Health & Medicine


Poverty Puts Chester Into a Food Desert

December 23, 2010

Edward Emmett of the School of Medicine comments on the obesity rate in Chester children in comparison to other children.


Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658December 22, 2010

Penn Researchers Identify Potential Target for Breast Cancer Therapy

PHILADELPHIA – Overexpression or hyperactivation of ErbB cell-surface receptors drives the growth of many breast cancers. Drugs, like Herceptin, that block the receptors’ signals halt tumor progression in some patients. However, not all patients’ tumors respond, with some becoming resistant over time. Different drugs that interfere with other steps in the signaling pathway may improve the response of patients, yet little is known about these molecules.

Video: New Tech May Help Young Basketball Player

December 17, 2010

Penn doctors use a new type of implantable defibrillator that may help young basketball player’s medical condition.

Article Source: WPVI-TV (Philadelphia)

Top 100 Stories of 2010 #10: Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer’s

December 16, 2010

Les Shaw and John Trojanowski of the School of Medicine are cited for their contributions to an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s.

Article Source: Discover Magazine

Healing Powers

December 20, 2010

Harvey Rubin of the School of Medicine is featured for helping developing a program to provide refrigeration for vaccines for earthquake victims in Haiti.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Experts Ponder ‘Plan B’ Options for the Health Insurance Mandate

December 16, 2010

Mark Pauly of the Wharton School shares his perspective on strategies to tackle health-care policies.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Video: Organ Donor Helps Give the Gift of Life

December 16, 2010

The Penn Transplant Institute is featured for its annual holiday party where organ recipients, donors and doctors gather to celebrate the season and life.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Government OKs Controversial Research Into Artificial Life Forms

December 16, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine asks, “Is it ethical to create new life forms? What are the religious concerns?”

Article Source: Fox News

Condom Design Contest Draws Attention to STDs

December 14, 2010

Christopher Coleman of the School of Nursing suggests that the a condom-design contest “may remove some of the stigma that remains associated with condoms.”

FDA Panel Calls for Safety Review of Mercury in Dental Fillings

December 15, 2010

Marjorie Jeffcoat of the School of Dental Medicine comments on a federal panel’s precautionary steps for dental-filling safety.

Article Source: BusinessWeek