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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 November 2, 2010

Breast Cancer Survivors Often Rate Post-Treatment Breast Appearance Only “Fair”

SAN DIEGO -- A third of breast cancer survivors who received the breast-conserving treatments lumpectomy and radiation rate the appearance of their post-treatment breast as only “fair” or “poor” in comparison to their untreated breast, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego.

Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

October 30, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine comments on how Alzheimer’s disease can affect decision-making capacity for elders.

Article Source: New York Times

Parents Shocked to Learn Examiner Kept Son's Brain

October 27, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on medical ethics and medical examiners.

Article Source: CNN.com

New Database Shows How Much Drug Companies Pay Doctors

October 28, 2010

David Grande of the School of Medicine suggests that marketing has a significant impact on doctors and pharmaceutical sales.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 27, 2010

Penn Study Shows Two-Sided Immune Cell Could Be Harnessed to Shrink Tumors

PHILADELPHIA - A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts.

Sleepiness Might Be in the Genes, Study Finds

October 26, 2010

Namni Goel of the School of Medicine comments on a possible connection between genetics and sleepiness.

Article Source: ABCNews.com
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 October 26, 2010

Is Sleepiness in Genes? Penn Medicine Study Shows Gene Variant Leaves Carriers Fatigued, Sleepier

Healthy sleepers who carry a specific gene variant are more likely to have disrupted sleep, according to University of Pennsylvania study published in the October 26, 2010 issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 October 26, 2010

Targeted Radiation Therapy Minimizes GI Side Effects for Prostate Cancer Patients, Penn Study Shows

SAN DIEGO -- Prostate cancer patients who receive intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) are less apt to suffer serious gastrointestinal complications following their treatment than those who receive three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (CRT), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study, which will be presented Nov.

What Is A College Degree Really Worth?

October 26, 2010

Marybeth Gasman of the Graduate School of Education co-authors an op-ed focusing on the value of higher education.

Article Source: theloop21.com

The Science of Babymaking

October 25, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on Nobel Prize winner Robert Edwards and his development of in vitro fertilization.

Article Source: Ottawa Citizen