Perelman School of Medicine

Cost of Prostate Cancer Surgery Varies Widely in U.S.

June 19, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School shares his thoughts on wide-ranging prices for health care in America.

Article Source: HealthDay
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964June 19, 2014

Penn Study Reveals a Common Genetic Link in Fatal Autoimmune Skin Disease

Autoimmune disease occurs when the body's own natural defense system rebels against itself.  One example is pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a blistering skin disease in which autoantibodies attack desmoglein 3 (Dsg3), the protein that binds together skin cells. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 19, 2014

Diabetes Susceptibility Gene Regulates Health of Cell's Powerhouse, Penn Study Finds

A team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of the cell’s energy factory. They report their findings this week in Cell.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 19, 2014

Penn Study: Genomic "Dark Matter" of Embryonic Lungs Controls Proper Development of Airways

It’s a long way from DNA to RNA to protein, and only about two percent of a person’s genome is eventually converted into proteins.

In Single Gene, a Path to Fight Heart Attacks

June 18, 2014

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about going beyond the use of statins in reducing heart attack risk.

Article Source: New York Times

Pros, Cons to Dissolving Lung Clots: Study

June 17, 2014

Jay Giri of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on patients who might be at less risk for bleeding from clot-busting drugs.

Article Source: HealthDay
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 17, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Shows "Clot-Busting" Drugs Reduce Deaths from Pulmonary Embolism by Nearly Half

Bringing clarity to a decades-long debate, a national team of researchers led by experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that adding clot-busting medications known as thrombolytics to conventional approaches when treating sudden-onset pulmonary embolism patients is associated with 47

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 18, 2014

Penn Anesthesiologists Identify Top Five Practices that Could be Avoided

A team of researchers led by Penn Medicine anesthesiologists have pinpointed the “top five” most common perioperative procedures that are supported by the least amount of clinical evidence, in an effort to direct providers to make more cost-effective treatment decisions.

Seminar Focuses on Financial Scams Against Elderly

June 17, 2014

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his comments on American seniors victimized by financial scams and how that has become a public-health problem.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 18, 2014

Penn Team Links Placental Marker of Prenatal Stress to Neurodevelopmental Problems

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New findings by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine scientists suggest that an enzyme found in the placenta is likely playing an important role in translating stress experienced by a mother early in pregnancy into a reprogramming of her developing baby's brain.

When a woman experiences a stressful event early in pregnancy, the risk of her child developing autism spectrum disorders or schizophrenia increases. Yet how maternal stress is transmitted to the brain of the developing fetus, leading to these problems in neurodevelopment, is poorly understood.