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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 18, 2012

Brothers in Arms: Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses, According to Penn Study

Healthy humans harbor an enormous and diverse group of bacteria and other bugs that live within their intestines. These microbial partners provide beneficial aid in multiple ways – from helping digest food to the development of a healthy immune system.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183June 19, 2012

Psoriasis Increases Risk of Diabetes, Penn Study Shows

Psoriasis is an independent risk for Type 2 Diabetes, according to a new study by researchers with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, with the greatest risk seen in patients with severe psoriasis. Researchers estimate that an additional 115,500 people will develop diabetes each year due to the risk posed by psoriasis above and beyond conventional risk factors. The research is published in the latest issue of the Archives of Dermatology, a JAMA Network publication.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 15, 2012

Graphic Warning Labels Improve Smokers' Recall of Warning and Health Risks Related to Smoking, Penn Medicine Study Shows

In a first of its kind study in the U.S., researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that the addition of graphic warning labels on cigarette packaging can improve smokers' recall of the warning and health risks associated with smoking. The new findings will be published online-first in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Sex With Patients Revisited

June 16, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses the ethics of sexual encounters with patients.

Article Source: Psychology Today

(Dis)United States of Sleep: U.S.-born Americans’ Sleep Patterns Differ From Those of Immigrants

June 18, 2012

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “It seems like foreign-born Americans may be protected by not adopting this unhealthy lifestyle.”

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 15, 2012

Penn Offering Postdoctoral Fellowships to Promote Academic Diversity

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for its Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

The program will award postdoctoral fellowships to scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races and ethnic groups and from other diverse groups whose life experience, research experience and employment background will contribute to Penn’s academic excellence. The deadline for applications is Aug. 1.

Guidelines Issued for When Docs Should Order Vascular Testing

June 13, 2012

Emile Mohler of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on new guidelines for vascular testing.

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World’s Only Cured HIV Patient Will Attend Philly Conference

June 14, 2012

Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the successful treatment of the world’s only cured HIV patient.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 12, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Can Run but Not Hide From the Immune System, According to Penn Study

A study published this week in Cancer Cell from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania describes how pancreatic cancer cells produce a protein that attracts immune cells and tricks them into helping cancer cells grow. Blocking the protein may be also prove to be a new way to treat pancreatic cancer.

8 Glasses of Water a Day ‘an Urban Myth’

June 10, 2012

Stanley Goldfarb of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “There’s no evidence that it benefits health in any real way, and it really represents an urban myth.”

Article Source: CBC