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Article ID: 706643

Energizing the Immune System to Eat Cancer

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Researchers at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania say they’ve identified how to fuel macrophages with the energy needed to attack and eat cancer cells.

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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

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: 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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Article ID: 706365

NCCN Guidelines Raise Standards for Cancer Care Worldwide by Exceeding 10 Million Downloads in 2018 — Up 26% Over 2017

National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced that the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) were downloaded more than 10 million times in 2018; marking a 26% increase over 2017.

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11-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST

Article ID: 706422

Marijuana Users More Likely to Be Fired or Laid Off

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

As US rates of marijuana use continue to rise, workers who use marijuana may be at higher risk of losing their jobs, suggests a study in the January Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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14-Jan-2019 12:05 PM EST

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