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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 5, 2011

Penn Study Sheds Light on End of Life Management of Implanted Defibrillators

Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. undergo implantation of a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for heart rhythm abnormalities. This number constitutes a 20-fold increase over the last 15 years. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation, but many patients may not understand their options.

Picking on the Poor, Obese No Way to Balance Arizona’s Budget

April 1, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine contributes his perspective on Arizona’s strategies to balance its budget.

Article Source: MSNBC

Blood Pressure. Cholesterol. Guilt?

April 4, 2011

James Kirkpatrick of School of Medicine comments on using guilt to motivate patients to choose healthy options.

Article Source: WHYY Radio “Newsworks”

Vast Gene Study Yields Insights on Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2011

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

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 4, 2011

Severe Psoriasis Linked to Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE), such as heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death has not been defined. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed an increased incidence of MACE in patients with severe psoriasis.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 4, 2011

Penn Study: Cardiovascular Patients’ Perspectives On Guilt As A Motivational Tool

Current research supports the notion that lifestyle choices influence cardiovascular health, but to what extent specific emotions play is undefined. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed the role that guilt may play as a motivational tool for cardiovascular patients.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 4, 2011

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation as Good as Surgery for High Risk, Operable Patients

Just released data from a clinical trial shows continued promise for a new minimally invasive treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis.  New research presented at the 2011 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions from the first arm, Cohort A, of the Placement of Aortic Transcatheter Valves (PARTNER) Trial shows that transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is as good as traditional open heart surgery for high-risk, but operable patients.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 1, 2011

Penn Study Suggests Another Avenue for Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have determined that a well-known chemical process called acetylation has a previously unrecognized association with one of the biological processes associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The findings were published in the latest issue of Nature Communications.

New Drug May Boost Hepatitis C Treatment

March 30, 2011

Raj Reddy of the School of Medicine comments on a new treatment for hepatitis C.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report

The Rise of Desktop Medicine

March 31, 2011

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine comments on the future of health and medicine.

Article Source: New York Times