Health & Medicine


For Blacks, Progress in Happiness

September 14, 2010

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers of the Wharton School discuss their research on people’s happiness in various demographic categories.

Article Source: New York Times

Health Industry Power Brokers

September 13, 2010

Linda Aiken of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses nurse shortages.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Maximizing the Benefits of Synthetic Biology

September 13, 2010

President Amy Gutmann and Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comment on synthetic biology.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

New Brain Scan Can Measure a Person's Level of Maturity

September 9, 2010

Anjan Chatterjee of the School of Medicine comments on the effectiveness of brain imaging in studying behavior.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369September 1, 2010

Violence in Inner City Neighborhoods Contributes to Trouble With Asthma

PHILADELPHIA –   Patients with asthma who are exposed to violence in their community are at an increased risk for an asthma-related hospitalization and emergency room visits for asthma or any cause, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658September 8, 2010

Using the Structure of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor to Fight Cancer

PHILADELPHIA - Many types of tumors grow because of over-expression or a mutation of a protein called the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), normally regulated by a hormone-like peptide called the epidermal growth factor (EGF). Several cancer drugs, including Herceptin, Erbitux, Iressa and Tarceva fight tumors by blocking EGFR and related receptors, notes Mark A.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604September 8, 2010

Why the Biological Clock? Penn Study Says Aging Reduces Centromere Cohesion, Disrupts Reproduction

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania biologists studying human reproduction have identified what is likely the major contributing factor to the maternal age-associated increase in aneuploidy, the term for an abnormal number of chromosomes during reproductive cell division.

More Philadelphia-Area Health Systems Requiring Employees to Get Flu Shots

September 6, 2010

Neil Fishman and Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discuss employers’ flu-vaccination requirements.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

California Doctors Run Afoul of State Board but Keep Working

September 5, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine is cited for expert opinion on controversial California cancer treatments.

Article Source: Sacramento Bee

New Dean Named for Penn’s Med School

September 2, 2010

 J. Larry Jameson will become dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and executive vice president for the Health System.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer