Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Diabetes

The Dangers of Workplace Snackage

By Robert Press | November 21, 2016 | Comments Snacks

It’s one of those things that just kind of happens. Maybe someone in your department is getting married, or it’s someone’s birthday, and one of your coworkers decides to commemorate the day with treats. Maybe they leave those treats sitting out in the open, where anybody can walk by and... Read more

Coming Soon in Penn Medicine: Health Costs and Innovators

By John Shea | October 28, 2016 | Comments image from

The villain of the piece may change from year to year or even month to month -– it may be a cancer drug that costs more than $120,000 a year, or Turing’s Daraprim, or Mylan MV’s EpiPen -– but drug companies have been excoriated in the media with increasing frequency... Read more

Non-Communicable Diseases: The Next Great Global Health Challenge

By Johanna Harvey | October 21, 2016 | Comments image from

“We all have the same health problems, but we don’t all have the same access to health care.” That was the message Ernest Madu, MD, chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, shared with Perelman School of Medicine students and faculty during the Penn Center for Global... Read more

Treating Type 1 Diabetes…Without Insulin

By Abbey Anderson | June 13, 2016 | Comments image from

For type 1 diabetes, insulin has long been the essential treatment method. Blood glucose monitoring, frequent insulin injections, even insulin pumps are used to help diabetics control their glucose levels and avoid dangerous spikes and dips in their blood sugar. But for some, being captive to the use of insulin... Read more

A Visit from the Nobelists

By John Shea | June 1, 2016 | Comments 6a0168e81dfe9c970c01b8d1f0db3c970c

Michael Brown delivers the graduation address What does Stanley B. Prusiner, MD 1968, have in common with Michael S. Brown, MD 1966, besides graduating from the Perelman School of Medicine? Both are members of an exclusive and celebrated group -- recipients of the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. In... Read more

Who Is the Cookie Doctor?

By John Shea | January 29, 2016 | Comments Cookie Doctor cover

Peter T. Pugliese, MD, a member of the Class of 1957 of what is now the Perelman School of Medicine, has had a varied career. Becoming a doctor was, he says, “a long and arduous trip.” Along the way, “I found God, lost him, and found him again. . .... Read more

Big Looks at Small Things: The Thanksgiving Day War for Your Stomach

By Robert Press | November 25, 2015 | Comments Untitled-1

Welcome to Big Looks at Small Things (BLAST), an in-depth, medically grounded look at the small things, moments, and experiences most of us share in but never think about. Today: We’re looking at the war for your stomach. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and by now we’ve all been inundated yet again... Read more

The Skinny on Fat

By Olivia Fermano | September 14, 2015 | Comments Junk food head

For more than a few decades the medical community told us that fat was bad. Much maligned, fat was deemed enemy number one of hearts and minds (clogged arteries, heart attacks and strokes, oh my!) as well as waistlines. However, as new research shows, the tide against some fats is... Read more

Geroscience? Much More Than a Reaction to the “Silver Tsunami”

By Karen Kreeger | November 25, 2014 | Comments Geroscience The Seven Pillars of Aging

Geroscience is essentially an interdisciplinary field at the crossroads of aging and age-related diseases. Read more

Another Wound Bites the Dust - All-Star Team Treats Chronic and Complex Wounds

By Kim Menard | March 7, 2014 | Comments

The new Penn Center for Wound Healing and Reconstruction – to treat people dealing with unrelenting wounds – aims to simplify the process by bringing a cadre of specialists together, centering around patient needs.

Science Communications, One White-Board Video at a Time

By Karen Kreeger | May 1, 2013 | Comments FitzGerald Nat Med mouse side by side image Nov 12

In an online video series, Florie Charles, a doctoral student at the University of California at San Francisco, and founder of Youreka Science, simply uses a white board and colored markers (and occasionally a small cut out mouse -- animal, not computer peripheral) to explain findings from recent papers in an accessible, fresh, and engaging way. One of her newest videos happens to feature a recent publication from the lab of Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of Penn Medicine's Institute of Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. Read more

Simply Because

By Holly Auer | March 1, 2013 | Comments Cut hypertension

“The needs that call Penn Medicine to action in the community are profound. Twenty-five percent of Philadelphians live in poverty – that’s nearly 400,000 adults and children – and one in seven city residents have no health insurance. Hunger and homelessness remain, still, throughout the city. These societal problems only... Read more

Heart Research Hits Close to Home for a New Penn Med Prof

By Karen Kreeger | February 20, 2013 | Comments Voight Ben desk shot Jan 13

 To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all areas of Penn Medicine. “I know this sounds like a cliché, but one of the main reasons I’m interested in learning about the genetic basis of heart... Read more

The Many Faces of Metformin

By Karen Kreeger | January 30, 2013 | Comments Metformin blog post goat's rue Jan 13

Metformin, the most widely prescribed diabetes drug, has come full circle from a home remedy in the European medieval apothecary called goat’s rue to now being investigated for a host of modern chronic conditions. Read more

In the Pink Shadow: Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month Needs the Spotlight Now

By Olivia Fermano | November 27, 2012 | Comments Pancreatic-cancer-awareness-month

With each passing year the month of November loses more and more respect. On paper it looks good – All Saint’s, All Soul’s, Veteran’s and Election Day come right in a row within the first two weeks. But poor Thanksgiving. For several centuries it rose through the ranks as one... Read more

Behind the Scenes of the Drug Approval Process

By Holly Auer | June 29, 2012 | Comments

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new prescription weight loss drug – the first in more than a decade. Advocates of the drug, which trials showed helped users lose an average of about five percent of their body weight, say it provides an important new weight loss option for the 35 percent of Americans classified as obese. But the medication, which will be sold under the name Belviq, is not without risks. Some studies showed that it causes heart valve problems, an issue that echoes the reasons why the weight-loss drug combination known as Fen-Phen was pulled from the market in 1997. A Penn medical toxicologist and emergency physician, Jeanmarie Perrone, played a role behind the headlines about the drug’s approval, as a member of an FDA advisory committee tasked with reviewing the data about the drug and making recommendations to the agency about whether or not it should be approved. Read more

Pre-eclampsi-whaaa?: One of the most common, most dangerous, least known threats to pregnant women…

By Olivia Fermano | April 30, 2012 | Comments Pregnancy-Heart Disease

I remember the first time I heard of preeclampsia . Despite the fact that I’ve worked my whole adult career in hospitals and health care, I didn’t first learn about preeclampsia on the job. In truth, I read about it years ago – and rather graphically – in the John... Read more

Women & Heart Disease – the Usual and Unusual Risk Suspects

By Olivia Fermano | February 16, 2012 | Comments Nazanin Moghbeli, MD

To celebrate February as American Heart Month, the News Blog is highlighting some of the latest heart-centric news and stories from all parts of Penn Medicine. The flowers and cards have all been delivered. The chocolates were devoured and Cupid can now take his annual break. But just because Valentine’s... Read more

If water is so great, why don’t we drink it?

By Kim Menard | January 11, 2011 | Comments Water-juice-dshingadia-flickr-cc

We’re in the midst of the Year of Water here at Penn, but I can’t help but think there is a water disconnect – the water that we’re trying to save and protect is the same thing we’re rejecting as a drink. I, like many Americans, drink water only if... Read more

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