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Spinal Fluid Test a New Tool for Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease

August 10, 2010

John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine says a new Alzherimer’s diagnosis process “will be a useful tool to scientists working to develop treatments that slow the progress of the disease.”

Article Source: “PBS NewsHour”

Alzheimer Test Developed Largely at Penn Proves Effective

August 11, 2010

John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine is featured for his work on an Alzheimer’s diagnosis tool.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s

August 9, 2010

John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine debates the psychological ramifications of early-diagnosis screenings.

Article Source: New York Times

Nurses Who Are Doctors

August 8, 2010

Afaf Meleis of the School of Nursing comments on proposed training requirements for advanced-practice nurses.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Cancer Research for Dogs

August 4, 2010

School of Veterinary Medicine researchers use similarities between human and canine cancers to aid search for cure.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Helping Our Dogs Be All That They Can Be

August 4, 2010

Ilana Reisner of the School of Veterinary Medicine says, “Our fast-paced, close-quarters lifestyle has only compounded the doggie doldrums.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

The Unreal World: Patient From Death Row Complicates ER

August 9, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine analyzes ethics questions raised by television medical dramas.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 6, 2010

Researchers Find Clues to Gut Immunity Evolution, Reveal Similarities Between Fish/Humans

PHILADELPHIA  -– A study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has identified the function of one of the earliest antibodies in the animal kingdom, an ancient immunoglobulin that helps explain the evolution of human intestinal immune responses.  It was discovered to play a predominant role in the guts of fish and paves the way for a better understanding of human gut immunity as well as for safer, healthier approaches to keeping fish from pathogen infections.  The findings appear in the online version of

Senate Should Focus on Real Threats to Life

August 5, 2010

Laurence Gavin of the School of Medicine discusses teenage-driver regulations.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

In Push to Detect Early Alzheimer’s Markers, Hopes for Prevention

August 4, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine says a rush to test new pharmaceuticals can have a negative impact.

Article Source: New York Times