across the U.S. folks will gather together on Sunday, not to worship, but to watch the 47th Super Bowl and – thanks to an increasing popularity due to “cute overload” – Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl 9. Some even started the festivities early here...

New Procedure Aims to Lower Treatment-resistant Hypertension

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Penn Medicine is the first in the region to begin testing a new procedure to help people whose high blood pressure can't be controlled using currently available medications.

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