Health & Medicine

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Video: Older Americans Hooked on Rx: ‘I Was a Zombie’

May 21, 2014

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on weaning elderly patients off medications they were prescribed to years ago.

Article Source: USA Today

Nasal Strips Can Help Prevent Bleeding in Horses’ Lungs

May 20, 2014

Rose Nolen-Walston of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on the effectiveness of the nasal strips used to help prevent bleeding in horses’ lungs.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 21, 2014

Penn Researcher: Place and Poverty Influence HIV Risk

May 19, 2014

Bridgette Brawner of the Perelman School of Medicine explains “geobehavioral vulnerability” and discusses HIV risk.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 20, 2014

Penn Team Identifies Promising New Target for Gum Disease Treatment

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have been searching for ways to prevent, half and reverse periodontitis. In a report published in the Journal of Immunology, they describe a promising new target: a component of the immune system called complement.

Nearly half of all adults in the United States suffer from the gum disease periodontitis, and 8.5 percent have a severe form that can raise the risk of heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and pregnancy complications.

Antidepressants Show Promise in Preventing Alzheimer’s

May 14, 2014

Yvette Sheline of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about leading a study on how antidepressants may be useful in boosting moods and preventing dementia.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660May 14, 2014

Penn Researcher Studies Effects of Common Anti-depressant on Brain Peptide Thought to be Responsible for the Development of Alzheimer's

A University of Pennsylvania researcher has discovered that the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram arrested the growth of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that clusters in plaques that are thought to trigger the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 14, 2014

Penn Study Reveals Breastfeeding, Birth Control Pills May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk Among Women with BRCA Gene Mutations

Breastfeeding, tubal ligation – also known as having one’s “tubes tied” – and oral contraceptives may lower the risk of ovarian cancer for some women with BRCA gene mutations, according to a comprehensive analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania's Basser Research Center for BRCA and the 

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2014

Study from Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center Helps Dispel Commonly-Held Beliefs about Cancer Care and Patient Demands for Treatment

Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results from a study that will be presented by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center  (ACC) and the Perelma

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2014

Penn Medicine: Large Panel Genetic Testing Produces More Questions than Answers in Breast Cancer

While large genetic testing panels promise to uncover clues about patients’ DNA, a team of researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) has found that those powerful tests tend to produce more questions than they answer.