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Access to Nature Requires Attention When Addressing Community Health Needs

Nature is a tool to address deeply entrenched health disparities; health systems should work to increase nature access, as they have with other social determinants of health
7-Jul-2020 3:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Philadelphia Tax on Sweetened Drinks Led to Drop in Sales

Philadelphia’s tax on sweetened beverages led to a 38.9 percent drop in the volume of taxed beverages sold at small, independent retailers and a significant increase in the price of taxed beverages, according to new research from the Perelman...
8-Jul-2020 1:20 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sensory Neurons Outside the Brain Drive Autistic Social Behaviors, Penn Study Suggests

A new study from Penn Medicine lends further evidence that the social behaviors tied to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) emerge from abnormal function of sensory neurons outside the brain.
7-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Penn Launches Region’s First Center for Translational Neuromodulation

The Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation, and Modulation (brainSTIM) Center brings together a team of leading neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and engineers at Penn using neuromodulation techniques to research,...
1-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

The Gut Shields the Liver from Fructose-Induced Damage

After one consumes food or a beverage containing fructose, the gut helps to shield the liver from damage by breaking down the sugar. However, the consumption of too much fructose can overwhelm the gut, causing fructose to “spill over” into the...
29-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Critically Ill Patients with COVID-19 Are More Likely to Develop Heart Rhythm Disorders Than Other Hospitalized Patients

Patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to an intensive care unit were 10 times more likely than other hospitalized COVID-19 patients to suffer cardiac arrest or heart rhythm disorders, according to a new study. .
18-Jun-2020 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Nuclear Softening Allows Cells to Move Into Dense Tissue, Encouraging Injury Repair

Using an enzyme inhibitor in meniscus cells, a Penn team was able to soften their nucleus and promote access to previously impassible areas
22-Jun-2020 8:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Homeless Patients Are More Likely to be Readmitted to a Hospital Within 30 Days of Discharge

Patients who are homeless are far more likely than housed individuals to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 or 90 days of their discharge, according to a new multi-center analysis of inpatient data from Florida, Massachusetts and New York.
18-Jun-2020 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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