Health & Medicine

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Obamacare Plans Statement, 7 Million Sign-ups Reached

April 1, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is featured in a video about health-care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.

Article Source: Associated Press

From Dogs, Answers About Breast Cancer

March 31, 2014

Karin Sorenmo of the School of Veterinary Medicine discusses the comparative oncology program at Ryan Hospital.

Article Source: New York Times

Blood Test Helps Rule Out Heart Attack in ER with 99-percent Accuracy

March 31, 2014

Judd Hollander of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a blood test that assists in ruling out heart attacks in emergency rooms.

Article Source: CBS News

Female Trouble, 50-plus

March 30, 2014

Ann Steiner of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about women not seeking out information on vaginal pain and menopause.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 1, 2014

Penn Study in Fruit Flies Shows that Epilepsy Drug Target May Have Implications for Brain Disorder Sleep Disruption

A new study in a mutant fruitfly called sleepless (sss) confirmed that the enzyme GABA transaminase, which is the target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Present Findings on New Interventions for Treatment Resistant Hypertension, Atherosclerosis

Penn Medicine experts presented research findings that could come to define new standards of cardiovascular care, including findings on the efficacy of novel interventions for treatment resistant hypertension and atherosclerosis, at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, ACC.14.

Obesity Surgery Proves Effective for Treating Diabetes

March 31, 2014

Noel Williams of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on performing obesity surgeries to help treat diabetes.

Article Source: USA Today
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

New Penn-Designed Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

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Each patient responds to heart attacks differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another. Penn researchers have developed a way to address this variation via a material that can be applied directly to damaged heart tissue.

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 

Distance an Obstacle for Veterans Needing Transplants

March 26, 2014

David Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Veterans who live close to a transplant center might be more likely to go home after their discharge from the hospital and not have to relocate.”

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation

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Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation and Greater Risk of Death Among Veterans Living Farthest from Designated VA Transplant Centers. Findings Reveal System of Centralized Transplantation Care May Place Lives at Risk.

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans with liver disease who live more than 100 miles from a Veterans Administration hospital that offers liver transplants are only half as likely to be placed on the liver transplant waitlist to receive a new organ compared to veterans who live closer to transplant centers, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine of th