June 2014 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Lasers and Drones: June at Penn Medicine, in Photos

By Robert Press // June 30, 2014 // Comments

The University of Pennsylvania campus largely falls silent in the summer months, but Penn Medicine keeps on truckin'. In fact, the month of June featured two of my favorite photography assignments thus far: lasers and drones. I'll explain. Hang in there, we've got a slideshow at the end of the... Read more

Hope Rings Eternal for Patients at the Abramson Cancer Center Pennsylvania Hospital

By Olivia Fermano // June 26, 2014 // Comments 6 Schieft Hope Bell-pt

In 1733, the English poet Alexander Pope penned the famous line, “Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” in "An Essay on Man, Epistle I." Over three and a half centuries later, Pope’s words still resonate with profound meaning. No matter the circumstances, humankind continues to have the capacity to... Read more

Gentle Support for Perinatal Loss

By Sally Sapega // June 20, 2014 // Comments Bereavement box -- contents

Losing a baby, either before or shortly after birth, is devastating. Patients often feel completely alone in their grief, feeling that no one can understand what they’re going through. HUP’s bereavement support group tells them otherwise. Families share stories, coping mechanisms, and challenges. “We want them to know that they... Read more

New Group Program Teaches Self-Management Skills to Adults with ADHD

By Greg Richter // June 20, 2014 // Comments IMG_8295_1

Left to right: J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, Lisa Joy Tuttle, and Anthony Rostain, MD Jessica Berman is a real estate property manager who is pursuing her real estate license, while raising two children with her husband. Like eight million other adults in the United States, Jessica’s full schedule is regularly... Read more

Eye in the Sky Capturing Construction of New Medical Education Center

By Steve Graff // June 18, 2014 // Comments Blog post photo 1

Every day around here is different—but last Wednesday took it to new heights. A few colleagues and I ended up on top of the Penn Tower garage counting down a liftoff. “Four, three, two, one.” And with that, a mini helicopter (well, technically a hexacopter) took to the skies, right... Read more

Taking a Look "Inside Penn Medicine"

By Sally Sapega // June 16, 2014 // Comments IPM-publications-blog-photo-new

Penn Medicine is a vibrant community of students and health-care professionals. Get a glimpse into what’s happening in this world of education, clinical care and research through our internal newsletters, located on the “Inside Penn Medicine” homepage and in print editions throughout UPHS. You can also subscribe to get news... Read more

Knowing Yourself and Ending Invisibility: LGBT Health Takes the Spotlight

By Lee-Ann Donegan // June 13, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061618/f6172f3e-caf5-4a5b-9fb7-0d00c020c5f7.png

Harvey Makadon, MD Photo credit: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center The Penn Medicine Program for LGBT Health hosted long-time health care leader Harvey Makadon, MD, for its inaugural John E. Fryer Lecture in Medicine held last week. Dr. Makadon is director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at the... Read more

What’s the Real Target for Attacking Pancreatic Tumors?

By Karen Kreeger // June 11, 2014 // Comments Pancreatic cancer ribbon

The lab of Ben Stanger, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, and colleagues, recently showed in a Cancer Cell study that some tumor components, particularly fibroblasts, constrain tumor growth. Read more

Every Trinket Tells a Story: Penn Medicine Office Space

By Robert Press // June 10, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061018/38edb160-0ac5-4c15-8a84-cab0909d54c3.png

For some, an office is just another place to be during the day. For others, it's an expression of who they are, where they've been, or where they want to go. Penn Medicine Office Space highlights some of the latter, looking at various interesting offices from around the health system.... Read more

Dean Samuel Gurin Looks Ahead 50 Years

By John Shea // June 9, 2014 // Comments Gurin

As the Perelman School of Medicine fast approaches its 250th birthday (to be celebrated next May), I’ve found it fascinating to look at how the school has changed -- and sometimes how its leaders have seemed to anticipate what lay ahead. Last month, the medical campus was visited by some... Read more

Behind the Scenes of Bloodless Medicine and Surgery

By Olivia Fermano // June 6, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061315/2bb9628c-3f65-492d-b9dc-760f8f20f857.png

Annual spring symposium reenacts bloodless patient visit In May, the Center for Bloodless Medicine & Surgery (CBMS) at Pennsylvania Hospital welcomed over 100 guests to their annual spring symposium for a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to be and treat a bloodless patient. Yes, bloodless. The term... Read more

A New Focus on Elder Health Care

By Sally Sapega // June 2, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14061315/721bbae2-575a-45c0-a530-3b64b222cb1b.png

GRNs Krista Walsh (r.) and Colleen Hogan walk with patient John Fitzpatrick to help him prevent losing physical strength during hospitalization. Hospitalization has a greater cognitive and physical impact on geriatric patients than on those who are younger. Indeed, more than 40 percent of the elderly suffer from delirium while... Read more

Penn Dermatology Efforts Help Push Tanning Bed Legislation Through

By Kim Menard // June 2, 2014 // Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14053020/9ed5f88c-7012-4ab8-beb1-1e21342f9f45.png

Tanning in all forms is dangerous. A concerted effort by a cadre of Penn Medicine dermatologists has helped push legislation forward to prevent skin cancers by restricting access to tanning beds, one of the major drivers of the increased incidence of skin cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.

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