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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 11, 2014

Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 9, 2014

Lifetime Costs for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Reach $2.4 Million Per Patient, Penn Study Finds

Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A Different Dementia

June 9, 2014

Murray Grossman, Lauren Elman and John Trojanowski of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about frontotemporal degeneration.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 9, 2014

Penn Research Develops ‘Onion’ Vesicles for Drug Delivery

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that a certain kind of molecule that has tree-like branches can self-assemble into drug delivery vehicles that have multiple with concentric layers of membranes.

One of the defining features of cells is their membranes. Each cell’s repository of DNA and protein-making machinery must be kept stable and secure from invaders and toxins. Scientists have attempted to replicate these properties, but, despite decades of research, even the most basic membrane structures, known as vesicles, still face many problems when made in the lab.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937June 6, 2014

$4.35 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Establishes Penn Prevention Research Center

A five-year, $ 4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 9, 2014

Penn Medicine Receives Superfund Research Program Award of $10 Million to Study the Adverse Health Effects and Remediation of Asbestos

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have been awarded a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) over the n

Caregivers Learning to Let Go at the End

June 8, 2014

David Casarett of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses the increased needs of hospice patients as they get nearer to the ends of their lives.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Take Your Heart Medicine – and Win a Prize!

June 8, 2014

Shivan Mehta of the Perelman School of Medicine and Kevin Volpp of the Wharton School and the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about a study called Heartstrong.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Study Links Pot Use With Poor Sleep

June 4, 2014

Michael Grandner and Jilesh Chheda of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about the use of marijuana and how it is linked to difficulty sleeping.

Article Source: HealthDay

Female Hormone Estriol Showing Promise as MS Therapy

June 4, 2014

Rhonda Voskuhl of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted for leading a study that shows a form of the hormone estrogen can reduce relapses in multiple sclerosis patients.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer