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Article ID: 706709

Safety in numbers: mobile robots could save lives during emergency evacuations

Penn State College of Engineering

To address the unique challenges that emergency evacuation scenarios present, Alan Wagner, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, and a team of researchers propose to use a coordinated collection of mobile robots as authority figures to direct evacuees for rapid, orderly and safe evacuations, thanks to a $1.5M National Science Foundation grant.

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17-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706707

Automated Text Messages Improve Outcomes after Joint Replacement Surgery

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

An automated text messaging system increases patient engagement with home-based exercise and promotes faster recovery after total knee or hip replacement surgery, reports a study in the January 16, 2019 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio in partnership with Wolters Kluwer.

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17-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706711

Bioethicists Call for Oversight of Direct-to-Consumer “Neurotechnologies” Promising Unproven Benefits

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The marketing of direct-to-consumer “neurotechnologies” can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or “read” one’s emotional state. However, many of these increasingly popular products aren’t fully supported by science and have little to no regulatory oversight, which poses potential health risks to the public. In a new piece published in the journal Science this week, two bioethicists from Penn Medicine and the University of British Columbia suggest the creation of a working group that would further study, monitor, and provide guidance for this growing industry – which is expected to top $3 billion by 2020.

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17-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706599

Creating a Roadmap for 2D Materials

Penn State Materials Research Institute

An invited article in the December online edition of the journal 2D Materials provides a roadmap for the synthesis of electronic-grade two-dimensional materials for future electronic and sensing applications.

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16-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 706613

CHOP Surgeons Find Opioids Over Overprescribed for Elbow Fractures in Children

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The patients used less than 25 percent of the drugs, suggesting a potential risk of opioid diversion.

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16-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706602

The Medical Minute: The causes and complications of snoring

Penn State Health

Nearly half of adults habitually snore when they sleep. For some, it’s not a problem. For others, it may affect the quality of their bed partner’s rest. It can also be associated with sleep apnea.

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16-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 706505

Pediatric Device Consortium Now Covers All of Pennsylvania

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium announces a partnership with two programs at the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly the Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, the PPDC’s new name reflects its statewide reach. The expansion follows a five-year $6 million grant renewal from the FDA.

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16-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
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    16-Jan-2019 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 706394

Dermatologists Prescribe the Most Antibiotics, but Which Uses Are Driving the Trend?

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The use of antibiotics to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne and rosacea is decreasing over time, but there has been an increase in prescriptions associated with dermatologic surgical procedures.

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14-Jan-2019 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 706485

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center Welcomes New Director’s Leadership Council Chair

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania announced today that Richard S. Schiffrin, Esq., has been appointed chair of the Center Director’s Leadership Council.

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15-Jan-2019 9:45 AM EST

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