Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine shares his views on a proposal to make organ donation a default decision.
Health & Medicine
“Our findings suggest that among healthy women who were not depressed or anxious, a 10 to 20 milligram dose of escitalopram – which is well below the dosage level for psychiatric use – provides a nonhormonal, off-label option that is effective and well-tolerated in the management of menopausal hot flashes,” said Ellen W. Freeman, PhD, Penn research professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and principal investigator of the national, multi-site study.
Nearly five million Americans live with heart failure, with as many as 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year. In addition to lifestyle factors, scientists have shown that heart failure has a strong heritable component, but identifying the responsible genes has been a major challenge. Now, new research has identified a common genetic risk factor for heart failure in Caucasians that is also linked to kidney function.
Daniel Metz of the School of Medicine is mentioned for his literature review on liver transplant for neuroendocrine tumor metastases.
Muredach Reilly of the School of Medicine is cited for leading a new study that shows having the blood type O might guard against cardiac arrest.
Mary Naylor of the School of Nursing discusses how in-home care options will likely grow in the future.
Certain Genetic Profiles Increase Risk of Coronary Artery Disease, While Others Increase Risk of Heart Attack
(PHILADELPHIA) – Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the single largest cause of death in adults in the United States. Until recently, the genetic basis of CAD has been largely unknown, with just a few proven genes (typically genes for cholesterol disorders) accounting for very little of the disease in the population.
Robert Berkowitz of the School of Medicine speaks about the new USDA guidelines for school lunches.
Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for his optimism test.