Dr. Joshua Kayser (MBE 2014), 2018 "Doctor of the Year''
Congratulations to alum Dr. Joshua Kayser (MBE 2014) on receiving the 2018 "Doctor of the Year'' award at the CPL Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center!
Announcing New Medical Ethics Fellows
Three outstanding first-year postdocs will be joining the Division of Medical Ethics this summer.
Penn’s Bioethics Film Festival celebrates 200th anniversary of ‘Frankenstein’
“We have very high hopes that technologies like CRISPR will actually help us to address some terrible human afflictions,” said Moreno. “While at the same time, we worry that these hopes could be exploited by unscrupulous people, or that the consequences could be really terrible and set science back.”
Why Trump's comments on mental health have drawn attention to a Penn professor's work
Conversations on how American institutions interact with people struggling with mental illnesses have emerged once again following the Florida Parkland shooting. Experts across the country, including Penn’s bioethicists, have weighed in on solutions.
All Children Should Have to Get the Flu Shot
This raises the question, why don’t we mandate the flu vaccination, if not for all Americans, then at least for everyone under 18? After all, every state mandates that children get immunized for measles, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio before enrolling in kindergarten.
Association Between Playing American Football in the National Football League and Long-term Mortality
Is there an association between playing professional American football and long-term mortality? In a video interview, Atheendar Venkataramani discusses the findings of his recent study.
Ezekiel Emanuel: Are Hospitals Becoming Obsolete?
Hospitals are disappearing. While they may never completely go away, they will continue to shrink in number and importance. That is inevitable and good.
Opinion: How Trump’s behind-the-scenes cuts to Medicare spending will hurt health care
President Trump has proposed some modest steps to slow the apparently inexorable growth in Medicare entitlement spending, breaking with his campaign promise to leave alone government-funded programs for seniors.
Ezekiel Emanuel has been named a 2018 Dan David Prize Laureate.
The nine laureates of the 2018 Dan David Prize were announced on February 7th by Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of Tel Aviv University and Chairman of the Dan David Prize Board and Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Chairman of the Dan David Foundation.
Far from being forgotten, the NFL’s ‘replacement players’ may help make football safer
There is considerable interest in this topic. The main concern is that injuries to the brain may shorten the lives of NFL players. Lifestyle choices, such as substance use (either during or after a player’s career), and the loss of purpose that can come after early retirement, are other factors that may also raise the risk of early death.
What’s In A Name: Will BPCI-Advanced Hold Back Or Advance Bundled Payment Policy?
On January 9, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI-Advanced), a forthcoming Medicare bundled payment program that pays physicians and health care organizations for a defined episode of care, instead of individual services, to encourage clinicians and hospitals to improve quality and lower costs.
Do Pro Football Players Have a Higher Risk of Dying Earlier?
As fans across the country anticipate Sunday’s big game, a new study finds that career NFL players have a 38 percent higher risk of dying younger compared with those who played in only a few games. The mortality rate difference was statistically insignificant, but still raises key questions. The results are “suggestive but not definitive,” said Atheendar Venkataramani, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, and lead author on the study.
Sodium content needs to be on the menu at Philly restaurants. Here's why
New legislation proposed last week by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will help Philadelphia restaurant-goers reduce their risk of stroke and heart disease.
The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer
Positive health effects of retirement have also been found by studies using data from Israel, England, Germany and other European countries. That retirement promotes health and prolongs life isn’t obvious. After all, work provides income and, for some, health insurance — both helpful for maintenance of well-being. It also can provide purpose and camaraderie. Evidence is mounting that loneliness and social isolation are linked to illness, cognitive decline and death.
Protecting Conscientious Providers of Health Care
By Holly Fernandez Lynch & Ronit Stahl-- How, despite his precarious “family values,” has President Trump maintained his status as a darling of the religious right? It’s simple: He made a promise to “never ever stand for religious discrimination,” and his administration is helping him keep it — at least for some.
Review of Ronit Stahl's "Enlisting Faith" in the Wall Street Journal
The clergy has been a part of the American military from the beginning, but in modern times its role has changed dramatically. Marc M. Arkin reviews ‘Enlisting Faith’ by Ronit Y. Stahl.
Philly's soda tax has spawned multiple studies. Here's what we've learned
Penn researchers analyzed beverage prices at stores and restaurants in Philadelphia and outside the city to determine how much of the 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax was passed to consumers.
Dominic Sisti on NPR's Here and Now discusses the state of America's psychiatric hospitals.
The gunman who opened fire at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in early November had escaped from a psychiatric hospital in 2012. President Trump and others have blamed the shooter's mental health for the shooting.
Commentary: How Can We Help People Quit Smoking? Pay Them.
Thursday is the 47th year of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. One of the longest-running awareness campaigns in the U.S., the Smokeout involves cancer societies, health organizations, and anti-smoking advocates using social and print media to remind Americans that now is the right time to quit.
Why the first, FDA-approved pill with a sensor will be controversial
The first drug with a sensor embedded in a pill that alerts doctors when patients have taken their medications has been given a thumbs-up by the Food and Drug Administration, and it will likely raise a host of issues involving privacy, cost, and whether patients really want caregivers looking over their shoulders.