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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 6, 2011

Penn Study Shows Size, Strength of Heart's Right Side Varies Between Age, Genders, Racial/Ethnic Groups

Researchers at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that the size and pumping ability of the right side of the heart differs by age, gender and racial/ethnic groups.

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Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | joymc@nursing.upenn.edu | 215-898-5074June 7, 2011

Three Penn Nursing Professors to Be Inducted as American Academy of Nursing Fellows

            PHILADELPHIA –- Three University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing professors will receive one of the highest honors in nursing when they’re inducted as fellows in the American Academy of Nursing.  The ceremony will be held at the Academy’s annual meeting in October in Washington.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 6, 2011

Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique for Measuring Them

PHILADELPHIA — Electrical engineers have long been toying with the idea of designing biological molecules that can be directly integrated into electronic circuits. University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a way to form these structures so they can operate in open-air environments, and, more important, have developed a new microscope technique that can measure the electrical properties of these and similar devices.

How Advances Will Alter the Medical Landscape

June 6, 2011

William Hanson of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses how the medical profession has changed due to medical advances.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Drugs Show Promise Slowing Advanced Melanoma

June 5, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on two new drugs shown to prolong the lives of people with advanced melanoma.

Article Source: New York Times

The Changing Face of Men: The Slippery Slope of Cosmetic Surgery?

June 2, 2011

David Sarwer of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Men are figuring out what women have long known – that appearance really does matter.”

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 2, 2011

Combination Therapy Shows Promise for Rare, Deadly Cancer Caused by Asbestos, Penn Study Shows

Pleural mesothelioma patients who undergo lung-sparing surgery in combination with photodynamic therapy (PDT) show superior overall survival than patient treated using the conventional therapy of extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) (or en bloc removal of the lung and surrounding tissue) with PDT, indicates new research from the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The research is published in the June 2011 issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Thyroid Drug Shortage Presents Tough Choices for Cancer Patients

May 27, 2011

Susan Mandel of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the thyroid drug shortage.

Article Source: New York Times

Many in GOP Who Oppose Health Insurance Requirement Used to Favor it

May 28, 2011

Mark Pauly of the Wharton School discusses mandatory health insurance.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2011

Penn Researchers Help Nanoscale Engineers Choose Self-Assembling Proteins

PHILADELPHIA — Engineering structures on the smallest possible scales — using molecules and individual atoms as building blocks — is both physically and conceptually challenging. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has now developed a method of computationally selecting the best of these blocks, drawing inspiration from the similar behavior of proteins in making biological structures.