FDA-approved Drug May Work to Block this Viral-induced Cancer
A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in immune-compromised individuals. Researchers have now identified a type of skin cell as the target of the virus in humans. Read more ...
While many people have a surface level knowledge of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, because of the 1920s New York Yankees' first baseman, Lou Gehrig, or British theoretical physicist Steven Hawking, or the ice bucket challenge that went viral, too few are aware of the complexities surrounding the disease.
For example, most people are likely not aware that every 90 minutes someone in the United States is told they have ALS, or that only 25 percent of patients survive for more than five years after diagnosis. Or, that while physically a patient's body loses function, cognitively they are aware of what's happening around them, and that a majority of ALS deaths are ultimately the result of respiratory failure. Read more ...
The Power of Partnership: Advancing Care Across Generations
In the past decade, as both eminent institutions have developed new interdisciplinary centers and programs, collaborations between Penn Medicine and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have produced some remarkable advances.
Penn Medicine is where the missions of research, education, clinical care, and community service combine to improve health and well being. We are proud of our commitment to service and strive to use discovery and rigorous research to benefit our neighborhoods, our city, and our world. We embrace the opportunity to teach others, to learn from our partners, and to care for patients with skill and dignity.