Toddlers Facing Heart Attacks Await Ruling on New Drugs

October 8, 2012

Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on patients who develop heart disease at a young age.

Article Source: Business Week
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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183October 4, 2012

Penn Researchers Create a Universal Map of Vision in the Human Brain

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 100 years after a British neurologist first mapped the blind spots caused by missile wounds to the brains of soldiers, Perelman School of Medicine researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have perfected his map using modern-day technology. Their results create a map of vision in the brain based upon an individual's brain structure, even for people who cannot see.

No Easy Answers in Effort to Curb Health Spending

October 3, 2012

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School comments on seeking savings in health-care spending.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5654October 3, 2012

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Penn Researchers Funding to Investigate New Anti-Infection Drug

PHILADELPHIAA team of researchers led by Samir Mehta, MD, chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma & Fracture Service at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), provided through the U.S.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369October 3, 2012

Penn-developed Mouse Model of Debilitating Lung Disease Suggests Potential Treatment Regimen

PHILADELPHIA — LAM, short for pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis, affects about 1 in 10,000 women of childbearing age and is characterized by proliferation of smooth muscle-like cells in the lung, destruction of lung tissue, and growth of lymphatic vessels. The disease is caused by inactivation of either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, but to date no animal model has been able to replicate the pathologic features those mutations produce in humans.

Acting Out Dreams While Asleep

October 2, 2012

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine explains “parasomnias.”

Article Source: CNN

In a Dramatic Result, an Experimental Drug May Help Boys With Muscular Dystrophy

October 3, 2012

Lee Sweeney of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the results of a new experimental drug used with muscular dystrophy.

Article Source: Forbes

Experts Weigh In on Causes of Chronic Constipation

September 28, 2012

Gary Lichtenstein of the Perelman School of Medicine offers advice on chronic constipation.

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A Pioneer in Online Education Tries a MOOC

October 1, 2012

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is mentioned for his Coursera course, Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 2, 2012

Penn Study Finds Control of Pituitary Hormone Outside of Brain Has Implications for Breast Cancer

PHILADELPHIA — The hormone prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and then travels via the bloodstream to cells throughout the body, where it exerts multiple reproductive and metabolic effects, most notably on the breast where it is the master regulator of lactation. In recent years researchers have found that prolactin is also produced by some tissues outside the brain, however little is known about the functions of extra-pituitary prolactin or how its production is regulated in these tissues.