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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369August 4, 2010

Gene for Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Identified through Genome Scan

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies (GWAS) can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.

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Lying In at the Weekend Boosts Your Brain Power, Study Shows

August 3, 2010

David Dinges of the School of Medicine says additional sleep on the weekend helps one recover from sleep lost during the week.

Article Source: Telegraph (U.K.)

Pentagon Questions Drug Study on Troops

August 3, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses human medical testing ethics.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Study Finds Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

August 2, 2010

Lawrence Holzman of the School of Medicine discusses a study on kidney disease among African-Americans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Scientists Finding How Crucial Bacteria Can Be to Health

August 2, 2010

Jeffrey Weiser of the School of Medicine says there is such a thing as good bacteria.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Weightlifting Professor Attests to Health Benefits

August 2, 2010

Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine discusses the benefits of resistance training.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Hospital Denies Suspected Killer Got New Liver

July 30, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on a liver-transplant operation performed on an alleged killer.

Article Source: Reuters

Computer With Patient Data Stolen From Jefferson

July 30, 2010

Ross Koppel of the School of Medicine comments on digital medical data.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

More Foods Hinder Than Help Sleep

July 29, 2010

Michael Grandner of the School of Medicine discusses his research on how food affects sleep.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 29, 2010

Calcium Connections: Penn Researchers Discover Basic Pathway for Maintaining Cell’s Fuel Stores

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have described a previously unknown biological mechanism in cells that prevents them from cannibalizing themselves for fuel. The mechanism involves the fuel used by cells under normal conditions and relies on an ongoing transfer of calcium between two cell components via an ion channel. Without this transfer, cells start consuming themselves as a way of to get enough energy.