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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 18, 2013

Penn Medicine: New Study Finds Similar Outcomes for Repair or Replacement of Damaged Heart Valves

New research presented today at the 2013 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found no difference in outcomes at one-year between two recommended surgical options for treating ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) – repair of the leaky valve or its rep

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 14, 2013

Penn Produces Graphene Nanoribbons With Nanopores for Fast DNA Sequencing

The instructions for building all of the body’s proteins are contained in a person’s DNA, a string of chemicals that, if unwound and strung end to end, would form a sentence 3 billion letters long.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964November 11, 2013

Penn Medicine Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgeon Receives Award for Excellence and Achievement in Orthopaedics

The Arthritis Foundation recently presented the Sir John Charnley, MD, Award to L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Paul B.

10 Things Plastics Surgeons Won’t Tell You

November 6, 2013

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the plastic surgery industry.

Your Health Exchange Is Coming to Town

November 4, 2013

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School co-authors an article about the Affordable Care Act’s new health insurance exchanges.

Article Source: MSNBC
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183November 4, 2013

Sexual Function Dramatically Improves in Women Following Bariatric Surgery, Penn Study Finds

The first study to look extensively at sexual function in women who underwent bariatric surgery found that significant improvements in overall sexual function, most reproductive hormones and in psychological status were maintained over two years following surgery.

The Mold Within

November 3, 2013

Marilyn Howarth and Reynold Panettieri of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on how mold can affect health.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 31, 2013

Penn Medicine Study Finds Most Early Rehospitalization after Kidney Transplant Caused by Complexity of the Condition, not Poor Quality of Care

A study of over 750 kidney transplant patients over a five-year period conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that 90 percent of early rehospitalizations (within 30 days of surgery) were caused by complex medical factors related to the transplantation process.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Dana Weidig | weidigd@email.chop.edu | 267-426-6092October 30, 2013

Penn, CHOP Researchers Help Author Report on Sports-Related Concussions in Youth

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council today released a comprehensive report on sports-related concussions in youth, detailing factors associated with increased rates of the brain injury, the effectiveness of protective devices and new screening, diagnosis, treatment and management techniques, as well as the long-term consequences of concussions.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 28, 2013

Penn Medicine: Cell Nucleus Protein in Brown Fat Cells Governs Daily Control of Body Temperature

For nearly 300 years, investigators have known that body temperature follows a circadian, or 24-hour, rhythm, with a peak during the day and a low at night.