The National Academy of Social Insurance announces Isabel M. Perera as the winner of the 2019 John Heinz Dissertation Award
MEHP Fellow Isabel Perera joins a prestigious and diverse network of over 40 previous Heinz Dissertation Award recipients
National Institutes of Health Funds Monumental Mitzvah Food Program Study
“This research study will be the first to rigorously evaluate the long-term behavioral and health effects of low-cost healthy food ‘nudges’ in a food pantry,” said Christina Roberto of the Perelman School of Medicine’s Psychology of Eating and Consumer Health (PEACH) lab, who is leading the study. Using our online ordering system, Penn’s multiyear randomized-controlled trial will examine how food pantry clients are influenced by on-screen interventions, or “nudges.” In other contexts, nudges — like adding traffic light colors to signal healthy and less-healthy choices — have successfully led to healthier food choices.
Who owns your medical data? Most likely not you.
“So you could say, ‘If there’s value generated, let’s distribute across all of the 10,000 people who contributed their samples,’ ” Joffe says, “but then you end up with tiny amounts, and it just doesn’t make sense to return 45 cents to each individual.”
Zeke Emanuel: Both parties agree prescription drug prices are out of control
As elections earlier this month made clear, voters still care a lot about health care. And chief among their concerns are exorbitantly high drug prices.
In California, Some Doctors Sell 'Medical Exemptions' for Kids' Vaccinations
A handful of California doctors are making hay off anti-vaccine parents, charging hundreds of dollars to issue medical exemptions for required childhood vaccinations, a new study claims.
He Promised to Restore Damaged Hearts. Harvard Says His Lab Fabricated Research.
“Science at this level is like a battleship, and it’s really hard to turn it around,” said Dr. Jonathan Moreno, a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “People get emotionally invested, financially invested, professionally invested.”
ASBH 2018: Full Schedule of Sessions by Penn Medical Ethics Faculty, Fellows and Fellowship Alumni
Thursday, 10/18 8am-12pm Pre-Con Workshop: Advanced Facilitation Skills for Clinical Ethics Consultation Autumn Fiester Magic Kingdom Balllroom 3 Thursday, 10/18 1:15-2:15pm Paper Presentation:...
How Police Shootings Affect the Mental Health of Black Americans
Venkataramani wanted to understand the mental health burden of police shootings on people who weren't directly victims. There is research showing that personal experiences of racism correlate to an array of poor health outcomes, he says. "I was looking for a window into understanding how structural racism causes poor health for a population as a whole. People had not gotten into the weeds on this." So he did.
Women fare well in this year’s crop of NIH high-risk awards
University of Pennsylvania medical ethicist Anna Wexler is among this year’s winners of the National Institutes of Health’s Early Independence Awards
Don't Blame Obamacare for the Opioid Crisis: Study
"A look at past expansions to Medicaid appears to challenge claims that expansion under Obamacare helped fuel the current opioid crisis in the United States. University of Pennsylvania researchers report that Medicaid expansions actually had the opposite effect, and led to reductions in drug overdose deaths."
Anna Wexler, PhD receives prestigious NIH Director's Early Independence Award
Do-it-yourself (DIY) medicine, which occurs outside the traditional confines of medicine and science, poses both opportunities and threats to public health. However, there has been no systematic study of DIY medicine, nor of the products and services that it generates. This project will address this gap by clarifying the practices of DIY medicine in three areas (brain stimulation, stool transplants, and user-modified insulin delivery systems), analyze the regulations of the multi-billion dollar direct-to-consumer neurotechnology industry, and describe the public health challenges and regulatory concerns posed by brain wellness clinics.
Sleepless in ... Seattle? Which city gets the least shuteye?
Among development economists, sleep isn’t a mainstream subject. Schofield wants to change that, and as a result, the lab run by Schofield and colleagues in Chennai is pioneering a study into the impact of improved sleep on poverty reduction. So far, the lab has found that participants sleep an average of five and a half hours a night. By distributing sleep mats and earplugs, it has managed to increase night-time sleep by an extra 30 minutes. Yet if less sleep is associated with lower wages, shouldn’t people in Tokyo, where average incomes are higher, be getting more sleep than those in Chennai?
One of Obamacare’s big experiments to lower costs is working surprisingly well
The least-sexy news in health care these days — bundled payments — might also be the most important.
The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania operates one of the country’s few centers designed to ease stress and to show compassion for caregivers with loved ones in the hospital. “In some ways, it’s really a significant statement of who we are,” says Mary Walton, director of the Family Caregiver Center.
Since 2015, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has supported the Family Caregiver Center—one of only a few in the United States.
The real Chris Collins scandal: lax conflict-of-interest rules in Congress
In the aftermath of Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-N.Y.) arrest last week on insider trading charges stemming from his involvement with an Australian biotech company, it is tempting to focus public attention and anger on his alleged crimes.
Promoting Patient Interests in Implementing the Federal Right to Try Act
This Viewpoint reviews provisions of the US Right to Try Act, which allows patients with life-threatening conditions access to investigational drugs without FDA approval, and calls for clarifications around patient and drug eligibility, reporting requirements, and differences from the FDA’s Expanded Access program to minimize potential harms from the law.
Jonathan Moreno has been awarded the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Jonathan D. Moreno on Friday, October 19, 3:45 pm at the ASBH Annual Conference. Dr. Moreno will accept ASBH's highest honor and share insights about his career.
Martha Farah Elected to Prestigious British Academy Fellowship
Martha Farah has been made a Fellow of the prestigious British Academy for the humanities and social sciences.