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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 22, 2014

Penn Medicine: Clinical Trials Designed to Block Autophagy in Multiple Cancers Show Promise

In the largest group of results to date, researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and other institutions have shown in clinical trials that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) blocked autophagy in a host of aggressive cancers—glioblastoma, melanoma, lymphoma and myeloma, renal and colon cancers—and in some cases helped stabiliz

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937May 22, 2014

Penn Medicine's Innovation Grant Program Announces Second Round Winners

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation will fund three new initiatives in the second round of its  Innovation Grant Program. The program encourages Penn employees and students to submit their ideas for advancing health and health care delivery.

My No-soap, No-shampoo, Bacteria-rich Hygiene Experiment

May 22, 2014

Elizabeth Grice of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a bacteria hygiene experiment.

Article Source: New York Times

Insurer Declares Comcast Weight-loss Partnership a Success

May 22, 2014

Thomas Wadden of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on results from an obesity study.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Where You Live Matters for Lifesaving Liver Transplants

May 22, 2014

David Seth Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the results from a study  looking at the effect of geography on liver transplants and patient outcomes.

Article Source: New York Times

Video: Older Americans Hooked on Rx: ‘I Was a Zombie’

May 21, 2014

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on weaning elderly patients off medications they were prescribed to years ago.

Article Source: USA Today

Video: Local Researchers Developing MERS Virus Vaccine

May 20, 2014

David Weiner of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about helping develop treatment for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)

Penn Researcher: Place and Poverty Influence HIV Risk

May 19, 2014

Bridgette Brawner of the Perelman School of Medicine explains “geobehavioral vulnerability” and discusses HIV risk.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 20, 2014

Penn Team Identifies Promising New Target for Gum Disease Treatment

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have been searching for ways to prevent, half and reverse periodontitis. In a report published in the Journal of Immunology, they describe a promising new target: a component of the immune system called complement.

Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from the gum disease periodontitis, and 8.5 percent have a severe form that can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and pregnancy complications.

Pumping Up the Heart: Medicare Now Covering Cardiac Rehab

May 18, 2014

Lee Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the effects of cardiac rehabilitation.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer