I write about scientific research in the Philly region, with an emphasis on findings that can impact our everyday lives.

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Wildwood deck collapse injures more than 20; one victim flown by medevac

At least one victim was flown to a trauma center by air ambulance.

Uber driver in West Chester accused of locking doors so women could not get out

Uber driver Zacharias Georgalis, 33, of Upper Darby, was arrested.

Penn doctor says gun control, climate change don’t belong in med school; critics lash back

“Teaching these issues is coming at the expense of rigorous training in medical science,” Stanley Goldfarb wrote.

Villanova student and professor to share in $3 million prize for their research on black holes

The money is being split up 347 ways, with two shares going to a pair of Villanova researchers for their role in capturing the first photo of a black hole.

A heat wave killed 118 Philadelphians. The next one is a matter of time.

The killer heat wave of 1993 changed how the city treats its most vulnerable residents. As temperatures continue to rise, more action will be required.

Alzheimer’s pioneer wins $3,000,000 Breakthrough Prize for work at Penn

In more than 30 years, Lee has made major discoveries about nearly every disease that is marked by abnormal, “misfolded” proteins in the brain. In 2006, for example, she showed that two of these diseases — frontotemporal dementia and ALS — were characterized by clumps of the same type of protein.

Opioids after surgery far more common in U.S., Canada than in Sweden

Compared to their counterparts in Sweden, patients in the U.S. and Canada were seven times as likely to fill opioid prescriptions after four low-risk surgeries.

Breeding has shaped dogs’ brains, MRI scans reveal

Hunters, guard dogs, and animals bred for companionship were found to have different brain "networks."

Vaping without nicotine still harms blood vessels, Penn study finds

In a new University of Pennsylvania study, researchers found the kind of damage associated with developing atherosclerosis -- what is popularly called hardening of the arteries.

Was Bryce Harper dehydrated? Some experts think his blurry vision was caused by something else.

Three physicians emailed the Inquirer to propose the ocular migraine theory after an initial article in which the Phillies blamed Harper’s eyesight woes on dehydration.