Medical Mystery: Treatment-resistant Mouth Sores

February 7, 2016

Eric Stoopler and Thomas Sollecito of the School of Dental Medicine solve a “medical mystery” involving mouth sores.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 8, 2016

Improving Radiology’s Utility and Safety at Penn Dental Medicine

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A technological revolution that has made three-dimensional imaging of the teeth and jaws easier and safer has ushered in a transformation of practice in the dental clinic.

The oral cavity is a complex landscape, cavernous and full of irregular structures. Using a two-dimensional X-ray to map its variations can only reveal so much. That’s why a technological revolution that has made three-dimensional imaging of the teeth and jaws easier and safer has ushered in a transformation of practice in the dental clinic.

How Bad Is Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth, Really?

February 1, 2016

Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine comments on the benefits of brushing your teeth between dinner and bedtime.

Article Source: Greatist.com

Ask Well: How Often Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

December 15, 2015

Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine comments on the safe use of dental X-rays.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 15, 2015

East Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Stayed Frozen for 14 Million Years, Penn Team Reports

Antarctica was once a balmier place, lush with plants and lakes. Figuring out just how long the continent has been a barren, cold desert of ice can give clues as to how Antarctica responded to the effects of past climates and can perhaps also indicate what to expect there as Earth’s atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide grows.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 7, 2015

Winter and Holiday 2015 Health Tips from Penn

The winter months come with their own special health challenges. From delicious food everywhere you look to harsh weather conditions to the stress of creating a perfect holiday, the season can be challenging.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS Drugs Interfere With Brain’s ‘Insulation,’ Penn-CHOP Team Shows

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia teamed up to investigate the underlying reasons why HIV patients on antiretroviral regimens experience mild to moderate cognitive impairments. They found that commonly used antiretroviral medications disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, crucial brain cells that manufacture myelin, the fatty material that serves to insulate neurons, helping them transmit signals in the brain fast and efficiently.

Antiretroviral therapies, or ART, have enabled people with HIV and AIDS to live much longer lives, transforming what was considered a death sentence into a chronic condition. Yet concerns for these patients remain.

A Sparkling Set of Ivories: The Dentist With a Royal Art Collection

October 29, 2015

Dean Denis Kinane of the School of Dental Medicine is mentioned about leading the celebration of the art left to the School by Thomas W. Evans.

Article Source: Guardian (U.K.)

What Are Some ‘Better’ Sweets For My Child's Teeth?

October 27, 2015

Connie Killian of the School of Dental Medicine is the author of this piece with advice on healthy treats for teeth.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How Stem Cell Therapy Protects Bone in Lupus

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University of Pennsylvania researchers and colleagues have puzzled out a mechanism by which stem cell transplants may help preserve bone in an animal model of lupus.

People with lupus, an autoimmune disease, suffer from fatigue, joint pain and swelling and also have a markedly increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Clinical trials have shown that receiving a transplant of mesenchymal stem cells can greatly improve the condition of lupus patients, yet it has not been clear why this treatment strategy works so well.