Health & Medicine


Nurses Who Are Doctors

August 8, 2010

Afaf Meleis of the School of Nursing comments on proposed training requirements for advanced-practice nurses.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Cancer Research for Dogs

August 4, 2010

School of Veterinary Medicine researchers use similarities between human and canine cancers to aid search for cure.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Helping Our Dogs Be All That They Can Be

August 4, 2010

Ilana Reisner of the School of Veterinary Medicine says, “Our fast-paced, close-quarters lifestyle has only compounded the doggie doldrums.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Unreal World: Patient From Death Row Complicates ER

August 9, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine analyzes ethics questions raised by television medical dramas.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604August 6, 2010

Researchers Find Clues to Gut Immunity Evolution, Reveal Similarities Between Fish/Humans

PHILADELPHIA  -– A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses.  It was discovered to play a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of human gut immunity as well as for safer, healthier approaches to keeping fish from pathogen infections.  The findings appear in the online version of

Senate Should Focus on Real Threats to Life

August 5, 2010

Laurence Gavin of the School of Medicine discusses teenage-driver regulations.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

In Push to Detect Early Alzheimer’s Markers, Hopes for Prevention

August 4, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine says a rush to test new pharmaceuticals can have a negative impact.

Article Source: New York Times

Genes Hold the Key to Our Heart

August 5, 2010

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine discusses a breakthrough cardiac gene discovery.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Scientists Trumpet Discovery of Cholesterol Genes, but Hold the Champagne

August 6, 2010

Daniel Rader of the School of Medicine says a genome scan revealing cholesterol genes is “a goldmine of new discovery.”

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604 August 4, 2010

Penn’s Positive Psychology Center Awards $2.9 Million for Research

PHILADELPHIA –- The Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation have announced the recipients of the 2010 Templeton Positive Neuroscience Awards, $2.9 million given to 15 new research projects at the intersection of neuroscience and positive psychology.

The winning projects explore a range of topics including how the brain enables humans to flourish, the biological bases of altruism and the effects of positive interventions on the brain.