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Published: Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:09:28 GMT2017-12-16T02:09:28Z


'I thought you were the nurse,' and other tales of gender bias from 2 Penn doctors

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:09:28 GMT2017-12-16T02:09:28Z

Patients often assume that female physicians are really nurses, and look to male doctors as authority figures, even if they are less experienced. That kind of "male privilege" can have ripple effects.

Wolf signs state CHIP bill, but still no federal action

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:22:52 GMT2017-12-15T22:22:52Z

Pennsylvania now has renewed its bill, but many state children stand to lose their health coverage by the end of January if Congress doesn't act.

Penn, CHOP, Moss Rehab, Cheyney get $4 million to study traumatic brain injury

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:16:28 GMT2017-12-15T22:16:28Z

The project, which also includes the University of Pittsburgh, will focus on improving diagnosis for brain injuries.

Could repealing net neutrality be bad for our health?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:18:38 GMT2017-12-15T21:18:38Z

The rules prohibit ISPs from speeding up or slowing down traffic to a site for financial or other reasons.

Joe Biden and Meghan McCain's TV moment shows the way to nonpartisan empathy and cancer science

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:17:21 GMT2017-12-15T21:17:21Z

On TV's "The View," two friends, whose families are both touched by a devastating brain cancer, set an example of courage and hope for people all over the world impacted by cancer, writes the director of Penn's Abramson Cancer Center. Will Congress act on that example?

Blossom Philadelphia's deficient care for the disabled continues

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:34:10 GMT2017-12-15T19:34:10Z

Deficient care continues at Blossom Philadelphia's homes for intellectually and developmentally disabled adults three weeks after the Chestnut Hill nonprofit decided to exit the residential services business. Meanwhile, state officials are trying to bring on four new providers to replace Blossom by Dec. 22.

Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:29:25 GMT2017-12-15T15:29:25Z

At least six clinical labs are mired in bankruptcy court after Medicare alleged they improperly billed the government for unnecessary urine, genetic or heart disease tests expected to cause hundreds of millions dollars in losses to taxpayers. As the nation's bill for drug and genetic tests has climbed to an estimated $8.5 billion a year, there's mounting suspicion among health insurers that some testing may do more to boost profit margins than help treat patients.

Hate shoveling? This pavement melts snow by itself

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:09:20 GMT2017-12-15T14:09:20Z

Snow melted faster on a concrete slab made with a special ingredient: paraffin oil. The research was done at Drexel University and other schools.

Migraines plague millions, especially women. Now there's new hope

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:53:33 GMT2017-12-15T13:53:33Z

The first specific migraine drug could become available next year, much to the relief of sufferers running out of options.

How patients can make sure their doctor's office respects them

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:19:44 GMT2017-12-15T10:19:44Z

Insisting on the medical office protecting the confidentiality of your personal information, and answering those annoying quality surveys, are two good ways to make sure your provider knows what you want and how you expect to be treated.

Penn Medicine proton cancer therapy coming to South Jersey

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:58:28 GMT2017-12-14T22:58:28Z

Penn Medicine and Virtua plan to build a $35 million proton cancer therapy center on Virtua's campus in Voorhees. The facility will be Penn's second. The Roberts Proton Therapy Center opened in University City in 2010.

FDA affirms warning against surgical device blamed for spreading uterine cancer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:35:17 GMT2017-12-14T22:35:17Z

After reviewing the latest research, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday reaffirmed its 2014 warning that power morcellators should rarely be used in gynecological surgery because of the small risk of spreading a hidden uterine cancer.

How 3,000 golden retrievers could help all dogs live longer

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:45:56 GMT2017-12-14T21:45:56Z

The dogs are participating in an ambitious, $32 million research project that researchers hope will yield insights into the causes of cancers and other diseases common to golden retrievers, other breeds, and maybe even humans.

The latest anti-tobacco ads tell Philly smokers: It's okay to try, try, try again to quit

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:44:49 GMT2017-12-14T18:44:49Z

Philadelphia's high smoking rates have earned it the dubious distinction of being part of an innovative federal anti-smoking ad campaign that will congratulate smokers for trying and failing to quit.

This infant oxygen test saves lives, and N.J. was first state to require it

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:50:11 GMT2017-12-14T16:50:11Z

In New Jersey and seven other states, a study found that mandatory infant oxygen tests reduced the rate of death from heart defects by one-third.

Obamacare signups surge across nation as Friday deadline looms; here's how to get help in Philly area

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:24:01 GMT2017-12-14T15:24:01Z

The ACA remains in place, but your options will be severely restricted after Friday.

For poor, black teenagers, depression symptoms are different, Rutgers study says

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:05:00 GMT2017-12-14T15:05:00Z

For black teens from low income communities, depression may show itself as conflicts with other and physical discomfort.

Obamacare customers, beware this potential glitch if you froze your credit report

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:31:01 GMT2017-12-14T14:31:01Z

Some Americans who froze their credit reports following the big data breach this year at the credit-rating firm Equifax may be in for a surprise if they try to purchase insurance on the federal health law's marketplaces. That freeze could trigger a delay in the application process. But there are ways to get around this problem before Friday's enrollment deadline.

Suburban Woods and Elkins Crest nursing homes, facing big fines, will have new operators

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:22:24 GMT2017-12-14T12:22:24Z

The two nursing homes are among 20 Pennsylvania facilities run by Oak Health & Rehabilitation Centers Inc., which was formed in 2014 to take over their operations from Extendicare, a Canadian company with a troubled history in the United States. Oak's landlord put the company into receivership in September after it got into financial trouble.