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Linguistic Red Flags from Facebook Posts can Predict Future Depression Diagnoses

Research from the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and the World Well-Being Project marries social media data with medical-outcomes data for the first time.
11-Oct-2018 4:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Climbing Out of the Anesthetic Abyss

Despite thousands of surgeries taking place each day in the U.S., researchers still don’t know which areas of the brain are responsible for transitioning into unconsciousness and back. Ongoing research at Penn Medicine is looking to find the...
11-Oct-2018 4:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Blood Test Identifies More Treatable Cancer Mutations Than Tissue Biopsy Alone

In one of the largest clinical studies to ever examine the impact of using a blood test to detect treatable mutations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), researchers from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania found that...
10-Oct-2018 8:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Penn Medicine Launches Initiative to Transform Electronic Health Record Systems

Doctors, nurses and clinical staff will lead efforts to transform the electronic health records at Penn Medicine, recognizing them as a tool just as important as scalpels to modern health care delivery.
10-Oct-2018 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Guided by CRISPR, Prenatal Gene Editing Shows Proof-of-Concept in Treating Congenital Disease before Birth

For the first time, scientists have performed prenatal gene editing to prevent a lethal metabolic disorder in laboratory animals, offering the potential to treat human congenital diseases before birth.
5-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


There’s a Better Way to Decipher DNA’s Epigenetic Code to Identify Disease

A new method for sequencing the chemical groups attached to the surface of DNA is paving the way for better detection of cancer and other diseases in the blood.
5-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites


Penn Medicine’s OncoLink Receives 2018 CPEN Excellence in Patient Education Award

The Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN) honored the Patient Education Team from Penn Medicine’s OncoLink with the 2018 Excellence in Patient Education Award.
8-Oct-2018 12:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Analysis Reveals Genomic Effects of a New Cancer Treatment Now in Clinical Trials

A twist on the molecular mechanism of how a new cancer drug works could aid in better identifying the best treatments for patients for an array of cancers. The team identified over 500 sites in DNA that require an enzyme called ATR checkpoint kinase...
3-Oct-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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