Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: In the News

Drug Pricing Debate Once Again Ignited

By Steve Graff | October 6, 2015 | Comments Earnings-on-drugs-1362499408_53

A few weeks ago, news broke that the founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, bought the 62-year-old drug daraprim, only to turn around and up the cost by 5,000 percent. The move by Shkreli, who said the revenue would fund research to develop better treatments for toxoplasmosis, the parasitic infection... Read more

A Weekend Inside the Pope-rimeter at Penn Medicine (Slideshow)

By Robert Press | October 2, 2015 | Comments

So the Pope came to town. Dunno if you heard. Pope Francis's historic visit to Philadelphia was an uneventful kind of eventful — which is to say that based on crowd estimates for the historic event, we here at Penn Medicine were prepared for an enormous surge of patients speaking... Read more

Students Explore Health Careers Across Penn Campus (photos)

By Steve Graff | July 29, 2015 | Comments Summer camp

The University of Pennsylvania’s OneHealth Initiative has shined a light on the substantive amount of crossover and collaboration among Penn’s health schools. From ticks to cancer detection to antibiotic resistance, we’ve touched on a lot of topics involving faculty from around the whole campus. But let us put the research... Read more

Buzz Around Immunotherapy Continues at ASCO

By Steve Graff | June 5, 2015 | Comments Twitter

I read a very witty and apt tweet at this week’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting—the medical conference attended by over 30,000 oncologists and others in the field from all over the world: “Immunotherapy is like the hashtag—it’s here to stay.” The pithy 100 or so characters—replete... Read more

250 Years of Progress, Here's to 250 More

By Robert Press | May 26, 2015 | Comments

A whole lot can happen in 250 years. That’s partially because — and I guess this isn’t much of a surprise — 250 years is a long time. Long enough for a standard snail to circle the globe about 2.64 times (seriously, I did the math). Long enough for Niagara... Read more

Year in Review: A Look Back at 2014!

By Steve Graff | December 31, 2014 | Comments

Before we ring in the New Year, the Penn Medicine department of Communications is taking a look back at 2014, a year filled with more breakthroughs in medical research, growth at the Penn Medicine campus, and philanthropic support. This year, we took a different approach and put together a year...

Ebola Virus Disease: The Facts Are Important

By Holly Auer | November 6, 2014 | Comments SLP_1734- Brennan

Patrick J. Brennan, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is an infectious disease physician and a former director of tuberculosis control for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this guest post, he writes to share important information about the Ebola virus... Read more

Icing on the Cake: Nation's Oldest Medical School Kicks Off Its 250th Birthday Year

By Steve Graff | September 9, 2014 | Comments

The Perelman School of Medicine kicked off its 250th birthday year with a cake-cutting celebration hosted by University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, PhD, and J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, Dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and Executive Vice President, University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, along with... 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

Penn Dermatology Efforts Help Push Tanning Bed Legislation Through

By Kim Menard | June 2, 2014 | Comments image from

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.

Snoozing in Sochi: Penn Expert Discusses Why Athletes Need Sleep for Medal-Winning Performances

By Jessica Mikulski | February 21, 2014 | Comments image from

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep can really make a big difference the next day. You wake up feeling refreshed and energized. Your mind is clear and you can take on the day. And that’s just for the average Joe. Sleep can also make a critical impact... Read more

Art Beat: Penn Medicine Researchers Launch Nationwide Contest to Spotlight Lifesaving AEDs

By Jessica Mikulski | February 10, 2014 | Comments image from

The inaugural design in Amtrak's 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. 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. It’s a lifesaving device that you might walk by every day and not even... Read more

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

By Robert Press | January 8, 2014 | Comments

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... Read more

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

By Jessica Mikulski | October 4, 2013 | Comments

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... Read more

Every Story Counts

By Kim Menard | August 20, 2013 | Comments NBC Nightly News Melissa Livney Penn Memory Center

Ever wonder what it's like to work in a media relations office at a busy academic medical center? Much like other aspects of medicine, it’s fast-paced – and there’s something new and often unexpected to work on every day. To give you a glimpse of the velocity and variety of topics we cover in a given year, we're pulling out some interesting stats from our 2013 fiscal year end media wrap-up report to share with you. Read more

Angelina Jolie’s Cancer Prevention Surgery Puts Basser Research Center for BRCA In National Spotlight

By Holly Auer | May 15, 2013 | Comments This week, when Oscar-winning actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie revealed that she underwent surgery to remove her breasts after learning that she carries one of the BRCA gene mutations that put her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, the news hit home here at the University of Pennsylvania. Just a year ago, Penn announced the creation of the Basser Research Center for BRCA, which was made possible by a $25 million gift from Penn alums Mindy and Jon Gray, in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44. As the only center in the United States devoted solely to research on prevention and treatment for cancers related to BRCA mutations, Jolie’s story turned a spotlight on the important work in progress there, and the experiences of the many other families with similar cancer risks. Read more

Penn Medicine at the Forefront of the Quest to Cure Cancer

By Holly Auer | March 27, 2013 | Comments Time cover 2

Cover image via This week’s TIME magazine makes an eye-catching, bold proclamation. HOW TO CURE CANCER, the cover reads, with a subhead previewing the story contained inside: “Yes, it’s now possible – thanks to new cancer dream teams that are delivering better results faster.” Much of that team science... Read more

Are These the Medical Leaders of the Future?

By John Shea | March 12, 2013 | Comments

For an organization created in 1902, Alpha Omega Alpha is still going strong. That was certainly how it seemed last month when the Perelman School of Medicine inducted 31 members of the Class of 2013 –- and, in the special segment of the ceremony, one member of the faculty, Benoit... Read more

Heart Month Wrap Up: Hot Topics

By Jessica Mikulski | February 28, 2013 | Comments Jessup_AHA official photo

Mariell Jessup, MD 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. As we wrap-up our Heart Month blog post series, I asked Penn Medicine’s Mariell Jessup, MD, medical director of the Heart... Read more

Penn Medicine 2012 Year in Review

By Jessica Mikulski | December 31, 2012 | Comments Yearinreview

Taking a look back, 2012 has been a year marked by breakthroughs in medical research, system-wide growth, and landmark philanthropic support for Penn Medicine. As we set our sights on the year ahead, we also celebrate the past year's accomplishments and give thanks to the outstanding faculty, staff, and students...

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