Health & Medicine


The Downside of High-Deductible

November 29, 2010

Jeffrey T. Kullgren of the School of Medicine and the Wharton School is cited for his study on income levels and the effects on high-deductible health plans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

For a Thin Employee, a Fat Bonus

November 30, 2010

Kevin Volpp of the School of Medicine comments on the long-term advantages of breaking unhealthy habits by offering incentives.

Article Source: Washington Post

UPenn Doctor: Medicine Moving From Bedside to “Desktop”

November 26, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine describes “desktop medicine.”

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Penn Scientist’s Vaccine Shows Promise Against Early Form of Breast Cancer

November 25, 2010

Brian J. Czerniecki and Gary K. Koski of the School of Medicine are featured for their experimental vaccine to treat early-stage breast cancer.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183 November 29, 2010

First Blood Test to Determine Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease Developed at Penn

PHILADELPHIA –Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Udall Center for Parkinson's Research have developed the first blood-based biomarker test to predict cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease (PD). If results can be replicated and standardized in other Parkinson patients, by other investigators, the test could be a useful tool to use in selecting patients for the development of new drugs that can slow or prevent this complication of the disease.

‘Presumed Consent’ May Reduce Living Kidney Donors

November 28, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine weighs in on the discussion of presumed-consent policies for organ donations.


Article Source: MSNBC
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658November 29, 2010

Color-Changing “Blast Badge” Detects Exposure to Explosive Shock Waves

PHILADELPHIA - Mimicking the reflective iridescence of a butterfly's wing, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a color-changing patch that could be worn on soldiers' helmets and uniforms to indicate the strength of exposure to blasts from explosives in the field.

Darvon Pulled From Market by F.D.A.

November 19, 2010

John T. Farrar of the School of Medicine comments on a drug being pulled from the market.

Article Source: New York Times

Lawsuit Adds Heat to ‘Stop and Frisk’ Controversy

November 11, 2010

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy and Practice suggests that ‘stop and frisk’ has not been successful in crime fighting.

Article Source: Philadelphia Tribune

Stem-Cell Pioneer Says Clear Law Is Needed

November 22, 2010

John Gearhart of the School of Medicine comments on federal funding of stem-cell research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer