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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 3, 2015

Prescription Drug-Induced Liver Failure is Uncommon; Over-the-Counter Medications and Dietary/Herbal Supplements are Most Common Causes, Penn Study Finds

Drug-induced acute liver failure is uncommon, and over-the-counter medications and dietary and herbal supplements -- not prescription drugs -- are its most common causes, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are published in the current issue of Gastroenterology.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 4, 2015

Penn Medicine: Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Montpellier, the University of Edinburgh, and others.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 2, 2015

Successful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth Leads to Decreased Thinking about Suicide, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Penn Medicine researchers found that patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment. This study adds to the literature that suggests that successful CBT for childhood anxiety confers long-term benefits. The complete study is available in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

FDA Warns About Testosterone for ‘Low T’

March 4, 2015

Peter Snyder of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the U.S.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 4, 2015

Penn Scientists Describe the Function of an Enzyme Critical to Male Fertility

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In a study published in the journal Genes and Development, University of Pennsylvania researchers have filled in details of how an enzyme, through interactions with a network of nearly two dozen other genes, protects the integrity of the germ line by giving rise to a class of RNA molecules that are essential to sperm development.

Researchers are one step closer to unraveling the extraordinarily complex series of processes that lead to an event crucial to human reproduction: the creation of sperm.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 3, 2015

Penn Surgeon Makes Life-saving Donation to Ukrainian Children’s Hospital

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Scott Bartlett, a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Peter Randall Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Treatment and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, orchestrated a $12,000 donation to the Odessa Regional Children's Hospital in Ukraine. The grant enabled doctors to perform life-saving surgery on dozens of infants with congenital heart defects.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

5 Ways Your Sleep Affects What You Eat

March 3, 2015

A study from the Perelman School of Medicine about poor sleeping patterns can lead to increased cravings for fatty foods is cited.

Article Source: Huffington Post

When Should a Child Go To the ER?

March 1, 2015

Vice chair emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Abbuhl, comments on how there isn’t a simple definition of appropriate emergency room use.<

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653February 23, 2015

Penn Medicine Physician Finds No Preventive Benefits for Widely Used Kidney Cancer Drugs

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs— approved by the FDA for use in metastatic kidney cancer —are no more effective than a placebo in preventing return of the disease to increase life spans of patients suffering from advanced kidney cancer after surgery, according to new results to be presented by a researcher at the U

New Screening Tests for Hard-to-spot Breast Cancers

February 24, 2015

Emily Conant of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about testing for breast cancer and the legislation in some s

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