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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 29, 2014

Penn Team Makes Cancer Glow to Improve Surgical Outcomes

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The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence. With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome.

The best way to cure most cases of cancer is to surgically remove the tumor. The Achilles heel of this approach, however, is that the surgeon may fail to extract the entire tumor, leading to a local recurrence.

Science Is Changing What It Means to Be Dead

July 27, 2014

Lance Becker of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about the possibility of long-term cryogenic preservation.

Article Source: New Republic
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 24, 2014

Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653July 24, 2014

Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of  herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 24, 2014

Penn Study: Incisionless Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery Associated with Shorter Hospital Stays

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

Temple Scientists Edit Out HIV From Cultured Cells

July 23, 2014

Paul Bates of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on the results of an HIV research project.

Working to Eradicate HIV and Positively Reinforce Teenagers

July 23, 2014

Bridgette Brawner of the School of Nursing is featured for leading Project Gold, a program that teaches teenagers with mental illnesses how to avoid HIV.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Check Up: Study Questions Drink-a-Day Reduction of Heart Risk

July 20, 2014

Michael Holmes of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If you reduce your alcohol intake, your risk of heart disease is lower.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 21, 2014

Penn Study: Metabolic Enzyme Stops Progression of Most Common Type of Kidney Cancer

In an analysis of small molecules called metabolites used by the body to make fuel in normal and cancerous cells in human kidney tissue, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified an enzyme key to applying the brakes on tumor growth.

Potassium Supplements May Help Some Heart Failure Patients

July 16, 2014

Charles Leonard and Sean Hennessy of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about researching how potassium supplementation can help heart-failure patients.

Article Source: HealthDay