The ice cream conundrum

Penn researchers explain what happens when ice cream and other frozen treats cause “brain freeze” and tooth sensitivity.

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Why are dogs afraid of fireworks?

Why are dogs afraid of fireworks and thunderstorms? As Carlo Siracusa of Penn Vet explains, loud, sudden, unpredictable noises cause these animals stress. Don’t punish the behavior derived from the fear, he says. Rather offer comfort by doing an activity they love or providing them a “safe haven” that helps them wait it out.

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Skin and summer sports: The importance of self-exams

Whether it’s a high-tech solution or an old-fashioned look in the mirror, recognizing changes on the skin is the key to early detection of melanoma. Once a patient spots something that looks suspicious, it’s important to take action right away.

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Our summer focus is…summer!

Just as we did with our brain-research month this past April, for the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring research stories related to summer from brain freeze to insect-borne illness and much more.

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Promoting cross-campus collaborations in health research

Penn is known for its collaborative environment, and also for its groundbreaking health research, such as a productive partnership between Yvonne Paterson of Penn Med and Penn Nursing and Nicola Mason of Penn Vet. The One Health Communications Group, with representation across schools and centers, aims to promote awareness of these boundary-crossing studies.

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