Health & Medicine

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Parents Shocked to Learn Examiner Kept Son's Brain

October 27, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on medical ethics and medical examiners.

Article Source: CNN.com

New Database Shows How Much Drug Companies Pay Doctors

October 28, 2010

David Grande of the School of Medicine suggests that marketing has a significant impact on doctors and pharmaceutical sales.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 27, 2010

Penn Study Shows Two-Sided Immune Cell Could Be Harnessed to Shrink Tumors

PHILADELPHIA - A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts.

Sleepiness Might Be in the Genes, Study Finds

October 26, 2010

Namni Goel of the School of Medicine comments on a possible connection between genetics and sleepiness.

Article Source: ABCNews.com
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 26, 2010

Is Sleepiness in Genes? Penn Medicine Study Shows Gene Variant Leaves Carriers Fatigued, Sleepier

Healthy sleepers who carry a specific gene variant are more likely to have disrupted sleep, according to University of Pennsylvania study published in the October 26, 2010 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 October 26, 2010

Targeted Radiation Therapy Minimizes GI Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Patients, Penn Study Shows

SAN DIEGO -- Prostate cancer patients who receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) are less apt to suffer serious gastrointestinal complications following their treatment than those who receive three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (CRT), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study, which will be presented Nov.

What Is A College Degree Really Worth?

October 26, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education co-authors an op-ed focusing on the value of higher education.

Article Source: theloop21.com

The Science of Babymaking

October 25, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on Nobel Prize winner Robert Edwards and his development of in vitro fertilization.

Article Source: Ottawa Citizen
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 22, 2010

Penn Study Identifies Molecular Guardian of Cell's RNA

When most genes are transcribed, the nascent RNAs they produce are not quite ready to be translated into proteins - they have to be processed first. One of those processes is called splicing, a mechanism by which non-coding gene sequences are removed and the remaining protein-coding sequences are joined together to form a final, mature messenger RNA (mRNA), which contains the recipe for making a protein.

The Lab Rat: How To Improve Memory in 15 Minutes

October 20, 2010

David Wolk of the School of Medicine is cited for co-authoring an article about the use of tDCS to improve memory.

Article Source: Time