Perelman School of Medicine

Concusssion Test Moves Toward the Playing Field

February 3, 2011

The King-Devick test is featured for being tested on Penn athletes.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658February 4, 2011

Immune Cells Protect Body from Invaders, According to Penn Researchers

PHILADELPHIA - So-called barrier sites -- the skin, gut, lung – limit the inner body’s exposure to allergens, pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Understanding how the immune system works in these external surfaces has implications for understanding such inflammatory diseases as asthma, psoriasis, IBD, and food allergies, all of which occur at the body’s barriers.

Video: Big Break Reported in Fighting Melanoma

January 31, 2011

Ravi Amaravadi of the School of Medicine comments on new drugs to help fight skin cancer.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | (215) 662-6183February 2, 2011

Sideline Test Accurately Detects Athletes’ Concussions in Minutes, Penn Study Shows

PHILADELPHIA – A simple test performed at the sideline of sporting events can accurately detect concussions in athletes, according to study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Current sideline tests can leave a wide amount a brain function untested following concussion. Penn researchers showed that this method adds to current methods and accurately and reliably identified athletes with head trauma. The study appears online now in Neurology.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658 February 15, 2011

First International Collaboration on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Is Launched

The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP) – a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease – was announced Feb. 1 by a multi-national group of researchers. The collaborative effort, spanning universities from both Europe and the United States, will combine the knowledge, staff and resources of four consortia that conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease genetics.

The four groups are:

Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio

January 31, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine suggests that the “best we can achieve is control” in spreading the disease any further.

Article Source: New York Times

Those French Fries Can Harm Your Heart in Just 30 Minutes

January 27, 2011

Emile Mohler of the School of Medicine comments on the harmful effects of salty foods on the heart.

Article Source: MSNBC

Too Much Optimism May Be Bad for Cancer Patients

January 28, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on the fears of terminally ill patients.

Article Source: MSNBC

Penn Researcher Finds Surprising Genetic Link to Heart Failure

January 24, 2011

Thomas Cappola of the School of Medicine comments on discovering that “defects in a gene linked to kidney function may predispose a person to heart failure.”

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Regimens: Antidepressant May Help Quench Hot Flashes

January 21, 2011

Ellen Freeman of the School of Medicine is featured for her research on the use of an antidepressant to treat hot flashes.

Article Source: New York Times