Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Infectious Disease

Antibiotic Stewardship: Preventing Too Much of a Good Thing

By Paul Foster | November 28, 2016 | Comments image from

Antibiotics are vital to the practice of modern medicine. They make many things that we take for granted today possible. But, like anything else, too much of a good thing, can be bad. Over the last several decades, over-prescribing has played a large role in an increase of antibiotic-resistant strains... 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

Stomping out the Superbugs

By Johanna Harvey | September 30, 2016 | Comments image from

Since Alexander Fleming first discovered penicillin nearly 100 years ago in 1928, antibiotics have been used to help treat infections and save millions of lives around the world. But recently, overuse of antibiotics in everything from prescriptions to livestock to agricultural products has taken what was once seen as a...

Penn Medicine Kicks off Zika Vaccine Trial as Athletes Head to Rio 2016

By Johanna Harvey | August 1, 2016 | Comments Mosquito

This week, more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries around the world will start competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. But with looming concerns about the Zika virus and other infectious diseases in the region, it won’t only be the athletes that will be under the microscope —... Read more

How Microbes are Informing the Fight Against Cancer

By Karen Kreeger | July 14, 2016 | Comments Wherry Immunity post NIAID healthy T cell

Like many therapies today, the so-called checkpoint inhibitor drugs that boost the immune system to fight cancer have an interesting back story on how they made it into the clinic. Hint: it didn’t all start in a cancer biology laboratory. A major part of the story began with microbiologists studying... 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

Reprioritizing HIV: A Q&A with Med Student Robert Bonacci

By Steve Graff | May 9, 2016 | Comments RBonacci_Headshot (4)

Last week, a study on the falling HIV infections rates in the U.S. from Perelman School of Medicine student Robert Bonacci delivered good news, but it also presented a reality about the shortcomings in the nation’s strategy to combat the disease, as well as the health disparities that exist today.... Read more

Witness to History: David Hosack and the Deaths of Two Hamiltons (pt. 2)

By Robert Press | April 29, 2016 | Comments Untitled-1

Google Maps This is the second part of a piece on Dr. David Hosack—a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania medical school (now known as the Perelman School of Medicine)—and his work as physician for the family of our nation's first treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton. The first part can be... Read more

Witness to History: David Hosack and the Deaths of Two Hamiltons (pt. 1)

By Robert Press | April 27, 2016 | Comments Hamilton-burr-duel

All images from At more than 250 years old, the medical school at the University of Pennsylvania predates the United States of America by about a decade. Between that and its location at the very heart of this new nation, the school has been witness to—and produced witnesses to—significant... Read more

Abramson Cancer Center Joins Nation’s Cancer Centers to Urge HPV Vaccine

By Steve Graff | January 27, 2016 | Comments Hpv

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) joined 68 other National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated centers today urging for increased human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in both girls and boys for the prevention of cancer. Each year in the United States, 14 million new HPV infections occur, and 27,000 men and women are diagnosed... Read more

Penn’s HIV Research: Breaking Down HBO's VICE Special Report

By Steve Graff | December 7, 2015 | Comments image from

Last Tuesday, on World AIDS Day, VICE aired its HIV special report “Countdown to Zero” on HBO, an hour-long documentary that focused on some promising scientific advances—including one happening right here at Penn Medicine—that are putting us steps closer to a vaccine and a potential cure. Decades in the making,... Read more

Battling Antibiotic Resistance

By Sally Sapega | September 11, 2015 | Comments Antibiotic resistance

Since the 1940s, antibiotics have significantly reduced morbidity and mortality, but their widespread – and sometimes excessive -- use have come at a price: an alarming rate of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Indeed, in this country, at least two million people become infected annually with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics; more... Read more

What’s Behind a Recent Uptick in Lyme Disease?

By Paul Foster | July 6, 2015 | Comments Adult_deer_tick

Summer is finally here and for many in the Philadelphia area, that means day hikes along the Wissahickon Creek, picnics in Fairmount Park or maybe a week-long camping trip in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. While those activities are all great options to get away while getting in touch with the... Read more

Clean Hands Save Lives

By Sally Sapega | June 19, 2015 | Comments image from

For the past several years, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – along with many other U.S. hospitals -- has focused on lowering the rate of HAIs (health-care associated infections), using team work and many proven strategies to prevent the infections before they start. But studies show that the... Read more

Identifying Hepatitis C Early, Getting Ahead of a ‘Silent Killer’

By Paul Foster | May 20, 2015 | Comments image from

Of the nearly 3.5 million Americans infected with hepatitis C, less than 50 percent were diagnosed and knew of the infection and just 43 percent of those with the disease had access to outpatient care, according to a 2014 study by Penn researchers. Less than 10 percent of the total... Read more

The New Avengers: Lab-Coated Heroes Honored for Behind-the-Scenes Contributions

By Karen Kreeger | May 5, 2015 | Comments Lab week 2015 logo

Late last month Penn Medicine observed the fortieth Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, a time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the 600-plus lab professionals in more than 30 laboratories across the health system. Read more

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...

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