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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369August 4, 2010

Gene for Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease Identified through Genome Scan

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Broad Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., are some of the first to prove that a gene linked to a disease trait by genome wide association studies (GWAS) can be clinically relevant and an important determinant of disease risk.

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An Inconvenient Memory

August 4, 2010

Dick Polman, University writer in residence, authors an op-ed on Missouri opposition to national health-care reform.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Lying In at the Weekend Boosts Your Brain Power, Study Shows

August 3, 2010

David Dinges of the School of Medicine says additional sleep on the weekend helps one recover from sleep lost during the week.

Article Source: Telegraph (U.K.)

Pentagon Questions Drug Study on Troops

August 3, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses human medical testing ethics.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Study Finds Clues to Kidney Disease in African Americans

August 2, 2010

Lawrence Holzman of the School of Medicine discusses a study on kidney disease among African-Americans.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Scientists Finding How Crucial Bacteria Can Be to Health

August 2, 2010

Jeffrey Weiser of the School of Medicine says there is such a thing as good bacteria.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Growing Up Poor Can Affect Brain Development

August 1, 2010

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences says poverty may affect brain function.

Article Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Weightlifting Professor Attests to Health Benefits

August 2, 2010

Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine discusses the benefits of resistance training.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | | 215-573-6604August 1, 2010

Mechanical Regulation Effects Stem Cell Development, Adhesion

PHILADELPHIA –- Bioengineers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a system to control the flexibility of the substrate surfaces on which cells are grown without changing the surface properties, providing a technique for more controlled lab experiments on cellular mechanobiology, an important step in the scientific effort to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in their environment.

Hospital Denies Suspected Killer Got New Liver

July 30, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on a liver-transplant operation performed on an alleged killer.

Article Source: Reuters