Health & Medicine

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What Will Japanese Near Reactors Face Long-term?

March 14, 2011

Virginia LiVolsi of the School of Medicine comments on the effects of radiation exposure.

Article Source: Reuters

Audio: How to Beat Sleep Apnea? Cut It Out (Surgically)

March 14, 2011

Bert O’Malley, Gregory Weinstein and Erica Thaler of the School of Medicine are featured for their development and work with the use of transoral robotic surgery.

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 11, 2011

Mouse Nose Nerve Cells Mature After Birth, Allowing Bonding, Recognition With Mother, Penn Study Finds

For rodent pups, bonding with mom isn’t hard-wired in the womb. It develops over the first few weeks of life, which is achieved by their maturing sense of smell, possibly allowing these mammals a survival advantage by learning to identify mother, siblings, and home.

Video: CDC: 1 in 20 American Is a Cancer Survivor

March 10, 2011

Linda Jacobs of the School of Medicine says the majority of cancer patients survive.

Article Source: ABC News

Video: Daylight Saving Time: How to Cope With the Loss of an Hour

March 11, 2011

Phil Gehrman of the School of Medicine comments on the impact on daylight savings time on the sleep cycle.

Article Source: ABC News

Video: Crash Course: Shorter Is Better in CPR Training

March 9, 2011

Benjamin Abella of the School of Medicine is quoted about a new study about people more likely to attempt CPR after watching a short instructional video.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 March 10, 2011

Penn Medicine Expert Rethinking Medicare Hospice Eligibility Criteria

When Medicare hospice eligibility criteria expand in 2011 as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, efforts to test whether palliative care and aggressive treatment provided concurrently will be judged based on costs.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 10, 2011

Molecules Work the Day Shift to Protect the Liver from Accumulating Fat, Says Penn Study

The liver normally makes and stores fat, which is required in moderation for normal body function. However, if the process goes awry, excess fat in the liver can cause major liver damage.  In fact, fatty liver is a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, and is often brought on by obesity and diabetes. In turn, the increasing prevalence of these diseases has brought with it an epidemic of liver disease.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 9, 2011

Penn Study: 'GPS System' for Protein Synthesis in Nerve Cells Gives Clues for Understanding Brain Disorders

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania explain how a class of RNA molecules is able to target the genetic building blocks that guide the functioning of a specific part of the nerve cell. Abnormalities at this site are in involved in epilepsy, neurodegenerative disease, and cognitive disorders. Their results are published this week in the journal Neuron.

High-Tech Limbs

March 7, 2011

The Neurosurgery department of the School of Medicine is cited for efforts to integrate prostheses into a patient’s nervous system.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer