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Video: Convicted Rapist Kenneth Pike Turns Down Heart Transplant

April 26, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses transplant centers’ right to turn away patients.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 27, 2011

Studies of Mutated Protein in Lou Gehrig’s Disease Reveal Paths for Drug Discovery, Penn Study Suggests

Several genes have been linked to ALS, with one of the most recent called FUS. Two new studies in PLoS Biology, one from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the other from colleagues at Brandeis University, both examined FUS biology in yeast and found that defects in RNA biology may be central to how FUS contributes to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. These findings point to new targets for developing drugs.

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Media Contact:Jennifer Baldino Bonett | jbaldino@nursing.upenn.edu | 215-746-3562April 26, 2011

Penn Nursing Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Peking University’s Nursing School

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at Peking University in Beijing have established a memorandum of understanding creating a formal research relationship between the schools. Peking University’s School of Nursing, with Guifang Guo as dean, is widely considered the premier nursing school in China.

Penn Nursing also has academic partnerships in Botswana and India.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422April 26, 2011

Penn Forum to Examine How Women’s Health Is Impacted by Urban Environment


 PHILADELPHIA –- Leaders in health care, urban planning and public health will meet for the first time May 5 in New York to discuss ways to improve practice and policy to address unique health challenges of women in cities.

“Healthy Cities: Healthy Women” will be a forum on the health of women, the health impact of living in an urban environment and the practice of public health.  It is a project of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, the Penn Alumni Relations office and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.

Convicted New York Rapist Next in Line for Heart Transplant

April 26, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses transplant centers’ right to turn away patients.

Article Source: ABC News Radio

College Teams, Relying on Deception, Undermine Gender Equity

April 25, 2011

Ever since Congress passed the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX, universities have opened their gyms and athletic fields to millions of women who previously did not have chances to play. But as women have surged into a majority on campus in recent years, many institutions have resorted to subterfuge to make it look as if they are offering more spots to women. At the University of South Florida, more than half of the 71 women on the cross-country roster failed to run a race in 2009. Asked about it, a few laughed and said they did not know they were on the team.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798April 25, 2011

Penn Study: Preventing Chronic Diseases in People Living With HIV/AIDS

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that interventions to promote healthy behaviors, including eating more fruits and vegetables, increasing physical activity, and participating in cancer screenings appear beneficial for African-American couples who are at high risk for chronic diseases, especially if one of the individuals is living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).  

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Media Contact:Jennifer Baldino Bonett | jbaldino@nursing.upenn.edu | April 25, 2011

University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Receives $4.35M to Support Curriculum, Laboratories

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has been awarded a $4.35 million grant from the Helene Fuld Trust, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., to support laboratory development and undergraduate curriculum revisions, which begin in September.

The award will underwrite:

Organs From Inmates? That Idea Should be DOA

April 21, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine shares his perspective on using executed inmates’ organs as donors.

Article Source: MSNBC.com

Drug War Shouldn’t Claim New Victims

April 21, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine says, “I’ve already heard doctors say, ‘I don’t want to prescribe because I don’t want to attract DEA or police attention.’”

Article Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune