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Hispanic and Black Children More Likely to Miss School Due to Eczema Than White Children

In a study that highlights racial disparities in the everyday impact of eczema, new research shows Hispanic and black children are more likely than white children to miss school due to the chronic skin disease.
21-May-2019 12:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Proton Therapy Lowers Risk of Side-Effects Compared to Conventional Radiation

Cancer patients getting proton therapy instead of traditional photon radiation are at a significantly lower risk of experiencing side-effects from their radiation therapy, while cure rates are almost identical between the two groups.
22-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


New Pain Management Protocol Sends 92 Percent of Cancer Surgery Patients Home with No Opioids

A specialized pain management program for patients who underwent robotic surgery for urologic cancers resulted in just eight percent going home with narcotics after discharge, compared to 100 percent who would have received them without this...
22-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Circadian Mechanism May Not Be Driver Behind Compound Linked to Obesity and Diabetes

SR9009 is a compound that can lead to a wide range of health benefits in animals, including reduced risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Until now, researchers have attributed the effects to SR9009’s role in altering the body’s circadian clock....
20-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Penn Medicine Releases Free, ‘Self-Service’ AI Tool for Data Analytics

“Penn AI” is now accessible to anyone from high school students to biomedical researchers, on any computer or laptop
16-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Twitter Image Colors and Content Could Help Identify Users With Depression, Anxiety

Penn study shows users who score high on a depression and anxiety survey often post photos that are less aesthetically appealing, less vivid in color or display little depth of field.
15-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Philadelphia’s Sweetened Drink Sales Drop 38 Percent after Beverage Tax

One year after Philadelphia passed its beverage tax, sales of sugary and artificially sweetened beverages dropped by 38 percent percent in chain food retailers, according to Penn Medicine researchers who conducted one of the largest studies...
9-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Cancer Screening Rates Decline When Patients See Doctors Later in Day

Decision fatigue and doctors falling behind schedule may lead to lower cancer screening rates, Penn study finds
7-May-2019 1:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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