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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 18, 2011

Researchers Uncover New Gene for Heart Failure in Caucasians

Nearly five million Americans live with heart failure, with as many as 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. In addition to lifestyle factors, scientists have shown that heart failure has a strong heritable component, but identifying the responsible genes has been a major challenge. Now, new research has identified a common genetic risk factor for heart failure in Caucasians that is also linked to kidney function.

Docs Say Steve Jobs Likely Dealing With Pancreatic Cancer

January 17, 2011

Daniel Metz of the School of Medicine is mentioned for his literature review on liver transplant for neuroendocrine tumor metastases.

Article Source: ABC News Radio

Blood Type O Associated With Less Risk for Heart Attack

January 17, 2011

Muredach Reilly of the School of Medicine is cited for leading a new study that shows having the blood type O might guard against cardiac arrest.

Article Source: Business Week
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 14, 2011

Certain Genetic Profiles Increase Risk of Coronary Artery Disease, While Others Increase Risk of Heart Attack

(PHILADELPHIA) – Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the single largest cause of death in adults in the United States. Until recently, the genetic basis of CAD has been largely unknown, with just a few proven genes (typically genes for cholesterol disorders) accounting for very little of the disease in the population.

Video: Center City Charter School Aims to Raise Standards for School Meals

January 13, 2011

Robert Berkowitz of the School of Medicine speaks about the new USDA guidelines for school lunches.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

High Level of ‘Good’ Cholesterol Alone May Not Protect Heart

January 12, 2011

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine comments on what helps prevent heart disease.

Article Source: BusinessWeek
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 12, 2011

Penn Study Shows New Measure Trumps HDL Levels in Protecting Against Heart Disease

(PHILADELPHIA) – The discovery that high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease has fostered intensive research to modify HDL levels for therapeutic gain. However, recent findings have called into question the notion that pharmacologic increases in HDL cholesterol levels are necessarily beneficial to patients.

Philly Doctor a Pioneer of Bloodless Treatment

January 11, 2011

Patricia Ford of the School of Medicine is highlighted for performing no-transfusion stem-cell transplants.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Coaxing New Hair

January 10, 2011

The male-balding research of George Cotsarelis of the School of Medicine is featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Hoarding May Become an Official Disorder

January 10, 2011

Mahendra Bhati and Albert Stunkard of the School of Medicine comment on hoarding’s potentially becoming an official psychiatric disorder.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer