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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 27, 2015

Malnourished Patients are More Likely to Suffer Postoperative Complications than Morbidly Obese Patients Following Knee, Hip Replacement, Penn Study Finds

Malnourished patients are more likely to have complications following total knee or hip replacement surgeries than morbidly obese patients,according to new research from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are being presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas March 24-28. 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 27, 2015

Most NFL Players with Injuries to the Midfoot Return to Game Action, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Nearly 93 percent of National Football League (NFL) athletes who sustained traumatic injuries to the midfoot returned to competition less than 15 months after injury and with no statistically significant decrease in performance, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, which focus on Lisfranc injuries – characterized by fracture of the midfoot bones and/or disruption of the midfoot ligaments – between 2000-2010, were presented today at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 26, 2015

Penn Medicine Experts Unveil Two New Ways to Identify Joint Replacement Patients at Risk for Post-Operative Complications

Orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. The first tool identifies patients who have risk factors that should disqualify them from undergoing same-day (outpatient) or short-stay (overnight) total hip and knee replacement procedures, opting instead for traditional recovery pathways in the hospital.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937March 26, 2015

Roseroot Herb Shows Promise as Potential Depression Treatment Option, Penn Team Finds

Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea), or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder (MDD), according to results of a study in the journal Phytomedicine led by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 26, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: In Debated Surgical Procedure, Technique Trumps Technology

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach.

Greening Vacant Lots in Philly Is Good for Your Heart [Before and After Photos]

March 23, 2015

Eugenia South of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about researching how walking by green spaces reduces stress.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 24, 2015

New Penn Program Studies the Body’s Cells, One By One

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The Penn Program in Single Cell Biology is a new effort by faculty members James Eberwine and Junhyong Kim to understand biology as it happens in each individual cell.

By Sarah Welsh

Cancer starts with a single cell going haywire. What is it about that one cell that makes it different from the rest, setting it on a path of destruction? A new program at the University of Pennsylvania may help find an answer to that and many other questions.

Weight Loss Doesn’t Always Lead to Happiness

March 23, 2015

Anthony Fabricatore of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for his 2011 review of various weight-loss methods and

Article Source: Atlantic

Audio: Keynote Address at Royal College of Physicians

March 21, 2015

Flaura Winston of the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed about ADHD and driving.

Article Source: Traffic Medicine
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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 23, 2015

Penn Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics to design choice architecture that increases their likelihood of success, say two physician-scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in an editorial published in JAMA Pediatrics.