Perelman School of Medicine

Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

October 30, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine comments on how Alzheimer’s disease can affect decision-making capacity for elders.

Article Source: New York Times

Parents Shocked to Learn Examiner Kept Son's Brain

October 27, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on medical ethics and medical examiners.

Article Source: CNN.com

New Database Shows How Much Drug Companies Pay Doctors

October 28, 2010

David Grande of the School of Medicine suggests that marketing has a significant impact on doctors and pharmaceutical sales.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 27, 2010

Penn Study Shows Two-Sided Immune Cell Could Be Harnessed to Shrink Tumors

PHILADELPHIA - A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts.

Sleepiness Might Be in the Genes, Study Finds

October 26, 2010

Namni Goel of the School of Medicine comments on a possible connection between genetics and sleepiness.

Article Source: ABCNews.com

New Developments in the Battle Against Alzheimer's

October 25, 2010

John Trojanowski and Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine discuss research developments.

Article Source: WHYY Radio
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 26, 2010

Is Sleepiness in Genes? Penn Medicine Study Shows Gene Variant Leaves Carriers Fatigued, Sleepier

Healthy sleepers who carry a specific gene variant are more likely to have disrupted sleep, according to University of Pennsylvania study published in the October 26, 2010 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 October 26, 2010

Targeted Radiation Therapy Minimizes GI Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Patients, Penn Study Shows

SAN DIEGO -- Prostate cancer patients who receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) are less apt to suffer serious gastrointestinal complications following their treatment than those who receive three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (CRT), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study, which will be presented Nov.

The Science of Babymaking

October 25, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on Nobel Prize winner Robert Edwards and his development of in vitro fertilization.

Article Source: Ottawa Citizen
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658October 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Scientists Develop Method for Detecting MicroRNA From Living Cells

PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new electronic method for detecting microRNA isolated from living cells. MicroRNAs are a class of small biomolecules that control gene expression into proteins, the “workers” of the cell.  MicroRNAs act by binding to specific messenger RNAs that code for proteins, and, by doing so, inhibit protein synthesis.