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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 17, 2012

Penn’s United Community Clinic Provides Health Care for Underserved Populations, Showcases Interdisciplinary Work

Sick people refusing to be seen by a doctor?

“I don’t have medical coverage, I can’t go.” 

That’s what some people have said for far too long.  But, one organization works to get Philadelphians the health care that they need –- with or without insurance.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820April 17, 2012

Penn’s United Community Clinic Provides Health Care for Underserved Populations, Showcases Interdisciplinary Work

Sick people refusing to be seen by a doctor?

“I don’t have medical coverage, I can’t go.” 

That’s what some people have said for far too long.  But, one organization works to get Philadelphians the health care that they need –- with or without insurance.

How to Be a Better Flosser

April 17, 2012

Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine comments on the benefits of flossing.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 6, 2012

New Penn Dental Researcher George Hajishengallis Gets at the Root of Gum Disease

PHILADELPHIA — Trained as a dentist in Greece, George Hajishengallis, one of the newest faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, was happy enough with the idea of practicing dentistry there. But something was missing.

“As important as clinical treatment is — and I think it’s more important than research,” said Hajishengallis, “it can become routine.”

Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities

March 6, 2012

Rochelle Lindemeyer of the School of Dental Medicine comments on preschool dental care.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 20, 2012

Four Penn Researchers Awarded Sloan Fellowships

PHILADELPHIA — Four University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among this year’s Sloan Fellowship recipients. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders.

To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

Penn’s 2012 Sloan Fellows are:

Survey Finds Many Pa. Kids Lack Dental Care

February 9, 2012

Andres Pinto of the School of Dental Medicine comments on the snowball effect of children not receiving early dental treatment.

The Hidden Dangers of Gum Disease

October 20, 2011

Marjorie Jeffcoat of the School of Dental Medicine discusses gum disease and preterm pregnancies.

Article Source: Self
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2011

Penn Research Shows Mouthwash Routine May Cut Risk of Preterm Birth

PHILADELPHIA — Research from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that rinsing with mouthwash isn’t just good for oral health, it may be associated with a reduction in the incidence of preterm birth in pregnant women with periodontal disease. In the study, pregnant women with periodontal disease who adhered to an antimicrobial mouthwash routine had less than half the incidence of premature births than members of a control group.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 3, 2011

Penn Researchers Find a New Twist in a Blindness-causing Disease Gene

PHILADELPHIA — After more than three decades of research, University of Pennsylvania veterinarians and vision-research scientists, with associates at Cornell University, have identified a gene responsible for a blindness-inducing disease that afflicts dogs. In the process, the Penn scientists may have discovered clues about how retinal cells, and perhaps even neurons, can be regenerated.