Perelman School of Medicine

Fewer Living-Donor Kidneys in "Opt-Out" Systems

November 17, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the ethics of using living donors.

Article Source: Reuters Health
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 17, 2010

Process Leading to Protein Diversity in Cells Important for Proper Neuron Firing

PHILADELPHIA – Cells have their own version of the cut-and-paste editing function called splicing. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have documented a novel form of splicing in the cytoplasm of a nerve cell, which dictates a special form of a potassium channel protein in the outer membrane. The channel protein is found in the dendrites of hippocampus cells -- the seat of memory, learning, and spatial navigation -- and is involved in coordinating the electrical firing of nerve cells.

Audio: Arizona Budget Cuts Put Organ Transplants at Risk

November 17, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the ethics of Arizona regulations on transplants.

Article Source: National Public Radio

New Heart Medications Gain Clout

November 16, 2010

Edward Gerstenfeld of the School of Medicine comments on embracing a new heart-failure medicine.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Studies Suggest Another Way to Treat Heart Failure

November 15, 2010

Mariell Jessup of the School of Medicine comments on new developments in heart-failure treatment.

Article Source: Boston Globe
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 November 14, 2010

Penn Study: Hospital CPR Quality Is Worse at Night

CHICAGO -- CPR quality is worse during in-hospital cardiac arrests occurring overnight than those that happen during the day, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented at the American Heart Association's annual Scientific Sessions on November 14.

The Case for a Carlos Beltran Switch

November 11, 2010

Brian Sennett of the School of Medicine comments on athletes with osteoarthritis.

Article Source: ESPN.com
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 12, 2010

Penn-Led International Study Finds No Difference in Nonsuicide Mortality Between Two Anti-Psychotic Drugs

     PHILADELPHIA - The potential for harmful side effects associated with anti-psychotic medications for treating schizophrenia is a frustration for mental-health professionals who must balance this with the positive benefits of drugs. For example, the issue of the antipsychotic drug ziprasidone lengthening the QTc interval, a possible indicator of life-threatening heart arrhythmias, has demanded much attention among clinicians since the drug was introduced in 2001.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 November 10, 2010

By Focusing on Reducing Disease Risk, “Desktop Medicine” will Transform the Practice of Medicine

Gone are the days when a doctor’s only way of helping patients is by treating the disease after symptoms have started. Instead, a new approach to medicine, called “Desktop Medicine” is emerging, in which the emphasis shifts from diagnosing diseases and treating symptoms to identifying risk-factors for medical conditions such as hypertension and osteoporosis, and intervening before they develop. The commentary appears in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Video: You Are What Your Friends Eat; Study Finds Obesity Is Contagious

November 8, 2010

David Sarwer of the School of Medicine comments on the effect overweight people might have on their friends’ eating habits.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)