Perelman School of Medicine

How a West Philadelphia Family Overcame Child Obesity

September 27, 2010

Shiriki Kumanyika of the School of Medicine says “high-calorie foods and beverages are heavily advertised, and healthier options are harder to find in many African-American and low-income communities.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

'Off-Grid' Cellphone Towers Could Save Lives

September 22, 2010

Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine and the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response authors a piece on cell-phone coverage.

Article Source: NewScientist

Experimental Heart-Valve Surgery Bringing Hope to Many

September 23, 2010

Howard Herrmann and Joseph Bavaria of the School of Medicine lead a study involving state-of-the-art heart valves.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460September 21, 2010

Penn Researchers Tap Into Cell Power to Create Building “Skins” That Adapt to Heat/Light of Environment

PHILADELPHIA –- Engineers, design architects and cell biologists from the University of Pennsylvania will use a National Science Foundation grant to utilize the flexibility and sensitivity of human cells as the models for next-generation building “skins” that will adapt to changes in the environment and increase building energy efficiency.

The Pill at 50: Maybe Not the Best Birth Control for 2010

September 20, 2010

Alex Friedman of the School of Medicine authors a piece on birth-control effectiveness.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Does 'Super' Salmon Pass the Sniff Test?

September 20, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine authors an op-ed on the ethics of genetically engineered foods.

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Drug-Resistant 'Superbugs' Hit 20 States, Spread Worldwide

September 17, 2010

Neil Fishman of the School of Medicine says “superbugs” are often resistant to treatment.

Article Source: USA Today
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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