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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183 January 3, 2011

Penn Medicine Selected as Field Trial Site for DSM-5

PHILADELPHIA – Penn Medicine has been selected as one of seven adult field trial sites to test proposed diagnostic criteria for the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Used by health professionals around the world, DSM is the manual that provides descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658December 23, 2010

Structure of Key Molecule in Immune System Provides Clues for Designing Drugs, According to Penn Study

PHILADELPHIA - A team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Utrecht University has deciphered a key step in an evolutionarily old branch of the immune response. This system, called complement, comprises a network of proteins that “complement” the work of antibodies in destroying foreign invaders. It serves as a rapid defense mechanism in most species from primitive sponges to humans.

Poverty Puts Chester Into a Food Desert

December 23, 2010

Edward Emmett of the School of Medicine comments on the obesity rate in Chester children in comparison to other children.


Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658December 22, 2010

Penn Researchers Identify Potential Target for Breast Cancer Therapy

PHILADELPHIA – Overexpression or hyperactivation of ErbB cell-surface receptors drives the growth of many breast cancers. Drugs, like Herceptin, that block the receptors’ signals halt tumor progression in some patients. However, not all patients’ tumors respond, with some becoming resistant over time. Different drugs that interfere with other steps in the signaling pathway may improve the response of patients, yet little is known about these molecules.

Losing Pays Off for Teens in Diet Program

December 20, 2010

Kevin Volpp of the School of Medicine is cited for his research on incentive-based weight-loss groups.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Top 100 Stories of 2010 #10: Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2010

Les Shaw and John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine are cited for their contributions to an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: Discover Magazine

Healing Powers

December 20, 2010

Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine is featured for helping developing a program to provide refrigeration for vaccines for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Video: Organ Donor Helps Give the Gift of Life

December 16, 2010

The Penn Transplant Institute is featured for its annual holiday party where organ recipients, donors and doctors gather to celebrate the season and life.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Government OKs Controversial Research Into Artificial Life Forms

December 16, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine asks, “Is it ethical to create new life forms? What are the religious concerns?”

Article Source: Fox News

Learning From Elizabeth Edwards

December 14, 2010

David Casarett of the School of Medicine shares his views on how more people should choose to live their last days the way they desire.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer