Perelman School of Medicine

It’s the Century of Biology: Are the Candidates Listening?

December 6, 2011

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences shares his views about a disconnect between political rhetoric and the importance of leadership in biotechnology.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Some Depressed People Do Worse on Medications: Study

December 8, 2011

Michael Thase of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study about antidepressant use.

Article Source: Reuters Health

Plan B Won’t Be Available OTC to Younger Teens, HHS Says

December 7, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “In facing a tough call, HHS has put politics over science when it comes to sex.”

Article Source: MSNBC

Researchers: Medical Procedure for Breast Cancer Lacks Benefits

December 7, 2011

Robert Prosnitz of the Perelman School of Medicine finds that a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy lacks significant benefits for breast cancer patients.

Article Source: NBC Philadelphia

Helping Doctors Prevent Painkiller Abuse

December 6, 2011

Peter Sananman, Jeanmarie Perrone and Hallam Gugelmann of the Perelman School of Medicine author an op-ed about helping physicians prevent prescription drug abuse.

Article Source: Philly.com

Kids With Public Insurance Denied Appointments, Had Longer Waits

December 6, 2011

Karin Rhodes of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for authoring a study about children who are covered by public health insurance.

Article Source: “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio

Dentist Threatens to Sue Patient for Negative Yelp Review

December 1, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says of the case, “It infringes upon free speech and you can’t just have that waived away on a silence contract.”

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 5, 2011

Penn Geneticists Help Show Bitter Taste Perception Is Not Just About Flavors

PHILADELPHIA — Long the bane of picky eaters everywhere, broccoli’s taste is not just a matter of having a cultured palate; some people can easily taste a bitter compound in the vegetable that others have difficulty detecting. Now a team of Penn researchers has helped uncover the evolutionary history of one of the genes responsible for this trait. Beyond showing the ancient origins of the gene, the researchers discovered something unexpected: something other than taste must have driven its evolution.

City Is Attacking Crime by Removing Grime

December 2, 2011

Charles Branas, Eugenia Garvin and Robert Grossman of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on the effect of the Philadelphia LandCare project.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Ban on Gays Donating Blood Comes Under Fire

December 4, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says of restrictions on gay blood donation, “It’s a policy that is poor and out of date relative to the science.”