Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Nutrition

The Skinny on the Weight Loss Balloon

By Abbey Anderson | July 6, 2016 | Comments Balloon

With beach season now in full swing, it’s not surprising that the latest weight loss balloon has been making headlines. The newest balloon, known technically as an intragastric balloon, is a space-occupying device which is placed in the stomach by swallowing a pill, and then inflated – a new design... Read more

Processed and Red Meat – Are They Really that Bad?

By Olivia Fermano | November 30, 2015 | Comments Untitled-2

Four days gone now and Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season. For revelers of all backgrounds, this time of year has the potential to be one long party-fest from now through New Year’s. With this party atmosphere comes lots of bad food. Despite the season the Eagles are having,... 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

Achieving Healthy Skin from Within

By Katie Delach | December 30, 2014 | Comments Fruit_skin

With all the get-togethers, parties, and family dinners, the holiday season can be tough on our waistlines. But, beyond the belt, the food we consume can affect us in other ways, too. What once was a quick and easy trip to the grocery store has now for some become much... Read more

Exploring the Human Microbiome

By John Shea | July 2, 2014 | Comments PENN-Med_SPRING_2014_F3b_LR-1

Like many people, I have gone through life without paying much attention to my gut –- except, that is, for the times my stomach gave unmistakable indications that it was upset. Most of the time, what was happening inside said stomach remained unknown. On the whole, it was out of... Read more

Breast Reduction Not a Magic Fix for Weight Loss

By Kim Menard | May 27, 2014 | Comments image from

A new trend has started emerging in an unlikely area: Penn Plastic Surgeons have encountered an influx of women looking for a breast reduction surgery as a primary tool for weight loss. While there may be no magic solution to mastering the scales, experts suggest going back to the basics, and recommend that people dedicate time and energy to taking good care of themselves. Read more

OncoLink Celebrates 20 Years!

By Steve Graff | March 14, 2014 | Comments Oncolink-108

Creator Joel Goldwein, MD, Honored with “Visionary Award” at Anniversary Event Before there was Yahoo or Google, there was OncoLink—one of the first web sites to provide to cancer information, or really any information, on the internet. And it started right here at Penn Medicine. Today, 20 years later, it’s... Read more

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

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

Take Control of Your Heart Health

By Sally Sapega | February 21, 2013 | Comments

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. The mortality rate from both heart disease and stroke have decreased significantly in the past decade, but they still remain the #1 and #4... 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

Having Fun While Raising Funds at Pennsylvania Hospital’s First “Souper Bowl”

By Olivia Fermano | February 1, 2013 | Comments Souper Bowl image 1

It’s that time of year again. All across the U.S. folks will gather together on Sunday, not to worship, but to watch the 47th Super Bowl and – thanks to an increasing popularity due to “cute overload” – Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl 9. Some even started the festivities early here... Read more

Breaking through the Communications Clutter with “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding”

By Olivia Fermano | December 12, 2012 | Comments 10 Step Ribbon Cutting 1

In an effort to cut through the constant communications clutter – websites, e-newsletters, targeted text messages and mailings, plus a plethora of pregnancy and parenting magazines – that bombards women during pregnancy and during early motherhood, Pennsylvania Hospital is taking a fresh approach to help educate and inform staff and... Read more

Penn Medicine Reaches Out

By Holly Auer | November 29, 2012 | Comments UCHC

UCHCFrom providing screenings for high blood pressure in West Philadelphia barber shops to arming women who are recovering from addiction with the skills to build new lives with their children, Penn Medicine’s employees reach far beyond our campus community to help, care for, and inspire people to improve their health. Each year since 2007, Penn Medicine has highlighted the work of its faculty, staff and students in Philadelphia and its neighboring communities in Simply Because. Last year’s book is full of the faces and stories of everyone who comes together to be part of these programs. Read more

Hat Trick for Penn Medicine at Philadelphia Science Festival this Monday

By Karen Kreeger | April 19, 2012 | Comments PSF logo

On Monday, April 23, Penn Medicine faculty will be particpating in three events at the Philadelphia Science Festival. Read more

Deck the Halls, but for Heart Health, Don’t Over Indulge This Holiday Season

By Jessica Mikulski | December 7, 2011 | Comments Holiday-drinks(3)

An extra serving of turkey and stuffing, one too many glasses of eggnog or wine: The holidays have a special way of enticing us to overindulge in our favorite foods and drinks. But for some people, that extra piece of pie can lead to some scary, heart-related symptoms. Around this... Read more

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