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Audio: Sifting Genes for Clues to Alzheimer’s

April 8, 2011

Gerard Schellenberg of the School of Medicine discusses how locating genes linked to Alzheimer’s could lead to new ways to treat or prevent the disease.

Article Source: National Public Radio

Senator Diane Allen Gives Keynote Speech at Penn Medicine About Her Battle With Cancer

April 10, 2011

Kelly Malloy of the School of Medicine comments on the difficulty in detecting head and neck cancer.

Article Source: CBS (Philadelphia)

Acne Antibiotics Not Linked to Drug Resistance

April 11, 2011

Penn Medicine research about acne antibiotics is cited.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 12, 2011

Loss of Cell Adhesion Protein Drives Esophageal and Oral Cancers in Mice, Penn Researchers Report

Squamous cell cancers of the oral cavity and esophagus are common throughout the world, with over 650,000 cases of oral cancer each year and esophageal cancer representing the sixth most common cause of cancer death in men. Research by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine investigators has shown that a protein that helps cells stick together is frequently absent or out of place in these cancers, but it’s unclear if its loss causes the tumors.

In Japan, Will Sea Dilute Radiation Pollution?

April 7, 2011

Andrew Maidment of the School of Medicine comments on the effects of the Chernobyl disaster and how it might be able to predict the effects of the recent disaster in Japan.

Article Source: CNN

Philly Unwraps Campaign Against STDs

April 8, 2011

John Jemmott of the School of Medicine discusses abstinence education and STD prevention.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Inquiry Into Payments by Device Maker

April 5, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on a Nevada case involving payment to cardiologists by a small heart-device company.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 7, 2011

A New Way to Make Reprogrammed Stem Cells

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have devised a totally new and far more efficient way of generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), immature cells that are able to develop into several different types of cells or tissues in the body. The researchers used fibroblast cells, which are easily obtained from skin biopsies, and could be used to generate patient-specific iPSCs for drug screening and tissue regeneration.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 April 6, 2011

Opioids Now Most Prescribed Class of Medications, Penn Researcher Finds

Two reports by addiction researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse show a drastic shift in prescribing patterns impacting the magnitude of opioid substance abuse in America. The reports, published in JAMA, recommend a comprehensive effort to reduce public health risks while improving patient care, including better training for prescribers, pain management treatment assessment, personal responsibility and public education.

Video: Scientists Discover New Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Genes

April 2, 2011

Gerard Schellenberg of the School of Medicine comments on his study of Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: ABC News