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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 November 25, 2013

Five Penn Faculty Earn Distinction as AAAS Fellows

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Five faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Five faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 21, 2013

Penn Medicine: Targets of Anticancer Drugs Have Broader Functions than What Their Name Suggests

Drugs that inhibit the activity of enzymes called histone deacetylases (HDACs) are being widely developed for treating cancer and other diseases, with two already on the market. Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, show that a major HDAC still functions in mice even when its enzyme activity is abolished, suggesting that the beneficial effects of HDAC inhibitors may not actually be through inhibiting HDAC activity, and thus warranting the reassessment of the molecular targets of this class of drugs.

Penn Team Develops Blood Test to Signal Long-term Damage From Concussion

November 20, 2013

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about leading a team of researchers who have developed a blood test to identify when concussions will lead to long-term problems.

Experts Defend New Heart Attack Prevention Advice

November 18, 2013

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on new guidelines for preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)

Drinking After 40: Why Hangovers Hit Harder

November 18, 2013

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “All the effects of alcohol are sort of amplified with age.”

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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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