Days of wonder

Days of wonder

Glitter, therapy dogs, superhero capes, and prom dresses—seemingly strange bedfellows in the world of medicine and a gathering of approximately 60 children (ages 6 to 17) suffering from a range of skin diseases from epidermolysis bullosa to icthyosis. But, this is how my first  day at Camp Wonder, in the beautiful foothills of northern California, went.

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Their organization’s mission is to put themselves out of business

Their organization’s mission is to put themselves out of business

“It’s just skin cancer.” That statement is probably the single biggest misconception about melanoma. The summer season presents an opportunity to not only debunk this common myth but to pledge to take action against melanoma throughout the year with efforts such as practicing skin protection. While melanoma is a type of skin cancer, it is skin cancer in its most villainous form.

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Truckin' – why we want to cash chips in for chives and bok choy

Truckin' – why we want to cash chips in for chives and bok choy

Yes, my family is from Iowa. Yes, I spent much of my youth running through my grandparents' corn fields. That said, now that I live in Center City Philadelphia, I’m a big fan of eating food and not so much into growing it. Still, I was recently fascinated by all the work it takes to get that food to my plate.

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What do Facebook, Chipotle and GSK all have in common?

What do Facebook, Chipotle and GSK all have in common?

Today the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program announced this year’s recipients of its “First Mover Fellowship” – and GSK's senior scientific investigator Bill Zuercher is among the winners. Bill joins a diverse group from across different industries, including technology, food and beverage. They’ll tackle common issues that affect many businesses, such as overcoming obstacles to innovation and balancing short-term financial goals with long-term social values.

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Personal reflections on measles outbreaks

Personal reflections on measles outbreaks

Recent news of the US setting a 20-year high for cases of measles recorded brought back to me a chilling memory from when I was a pediatric emergency medicine fellow in Phildadelphia during the winter of 1990/91.A serious measles outbreak arose, leading to the deaths of at least two children from complications.   

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Here’s how Philadelphia communities are getting healthier

Here’s how Philadelphia communities are getting healthier

Philly has some interesting health challenges. However, with the recent decline in childhood obesity rates there is promise for improvement. That is why the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation convened in Philly for a two-day delegation of business leaders, experts and practitioners in the field of public health.  On the first day, GSK hosted the delegation at our Navy Yard facility to better understand the critical connection between health and communities. 

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