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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658April 27, 2011

Studies of Mutated Protein in Lou Gehrig’s Disease Reveal Paths for Drug Discovery, Penn Study Suggests

Several genes have been linked to ALS, with one of the most recent called FUS. Two new studies in PLoS Biology, one from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the other from colleagues at Brandeis University, both examined FUS biology in yeast and found that defects in RNA biology may be central to how FUS contributes to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. These findings point to new targets for developing drugs.

Convicted New York Rapist Next in Line for Heart Transplant

April 26, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses transplant centers’ right to turn away patients.

Article Source: ABC News Radio
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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | | 215-746-1798April 25, 2011

Penn Study: Preventing Chronic Diseases in People Living With HIV/AIDS

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that interventions to promote healthy behaviors, including eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and participating in cancer screenings appear beneficial for African-American couples who are at high risk for chronic diseases, especially if one of the individuals is living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).  

Organs From Inmates? That Idea Should be DOA

April 21, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine shares his perspective on using executed inmates’ organs as donors.

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Drug War Shouldn’t Claim New Victims

April 21, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine says, “I’ve already heard doctors say, ‘I don’t want to prescribe because I don’t want to attract DEA or police attention.’”

Article Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

Center Studies Safer Cars for Kids

April 20, 2011

Flaura Koplin Winston and Kristy Arbogast of the School of Medicine are cited for their work with the Center for Injury Research and Prevention.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report

Caution Urged as Smartphone Technology Expands into Medicine and Health

April 21, 2011

Raina Merchant of the School of Medicine discusses her development of a mobile-phone app that provides oral instructions for CPR.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Struggling to Manage Pain

April 20, 2011

Anita Gupta of the School of Medicine shares her views on suffering patients who are neglected because health care is focused elsewhere.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Nose May Not Know What It’s Missing

April 18, 2011

The Smell and Taste Center in the School of Medicine is cited for its work.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 19, 2011

Five University of Pennsylvania Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

PHILADELPHIA –- Five University of Pennsylvania faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  They are among 212 new Fellows and 16 Foreign Honorary Members recognized as some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business,
public affairs, the humanities and the arts.

The new AAAS Fellows at Penn are: