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Distance an Obstacle for Veterans Needing Transplants

March 26, 2014

David Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Veterans who live close to a transplant center might be more likely to go home after their discharge from the hospital and not have to relocate.”

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation

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Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation and Greater Risk of Death Among Veterans Living Farthest from Designated VA Transplant Centers. Findings Reveal System of Centralized Transplantation Care May Place Lives at Risk.

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans with liver disease who live more than 100 miles from a Veterans Administration hospital that offers liver transplants are only half as likely to be placed on the liver transplant waitlist to receive a new organ compared to veterans who live closer to transplant centers, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine of th

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2014

Penn-designed Device Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

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Using a Penn-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow in acute stroke patients, researchers are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of

Video: Shift Workers Beware: Sleep Loss May Cause Brain Damage, New Research Says

March 19, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how long-term sleep deprivation can lead to brain damage.

Article Source: CNN
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 18, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Show How Lost Sleep Leads to Lost Neurons

Most people appreciate that not getting enough sleep impairs cognitive performance. For the chronically sleep-deprived such as shift workers, students, or truckers, a common strategy is simply to catch up on missed slumber on the weekends. According to common wisdom, catch up sleep repays one's "sleep debt," with no lasting effects.

Lost Sleep Leads to Loss of Brain Cells, Study Suggests

March 19, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “We now have evidence that sleep loss can lead to irreversible injury.”

Article Source: BBC News

Swishing With Oil for Oral Health: Not Recommended

March 19, 2014

Robert Collins of the School of Dental Medicine says there is no evidence that plaque is fat-soluble.

Article Source: Atlantic
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653March 17, 2014

Penn Study: Hepatitis C Remains Major Problem for HIV Patients Despite Antiretroviral Therapy

A new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that the risk of hepatitis C-associated serious liver disease persists in HIV patients otherwise benefitting from antiretroviral therapy (ART) to treat HIV.

Penn Scientists Reprogram Gut Cells to Produce Insulin

March 17, 2014

Ben Stanger of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about researching how to make insulin-producing cells from gut cells.

Twin Astronauts (One in Space, One on Land) To Be Studied for Impact of Space Travel

March 14, 2014

Mathias Basner, David Dinges and Ruben Gur of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for examining cognitive impact of space flight as a part of NASA’s twin astronaut study.