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Breast, Ovary Removal Found to Raise Cancer Survival Rates

August 31, 2010

Timothy Rebbeck and Susan Domchek of the School of Medicine are cited for research on certain surgeries’ effect on cancer-survival rates.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Lori N. Doyle | ldoyle@upenn.edu | 215-898-8724 September 2, 2010

Dr. J. Larry Jameson to Lead Penn Medicine

PHILADELPHIA -- J. Larry Jameson, M.D., Ph.D., has been named the next executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of Penn’s School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2011.

The announcement was made today by Penn President Amy Gutmann.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 1, 2010

Hip Dysplasia Susceptibility in Dogs May Be Underreported, According to Penn Vet Comparative Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A study comparing a University of Pennsylvania method for evaluating a dog’s susceptibility to hip dysplasia to the traditional American method has shown that 80 percent of dogs judged to be normal by the traditional method are actually at risk for developing osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia, according to the Penn method.

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Media Contact:Stephanie Simon | | 215-349-5659 September 1, 2010

Preventive Surgeries Linked to Lower Risk of Cancer for Women with BRCA1/2 Gene Mutations

Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) genes have substantially elevated risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  A study that will appear in the September 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that women with these inherited mutations who have had a prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

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Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | | 215-898-5074September 1, 2010

Penn Nursing's Julie Sochalski Named to Federal Bureau of Health Professions Post

The federal Health and Human Services Administration has announced that Penn professor Julie Sochalski, a well-known expert in the field on healthcare workforce issues and who has directed multiple federal research efforts, has been appointed the Director for the Division of Nursing in the Bureau of Health Professions.

Click here to view the full release.

Updated: Harvard Says Marc Hauser Guilty of Science Misconduct

August 20, 2010

David Premack of the School of Arts and Sciences says, "Dishonesty in cognitive science is somehow more disturbing than dishonesty in biology or physical science."

Article Source: USA Today

Spinal Taps May Be Useful in Predicting Brain Disorders

August 30, 2010

 Leslie Shaw of the School of Medicine is cited for his research on an early Alzheimer’s diagnostic tool.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

First Tests for Stem Cell Therapy Are Near

August 29, 2010

John Gearhart of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine comments on the possible impact of stem-cell transplantation therapy.

Article Source: Washington Post

What Does It Mean to Be an Ant?

August 26, 2010

 Shelly Berger of the School of Medicine comments on a breakthrough genome study.

Article Source: Nature

Gaining on Death, Cooling Therapy Catches on Slowly

August 26, 2010

Benjamin Abella of the School of Medicine discusses hypothermia’s clinical uses in treating cardiac arrest.

Article Source: Reuters