Audio: Should You Mask Up to Fight the Flu?

January 17, 2013

David Pegues of the Perelman School of Medicine emphasizes that a mask is not a substitute for getting the flu shot.

Article Source: Newsworks
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964January 22, 2013

Penn Study Sheds Light on the Complexity of Gene Therapy for Congenital Blindness

PHILADELPHIA — Independent clinical trials, including one conducted at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine, have reported safety and efficacy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a congenital form of blindness caused by mutations in a gene (RPE65) required for recycling vitamin A in the retina. Inherited retinal degenerative diseases were previously considered untreatable and incurable.

Audio: Some Gun Rights Supporters Dispute Data on Firearms Used in Self-defense

January 17, 2013

Charles Branas of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the motive behind scientists researching firearms used in self-defense.

Article Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Public, Hospitals Catching On to the Flu

January 15, 2013

Neil Fishman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on being more aware and cautious about influenza.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659January 15, 2013

Penn Study of Breast Cancer Message Boards Finds Frequent Discussion of Drug Side Effects

PHILADELPHIA — In the first study to examine discussion of drug side effects on Internet message boards, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that breast cancer survivors taking the commonly prescribed adjuvant therapy known as aromatase inhibitors (AIs) often detailed in these forums troublesome symptoms resulting from the drugs, and they were apt to report discontinuing the treatment or switching to a different drug in the same class.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 16, 2013

Penn Study: Transmission of Tangles in Alzheimer's Mice Provides More Authentic Model of Tau Pathology

PHILADELPHIA — Brain diseases associated with the misformed protein tau, including Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration with tau pathologies, are characterized by neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) comprised of pathological tau filaments. Tau tangles are also found in progressive supranuclear palsy, cortical basal degeneration and other related tauopathies, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy due to repetitive traumatic brain injuries sustained in sports or on the battle field.

Audio: Ezekiel Emanuel on End-of-life Choices

January 14, 2013

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School joins a discussion aboutend-of-life care preparations.

Article Source: Minnesota Public Radio

Well Being: Leading Uphill Climb to Ease the Suffering From Cystic Fibrosis

January 14, 2013

James Wilson of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted for his healthy lifestyle and helping to improve the lives of those with cystic fibrosis.

Article Source: Philly.com

Taking the Silencer Off Gun Research

January 10, 2013

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences contributes his opinion about gun research.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health

January 9, 2013

Samuel Preston of the School of Arts and Sciences says, “The bottom line is that we are not preventing damaging health behaviors.”

Article Source: New York Times