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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 29, 2011

Penn Study Examines Gender Disparities in Injury Mortality; Men at Exceptional Risk

PHILADELPHIA — Men are more likely than die from injury than are women.

Susan B. Sorenson, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, has evaluated nearly 30 years of national injury mortality data and found that men are at greater risk of injury mortality throughout their lives. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 29, 2011

Penn Chemists Make First Molecular Binding Measurement of Radon

PHILADELPHIA — Even in trace quantities, the radioactive gas radon is very dangerous; it is second only to cigarette smoking as a cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States.

Keeping Patients From Returning to Hospital

July 26, 2011

Mary Naylor of the School of Nursing is cited for studying interventions that were successful at reducing hospital readmissions.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Receives $10 Million to Create Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy

July 26, 2011

The Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine receives $10 million to research and provide therapy for orphan diseases.

Hill Physician Pulled Into 2012 Politics

July 27, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the congressional physician releasing a note about U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann’s health.

Article Source: Roll Call
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 349 -5658July 26, 2011

Penn Receives $10 Million to Create Center for Orphan Disease Research and Therapy

The Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania announces the launching of a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary center focused on discovering novel treatments for orphan diseases. The Center will bring together, without institutional walls, all necessary approaches to attacking and treating orphan diseases: establishing dedicated research support facilities, translating findings into therapies, fostering targeted grant awards, and educating physicians and researchers.

Genetics Offers Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

July 25, 2011

Duncan Johnstone of the Perelman School of Medicine offers his perspective on why African Americans are more prone to kidney disease and failure.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 25, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Graft Olfactory Receptors onto Nanotubes

PHILADELPHIA — Penn researchers have helped develop a nanotech device that combines carbon nanotubes with olfactory receptor proteins, the cell components in the nose that detect odors.

Because olfactory receptors belong to a larger class of proteins that are involved in passing signals through the cell membrane, these devices could have applications beyond odor sensing, such as pharmaceutical research.  

University Hospital Merger Stirs End-of-Life Care Fears

July 23, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on end-of-life care.

Article Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

Penn Study Backs Brain Injury and Dementia Link

July 25, 2011

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a Penn study of a link between brain injury and dementia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer