When Medicare hospice eligibility criteria expand in 2011 as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, efforts to test whether palliative care and aggressive treatment provided concurrently will be judged based on costs.
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The liver normally makes and stores fat, which is required in moderation for normal body function. However, if the process goes awry, excess fat in the liver can cause major liver damage. In fact, fatty liver is a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, and is often brought on by obesity and diabetes. In turn, the increasing prevalence of these diseases has brought with it an epidemic of liver disease.
Penn Study: 'GPS System' for Protein Synthesis in Nerve Cells Gives Clues for Understanding Brain Disorders
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania explain how a class of RNA molecules is able to target the genetic building blocks that guide the functioning of a specific part of the nerve cell. Abnormalities at this site are in involved in epilepsy, neurodegenerative disease, and cognitive disorders. Their results are published this week in the journal Neuron.
James Palmer of the School of Medicine comments on battling flower allergies.
An international analysis of 14 genome-wide association studies involving over 100,000 patients has identified 13 new genetic risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD).
PHILADELPHIA — “Girl Culture” opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on April 9.
Featuring 50 color photographs of girls and young women from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds across the United States, “Girl Culture” explores girls’ relationships with their own bodies and popular culture. The images in this show examine contemporary life for girls, addressing topics such as sexuality, body image and weight-loss culture.
CHICAGO – The use of media characters on cereal packaging may influence children’s opinions about taste, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
The article is the outgrowth of a study by Annenberg doctoral students Matthew Lapierre and Sarah Vaala, and Deborah L. Linebarger, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication.
Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine says “education about abortion is not the same as advocating for abortion.”