Perelman School of Medicine

Audio: Gene Therapy’s Potential Pricing Problem

March 4, 2015

James Wilson of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on gene therapy treatment prices and policies.

Bump Up the Incline: High-intensity Workouts May Fight Diabetes

March 2, 2015

Raza Ahmad of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for studying the health benefits of intense workouts.

Article Source: Today.com

Study Questions Close Monitoring of Thyroid Growths

March 3, 2015

Anne Cappola of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on monitoring thyroid growths.

Article Source: HealthDay
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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 4, 2015

Twitter Chatter Predicts Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment, Penn Study Shows

An increase in Twitter sentiment (the positivity or negativity of tweets) is associated with an increase in state-level enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces — a phenomenon that points to use of the social media platform as a real-time gauge of public opinion and provides a way for marketplaces to quickly identify enrollment changes and emerging issues.

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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