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Reed Pyeritz Named AAAS Fellow

  • Tuesday, 4 December 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Reed Pyeritz, MD, PhD has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor acknowledges an individual's "scientifically distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications." The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the weekly journal Science.…

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Katherine Milkman, HoumaToday, Bias in Academia

  • Friday, 30 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Katherine Milkman's study of bias in academia is the subject of an article in HoumaToday, a Louisiana newspaper of the Gannett chain. Published in Psychological Science in May, the project created fictional prospective doctoral students who requested a meeting with a professor. 6,500 professors at 258 universities…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Atlantic Magazine, End-of-Life Care

  • Friday, 30 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel is the subject of an article about end-of-life care in The Atlantic magazine. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

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Zachary Meisel, Time.com, Prescription Painkillers

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

In his lastest Time.com column, LDI Senior Fellow Zachary Meisel takes a look at the overdose death rate driven by prescription painkillers. He notes that prescriptions for opiod narcotics tripled between 1999 and 2010 and suggests that physicians have gone too far. Meisel, MD, is an emergency physician and Assistant…

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Justin Bekelman, Washington Post, Research Integrity

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

The Washington Post cites a 2003 study by LDI Senior Fellow Justin Bekelman, MD in an article exploring how the pharmaceutical industry's growing influence over research increases the potential for bias. The Post reports "The odds of coming to a conclusion favorable to the industry are 3.6 times greater in research sponsored…

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Raina Merchant, Health Affairs, Young Health Leader Profile

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant is the subject of a profile article in the December edition of Health Affairs in the wake of being named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of America's Top Ten Young Health Leaders. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional…

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Scott Halpern, Health Affairs, Young Health Leader Profile

  • Monday, 26 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern is the subject of a profile article in the December edition of Health Affairs in the wake of being named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of America's Top Ten Young Health Leaders. The award recognizes leaders younger than 40 for their exceptional…

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Rachel Werner, NBC News, Excessive Diagnostic Tests

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Rachel Werner is interviewed in an NBC News story about a new Dartmouth study documenting excessive rates of six different kinds of diagnostic tests among elderly Medicare patients. Among the findings were that 35% of those who had an upper endoscopy had another within three years despite the…

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Polsky, Rosoff, Pauly, Daily Pennsylvanian, ACA and HUP

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Executive Director Dan Polsky and LDI Seniors Fellow Arnold Rosoff and Mark Pauly are interviewed in a Daily Pennsylvanian story exploring the various ways in which the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania will be impacted by the Affordable Care Act's mandates.

Polsky, Professor of both Medicine at Penn's Perelman…

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Joan Gluch, Penn News, Dental Disparities

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Associate Dean for Academic Policies of Penn's School of Dental Medicine Joan Gluch has announced receipt of a $1.5 million grant to fund scholarships for dental students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Penn's is one of three dental schools to receive such grants from the federal Health Resources and…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, New York Times, Office Junk Food

  • Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Corporations' routine distribution of free snacks to employees and visitors is boosting waistlines and blood pressure as much as office morale, says LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel in his latest New York Times "Opinionator" column. Emanuel, MD, PhD, is chair of Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and…

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Kevin Volpp, Washington Post, Abu Dhabi Health Incentives

  • Friday, 16 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) Kevin Volpp is featured in a Washington Post article about Abu Dhabi's aggressive national plan to pay citizens to stay healthy. It is the world's first such state-sponsored health incentives plan.

Abu Dhabi, the second largest…
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David Casarett, HealthDay, Palliative Care

  • Thursday, 15 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow David Casarett, MD, MA, is quoted in a HealthDay article about a new Harvard study that found that terminally ill people who get early counseling about end-of-life care undergo less aggressive medical treatment in their final days. Casarett, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, CNBC TV, Health Insurance Exchanges

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

In an interview on CNBC TV, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel emphasizes the importance of getting the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges up and running if the law's implementation is going to be successful. He notes that "many states have kicked the can down the road and the federal…

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David Grande, WHYY Newsworks, Medicaid Expansion

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Hospitals throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey could be financially hard hit if either state's governor follows through on threats to not expand Medicaid eligibility as envisioned by the Affordable Care Act, says LDI Senior Fellow David Grande in an WHYY Newsworks article

"Hospitals agreed to that because they knew that…

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Robert Field, Philadelphia Inquirer, ACA Impediments

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Euphoric press declarations that the reelection of Barack Obama clears the way for the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be premature and overly optimistic, writes LDI Senior Fellow Robert Field in his Philadelphia Inquirer "The Field Clinic" blog. Field, PhD, JD, MPH and Drexel University Professor of…

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Mark Duggan, Knowledge@Wharton, The Fiscal Cliff

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Although President Obama and his GOP Congressional opponents are likely to reach an agreement to eliminate the fast-approaching "fiscal cliff," it's not clear how close they will dance to the January 1 deadline, predicts LDI Senior Fellow and Wharton School Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy Mark Duggan in a…

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Raina Merchant, Wall Street Journal, AED Project

  • Wednesday, 14 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Raina Merchant's AED-related research is the subject of a major news feature in the Wall Street Journal. Since its launch earlier this year, her MyHeartMap Challenge, which used crowdsourcing methods to locate more than 1,400 AEDs in Philadelphia buildings, has generated widespread national media pickup. This latest…

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Dan Polsky, Philadelphia Inquirer, Health Insurance Exchanges

  • Monday, 12 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow and Executive Director Dan Polsky is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' extension of the deadline for the submission of state health insurance exchange blueprints. He said that despite the current sense of confusion, he is optimistic that the…

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Barbara Kahn, USA Today, Marketing Psychology

  • Monday, 12 November 2012

LDI Senior Fellow Barbara Kahn is featured in a USA Today article about J.C. Penny's strategies for luring and motivating shoppers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Kahn, PhD, MPhil, MBA, is a Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School.

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