PHILADELPHIA — Humans produce billions of clot-forming platelets every day, but there are times when there aren’t enough of them, such as with certain diseases or during invasive surgery. Now, University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a single drug can induce bone marrow cells called megakaryocytes to quadruple the number of platelets they produce.
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Margaret Stineman and Joel Streim of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how Dr. Stineman uses her personal disabilities to help others.
Kevin Volpp, David Dinges and Lisa Bellini of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss reducing the number of consecutive work hours for first-year residents.
Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Weight regain remains the Achilles’ heel of all weight loss therapies.”
David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the effect of Photoshopped images on the idea of beauty.
Penn: Veterans Who Survive Suicide Attempt Have Heightened Mortality Risk of Future Suicide, Disease
An estimated 18 American military veterans take their own lives every day -- thousands each year -- and those numbers are steadily increasing. Even after weathering the stresses of military life and the terrors of combat, these soldiers find themselves overwhelmed by the transition back into civilian life. Many have already survived one suicide attempt, but never received the extra help and support they needed, with tragic results.
Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine leads a discussion on face transplantation.