Perelman School of Medicine

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937January 14, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: Endobronchial Forceps Effective in Retrieval of Tip-Embedded Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

When retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were approved for use in the United States in 2003 to prevent pulmonary embolism among patients unable to receive the standard blood thinner treatment, many experts anticipated most of them would be removed when no longer needed and IVC filter complications would decrease.

Fitness Trackers Only Help Rich People Get Thinner

January 12, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine and David Asch&nb

Article Source: The Atlantic

10 Effective Tips to Help Your Loved One Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Problem

January 12, 2015

Michael Ascher of the Perelman School of Medicine co-writes an article about ways to help individuals seek treatment fo

Article Source: Huffington Post

The 4 Biggest Problems With Your Fitness Tracker, According to Scientists

January 8, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The key point we are making is that wearable devices have receiv

Article Source: Self Magazine
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660January 12, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: Web-based TAVR Marketing Found to Overstate Benefits, Understate Risks

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, has been called one of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. 

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 12, 2015

Patch or Pills? How Quickly Smokers Metabolize Nicotine May Point to Most Effective Way to Quit, Penn Study Finds

Nearly 70 percent of smokers who try to quit relapse within one week – daunting odds for people trying to kick the habit. Researchers have long theorized that some individuals may be genetically programmed to have an easier time than others, but with few clues about why, experts have been unable to guide smokers looking to quit toward a strategy – the nicotine patch versus prescription pills, for instance – with the best chance of success.

Finding Best Way to Kick the Habit Could Depend on How Smokers Process Nicotine

January 12, 2015

Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine says how your body reacts to nicotine can help you find the best way to

Audio: Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, and Solutions

January 7, 2015

Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about researching smoking cessation.

Drug May Help Fight Obesity

January 4, 2015

Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the history of weight-loss drugs.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 5, 2015

Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.