Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Infectious Disease

Measles Outbreaks and Vaccinations: Does it Change Anything?

By Steve Graff | April 10, 2015 | Comments Vaccines

In most communities in the United States today, the measles vaccination rate is a relatively high 94 percent. But some areas fall short of that average for various reasons: lack of awareness, lack of access, and a growing vaccine refusal movement. With one of the lowest vaccination rates, Pennsylvania currently... Read more

Penn Center for AIDS Research: ‘We’ve Come a Long Way, But the Battle is Far From Over'

By Steve Graff | January 28, 2015 | Comments IMG_1033

Penn CFAR co-directors James Hoxie, MD, and Ronald Collman, MD Celebrating the Perelman School of Medicine’s 250 years has us looking back at some of the great accomplishments and milestones from all corners of the campus, as well as those that have come out of the longstanding collaborations with our... Read more

Antibiotic Resistance: The Med, Vet Connection

By Steve Graff | January 16, 2015 | Comments Photo 1

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue in America today. Infections from so-called “superbugs” that can’t be beat with our arsenal of drugs are responsible for over 23,000 deaths a year and two million illnesses. And the cost to treat these infections? About $20 billion a year in excess... 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

ID Week Comes to Philadelphia

By Steve Graff | October 9, 2014 | Comments IDweek2014_4Cfull

The annual infection diseases conference known as ID Week kicked off in Philadelphia yesterday, and it couldn’t be more timely. And it’s not just because of Ebola. A slew of other outbreaks have been in the public eye as of late: enterovirus, MERS, dengue fever. The program organizers have shifted... Read more

First City of American Medicine

By John Shea | September 26, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14092912/6c56fd3d-a799-4a1b-b4a5-2e7507cfcef8.png

Fifty years ago this month, The Philadelphia Bulletin devoted almost its entire Sunday issue to a look at Philadelphia’s place in the history of medicine. The cover featured a Penn doctor who was already an iconic figure -- I. S. Ravdin, former chair of Surgery. When the issue appeared, Ravdin... Read more

Double Trouble: How Parasitic Worms Weaken Antiviral Immunity

By Karen Kreeger | September 5, 2014 | Comments Artis CM cover warhol worms Sept 14

David Artis, PhD, professor of Microbiology and his team, including first author Lisa Osborne, PhD, demonstrated that mice already infected with parasitic helminths were worse at fighting viral infection. 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 Remembers Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight: A Loss to the HIV/AIDS Community

By Steve Graff | July 25, 2014 | Comments Ribbon

WHYY’s Radio Times’ show last Friday focused on much of the progress that’s been made in the world of HIV/AIDS research and care, but there was one terrible set back that had to be addressed. Earlier that morning, news broke that the Malaysia Airlines plane struck down over the Ukraine... Read more

Medical Missions: Now and Then

By John Shea | July 24, 2014 | Comments image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14072413/3a1c8414-0d5a-413a-8f66-6cb13965d85b.png

Having been an editor of Penn Medicine publications for, um, several years, I’ve been privileged to learn about some of the many medical missions abroad that the institution’s physicians, nurses, and alumni have taken part in. Occasionally, our magazines have covered such initiatives. In the most recent issue of Penn... Read more

Summer Brings More Ticks—and a New Fight Against Them

By Steve Graff | July 2, 2014 | Comments Tick

Ticks of Pennsylvania beware. A new bill expected to be signed into law by Governor Tom Corbett will educate potential victims about you and the Lyme disease you carry, track cases, and pinpoint where you like to hang out. It’s not looking good. The bill—named the Lyme and Related Tick-Borne... 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.

Transcription Factors Key to Using T Cells Against Cancer, Chronic Infection

By Karen Kreeger | March 6, 2014 | Comments Wherry BATF spiral blog post Mar 14

Business is brisk in the lab of John Wherry and his team from the Department of Microbiology and the Institute for Immunology for papers on killer and helper T cells. Two studies -- bound by their focus on transcription factors important in the immune response – have come out of the lab in the last few weeks. And, they both identify potential new targets for cancer immunotherapies. Read more

Cancer in Waiting: Latency in Viral-Based Cancer Explained

By Karen Kreeger | February 18, 2014 | Comments image from http://aviary.blob.core.windows.net/k-mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp-14030517/22827cb4-f309-4eb4-8f67-c99412eeb936.png

The lab of Erle Robertson, Ph.D., professor of Microbiology, and program leader of Tumor Virology at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center, has been studying how Kaposi’s Sarcoma-associated Herpes Virus (KSHV) subverts normal cell machinery to cause cancer for more than a decade. Read more

New Hope on Horizon for Hepatitis C Patients

By Lee-Ann Donegan | January 31, 2014 | Comments

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... Read more

Celebrating the Work of Medical Laboratory Professionals

By Karen Kreeger | April 30, 2013 | Comments Lab Week 2013 Poster Winner

To show its gratitude to all laboratory professionals, the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine celebrated Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 22-26, with a host of activities, such as Phillies Night, in appreciation of all the hard work and dedication of the hundreds of staff and faculty members working in more than 30 different laboratories across the Penn campus. Read more

Defining the Traits of Transmitted HIV-1 to Make Better Vaccines

By Karen Kreeger | March 29, 2013 | Comments HIV Red Ribbon by Trygve.u Mar 13

Knowing the traits of HIV-1 strains capable of establishing new infections could be important for AIDS vaccine development. Read more

So You Think You’re Exhausted? War-Weary T Cells Have Us All Beat

By Karen Kreeger | December 20, 2012 | Comments Wherry Immunity image Dec 12

This time of year has me pretty run down, with birthdays, holidays, concerts, you name it -- all manner of good and bad stress that weighs on one’s immune system. But I never knew my T cells could get exhausted, too. Two papers from the lab of E. John Wherry,... Read more

Deadly Choices: A Penn virologist takes on the anti-vaccine movement

By John Shea | October 1, 2012 | Comments

Exhibit A: This year’s incoming class of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania was assigned to read Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All, by Paul A. Offit, MD. Issued by Basic Books in 2011, the book came out this year in paperback. During... Read more

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