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Media Contact:Olivia Fermano | olivia.fermano@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653 January 19, 2011

New Study from Penn Medicine: Antidepressant Use Reduced Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

“Our findings suggest that among healthy women who were not depressed or anxious, a 10 to 20 milligram dose of escitalopram – which is well below the dosage level for psychiatric use – provides a nonhormonal, off-label option that is effective and well-tolerated in the management of menopausal hot flashes,” said Ellen W. Freeman, PhD, Penn research professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and principal investigator of the national, multi-site study.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 18, 2011

Researchers Uncover New Gene for Heart Failure in Caucasians

Nearly five million Americans live with heart failure, with as many as 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. In addition to lifestyle factors, scientists have shown that heart failure has a strong heritable component, but identifying the responsible genes has been a major challenge. Now, new research has identified a common genetic risk factor for heart failure in Caucasians that is also linked to kidney function.

Docs Say Steve Jobs Likely Dealing With Pancreatic Cancer

January 17, 2011

Daniel Metz of the School of Medicine is mentioned for his literature review on liver transplant for neuroendocrine tumor metastases.

Article Source: ABC News Radio

Blood Type O Associated With Less Risk for Heart Attack

January 17, 2011

Muredach Reilly of the School of Medicine is cited for leading a new study that shows having the blood type O might guard against cardiac arrest.

Article Source: Business Week

Audio: In-Home Care Options Expand to Serve Aging Population

January 11, 2011

Mary Naylor of the School of Nursing discusses how in-home care options will likely grow in the future.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 14, 2011

Certain Genetic Profiles Increase Risk of Coronary Artery Disease, While Others Increase Risk of Heart Attack

(PHILADELPHIA) – Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the single largest cause of death in adults in the United States. Until recently, the genetic basis of CAD has been largely unknown, with just a few proven genes (typically genes for cholesterol disorders) accounting for very little of the disease in the population.

Video: Center City Charter School Aims to Raise Standards for School Meals

January 13, 2011

Robert Berkowitz of the School of Medicine speaks about the new USDA guidelines for school lunches.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Optimism Protects Teens From Depression, Health Risks

January 13, 2011

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his optimism test.

Article Source: U.S. News & World Report

High Level of ‘Good’ Cholesterol Alone May Not Protect Heart

January 12, 2011

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine comments on what helps prevent heart disease.

Article Source: BusinessWeek
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 12, 2011

Penn Study Shows New Measure Trumps HDL Levels in Protecting Against Heart Disease

(PHILADELPHIA) – The discovery that high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”) is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease has fostered intensive research to modify HDL levels for therapeutic gain. However, recent findings have called into question the notion that pharmacologic increases in HDL cholesterol levels are necessarily beneficial to patients.