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FDA Approves “Glowing Tumor” Imaging Drug to Better Identify Ovarian Cancer Cells Using Approach Pioneered by Surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania

FDA approved an imaging drug known as Cytalux (pafolacianine), which is attracted to ovarian cancer tissue and illuminates it when exposed to fluorescent light, allowing surgeons to more easily find and more precisely remove the cancer.
30-Nov-2021 1:40 PM EST Add to Favorites

About 12 Percent of Patients Who Receive Common Cardiac Device Implants Develop Persistent Opioid Use

About 12 percent of patients who receive implantable cardiac devices such as a pacemaker or defibrillator and fill an opioid prescription after surgery will consistently use the pain medication in the months afterward, raising the potential for...
26-Nov-2021 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

$10 Million Gift Establishes New Colton Center for Autoimmunity at Penn Medicine

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will continue to be on the leading edge of autoimmune research and care with the launch of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at Penn. The new center unites research and patient care...
18-Nov-2021 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

Common Gene Variants Linked to Sepsis and COVID-19 Severity in African Americans

Two genetic risk variants that are carried by nearly 40 percent of Black individuals may exacerbate the severity of both sepsis and COVID-19, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found.
16-Nov-2021 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Automated Texting System Saved Lives Weekly During First COVID Surge

Patients enrolled in COVID Watch, an algorithmically driven text messaging system backed by a small team of nurses, were 68 percent less likely to die from COVID-19
3-Nov-2021 12:10 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Moderate Amounts of Caffeine Not Linked to Maternal Health Risks

Consuming a low amount of caffeine during pregnancy could help to reduce gestational diabetes risk, according to researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
11-Nov-2021 4:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Penn Study Finds Solid-Tumor Cancer Patients Ineligible for Clinical Trials Receive Immunotherapy at Greater Rates Despite Lack of Benefits

Cancer patients who are ineligible for clinical trials receive immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) at greater rates than patients who are trial eligible despite no survival benefit, according to a new study by researchers at the Perelman School of...
9-Nov-2021 3:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Penn’s Florencia Greer Polite, MD, Named to 2022 Carol Emmott Fellowship Class

Florencia Greer Polite, MD, chief of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected for the 2022 Carol Emmott Fellowship class by the Carol Emmott Foundation,...
5-Nov-2021 2:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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