Perelman School of Medicine

Experts on Aging: Stay Fit After 65 to Live Longer, Better

November 21, 2010

Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine discusses her research on the benefits of exercise for patients undergoing cancer treatments.

Article Source: USA Today

Video: New Penn Study Uses Genetics to Help Smokers Stop

November 18, 2010

Caryn Lerner of the School of Medicine comments on how genetics may play a role in smoking cessation.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)

Hey, Lame-Duck Congress! Fix the Awful Medicare Waiting Period for Disabled People

November 18, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the ethics of reneging on prior transplant approvals.

Article Source: New Republic

Zapping Nerves Helps Control High Blood Pressure

November 17, 2010

Mariell Jessup of the School of Medicine suggests that high blood pressure patients should be followed long term to make sure that treatments have lasting benefits.

Article Source: Associated Press

Audio: Getting Gruesome to Stop Smoking

November 16, 2010

Andrew Strasser of the School of Medicine shares his views on proposed new anti-smoking labels for cigarette packaging.

Article Source: National Public Radio

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