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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 13, 2015

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Study of ‘3-D Epigenome’

The National Institutes of Health have named Jennifer Phillips-Cremins, an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Bioengineering, as a member of its

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 9, 2015

Penn Study Stops Vision Loss in Late-stage Canine X-linked Retinitis Pigmentosa

Three years ago, a team from the University of Pennsylvania announced that they had cured X-linked retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding retinal disease, in dogs. Now they’ve shown that they can cure the canine disease over the long term, even when the treatment is given after half or more of the affected photoreceptor cells have been destroyed.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | | 215-898-6751October 8, 2015

Penn and BU Study Says Obesity Doesn’t Protect Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

According to new research, when accounting for weight history in addition to weight at the time of survey and when adding in smoking as a factor, obesity is harmful, not helpful, to someone with cardiovascular disease.

Demographers Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania and Andrew Stokes of Boston University set out to solve a puzzle: Why is it that study after study shows obese or overweight people with cardiovascular disease outliving their normal

What Doesn’t Work Against Hot Flashes

October 5, 2015

Sarah Mathews of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study that could raise patients’ awareness about herbal supplements and medications not regulated by the FDA that are said to help treat menopausal hot flashes.

Article Source: Boston Globe

Video: Spark Therapeutics Gene Therapy Hits Goals in Blindness

October 5, 2015

Albert Maguire of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about testing a gene therapy product to help restore vision.

Article Source: CNBC

Penn Dentists Identify Protein That Prevents Bone Loss

October 1, 2015

George Hajishengallis of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for studying a protein that prevents periodontitis and could eventually help prevent bone loss.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 1, 2015

Penn Vet-Temple Team Characterizes Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Temple University scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness.

Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194September 30, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Study Blocks Inflammatory Bone Loss in Gum Disease

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers demonstrates that a protein called Del-1, can inhibit bone loss associated with periodontitis. They also found the protein curbs the activity of osteoclasts, cells that absorb bone tissue, leading to a mechanistic explanation of how Del-1 can prevent periodontal bone loss.

Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, doesn’t just cause soft-tissue inflammation and bleeding. It also destroys the bone that supports the teeth. If it progresses unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss and is even associated with systemic inflammatory conditions like atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

How Zombies Might Help Me Lose Weight

September 28, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests making small changes to daily routine to help improve health habits.

Article Source: Washington Post

Audio: Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Works to Reduce Hot Flashes, Penn Study Finds

September 27, 2015

Jun Mao of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for studying alternative therapies, including acupuncture, to treat hot flashes.