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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5654October 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Penn Researchers Funding to Investigate New Anti-Infection Drug

PHILADELPHIAA team of researchers led by Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Service at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), provided through the U.S.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369October 3, 2012

Penn-developed Mouse Model of Debilitating Lung Disease Suggests Potential Treatment Regimen

PHILADELPHIA — LAM, short for pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis, affects about 1 in 10,000 women of childbearing age and is characterized by proliferation of smooth muscle-like cells in the lung, destruction of lung tissue, and growth of lymphatic vessels. The disease is caused by inactivation of either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, but to date no animal model has been able to replicate the pathologic features those mutations produce in humans.

Acting Out Dreams While Asleep

October 2, 2012

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine explains “parasomnias.”

Article Source: CNN

In a Dramatic Result, an Experimental Drug May Help Boys With Muscular Dystrophy

October 3, 2012

Lee Sweeney of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the results of a new experimental drug used with muscular dystrophy.

Article Source: Forbes

Experts Weigh In on Causes of Chronic Constipation

September 28, 2012

Gary Lichtenstein of the Perelman School of Medicine offers advice on chronic constipation.

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A Pioneer in Online Education Tries a MOOC

October 1, 2012

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is mentioned for his Coursera course, Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 2, 2012

Penn Study Finds Control of Pituitary Hormone Outside of Brain Has Implications for Breast Cancer

PHILADELPHIA — The hormone prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and then travels via the bloodstream to cells throughout the body, where it exerts multiple reproductive and metabolic effects, most notably on the breast where it is the master regulator of lactation. In recent years researchers have found that prolactin is also produced by some tissues outside the brain, however little is known about the functions of extra-pituitary prolactin or how its production is regulated in these tissues.

Check Up: Studying Women’s Mood Disorders

October 1, 2012

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the new Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658October 1, 2012

Chyke Doubeni Appointed Presidential Term Professor at Penn

PHILADELPHIA -- Chyke Doubeni has been named the second Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Doubeni, an expert on colorectal cancer and racial disparities in health care, is Presidential Term Associate Professor-Clinician Educator in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Audio: Sleep Interrupted

September 28, 2012

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed about his sleep research.

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