Health & Medicine

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194 July 1, 2015

Penn Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

Oftentimes men with a type of infertility called azoospermia don’t know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility — an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.

Building a Better Valve

June 20, 2015

Howard Herrmann of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on patients treated with a transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Article Source: New York Times

Couple’s Virology Research at Penn Was Pioneering

June 21, 2015

Gertrude and Werner Henle, husband-and-wife virologists of the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, are featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964June 18, 2015

Penn Medicine Study Finds Participation in Research Studies Not Detrimental to Preterm Infants

Premature babies who are enrolled in clinical trials for therapies to treat and prevent complications from preterm birth are no more likely to die or experience poor outcomes than babies who are not trial participants, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 5,000 babies born before 29 weeks of gestation.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 215-349-8369June 17, 2015

Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED v

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 215-349-8369June 17, 2015

Young Adults Find Health Insurance Enrollment on Challenging, According to Penn Study

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care.

Late-night Snacking Reduces Alertness in the Sleep-deprived, Penn Study Finds

June 10, 2015

Postdoctoral fellow Andrea Spaeth and David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for researching the effects of after-hours eating.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 12, 2015

Penn: Mom’s Stress Alters Babies’ Gut and Brain through Vaginal Microbiome

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy alters the population of microbes living in a mother’s vagina. Those changes are passed on to newborns during birth and are associated with differences in their gut microbiome as well as their brain development, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194June 12, 2015

Penn Vet Research Confirms a More Accurate Method for Blood Glucose Testing

While glucometers have the advantage of being fast and requiring only a small drop of blood, they are not as accurate as some other methods of measuring blood glucose. In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have found a way of obtaining more accurate measurements from glucometers: by using blood plasma or serum rather than whole blood.

For diabetics, a quick prick of the finger can give information about their blood glucose levels, guiding them in whether to have a snack or inject a dose of insulin. Point-of-care glucose meters, or glucometers, are also used in the veterinary world to monitor cats and dogs with diabetes or pets hospitalized for other reasons.