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Media Contact:Steve Graff | | 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

Video: Cancer Treatment Can Be Toxic to the Heart

April 14, 2014

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how cancer treatment can affect a patient’s heart health.

Article Source: KFSN-TV (Fresno)

Check Up: New Study Recalculates Weight’s Effect on Mortality Risk

April 13, 2014

Doctoral student Andrew Stokes of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “Illness simultaneously reduces BMI and increases risk for mortality.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658April 8, 2014

Penn Medicine: New Cell Models for Tracking Body Clock Gene Function will Help Find Novel Meds

The consequences of modern life -- shift work, cell phone addiction, and travel across time zones -- all disturb internal clocks. These are found in the brain where they regulate sleep and throughout the body where they regulate physiology and metabolism.

It’s Time to Pay Attention to Sleep, the New Health Frontier

April 9, 2014

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Sleep is probably easier to change than diet or exercise.”

Article Source: Time

Video: Coffee Dependence Could Be Sign of Mental Disorder

April 9, 2014

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that more research is needed in order to categorize caffeine use disorder as a mental illness.

Article Source: CBS News (New York)
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | | 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.

Life-saving Heroin Antidote Makes Its Way to More Families

April 9, 2014

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on Narcan.

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Audio: Study: Primary Care Accessibility Varies by Insurance Status

April 8, 2014

Karin Rhodes of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses primary-care accessibility.

Penn Medicine Doctor Co-leads Nationwide Effort Against Pancreatic Cancer

April 8, 2014

Robert Vonderheide of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for co-leading a study of pancreatic cancer treatment.

Article Source: CBS Philly