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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 25, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Graft Olfactory Receptors onto Nanotubes

PHILADELPHIA — Penn researchers have helped develop a nanotech device that combines carbon nanotubes with olfactory receptor proteins, the cell components in the nose that detect odors.

Because olfactory receptors belong to a larger class of proteins that are involved in passing signals through the cell membrane, these devices could have applications beyond odor sensing, such as pharmaceutical research.  

University Hospital Merger Stirs End-of-Life Care Fears

July 23, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on end-of-life care.

Article Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

Penn Study Backs Brain Injury and Dementia Link

July 25, 2011

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a Penn study of a link between brain injury and dementia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Alzheimer’s Debate: Test If You Can’t Treat It?

July 21, 2011

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine says, "The phrase you often hear is that the 'Big A' (Alzheimer's) has replaced the 'Big C' (cancer)" as a major source of fear.”

Article Source: Associated Press

Scientists Discover Why Bones Grow on Injured Muscles

July 21, 2011

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for studying the causes of abnormal bone growth on injured muscles.

Article Source: Myfoxphilly.com

Attack on ‘Telemedicine’ Is Really About Squashing Women’s Rights

July 20, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine contributes his views on an attempt to restrict abortion.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

Fear of Alzheimer’s High, but Denial Less, Survey Shows

July 19, 2011

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine says, "People understand that the value of a physician visit is not simply to write prescriptions for memory pills but to help a patient and family make sense of memory loss and, as a result, relieve their suffering.”

Article Source: USA Today

UnhappenIt Bridges the Apology Gap Between Business and Customers

July 19, 2011

A Knowledge@Wharton article written by Maurice Schweitzer of the Wharton School is cited, and Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted.

Article Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-459-0544July 19, 2011

Penn Study Finds a Genetic Basis for Muscle Endurance in Animal Study

Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a gene for endurance, or more precisely, a negative regulator of it. Not having the gene relates to greater endurance in the knockout mice that were studied. The investigators also showed that the gene is linked to Olympic-level athletes in endurance sports such as swimming compared to athletes in sprint sports such as the 100-meter dash. The study appears online this week in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183July 19, 2011

Penn Study: A Single Traumatic Brain Injury May Prompt Long-Term Neurodegeneration

Years after a single traumatic brain injury (TBI), survivors still show changes in their brains. In a new study, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest that Alzheimer's disease-like neurodegeneration may be initiated or accelerated following a single traumatic brain injury, even in young adults.