Perelman School of Medicine

‘Miracle’ Gene Therapy to Cure Blindness Also Strengthens the Brain

July 20, 2015

Jean Bennett and Manzar Ashtari of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for researching a gene therapy that treats blindness and helps strengthen pathways to the brain.

Article Source: LiveScience.com

Is the Doctor In, or Just Online?

July 20, 2015

Jules Lipoff of the Perelman School of Medicine writes a letter to the editor about virtual doctor visits.

Article Source: New York Times

McNabb Arrest Shines Light on Repeat DUIs

July 19, 2015

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on repeat DUI offenses.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Study Questions Radiation Use for ‘Low-Risk’ Prostate Cancers

July 17, 2015

Anusha Kalbasi and Justin Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for research into the impact of radiation on prostate cancer patients.

Article Source: HealthDay News

Study: Brains of the Blind Adjust After Vision-restoring Therapy

July 16, 2015

Jean Bennett and Manzar Ashtari of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for studying gene therapy used to restore vision that also strengthens visual processing pathways in the brain.

Article Source: Voice of America

New Study Finds Link Between Fracking and Poor Health in PA

July 16, 2015

Reynold Panettieri of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “We believe the collective exposure to hydraulic fracturing could increase hospitalizations.”

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 14, 2015

Elective Surgery Is Associated with Lower Risk of Death than Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment, Penn Study Finds

Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 14, 2015

Fruitfly Sperm Cells Reveal Intricate Coordination in Stem Cell Replication, Penn Study Finds

Stem cells are key for the continual renewal of tissues in our bodies. As such, manipulating stem cells also holds much promise for biomedicine if their regenerative capacity can be harnessed. However, understanding how stem cells govern normal tissue renewal is a field still in its infancy.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 15, 2015

Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale Region, According to Penn Study

Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published this week in PLOS ONE.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 15, 2015

Vision-Restoring Gene Therapy Also Strengthens Visual Processing Pathways in Brain, According to Penn Study

Since 2007, clinical trials using gene therapy have resulted in often-dramatic sight restoration for dozens of children and adults who were otherwise doomed to blindness. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), have found evidence that this sight restoration leads to strengthening of visual pathways in the brain, published this week in Science Translational Medicine.