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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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 | | 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.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194January 14, 2015

A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 13, 2015

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

10 Effective Tips to Help Your Loved One Seek Treatment for a Substance Use Problem

January 12, 2015

Michael Ascher of the Perelman School of Medicine co-writes an article about ways to help individuals seek treatment fo

Article Source: Huffington Post

The 4 Biggest Problems With Your Fitness Tracker, According to Scientists

January 8, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The key point we are making is that wearable devices have receiv

Article Source: Self Magazine