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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | (215) 200-2312June 19, 2011

New Genes for Risk and Progression of Rare Brain Disease Identified in Penn-led Study

Philadelphia — There are new genetic clues on risk factors and biological causes of a rare neurodegenerative disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), according to a new study from an international genetics team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In the largest genetics study of the disease, three new genes associated with risk for PSP were identified and two additional genetic variants affecting risk for PSP were confirmed.

The Rules of Marriage Often Change After Bariatric Surgery

June 21, 2011

David Sarwer of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses why someone might get a divorce after having bariatric surgery.

Article Source: Detroit Free Press

Getting Graphic to Try to Convince People to Quit Smoking

June 21, 2011

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and Joseph Cappella of the Annenberg School for Communication share their views on graphic images used to help people quit smoking.

Study Discovers How Microbes Make it Past Tight Spaces Between Cells

June 17, 2011

Jeffrey Weiser and post-doctoral research Thomas Clarke of the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for their research on microbes.

Article Source: Infection Control Today

Medicaid Deserves More Respect

June 17, 2011

Robert Field of the Wharton School shares his opinion on Medicaid.

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Michael Steele in a Dress?

June 16, 2011

Annenberg Public Policy Center’s is cited for declaring DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s statements on Medicare “simply wrong.”

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Many Multivitamins Don’t Have Nutrients Claimed in Label

June 17, 2011

Michael Cirigliano of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on digesting too much vitamin A.

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FDA: Why Bigger Isn’t Better When It Comes to SPFs

June 15, 2011

Joseph Sobanko of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses why higher SPFs are not more effective than others.

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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | | 215-746-1798June 16, 2011

Penn Study Will Investigate HIV-Testing Awareness Using Videos on Los Angeles Buses

PHILADELPHIA -- A University of Pennsylvania study will determine if public transit can convey more than people going from point A to point B. Video displays on public buses in Los Angeles will be used to help determine the efficacy of an innovative soap opera-like video program designed to increase HIV testing among low-income African Americans 14 to 24 years of age.

Penn Health Providing Lodging for Families of Transplant Patients

June 14, 2011

Abraham Shaked of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the Barker Transplant House.