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Anand Gopal, Times of India, Penn SUMR Program

  • Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Anand Gopal, a 2012 LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Scholar, has an article in the Times of India detailing his SUMR experiences. Gopal is a member of the Penn Life Sciences and Management Class of 2013 and was mentored this summer by LDI Senior Fellows Zachary Meisel and Scott Halpern. Anand…

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David Asch, American Public Media, Fast Food Regulation

  • Tuesday, 4 September 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Executive Director of Penn Medicine's new Center for Innovation David Asch is featured in a radio interview about fast food and obesity on American Public Radio's Marketplace program. Asch, MD, argues that New York City's proposed ban on supersize sugary sodas is not a "nanny state" overreach…

Tags: Obesity
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Kevin Volpp, et. al., Wall Street Journal, Medication Adherence Incentives

  • Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The work of a team led by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp using lottery-based incentives for warfarin adherence is cited in a Wall Street Journal article as an example of one of the most meaningful health-related research projects recently funded by the federal government. The research team includes Volpp, MD, PhD,…

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SUMR Scholars Meet Karabots Fellows at Mutter

  • Friday, 31 August 2012
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Members of the College of Physicians' Karabots Junior Fellows and Penn's Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars gather on the College's main stairwell.

PHILADELPHIA (August, 2012) -- In the first joint activity of Penn’s Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) program and the Karabots Junior Fellows program of the College of Physicians…

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Mitesh Patel, Penn News, Value-Based GME Curriculum

  • Friday, 31 August 2012

The national effort to drive down health care costs hasn't filtered very deeply into the world of graduate medical education yet -- a fact that LDI Senior Fellow Mitesh Patel, MD, MBA, and his team are trying to change. His latest article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine lays out…

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David Asch & Kevin Volpp, Kodak's Lessons for U.S. Health Care

  • Wednesday, 29 August 2012
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PHILADELPHIA -- What lessons can the health care profession draw from the decline of the Eastman Kodak Company, that household brand and global colossus of the film and chemical business that collapsed into bankruptcy earlier this year?

Plenty, according to LDI Senior Fellows David Asch and Kevin Volpp, writing in the…

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Alison Buttenheim, Penn RN Research News, Vaccinations

  • Wednesday, 29 August 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Alison Buttenheim is featured in a new Penn RN Research News video aimed at parents who are nervous about the safety of childhood vaccinations. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA, is an assistant professor at Penn's School of Nursing.

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Jason Karlawish, Alzheimer Research Forum, Biomarker Testing

  • Wednesday, 22 August 2012

The use of biomarker testing that can predict the likelihood of cognitively normal people developing Alzheimer's presents a "great concern that it may cause despair," says LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish in an article on the Alzheimer Research Forum site. The Penn MD and Professor of Medicine is part of a…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Information Week, Health Costs and IT

  • Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Ezekiel Emanuel is featured in an Information Week article focused on how health IT infrastructure is a crucial element in the effort to reduce health care costs. Emanuel is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

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Howard Kunreuther, Knowledge@Wharton, Means-Tested High-Hazard Insurance Vouchers

  • Thursday, 9 August 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Howard Kunreuther is featured in a Knowledge@Wharton article about the implications of a Congressionally authorized study of the potential role of risk-based premiums and means-tested vouchers in the high-hazard insurance market. Kunreuther, PhD, is co-director of Wharton's Risk Management and Decision Processes Center. He is also co-author with…

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Eugenia Garvin, Philadelphia Inquirer, Greened Lots

  • Wednesday, 8 August 2012

A study of the social impact of "greening" vacant lots in inner-city neighborhoods led by LDI Senior Fellow Eugenia C. Garvin is the subject of a Philadelphia Inquirer feature story. "Our theory is that transforming vacant lots from a space overgrown with vegetation and filled with trash to a clean…

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Raina Merchant, ABC News, MyHeartMap Awards

  • Tuesday, 7 August 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant, MD, and her August 6 MyHeartMap awards ceremony were the subject of an ABC Channel 6 news feature. The event celebrated the winners of the contest that documented the location of more than 1,500 automated electronic defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia. Included in the audience were people…

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Wharton/Merck Executive Ed Program Wins International Award

  • Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The custom executive education program developed by The Wharton School's Aresty Institute of Executive Education and Merck has won an "Excellence in Practice Award" from the Belgium-based Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). It was the only EFMD Award given to a North American business school in 2012, according to the Wharton@Work…

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Mark Pauly, NEJM, Reducing Costs With Market-Based Incentives

  • Tuesday, 7 August 2012

In a New England Journal of Medicine article co-authored with Joseph Antos and Gail Wilensky, LDI Senior Fellow Mark Pauly says the Affordable Care Act's payment provisions and pilot projects fail to address a flawed financing system whose incentives promote more spending, not better spending.

"In a market-based approach," they write,…

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David Asch Appointed to IOM GME Board

  • Thursday, 2 August 2012
David A. Asch, MD, MBA, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Innovation and the Robert D. Eilers Professor of
Health Care Management and Economics in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, has been appointed to serve as a member of the…
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Ezekiel Emanuel, NEJM, 11-Point Plan to Contain Health Care Spending

  • Thursday, 2 August 2012

A group of 23 health economists and other health policy authorities led by Ezekiel Emanuel has authored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine setting out an 11-point plan to contain national health care costs. In the conclusion they write, "Although many in the health industry perceive that it…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, CNN.com, The Myth of Personalized Medicine

  • Wednesday, 1 August 2012

In a CNN.com interview with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Ezekiel Emanuel argued that "personalized medicine is a myth" and characterized excited public discussion of the potential of population-wide individual gene-based medicine as "hyperbolic." He said tailoring medical treatments to individual characteristics of each patient is both overly optimistic and cost-prohibitive and likened…

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Linda Aiken, Nursing Burnout Linked to Infection Rates

  • Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A new study by LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken and three other researchers links nursing burnout to increased rates of hospital-acquired infections. Published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the work was conducted at Penn's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, an institution headed…

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Charles Branas, Tomatoes and Lower Crime Rates

  • Friday, 27 July 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Charles Branas is featured in an article in Mother Jones magazine about how urban greening projects may serve as a violence prevention tool. The piece focuses on the findings that large scale urban garden initiatives have altered the crime rates in some of the poorest neighborhoods in cities…

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James Coyne, Reuters, Emotions and Ovarian Cancer

  • Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Quoted in a Reuters article, LDI Senior Fellow James Coyne criticized a new study suggesting a link between ovarian cancer survival odds and comforting family emotional experiences. It is "strictly a correlational study," he said. "Correlations do not establish causality." Coyne is director of Penn's Behavioral Oncology Program and a…

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