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Penn Medicine’s Frederick S. Kaplan, MD, Honored by National Organization for Rare Disorders

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The National Organization for Rare Disorders will present Penn Medicine’s Frederick S. Kaplan, MD, with a 2017 Rare Impact Award, which recognizes those working to make a difference in the lives of people with rare diseases.

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Trauma and Stress in Teen Years Increases Risk of Depression During Menopause, Penn Study Shows

First-of-its kind study finds number of traumatic experiences and when they first occur significantly affects the risk of depression during menopause

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Penn Medicine’s Carl June, MD, Named 2017 Fellow of the AACR Academy

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University of Pennsylvania cancer and HIV gene therapy pioneer Carl June, MD, has been named as a member of the 2017 class of fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.

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Penn Studies Find Promise for Innovations in Liquid Biopsies

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From using fluid in the lungs to better understand the potential of immunotherapy treatments in lung cancer, to tracking circulating tumor cells in prostate cancer, to conducting RNA sequencing of cancer cell clusters from the blood of pancreatic cancer patients, to finding new ways to biopsy tissue from patients who may have esophageal cancer, a series of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate the promise of new diagnostic methods.

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5,000 and Counting: Penn Medicine Celebrates Reconstruction Milestone

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Doctors in Penn Medicine’s Division of Plastic Surgery recently performed their 5,000th free flap reconstructive surgery – in which tissue is taken from another part of the body and used to improve the appearance of a wound or scar. Focusing on breast reconstructions, as well as head and neck surgeries and leg surgeries, Penn has become the largest free flap reconstruction center in the United States by volume.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Receive Distinguished Investigator Awards

Scott Halpern, MD, PhD,MBEPeter J. Snyder, MDTranslational Science 2017The ACTS Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes senior investigators whose innovative research or education leadership has significantly impacted clinical and translational science. The AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award is presented annually to an investigator age 45 or younger in recognition of excellence in biomedical research.

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Penn Physicians Honored by American Association of Plastic Surgeons

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Perelman School of Medicine at the University of PennsylvaniathLinton Whitaker, MD, professor and chief emeritus of Plastic Surgery, received the Clinician of the Year award, one of the most esteemed awards in the field. Joseph Serletti, MD, chief of Plastic Surgery, received the Robert Goldwyn American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons Mentor of the Year award.

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A Little Nudge May Provide a Big Boost to Flu Vaccination Rates

Currently, only 44 percent of adults in the United States receive an annual flu vaccination. Though the rate has increased in recent years, the change has been slow and marginal. But, a new study suggests that a simple behavioral economics technique known as “active choice” may be able to help. In the study, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania programmed electronic health records (EHR) to alert care providers when a patient was eligible, and prompt them to choose to “accept” or “decline” a flu vaccination order. Results showed a six percent increase over clinics that did not use the alert system, representing a 37 percent relative increase in vaccinations from the prior year. The study is published online this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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From the Room Next Door to the Next Planet Over

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The new Albert Chadwick Research Room inside the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is no ordinary laboratory space. In fact, there’s nothing else quite like it anywhere else in the United States, and whether it’s treating patients with cancer or helping NASA with its plans to send astronauts to Mars, the discoveries that could propel scientists forward will happen right here.

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Penn Researchers Call for Better Laws Covering Patient Incentives to Improve Care

Current federal anti-kickback laws prohibit pharmaceutical companies and providers from bribing patients to seek their goods and services. Unfortunately, the laws also prevent hospitals from offering services that could potentially benefit patients, such as free rides to elderly or disabled patients to help them get to their appointments.







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