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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 15, 2014

Penn Medicine First to Investigate Shared Decision Making in Radiation Oncology

Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves cancer patients feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychological distress around the experience, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 10, 2014

Penn Researchers Determine Mechanism by Which Lung Function is Regulated in Rare Disease Known As Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome

Researchers at Penn Medicine have discovered that the tumor suppressor gene folliculin (FLCN) is essential to normal lung function in patients with the rare disease Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, skin and kidneys.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 7, 2014

Penn Study Shows Good Availability of Primary Care for New Patients on the Eve of the ACA Coverage Expansions

A multi-institutional team led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that despite widespread rumors of limited access to primary care services, providers across the country were capable of accepting new patie

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2014

The Motion of the Medium Matters for Self-assembling Particles, Penn Research Shows

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A Penn team has shown that fluid dynamics makes some microscopic self-assembling structures easier to make than others.

By attaching short sequences of single-stranded DNA to nanoscale building blocks, researchers can design structures that can effectively build themselves.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 2, 2014

Strain-specific Lyme Disease Immunity Lasts for Years, Penn Research Finds

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A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania shows that humans appear to develop immunity against specific strains of the Lyme disease that can last six to nine years.

Lyme disease, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can become a lingering problem for those infected.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 1, 2014

Penn Study in Fruit Flies Shows that Epilepsy Drug Target May Have Implications for Brain Disorder Sleep Disruption

A new study in a mutant fruitfly called sleepless (sss) confirmed that the enzyme GABA transaminase, which is the target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss.

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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. 

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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

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Media Contact:Monica Yant Kinney | mokinney@vpul.upenn.edu | 215-898-8016
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 25, 2014

Disabilities Symposium at Penn: April 11


 
WHAT:          The 13th Annual Disabilities Symposium, hosted by the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, University of Pennsylvania, will welcome guest speakers Angela Duckworth and Adam Taliaferro.