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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658September 17, 2010

At the Crossroads of Chromosomes: Penn Study Reveals Structure of Cell Division’s Key Molecule

PHILADELPHIA – On average, one hundred billion cells in the human body divide over the course of a day. Most of the time the body gets it right but sometimes, problems in cell replication can lead to abnormalities in chromosomes resulting in many types of disorders, from cancer to Down Syndrome.

Doctors: 4 Minutes Not Enough to Evaluate Bradley

September 15, 2010

Douglas Smith of the School of Medicine comments on football-injury evaluation.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage: What's in a Name?

September 14, 2010

Brian Strom of the School of Medicine discusses the possibility of a vaccine-autism link.

Article Source: CBS News

Maximizing the Benefits of Synthetic Biology

September 13, 2010

President Amy Gutmann and Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comment on synthetic biology.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 15, 2010

Successful Periodontal Therapy May Reduce the Risk of Preterm Birth, According to Penn Dental Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A collaboration led by a periodontal researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has found a possible link between the success of gum-disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely, according to a study published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

New Brain Scan Can Measure a Person's Level of Maturity

September 9, 2010

Anjan Chatterjee of the School of Medicine comments on the effectiveness of brain imaging in studying behavior.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369September 1, 2010

Violence in Inner City Neighborhoods Contributes to Trouble With Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –   Patients with asthma who are exposed to violence in their community are at an increased risk for an asthma-related hospitalization and emergency room visits for asthma or any cause, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 8, 2010

Using the Structure of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor to Fight Cancer

PHILADELPHIA - Many types of tumors grow because of over-expression or a mutation of a protein called the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), normally regulated by a hormone-like peptide called the epidermal growth factor (EGF). Several cancer drugs, including Herceptin, Erbitux, Iressa and Tarceva fight tumors by blocking EGFR and related receptors, notes Mark A.

More Philadelphia-Area Health Systems Requiring Employees to Get Flu Shots

September 6, 2010

Neil Fishman and Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discuss employers’ flu-vaccination requirements.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

California Doctors Run Afoul of State Board but Keep Working

September 5, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine is cited for expert opinion on controversial California cancer treatments.

Article Source: Sacramento Bee