Comprehension of an Elevated Amyloid Positron Emission Tomography Biomarker Result by Cognitively Normal Older Adults
The goal of Alzheimer disease (AD) prevention together with advances in understanding the pathophysiology of AD have led to clinical trials testing drugs in cognitively unimpaired persons who show evidence of AD biomarkers.
Maryland to offer online shopping tool for common medical procedures
Kevin Volpp, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, said that on a big-ticket item like a joint replacement even patients with high deductibles probably would meet that threshold and with insurance coverage would not face major added costs out of their own pockets.
Contraceptive Coverage and the Balance Between Conscience and Access
This Viewpoint by Ronit Y. Stahl & Holly Fernandez Lynch discusses the Trump administration’s 2017 change to ACA provisions, which exempts employers with religious or moral objections to contraception from including coverage for contraceptives in their insurance plans.
Cost of Military Transgender Care In The Spotlight
The cost of transgender health care is in the spotlight, both for veterans, and for active duty transgender troops. Mark Pauly discusses in a blog post.
Atheen Venkataramani talks with Knowledge@Wharton
Listen to Atheen Venkataramani and Alex Tsai of Harvard Medical School discuss the impact of the DACA repeal on public health.
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Advanced Biomedical Ethics and in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics
The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for two postdoctoral fellowships: the Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, and the Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics.
American Academy of Nursing Announces New Fellows
Mary K. Walton, MBE, MSN, BSN along with sixteen other nursing professionals with ties to Penn will be inducted to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).
Bundled-payment joint replacement programs winning over surgeons
"One of the nice things about bundled payment is it can provide a direct financial reward for physicians to work hard on aspects of care that can be difficult and require coordination with the hospital," said Dr. Amol Navathe, an assistant professor of health policy and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Does Connectivity Help — or Hurt — the Doctor-Patient Relationship?
Christian Terwiesch, a Wharton professor of operations, information and decisions, has co-authored two new studies related to technology and health care.
Trump Slows Efforts to Cut Health-Care Costs
Undoing Medicare caps for joint replacements will cost $90 million
Narrow Networks Get Even Tighter When Shopping for Mental Health Specialists
Daniel Polsky, PhD, executive director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and senior author of the study, says the report sheds more light on the challenges insurers face in trying to develop networks of mental health care providers.
Penn Medicine researcher highlights health dangers of ending DACA
As backlash continues against the Trump administration's plans to end DACA, a new essay co-authored by a Penn Medicine researcher predicts the change in policy will have a negative impact on the mental health of the nearly 800,000 whose lives the DACA termination would reach.
Dreams Revived? The Public Health Case for DACA
In an inspiring perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine, new LDI Senior Fellow Atheendar Venkataramani and Alexander Tsai of Harvard explain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and urge medical and public health professionals to counter the threat posed by the program’s rescission.
Dreams Deferred — The Public Health Consequences of Rescinding DACA
The DACA program in many ways reflects the American ideal: people who first came to the United States as children were given a chance to pursue the American dream.
Kellie Owens wins the 2017 Nicholas C. Mullins Award from the Society for Social Studies of Science
In her paper, "Too Much of A Good Thing?: American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge," Owens draws on the work of different STS scholars about risk and overtreatment, and provides an insightful analysis of risk in the case of fetal heart rate monitoring in childbirth in the United States. Childbirth provides an interesting case to understand the tensions between knowledge and ignorance in the management of risk in healthcare.
"Strange Brotherhood": An essay on an all-but-forgotten episode of research ethics by Penn undergraduate Will Schupmann
While researching a paper on the origins of gamma globulin therapy, Will Schupmann C’17 examined the Joseph Stokes (M’20) Papers, a 252-box archive housed at the American Philosophical Society. In it he uncovered documentary evidence of the following all-but-forgotten episode of campus history.
NYC Calorie Rule Scrutinized in Courts of Law, and Science
As a court fight simmers over New York City's pioneering requirement for calorie counts on chain restaurant menus, scientists say the jury's still out on whether giving people the numbers spurs them to eat healthier. The city says that by requiring eateries to tell people that their $4 cheeseburger will also cost them about 540 calories, it's helping diners make informed choices in an era of rising obesity.
Penn Ethicist Proposes New Category for Psychiatric Patients to Justify Instances of Compulsory Treatment
“Nonvoluntary treatment,” would distinguish psychiatric patients who refuse help but likely would have accepted it in a healthy state of mind from the traditional “involuntary treatment”
Closing the Scholarship-Policy Gap with Strategic Science
This summer the Trump administration announced further delays in (1) implementing calorie labels on restaurant menus across the nation and (2) rolling out a new nutrition facts label.
'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down
Dr. Kevin Volpp, a physician and health economist who directs the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Incentives, studied more than a thousand patients with heart failure who were each given the GlowCap pill bottle, an Internet-linked device made by firm Vitality.