Health & Medicine

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Teaching Geriatric Care to a New Generation

June 16, 2014

Gregg Lipschik of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about using a virtual program to review resuscitation techniques.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 12, 2014

Penn Study Also Suggests Adding CPAP Therapy May Help with High Blood Pressure

Obesity and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) tend to co-exist and are associated with a variety of cardiovascular risk factors, including inflammation, insulin resistance, abnormal cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 12, 2014

Penn Study Describes New Models for Testing Parkinson's Disease Immune-based Drugs

Using powerful, newly developed cell culture and mouse  models of sporadic Parkinson’s disease (PD), a team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated that immunotherapy with specifically targeted antibodies may block the development and spread of PD pathology in the brain.

Penn Medicine Gets $10-Million Grant to Investigate Asbestos Contamination in Ambler

June 11, 2014

Trevor Penning of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Each of the projects in the superfund grant came from a community based question, and we will be going back to them with data as the projects progress.”

Article Source: CBS News (Philadelphia)

Video: Why Sleep Deprivation Can Kill

June 10, 2014

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on those who are chronically sleep deprived.

Article Source: CBS News
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194June 11, 2014

Gum Disease Bacteria Selectively Disarm Immune System, Penn Study Finds

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania researchers show that bacteria responsible for many cases of periodontitis cause an imbalance in the microbial community in the gums, with a sophisticated, two-prong manipulation of the human immune system.

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and often helpful, keeping disease-causing microbes at bay. But, when disturbances knock these bacterial populations out of balance, illnesses can arise. Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, is one example.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660June 9, 2014

Lifetime Costs for Autism Spectrum Disorder May Reach $2.4 Million Per Patient, Penn Study Finds

Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

A Different Dementia

June 9, 2014

Murray Grossman, Lauren Elman and John Trojanowski of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about frontotemporal degeneration.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604June 9, 2014

Penn Research Develops ‘Onion’ Vesicles for Drug Delivery

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown that a certain kind of molecule that has tree-like branches can self-assemble into drug delivery vehicles that have multiple with concentric layers of membranes.

One of the defining features of cells is their membranes. Each cell’s repository of DNA and protein-making machinery must be kept stable and secure from invaders and toxins. Scientists have attempted to replicate these properties, but, despite decades of research, even the most basic membrane structures, known as vesicles, still face many problems when made in the lab.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937June 6, 2014

$4.35 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Grant Establishes Penn Prevention Research Center

A five-year, $ 4,350,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established a Prevention Research Center (PRC) at the University of Pennsylvania. The PRC, one of 26 in the nation, will conduct innovative public health and disease management research aimed at preventing chronic disease and reducing health disparities in Southeastern Pennsylvania.