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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Present Findings on New Interventions for Treatment Resistant Hypertension, Atherosclerosis

Penn Medicine experts presented research findings that could come to define new standards of cardiovascular care, including findings on the efficacy of novel interventions for treatment resistant hypertension and atherosclerosis, at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, ACC.14.

Obesity Surgery Proves Effective for Treating Diabetes

March 31, 2014

Noel Williams of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on performing obesity surgeries to help treat diabetes.

Article Source: USA Today
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

New Penn-Designed Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

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Each patient responds to heart attacks differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another. Penn researchers have developed a way to address this variation via a material that can be applied directly to damaged heart tissue.

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 

Distance an Obstacle for Veterans Needing Transplants

March 26, 2014

David Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Veterans who live close to a transplant center might be more likely to go home after their discharge from the hospital and not have to relocate.”

Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation Related to Risk of Death

March 25, 2014

David Goldberg of the School of Medicine is quoted on liver transplant research.

Article Source: Science Daily
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 26, 2014

Penn Dental Medicine-NIH Team Reverses Bone Loss in Immune Disorder

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New research by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers has demonstrated a method of reversing bone loss and inflammation in patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency.

Patients with leukocyte adhesion deficiency, or LAD, suffer from frequent bacterial infections, including the severe gum disease known as periodontitis. These patients often lose their teeth early in life.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation

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Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation and Greater Risk of Death Among Veterans Living Farthest from Designated VA Transplant Centers. Findings Reveal System of Centralized Transplantation Care May Place Lives at Risk.

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans with liver disease who live more than 100 miles from a Veterans Administration hospital that offers liver transplants are only half as likely to be placed on the liver transplant waitlist to receive a new organ compared to veterans who live closer to transplant centers, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine of th

Can't Get Pregnant? Stress Linked to Infertility in Some Women

March 23, 2014

Suleena Kansal Kalra from the School of Medicine is quoted on the effect of stress on fertility.

Article Source: “Today”
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 24, 2014

Penn’s Undergrad Chief of the Medical Emergency Response Team Helps Save Lives

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Grace Kunas, a junior biology major, serves as the chief of Penn's student-run, all-volunteer emergency medical response team. MERT prides itself on its ability to reach a person in need of help in less than five minutes and they're on duty every night from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Grace Kunas knows that every second counts in a crisis.

Kunas, a junior from Madison, N.J., is chief of the all-volunteer Medical Emergency Response Team at the University of Pennsylvania.  For her it is a chance to fulfill a personal and professional goal to help others.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 20, 2014

Penn Medicine: Initiation of Dialysis for Acute Kidney Injury Beneficial for Robust Patients, Potentially Dangerous for Frail Patients

The decision to initiate dialysis for acute kidney injury (AKI) varies depending on different patient factors and there is a lack of robust evidence as to which patients are likely to benefit most and why.