Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease, According to Penn Research

Penn researchers have now shown that the social media platform Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.

A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.



Penn in the news

Mosquito-borne Illness Creeping Up From Caribbean January 27, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Stephen Gluckman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness.

Blood Thinners Protect Against Stroke, but at a Cost January 25, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Charles Pollack of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for leading a study about reversing the effects of Pradaxa.

Forget the Excuses: There’s No Substitute for Sleep January 21, 2015 | Philly.com

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine answers questions about the importance of sleep.

Should Teens Get to Say ‘No’ to Life-saving Medical Treatment? January 23, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Andrew Siegel and Dominic Sisti of the Perelman School of Medicine write about giving teenagers the power to decide on life-saving treatment for themselves.

Audio: New Blood Test Could Indicate Long-term Severity of Concussions January 22, 2015 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Douglas Smith and Robert Siman of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss how a new blood test could indicate severity of concussions.

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