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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183January 12, 2012

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Improves Motion and Mood, Reduces Medications

A new multi-center study, including neurologists and neurosurgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, reveals that Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) – a treatment for Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients with medication-resistant muscle movement impairment or tremors – can improve those symptoms and reduce medications for patients implanted with the device. The study appears Online First in Lancet Neurology.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 12, 2012

Cindy Christian of Penn’s Field Center Named to Task Force on Child Protection

PHILADELPHIA — Cindy Christian, a faculty co-director at the University of Pennsylvania Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research, has been named to a new 11-member Task Force on Child Protection.  The appointment was made by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

7 Sleep Conditions, Explained

January 11, 2012

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses common sleep conditions.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Stem-cell Research: Never Say Die

January 11, 2012

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the ups and downs of a biotechnology company.

Article Source: Nature

Study: Heart Disease More Likely in People With Psoriasis

January 11, 2012

Joel Gelfand of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Our advice to patients with psoriasis is to make sure they get screened for their modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.”

Article Source: Reuters
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183January 11, 2012

Penn Research: Gout Flares Reduced With Protein-trapping Treatment

Patients with gout – a painful type of inflammatory arthritis caused by the crystallization of urates in soft tissues – are advised to start treatment that lowers uric acid levels in the blood. Unfortunately, as the long-term medication starts to break down crystals deposited in the joints, many patients experience gout attacks caused by the release of crystals from softened deposits.

Treating Depression, Diabetes Simultaneously Proves Effective

January 10, 2012

Hillary Bogner of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the research she led about treating Type 2 diabetes and depression together.

Nicotine Patch May Help Improve Memory, Study Finds

January 9, 2012

Frank Leone of the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed about research on the effects of nicotine patches on improving memory.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

A Sort of Happy New Year for the New Science Budget

January 10, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the newly signed budget bill and how it affects new science.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Before You Buy That Defibrillator …

January 11, 2012

Arthur Caplan and James Kirkpatrick of the Perelman School of Medicine co-author an op-ed about defibrillators.

Article Source: Philly.com