Inquirer Editorial: In Philly and the Region, a Wealth of Good Citizens

December 30, 2012

Cindy Christian of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for being a finalist for the Citizen of the Year award.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 2, 2013

Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research Works To Change Child Protection Laws

A lot can change in a year.

One year ago, Pennsylvania’s General Assembly established a Task Force on Child Protection to review child-abuse-reporting procedures and laws.  In November, the Task Force issued a 400-page report outlining its proposal for revisions to the child abuse-reporting laws in Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 26, 2012

Penn Team Developing New Class of Malaria Drugs Using Essential Calcium Enzyme

PHILADELPHIA — Calpain, a calcium-regulated enzyme, is essential to a host of cellular processes, but can cause severe problems in its overactivated state. It has been implicated as a factor in muscular dystrophy, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and  cancer.  As such, finding and exploiting calpain inhibitors is an important area of research. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 26, 2012

Penn Team Mimicking a Natural Defense Against Malaria to Develop New Treatments

PHILADELPHIA — One of the world's most devastating diseases is malaria, responsible for at least a million deaths annually, despite global efforts to combat it.  Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, working with collaborators from Drexel University, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Johns Hopkins University, have identified a protein in human blood platelets that points to a powerful new weapon against the disease.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369December 26, 2012

Immune System Changes May Drive Aggressiveness of Recurrent Tumors, Penn Researchers Report

PHILADELPHIA – Nearly half of the 700,000 cancer patients who undergo surgical removal of a primary tumor each year suffer a recurrence of their disease at some point, and many of those patients will eventually die from their disease. The traditional view of recurrent tumors is that they are resistant to therapy because they’ve acquired additional genetic mutations that make them more aggressive and impervious to drugs.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183December 26, 2012

Using Penn-designed Model, MRI Can Screen Patients for Alzheimer's Disease

PHILADELPHIA — When trying to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease or Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD), according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 2, 2013

La’Toya Latney Cares for the Feathered, the Scaly, the Slimy and the Furry at Penn Vet

La’Toya Latney’s grandmother has a photo from when Latney was about 5 years old. In it, she is sitting in front of the television, transfixed by a nature program on grizzly bears hunting salmon swimming upstream.

“At that time she said she knew I was going to be a veterinarian, so it’s been a long time coming for me,” says Latney.

Poor Children Have Highest In-hospital Death Rate

December 20, 2012

Scott Lorch of the Perelman School of Medicine says that he is not “surprised to see that disparities exist for particular parts of the hospital” based on condition.

Article Source: Chicago Tribune

Interview: Zeke Emanuel’s Plan to Fix Health-care Spending

December 18, 2012

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is interviewed about his views on how to resolve the issue of health-care spending.

Article Source: Washinton Post

Audio: Women’s Health Center in Philly Could Serve as National Model for Integrated Care

December 18, 2012

C. Neill Epperson and Delane Casiano of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on the Helen O. Dickens Center for Women’s Health, a Penn Medicine clinic in West Philadelphia.

Article Source: Newsworks