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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658February 4, 2011

Immune Cells Protect Body from Invaders, According to Penn Researchers

PHILADELPHIA - So-called barrier sites -- the skin, gut, lung – limit the inner body’s exposure to allergens, pollutants, viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Understanding how the immune system works in these external surfaces has implications for understanding such inflammatory diseases as asthma, psoriasis, IBD, and food allergies, all of which occur at the body’s barriers.

Video: Big Break Reported in Fighting Melanoma

January 31, 2011

Ravi Amaravadi of the School of Medicine comments on new drugs to help fight skin cancer.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | (215) 662-6183February 2, 2011

Sideline Test Accurately Detects Athletes’ Concussions in Minutes, Penn Study Shows

PHILADELPHIA – A simple test performed at the sideline of sporting events can accurately detect concussions in athletes, according to study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Current sideline tests can leave a wide amount a brain function untested following concussion. Penn researchers showed that this method adds to current methods and accurately and reliably identified athletes with head trauma. The study appears online now in Neurology.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658 February 15, 2011

First International Collaboration on the Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Is Launched

The launch of the International Genomics of Alzheimer’s Project (IGAP) – a collaboration formed to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease – was announced Feb. 1 by a multi-national group of researchers. The collaborative effort, spanning universities from both Europe and the United States, will combine the knowledge, staff and resources of four consortia that conduct research on Alzheimer’s disease genetics.

The four groups are:

Gates Calls for a Final Push to Eradicate Polio

January 31, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine suggests that the “best we can achieve is control” in spreading the disease any further.

Article Source: New York Times

Those French Fries Can Harm Your Heart in Just 30 Minutes

January 27, 2011

Emile Mohler of the School of Medicine comments on the harmful effects of salty foods on the heart.

Article Source: MSNBC

Antibiotic Artisan

January 26, 2011

William DeGrado of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for his goal of creating a new generation of antibiotic drugs.

Article Source: Forbes

Too Much Optimism May Be Bad for Cancer Patients

January 28, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on the fears of terminally ill patients.

Article Source: MSNBC

McDonald’s Medicine: Too Impatient to Wait for Care?

January 26, 2011

Zachary Meisel of the School of Medicine shares his opinion on why Americans expect instant gratification in medical care.

Article Source: Time

Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen

January 26, 2011

The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago. In the survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” involving more than 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges, the percentage of students rating themselves as “below average” in emotional health rose. Meanwhile, the percentage of students who said their emotional health was above average fell to 52 percent.

Article Source: New York Times