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  • Friday, 16 January 2015

Healthcare System Supports for Young Adult Patients with Pediatric Onset Chronic Conditions: A Qualitative Study

Authors: Dava E. Szalda, Manuel E. Jimenez, Jeremiah E. Long, Amelia Ni, Judy A. Shea, Sophia Jan

In the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Dava Szalda and colleagues examine how adult primary care teams can facilitate…

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Glick, Doshi, Sonnad, Polsky: New Book on Economics of Clinical Trials

  • Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Four LDI Senior Fellows -- Henry Glick, Jalpa Doshi, Seema Sonnad, and Dan Polsky -- are co-authors of a new edition of a book about the economics of clinical trials.

Entitled, "Economic Evaluations in Clinical Trials," the Oxford University publication is a completely rewritten second edition of the title.…

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Kevin Volpp, Orange County Register, New Year Resolutions

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

Penn Medicine and Wharton School Professor and behavioral economics authority Kevin Volpp is quoted in an article in California's Orange Country Register about the general lack of tenacity among the legions of people who sign up for gyms and yoga lessons immediately after New Years.

"Joining a gym is an interesting…

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Katherine Milkman, Multiple Media, New Year's Resolutions

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

Katherine Milkman's 2013 "Fresh Start Effect" behavioral research study has, for the second year, become a pivot for major media stories about New Year's resolutions.

She and her research were simultaneously featured in a Bloomberg News story that was re-published in newspapers coast-to-coast including TriCities.com (Virginia), Portland Press Herald…

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Peter Reese, Reuters, Kidney Donor Incentive

  • Monday, 12 January 2015

In a Reuters article about the shortage of both deceased and living kidney donors, Penn Medicine's Peter Reese proposed that the government offer lifetime insurance as an incentive to recruit more living donors.

"I think that would be a good idea from a justice point of view," said Reese, MD, MSCE,…

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Caryn Lerman, NPR, Smokers' Brains

  • Friday, 9 January 2015

The rapidly advancing technology of brain scans is changing the way physicians predict how likely it is that a long-time smoker will succeed or fail on a tobacco cessation regimen, said Penn Medicine Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry Caryn Lerman in an NPR interview.

Lerman, PhD, the director of Penn's…

Tags: tobacco
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Alison Buttenheim Team Gets $2 Million Peru Research Grant

  • Thursday, 8 January 2015

By Dinah Wisenberg Brin

A team of Penn researchers led by Alison Buttenheim has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct behavioral economics experiments aimed at increasing public response to Peru's efforts to control a serious bug-borne disease.

An Assistant Professor in…
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$621,000 Raised for June Kinney Scholarship Fund

  • Monday, 5 January 2015

U.S. Medical Centers Shy Away From African Ebola Service

  • Wednesday, 17 December 2014
While large amounts of hospital resources have been devoted to preparations to treat any new cases of Ebola inside the U.S., there has simultaneously been a "striking absence" of public commitments by U.S. health care institutions to
Penn Medicine's Scott Halpern, is an Assistant Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine,…
Tags: bioethics
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Leighton Lecture 2014: How Mitchell Katz Changed San Francisco STD Response Policies

  • Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Mitchell Katz, MD, the current Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and former Director of the San Francisco County Health Department, was the speaker at this year's Charles C. Leighton Memorial Lecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Hoag Levins

N oting that political barriers can be…

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Scott Halpern, Ezekiel Emanuel and the End-of-Life Debate

  • Friday, 12 December 2014

Scott Halpern and Ezekiel Emanuel's rising voice in the national debate about the healthcare system's end-of-life attitudes and shortcomings is the subject of a major Washington Post article.

The Post article looks at the continuing reaction to the Institute of Medicine's September publication of a 500-page report documenting the ineffective…
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Bekelman and Emanuel - Unnecessary Radiation Treatments

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014
A new study by Justin Bekelman and Ezekiel Emanuel shows that the majority of breast cancer lumpectomy patients are receiving radiation
Justin Bekelman (top) and Ezekiel Emanuel
treatments over a longer period of time than may be required for their conditions.

Wide media pickup
The findings are generating news stories in…

Tags: oncology
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Craig Umscheid - New UPHS Predictive Tool for Sepsis

  • Thursday, 11 December 2014

An article in the journal ICU Management, spotlights Craig Umscheid's role in the development of an electronic health record-based early warning and response system (EWRS) for sepsis among new hospital admissions.

Umscheid, MD, MSCE, is Co-director of Penn's Center for Evidence-Based Practice, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn's…
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Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Named LDI Distinguished Policy Fellow

  • Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has been named both a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and a Visiting Fellow at the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI).

Currently completing her fifth term representing Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District, Schwartz will bring her experience in government…

Tags: Politics
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Penn Program Launches Different Kind of Alzheimer's Website

  • Tuesday, 2 December 2014
A new website launched at the University of Pennsylvania is an eMagazine of art, culture and information focused on the world of Alzheimer's.

By Hoag Levins

In an effort to broaden the national conversation about the growing “epidemic” of Alzheimer's, the University of Pennsylvania's Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program (NDEPP)…

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Tom Baker, Penn Law News, Insurance Exchange Curriculum

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014

A gift from the Leo Model Foundation will establish a new Penn Law School Model Government and Public Affairs Initiative whose first program will be a yearlong seminar and workshop on health insurance exchanges taught by Penn Law Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Tom Baker. 

According to the Law School announcement,…

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Ralph Muller, Philadelphia Business Journal, Health Care Innovations

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Philadelphia is emerging as a significant center of health care-related innovation, according to a Philadelphia Business Journal article co-authored by University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO and LDI Senior Fellow Ralph Muller.

In the piece, Muller details Penn's two-year-old innovation development partnership with Independence Blue Cross and the DreamIt Ventures health…

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Kathryn Schmitz, The Examiner, Cancer and Exercise

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Perelman School of Medicine Professor and LDI Senior Fellow Kathryn Schmitz is featured in an Examiner article about the changing attitudes about exercise and cancer treatment. In the past, oncologists generally advised against vigorous activities for patients undergoing cancer treatments. But now, as a result of research done by Schmitz and…
Tags: Cancer, oncology
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Olivia Mitchell, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pension Funds

  • Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Director of the Wharton School Pension Research Council and LDI Senior Fellow Olivia Mitchell is featured in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the Philadelphia city employee pension fund.
 
The fund is a key issue in the current controversy over whether or not to sell the local gas works and put…
Tags: Insurance
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Toward a Value Proposition for Preventive Care

  • Monday, 3 November 2014

Rebecka Rosenquist, MSc

LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly wants to have a conversation about the ACA’s mandatory coverage of preventive care. In an article released today in Health Affairs, Pauly, and colleagues from Duke University and the University of Washington, propose that decisionmakers take cost-effectiveness into account when mandating coverage of preventive services. 

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