Health & Medicine


Local Decline in Number of Organ Donors

March 29, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine shares his perspective on a recent decline in organ donors.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369March 28, 2011

Researchers Explore Conflicts of Interest in Development of Cardiovascular Practice Guidelines

A new analysis by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine of recent cardiology clinical practice guidelines has found that more than half of the experts involved in the development of these guidelines reported a conflict of interest (COI).

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183 March 28, 2011

Deciphering Hidden Code Reveals Brain Activity

By combining sophisticated mathematical techniques more commonly used by spies instead of scientists with the power and versatility of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a Penn neurologist has developed a new approach for studying the inner workings of the brain. A hidden pattern is encoded in the seemingly random order of things presented to a human subject, which the brain reveals when observed with fMRI. The research is published in the journal NeuroImage.

Personal Health: Weeknight, Weekend? Better Off in Trauma Center Than ER

March 28, 2011

Trauma-center research led by Brendan Carr of the School of Medicine is highlighted.

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Melanoma Drug: Treatment Prolongs Skin Cancer Patients’ Lives

March 26, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on a drug treatment that was shown to extend skin-cancer patients’ lives.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

A Significant Help

March 28, 2011

Student Jennifer Kyker of the School of Arts and Sciences is featured for developing a non-profit organization to help prevent the spread of AIDS in Zimbabwe.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Video: Cosmetic Procedures Gaining Popularity Among Men?

March 24, 2011

Oren Friedman of the School of Medicine is interviewed about why several men are opting for cosmetic surgery.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)

Video: Perfume Fraud?

March 24, 2011

Richard Doty of the School of Medicine discusses perfume companies using captivating marketing tactics but says science doesn’t support claims of using pheromones to attract mates.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)

Penn Study Leads to New Idea in Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2011

Robert Vonderheide of the School of Medicine leads a study on treating pancreatic cancer.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | | 215-349-5659 March 24, 2011

Penn Researchers Uncover Novel Immune Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center have discovered a novel way of treating pancreatic cancer by activating the immune system to destroy the cancer’s scaffolding. The strategy was tested in a small cohort of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, several of whose tumors shrank substantially. The team believes their findings – and the novel way in which they uncovered them -- could lead to quicker, less expensive cancer drug development.