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Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines...
14-Jun-2018 7:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

New Target for Treating Heart Failure Identified by Penn Medicine Researchers

Changes in cellular struts called microtubules can affect the stiffness of diseased human heart muscle cells, and reversing these modifications can lessen the stiffness and improve the beating strength of these cells isolated from transplant...
11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

CHIBE Combats the Opioid Crisis, One ‘Nudge’ at a Time

While the opioid epidemic may feel too massive a problem to tackle or too overwhelming to even comprehend, experts in many corners of Penn Medicine are at work combating the deadly toll, including the physicians and researchers of the Center for...
11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Can Bias Be Reversed?

The conversation Starbucks is now leading – whether by choice or not – is one that is not, and should not, be limited to your friendly neighborhood coffee juggernaut. It’s a conversation that’s been happening quietly for decades, and in...
11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Half of Hepatitis C Patients with Private Insurance Denied Life-Saving Drugs

The number of insurance denials for life-saving hepatitis C drugs among patients with both private and public insurers remains high across the United States. Private insurers had the highest denial rates, with 52.4 percent of patients denied...
4-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Drug Combination Offers More Effective Care for Patients Suffering Miscarriage, Penn Study Shows

A combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol can help bring closure to some women and their families suffering from miscarriage, and reduces the need for surgical intervention to complete the painful miscarriage process. Results of a new...
4-Jun-2018 11:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Mandatory Bundled-Payment Medicare Programs Should Stay, Penn Study Suggests

Hospitals that receive bundled payments for joint replacements either voluntarily or through Medicare’s mandatory programs, vary by size and volume, but not in spending or quality, signaling a need for both programs, according to a new study from...
5-Jun-2018 4:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

1 in 4 Americans Develop Insomnia Each Year

About 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year, but about 75 percent of these individuals recover without developing persistent poor sleep or chronic insomnia, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of...
1-Jun-2018 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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