Philadelphia apologizes for ‘inhumane’ Holmesburg Prison experiments

The city of Philadelphia has issued a formal apology for the experiments conducted by the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia’s Holmesburg Prison from the 1950s to 1970s, according to a press release.These experiments intentionally exposed incarcerated inmates at the prison to various pharmaceuticals, viruses, fungus, asbestos and dioxin, a component of Agent Orange. According to…

VIDEO: COVID-19 bivalent booster ‘strongly recommended’ for patients with IBD

In a Healio video exclusive, Freddy Caldera, DO, MS, urged providers to recommend the COVID-19 booster vaccine to all patients with inflammatory bowel disease.“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned a lot about the impact of medicines that patients with IBD use and their risks for COVID-19,” Caldera, associate professor of medicine in the division…

Rural residents at higher risk for colon cancer surgery; post-op outcomes differ by race

All residents of rural areas were more likely to undergo surgery for nonmetastatic colon cancer vs. metropolitan residents, yet only rural Black patients experienced higher odds of postoperative complications and mortality, researchers noted.“In this study of fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries with incident nonmetastatic colon cancer, we found that the rurality of a patient’s residence was associated…