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Save Lives Through Organ Donation

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Only 45 percent of Americans are registered organ donors. As a result, nearly 120,000 people in this country remain on a waiting list for a life-saving transplant. About 18 die each day due to a lack of available organs. In an effort to increase donor registration, Penn Medicine partnered with...

When Kids with Autism Grow Up

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The face of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often one of a child’s. But, as a slew of government statistics, advocacy groups and high-profile newspaper articles have reminded us as of late, kids with ASD eventually become adults. In fact, 45,000 to 50,000 kids with ASD reach adulthood every year—and...

Some of the Biggest Bonds Come from the Tiniest Patients

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Celebrating Life, Friendship and Personal Bonds at Pennsylvania Hospital’s 2013 Intensive Care Nursery Reunion The careers of health care providers are some of the most stressful, yet most rewarding. Talk about running the full range a of emotions and experiences. Every day in hospitals around the world, nurses, physicians and...

Out of the Exam Room, and Into the Classroom

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In an effort to continue raising the bar on our quality of care and help faculty to refine their leadership and development skills, Penn Medicine’s Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation is providing courses aimed at arming clinicians with the skills necessary to facilitate conflict resolution at the bedside. In the health care setting, “conflict” can arise when there are miscommunications over a patient’s medication regimen, differing opinions regarding a course of treatment, cultural differences, etc. The courses offered through the Center for Clinical Ethics Mediation take faculty and staff out of the exam room and into the classroom where, through a series of role-playing exercises, they are able to experience firsthand what it’s like walking in their patients’ shoes.

Behind the Scenes of the Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgery Chosen by Dr. Drew

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On his HLN show “Dr. Drew On Call,” Dr. Drew Pinsky, famous for sharing advice on sexual health, addiction, and other issues on his numerous TV shows, recently chronicled his journey with prostate cancer. Drew’s story began with a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test, a urine check, and an ultrasound...

The Consequences of Beauty

More and more people are seeking out medical procedures to improve their appearance - over 12 million facial cosmetic procedures are performed each year in the United States alone - but how does it impact their self confidence, or their quality of life?

Cancer Hitchhikers

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With this zoomed-in view, the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute (AFCRI) lab of Celeste Simon, PhD, and postdoctoral fellow, T.S. Karin Eisinger-Mathason PhD, report in Cancer Discovery about the potential of the collagen-modifying enzyme PLOD2 as a new therapeutic target for the treatment of metastatic undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma.

Do Patients Really Understand? The Push to Eliminate Health Illiteracy

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Inadequate health literacy is a significant concern in today’s health-care environment. Indeed, more than one-third of Americans don’t understand the basic medical information that’s needed to make informed health-care decisions. This knowledge gap can have serious repercussions: poor medication adherence, increased mortality, and increased hospital readmissions and trips to the...

Inside Look: Penn’s Bridge-to-Recovery Research May Help Heal Failing Hearts

An article in the Wall Street Journal this week highlights ongoing research at Penn Medicine looking at a new way to use ventricular assist devices (VADs) for heart failure patients. This same research was also featured in the article “Rest, Recovery, Reconditioning” in a recent edition of Penn Medicine’s System...

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