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New Hope on Horizon for Hepatitis C Patients

The 3.2 million Americans with hepatitis C may get some much-needed relief through a new regimen of all oral medications that are proving to cure most disease, with fewer side-effects than the current treatment options. The new medications are being testing in clinical trials here at Penn Medicine. Hepatitis C...

Two Doctors at War

The new issue of Penn Medicine magazine (Winter 2014) includes a fascinating profile of Samuel W. Crawford, who graduated from Penn’s medical school in 1850. As the writer, Jon Caroulis, notes, one year after successfully presenting a paper on hypertrophy and atrophy and earning his medical degree, Crawford joined the...

Obscure Neurologic Diseases Discovered at Penn to be Focus of New Center

The Penn team that discovered a series of related conditions involving autoimmune responses impairing neurological function is taking the program one step further by opening the Penn Center for Autoimmune Neurology.

Reiki: Helping to Relieve the Anxiety of Cancer Patients

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Reiki is a noninvasive practice that uses a light touch on --or holding hands just above -- a person’s body to help promote balance and well-being. There is no pressure or tissue manipulation. Despite any clear biologic mechanism, “our recent study has shown that Reiki induces relaxation, decreasing anxiety, stress...

MLK Day at Penn Medicine: Celebrating His Legacy—and Ways to Give Back

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Here at Penn Medicine, we are celebrating his birthday—and lifelong legacy—by serving our communities and patients with “Days of Caring” events over the next month as a way to give...

Science Fair Switcheroo: Third Graders Judge Neuroscience Projects at Penn

While many third graders are just starting to learn how to read charts and graphs, understand the solar system, and make sense of other basic science and math concepts, nearly 200 third-graders from Saint Frances Cabrini Regional School and Saint Francis DeSales, West Philadelphia Achievement Charter School, and Academy at...

To The Newly Insured: Now What?

Since the official launch of the Affordable Care Act in late 2013, millions of previously uninsured or underinsured Americans have selected plans affording them better access to health care. With all the controversy around the new legislation and questions surrounding the launch of the enrollment web site, little attention was...

Memory May Fade with Dementia, but Artistic Abilities and Benefits Carry On

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Since it is possible for Alzheimer's patients to create art, researchers are investigating whether art therapy improves symptoms or quality of life. A new review of studies assessing art interventions from Perelman School of Medicine researchers found that art creation and appreciation activities may improve Alzheimer's disease patients' mood, activities of daily living, quality of life, and even caregiver distress.

The “Other”Circulatory System

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Blood is the life force of animals. But behind the more well-known system of veins, arteries, and capillaries functions the mop-up crew, the vascular network called the lymph system.

Penn Medicine In the News: Philly vs. the Polar Vortex

It has been difficult to avoid the term polar vortex this week, as an aberration in Arctic winds led to much of the country experiencing dangerously low temperatures. Though Philadelphia escaped the worst this phenomena had to offer, temperatures in the city still dropped to their lowest point in several...

A Man With a Mission

For someone who has made the national news for probing some dubious aspects of medical research and for publicizing instances of scientific misconduct, Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, does not look particularly fearsome in person. But he is certainly passionate and animated when it comes to articulating his concerns. Casadevall –-...

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