August 2014 Archive - Penn Medicine News Blog

Cancer Patient Shows Us Radiation Therapy through a Different Lens

By Steve Graff // August 28, 2014 // Comments

Thomas Ashley, a seasoned Philadelphia filmmaker, has a message for anyone dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the prospect of undergoing radiation therapy: It's not as scary as it seems. He's telling his story in the form of a new video he produced that documents his own experience as a... Read more

The Role of Culture in Health

By Sally Sapega // August 28, 2014 // Comments Spirit_catches_you2

Each year, the University of Pennsylvania sponsors a series of events throughout its campus focusing on a central theme chosen by faculty, staff and students. The focal point of the 2014-2015 academic year is Health. The Year of Health was chosen, in part, because of the national focus on health-care... Read more

Making History and Progress with the National Veterans Wheelchair Games

By Greg Richter // August 25, 2014 // Comments image from

This year marked the 34th National Veterans Wheelchair Games—the largest games yet, with over 650 men and women competing in softball, quad rugby, basketball, power soccer, and other events in Philadelphia and South Jersey. I had the opportunity to attend part of the games a few weeks ago and see... Read more

Ebola Prompts Extraordinary Precautions in Hospitals

By Steve Graff // August 22, 2014 // Comments Article-2714168-20347B4A00000578-650_634x482

We’ve all seen the vivid footage on the news these past few weeks: Two hospital workers donned in full body hazmat suits and respirators helping the Americans who fell victim to the Ebola virus out of an ambulance and into air-tight rooms. To many, it seems like the best way... Read more

Penn Medicine Unveils New University City Facility

By Katie Delach // August 21, 2014 // Comments image from

Just one month shy of two years since the official groundbreaking ceremony, earlier this month we opened the doors to Penn Medicine University City, our newest outpatient facility that’s taking care delivery to a new level by encouraging patients to be actively engaged in their treatment. A preeminent example of... Read more

Making the Summer Count

By Karen Kreeger // August 15, 2014 // Comments SUIP_Poster Session_1

Every summer, the news is filled with profiles of summer student programs, and those that are aimed at increased participation by minority students in STEM are no exception. The Summer Undergraduate Internship Program at Penn Medicine is one such program. Read more

Humanistic Physicians – How Do They Stay That Way?

By John Shea // August 14, 2014 // Comments Hippocrates

Having recently done some research and writing about Penn Medicine’s new Academy of Master Clinicians and the Penn Pearls awards that medical students give out for clinical teaching, I found myself drawn to an article in the most recent issue of Academic Medicine. Its title: “Attitudes and Habits of Highly... Read more

Penn Medicine News: Now in Video Form!

By Robert Press // August 11, 2014 // Comments

One of the things I love most about technology — and specifically, the Internet — is that it has made the dissemination of information easier than ever before. I’m typing this on a laptop that is only slightly larger than a textbook but could, in no time at all, download... Read more

Robots – Hi-Tech Help or Freaky Fiction?

By Olivia Fermano // August 10, 2014 // Comments image from

Robots cause a polarizing effect in the minds of people. We only have to look to Hollywood to illustrate this. They’re either portrayed as endearing characters like Star Wars’ C-3PO and R2D2 and the adorably-animated WALL-E – or they’re killing machines as seen in Terminator and iRobot. The fact is... Read more

Psoriasis: The Heart and Skin Connection

By Katie Delach // August 6, 2014 // Comments image from

Did you know that psoriasis is more than merely a skin condition? It's a chronic inflammatory disease that increases a patient’s risk for other systemic disorders, such as atherosclerosis and renal damage. In the last year alone, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have... Read more

Helping Others Get Back on Their Feet

By Greg Richter // August 4, 2014 // Comments image from

As the sun rose, shining warm upon the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the quiet stillness of a crisp, cool July morning was quickly overcome by hundreds of eager runners gearing up for the last leg of a 24-hour challenge that would intimidate even the most advanced athletes.... Read more

A Picture Really is Worth 1000 Words

By Karen Kreeger // August 1, 2014 // Comments Talamas winning image 2014

The winners of the Penn Medicine 2014 “Art in Science" can certainly make pretty pictures with fancy microscopes, but there is also a rich story of scientific inquiry behind each. Read more

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