September 2013 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Penn Community Comes Together for 2nd Annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk

By Kim Menard // September 26, 2013 // Comments _db17305

It was a perfect fall morning - sunny and 62 - for the second annual Penn 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk on September 22, 2013. Nearly 300 walkers and runners, ranging from 3 years old to 90 years old, turned out some fast times on the new race course through Penn Park, with skyline views of Center City. Read more

A Purr-fect Match: “Pet the Pooch” Program Reunites Cancer Patient with Kitten after Weeks of Treatment

By Greg Richter // September 24, 2013 // Comments

HUP’s “Pet the Pooch” program brings adoptable dogs and kittens from the Pennsylvania SPCA to help soothe employee stress. In their latest visit, one lucky kitten found a new home. When two-year-old CHOP patient Sophie Vincent (from Charlottesville, VA) passed through with her mother on the way to radiation treatment...

Penn Doctor Heads to White House for Affordable Care Act Awareness Event with Sec. of Health Sebelius

By Steve Graff // September 23, 2013 // Comments Photo

One of the biggest changes to the health care system is here: the individual mandate. Millions of uninsured or underinsured can now go online or talk to certified application counselors to find insurance, see if they are eligible for federal help and buy coverage. But with this new rollout—and perhaps... Read more

Hanging Cancer on the Fulcrum of the Acidic Hinge

By Karen Kreeger // September 17, 2013 // Comments Roth Cell Reports Acidic Hinge blog post image genomic instability Sept 13

Converging lines of evidence just go to show that there are many types of cancer associated with chromosomal translocations, and likely more to be found. Read more

Developing Nematode Worm Star of Award-winning Video

By Karen Kreeger // September 11, 2013 // Comments Murray Zacharias Scope lab Aug 13

Who knew that nematode worms could hold their own in minutes-long videos? John I. Murray, PhD, assistant professor of Genetics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoc Amanda L. Zacharias, PhD, produced one of the two award-winning videos in the recent Federation of American... Read more

Students Hit the Books and the Halls of the Hospital in Penn Medicine's Unique Career Prep Program for Students in West Philadelphia High Schools

By Greg Richter // September 6, 2013 // Comments Nahree-Anderson-Shanice-Jackson-Lorna-Taylor-and-Diane-Leichter-for-blog

Gathering for a recent ceremony celebrating this year’s graduating class, Penn Medicine staff, family members, community partners, and friends quickly learned what makes the comprehensive Penn Medicine High School Pipeline program a success every year. That success is measured in each and every student entering the program. Indeed, 100 percent... Read more

From Neonatal Intensive Care to College, This Baby’s Come a Long Way

By Olivia Fermano // September 5, 2013 // Comments Pennsylvania hospital

It’s back-to-school season again – a fresh start for students of all ages. One recent event, however, reminded me of how many babies get their very first start in life here at Pennsylvania Hospital. On May 16th, this past spring, Janelle van Leusdan, who now lives in Wheaton, IL, stopped... Read more

A Look Back, in Photos: The Past Two Months or So Around Penn Medicine

By Robert Press // September 4, 2013 // Comments

Though my Penn Medicine ID card says 'Digital Communications Editor,' I've worn a few hats here — including in-house photographer. Because it's an aspect of the job that I love, I'd like to share some of the photos I've taken over the past month or so, giving readers a glimpse... Read more

Closing the Loop on Medication Safety

By Sally Sapega // September 3, 2013 // Comments

In a hospital, errors can occur in any part of the medication process – from prescribing to dispensing. That’s why, for the past several years, the University of Pennsylvania Health System has implemented several measures to help reduce these errors and ensure patient safety. For example, Electronic order entry on... Read more

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