Research

Too much noise is bad for your health

Too much noise is bad for your health

An international review led by Penn Medicine's Mathias Basner recently reported that occupational, environmental, and social noise exposure poses a serious threat to public health—and not strictly in terms of hearing. Noise has been associated with sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment in children, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.

A cyborg sensor that could unlock anesthesia’s secrets

A cyborg sensor that could unlock anesthesia’s secrets

Penn researchers have created an artificial chemical sensor based on one of the human body’s receptors that is critical in the action of painkillers and anesthetics. By attaching a modified version of a receptor to strips of graphene, researchers have shown a way to mass-produce devices that could be useful in drug development and a variety of diagnostic tests.