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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 6, 2010

Not Only Skin Deep: Penn Study on Skin Formation Suggests Strategies to Fight Skin Cancer

PHILADELPHIA - In a study published in the journal Developmental Cell, Sarah Millar PhD, professor of Dermatology and Cell & Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and colleagues demonstrate that a pair of enzymes called HDACs are critical to the proper formation of mammalian skin.

Penn Develops Biomarker Test for Parkinson’s

November 30, 2010

John Q. Trojanowski and Alice Chen-Plotkin of the School of Medicine comment on new developments.

Colleges Are Producing New Style of AIDS Activist

November 30, 2010

Luke Messac, a student in the School of Medicine, is among those protesting the Obama administration’s lack of funding to fight AIDS.

Article Source: New York Times

Lousy Care in Prison Threatens to Undermine Recent Wins Against AIDS

December 1, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine explains why society should care about prisoners with AIDS.

Article Source: MSNBC

Audio: Overeating, Like Drug Use, Rewards And Alters Brain

December 1, 2010

Teresa Reyes of the School of Medicine shows that food can change the brain through a Penn research experiment with mice.

Article Source: National Public Radio

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 | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 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.