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Jeffrey Silber, JAMA, Breast Cancer Disparities

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013
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We've known about the racial disparity in breast cancer survival rates for some time. But we haven’t known why. Is it differences in biology, presentation, or treatment?

LDI Senior Fellow Jeffrey H. Silber, MD, PhD has given us some answers.
In a new study published in JAMA, he finds that white…
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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Doctor-Patient Relations

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013
In her latest article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, explores those awkward moments when physicians have to make decisions about whether or not to tell patients something they don't want to hear. "The challenge of communicating unpleasant, possibly profoundly upsetting information to patients is timeless,"…
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Brendan Carr, Philadelphia Inquirer, Safest Cities

  • Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Philadelphia Inquirer, TIME magazine and other major media outlets across the country are reporting the results of a new study led by LDI Senior Fellow Brendan Carr that found that large cities in the U.S. are significantly safer than rural areas. The study focused on overall death rates from…

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Jason Karlawish, Philadelphia Inquirer, Alzheimer's Risk

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

A new study authored by LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish found that after receiving advance information that they carried an uncommon genetic risk for Alzheimers, most participants became more active in healthy eating habits and exercise they perceived might reduce their risk. At the same time, they exhibited no more anxiety,…

Tags: alzheimers
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David Grande and Robert Town, WHYY Radio Times, ACA Implementation

  • Monday, 22 July 2013
LDI Senior Fellows David Grande and Robert Town appeared on a one-hour WHYY RadioTimes interview show focused on the biggest Affordable Care Act issues. Two of their major points were that the delay of the implementation of the employer insurance mandate will have little effect on overall ACA implementation and the…
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Timothy Rebbeck, Philadelphia Inquirer, Baseball's Brain Cancer Cluster

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

LDI Senior Fellow Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article exploring a cluster of brain cancers within the ranks of Philadelphia's Major League Baseball team. The story reports that the rate of brain cancer among Phillies who played during the Veterans Stadium era is about three times higher…

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Ezekiel Emanuel, Wall Street Journal, ACA Complexities

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

In comments in a Wall Street Journal article that says the White House appears to have realized that it has done a "lousy" job of selling the Affordable Care Act to the public, LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel rebuts that the complexity of the health reform law "is like changing the…

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Shreya Kangovi and David Grande, USA Today, Low-Income Patient Preferences

  • Monday, 22 July 2013

A USA Today article spotlights a new study by LDI Senior Fellows Shreya Kangovi and David Grande detailing how low-income patients prefer hospital care over primary physician care because they believe the treatment is more affordable, convenient and of higher quality. "These patients eloquently explain to us how we have built…

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SUMR Scholar Symposium, Aug. 13, 14 & 15

  • Monday, 22 July 2013
The three-month 2013 LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Scholar Program will end with a three-day SUMR Symposium on August 13, 14 and 15 in LDI's auditorium.
 
The event spotlights each of the students as well as their faculty mentors as each young scholar gives a presentation about his or her…
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Remembering William Kissick, 1932-2013

  • Tuesday, 16 July 2013
An article in the LDI Health Economist looks back at the life and work of University of Pennsylvania professor William Kissick who died on June 30, 2013.
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Retired since 2001, Kissick was a professor in three separate schools at Penn for 32 years and played an instrumental…
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Ezekiel Emanuel and Robert Field: Employer Mandate Delay

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

Two LDI Senior Fellows respond to the White House's plan to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate. Will it matter much? Both say no.

Writing in his latest Opinionator column in The New York Times, Emanuel, the former White House advisor and one of the architects of the…

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Amol Navathe Named Editor-in-Chief of New Medical Journal

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

LDI Adjunct Senior Fellow Amol Navathe has been named co-Editor-in-Chief of the newly launched medical journal, Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation published by Elsevier. The first issue of the magazine focuses on payment reform and is now available in print and online. Navathe, who received his MD…

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Lisa Rosenbaum, The New Yorker, Shared Decision Making

  • Monday, 8 July 2013

In her first article in The New Yorker, LDI Senior Fellow Lisa Rosenbaum, MD, writes about quandaries on both sides of the physician/patient divide when it comes to "shared decision making" -- particularly in the case of ailments and injuries of serious consequence. The piece begins as the author confronts…

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Kevin Volpp, Commonwealth Fund, Automated Hovering

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The emerging -- and very clever -- patient-tethering digital technologies have great potential to help manage patient health behavior but are not silver bullet solutions to patient non-adherence, LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp said in a Commonwealth Fund white paper on behavioral economics. The paper, the latest in the Commonwealth Fund's…

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Jason Karlawish, NPR, Alzheimer's

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Appearing on NPR's Weekend Edition show, LDI Senior Fellow Jason Karlawish, MD, discussed the latest research and findings related to Alzheimer's. A Professor of Medicine at Penn's Perelman School of Medicine, he is also Director of the Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, and Associate Director of the Penn Memory…

Tags: alzheimers
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Linda Aiken, UPI, Nurse Burnout

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A UPI article spotlights LDI Senior Fellow Linda Aiken's 2012 study on the connection between nurse burnout and rates of hospital-acquired infections. Originally published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the study reported that there is "a significant association between patient-to-nurse ratio" and the two most common varieties of…

Tags: nursing
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Kevin Volpp, Philadelphia Inquirer, Beeping Pill Bottles

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

A Philadelphia Inquirer article spotlights the broadening research partnership between Independence Blue Cross and various Penn Medicine projects headed by LDI Senior Fellow Kevin Volpp. The news piece spotlights the "Glow Cap" beeping pill bottle being tested at the LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) headed by Volpp,…

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Scott Halpern, RadioTimes, Organ Transplant Ethics

  • Tuesday, 2 July 2013

In their rulings and other actions related to the controversial Sarah Murnaghan lung transplantation case, judges and political leaders "did not adhere to their duties to promote the interest of all potential patients," LDI Senior Fellow Scott Halpern said in an interview on the WHYY RadioTimes show

The on-air interview…

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Raina Merchant Named to Head New Social Media Lab

  • Monday, 1 July 2013

From:  David A. Asch, MD, MBA - Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Jill M. Baren, MD, MBE - Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Daniel Polsky, PhD - Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Subject: Appointment of Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP as Director of…

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Shulamite Chiu Wins AcademyHealth Best Student Abstract Award

  • Saturday, 29 June 2013

Shulamite Chiu, a second year doctoral student in the Wharton Health Care Management program and T-32 Institutional NRSA Fellow, has won the Health Economics Interest Group "Best Student Abstract" award at the 2013 AcademyHealth Research Meeting (ARM) in Baltimore.

The 2013 Health Economics Interest Group Awards, which were offically announced from…

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