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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 26, 2015
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 26, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Team Shows Why Wound Healing Is Impaired in Diabetics

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Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have identified a critical molecule that helps explain why diabetics suffer from slow wound healing and pinpoints a target for therapies that could help boost healing.

One of the most troubling complications of diabetes is its effect on wound healing. Roughly 15 percent of diabetics will suffer from a non-healing wound in their lifetime. In some cases, these open ulcers on the skin lead to amputations.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 20, 2015

Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that there are currently 10 million U.S. residents with serious mental illness.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660January 20, 2015

Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Possible New General Anesthetics

Penn Medicine researchers, in a continuation of their groundbreaking work to better understand how anesthesia works in the body, have found the first new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Their findings, published in February issue of Anesthesiology, detail the processes through which the group uncovered these compounds.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 21, 2015

Medicaid "Fee Bump" to Primary Care Doctors Associated with Better Access to Appointments, According to Penn Study

The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 22, 2015

Penn Study Uncovers Secrets of a Clump-Dissolving Protein

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped, causing such disorders as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. James Shorter, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been developing ways to "reprogram" one such protein – a yeast protein called Hsp104 -- to improve its therapeutic properties.

Crossed Wires

January 16, 2015

Ruben Gur of the Perelman School of Medicine says 

Article Source: The Scientist
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 16, 2015

Penn Research Shows Relationship Critical for How Cells Ingest Matter

To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 14, 2015

Life at Higher Elevation Linked to Lower Incidence of Lung Cancer, Penn Study Suggests

Here’s another potential reason to live up in the mountains. Lung cancer rates in both smokers and non-smokers are lower in higher-elevation counties in the western part of the United States, suggesting that oxygen may promote the incidence of lung cancer, according to a new study co-authored by a student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937January 14, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: Endobronchial Forceps Effective in Retrieval of Tip-Embedded Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

When retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were approved for use in the United States in 2003 to prevent pulmonary embolism among patients unable to receive the standard blood thinner treatment, many experts anticipated most of them would be removed when no longer needed and IVC filter complications would decrease.