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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 5, 2011

Penn Study Sheds Light on End of Life Management of Implanted Defibrillators

Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. undergo implantation of a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for heart rhythm abnormalities. This number constitutes a 20-fold increase over the last 15 years. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation, but many patients may not understand their options.

Picking on the Poor, Obese No Way to Balance Arizona’s Budget

April 1, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine contributes his perspective on Arizona’s strategies to balance its budget.

Article Source: MSNBC
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 4, 2011

Penn Dental Medicine Presenting 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk on April 16

PHILADELPHIA – Students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine are partnering with the national Oral Cancer Foundation to present Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Oral Cancer Walk on Saturday, April 16.  The event recognizes Oral Cancer Awareness Month, bringing attention to the disease and the importance of early detection.

Blood Pressure. Cholesterol. Guilt?

April 4, 2011

James Kirkpatrick of School of Medicine comments on using guilt to motivate patients to choose healthy options.

Article Source: WHYY Radio “Newsworks”

Breakfast Prevents Lead Poisoning in Kids

April 2, 2011

Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing comments on her study indicating that breakfast can play a role in reducing lead poisoning.

Article Source: Times of India

Video: School Lunch

April 1, 2011

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships is featured on the “Friday Arts” program.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Vast Gene Study Yields Insights on Alzheimer’s

April 3, 2011

Gerard Schellenberg of the School of Medicine comments on his study of Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 4, 2011

Severe Psoriasis Linked to Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events

Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease, and if severe, has been demonstrated to be a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. However, the degree to which psoriasis is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE), such as heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular death has not been defined. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed an increased incidence of MACE in patients with severe psoriasis.

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Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | joyme@nursing.upenn.edu | 215-898-5074 April 4, 2011

Breakfast Reduces Lead Poisoning

It is known that fasting increases lead absorption in adults and consequently regular meals and snacks are recommended for children to prevent lead poisoning. New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Health demonstrates that having a regular breakfast is associated with lower blood lead levels in children.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 4, 2011

Penn Study: Cardiovascular Patients’ Perspectives On Guilt As A Motivational Tool

Current research supports the notion that lifestyle choices influence cardiovascular health, but to what extent specific emotions play is undefined. Now, new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has revealed the role that guilt may play as a motivational tool for cardiovascular patients.