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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460November 7, 2010

Penn Scientists Identify New Role for Protein Molecule That Inhibits Response of Immune-System Cells

           PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a new role for a protein molecule that inhibits the response of immune-system cells to inflammatory signals associated with many human diseases.           

States May Have More Say in Health Law

November 4, 2010

Mark Pauly of the Wharton School discusses how health law is decided upon and how it is implemented.

Article Source: WHYY

Concern for Food Safety as Vet Students Pick Pets Over Farms

November 5, 2010

FRESNO, Calif. — The number of veterinarians who work with farm animals is on the decline as many retire and fewer students choose large-animal practice.
Officials are worried about the impact on food safety, because large-animal veterinarians serve as inspectors at ranches and slaughterhouses.

Article Source: USA Today

Was Die Ethik Verlangt und die Medizin Darf

November 2, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on the risks involved in face transplants.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | | 215-349-5659 November 2, 2010

Breast Cancer Survivors Often Rate Post-Treatment Breast Appearance Only “Fair”

SAN DIEGO -- A third of breast cancer survivors who received the breast-conserving treatments lumpectomy and radiation rate the appearance of their post-treatment breast as only “fair” or “poor” in comparison to their untreated breast, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego.

Money Woes Can Be Early Clue to Alzheimer’s

October 30, 2010

Jason Karlawish of the School of Medicine comments on how Alzheimer’s disease can affect decision-making capacity for elders.

Article Source: New York Times

Parents Shocked to Learn Examiner Kept Son's Brain

October 27, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on medical ethics and medical examiners.

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New Database Shows How Much Drug Companies Pay Doctors

October 28, 2010

David Grande of the School of Medicine suggests that marketing has a significant impact on doctors and pharmaceutical sales.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 27, 2010

Penn Study Shows Two-Sided Immune Cell Could Be Harnessed to Shrink Tumors

PHILADELPHIA - A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts.

Sleepiness Might Be in the Genes, Study Finds

October 26, 2010

Namni Goel of the School of Medicine comments on a possible connection between genetics and sleepiness.

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