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Health-Related Google Searches Double in the Week Before ER Visits

Patients were found to often be willing to share their Google search histories with medical researchers, revealing that many do searches on their health concerns long before deciding to go to the hospital.
20-Feb-2019 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Temperatures Rising: Patients Taking Diuretics May See More Benefit by Upping Potassium Intake During Warmer Weather

Patients taking diuretics are often at risk for low potassium levels, which can put patients at an increased risk of death from cardiac arrhythmias or other causes. But researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...
18-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Penn Medicine and CHOP Study Finds that Fetal Signaling Pathways May Offer Future Targets for Treating Lung Injury

A new animal study describes how cells that become alveoli, the tiny compartments in which gas exchange occurs in the lung, begin their specialized roles very early in prenatal life. Investigating the fetal signaling pathways active in this...
15-Feb-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Immune Profiling: A New Opportunity for Drug Development

Collectively, assessing a snapshot of a person’s unique state of immune health is called immune profiling, which can entail identifying immune-cell-associated genes and proteins, as well as the cell types themselves.
14-Feb-2019 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Single Word Most Associated with Negative Hospital Reviews on Yelp is 'Told'

A Penn Medicine research team found that the word “told” was tied to almost 20 percent of poor reviews
14-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

When Research Participation Pays, Some People Lie, Penn Study Suggests

Offering compensation can be an important tactic to attract potential participants for enrollment in research studies, but it might come at a cost. A new study conducted by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...
14-Feb-2019 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

In Defense of Millennials, the Global Generation

The word “millennial” isn’t exactly a compliment these days. The problem is, all the criticisms out there – “they’re too picky!” or “they’re entitled!” or “they spend all their money on lattes and avocado toast!” – have...
13-Feb-2019 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Diversity in the CD4 Receptor Protects Chimpanzees from Infection by AIDS-like Viruses

An international team of collaborators found that the CD4 surface protein, which is used by HIV and SIV as the receptor to enter immune cells, is highly variable among wild chimpanzees.
31-Jan-2019 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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