New Report Says Autism Costs US $126 Billion Annually

March 29, 2012

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The biggest costs for autism are in adulthood.”

Article Source: Newsworks

US Biosecurity Panel Agrees Science Journals Can Publish Revised Studies of Lab-made Bird Flu

March 30, 2012

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on information released from studies about lab-made bird flu.

Article Source: Washinton Post

Philadelphia Students Get Real-world Look at Scientific Research – Brains and All

March 30, 2012

Local students from the Mastery-Shoemaker charter school toured the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research at the Perelman School of Medicine.

Article Source: CBS Local

Can Mars Save American Science From American Politics?

March 30, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences writes an op-ed about American science.

Article Source: The Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658March 29, 2012

Duality of Longevity Drug Explained by Penn Medicine Researchers

A Penn- and MIT-led team explained how rapamycin, a drug that extends mouse lifespan, also causes insulin resistance. The researchers showed in an animal model that they could, in principle, separate the effects, which depend on inhibiting two protein complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2, respectively.

The study suggests that molecules that specifically inhibit mTORC1 may combat age-related diseases without the insulin-resistance side effect, which can predispose people to diabetes.

Autism Cases Rise; Reasons Not Certain

March 30, 2012

David Mandellof the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for his study on autism and its lifetime costs.

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Penn Study Finds Cardiac Scan Accurately Assesses Heart-attack Risk

March 29, 2012

Judd Hollander of the Perelman School of Medicine said, "We have spent the past 30 years trying to find a simple test that will tell patients, right now, 'It's not your heart.'"

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Home Economics: Home Buy Now Helps Employees' Purchases

March 30, 2012

Valerie Garfield, of the Perelman School of Medicine is now a homeowner in West Philadelphia, thanks to the Penn Home Ownership Program and the city's Home Buy Now program.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964March 28, 2012

Penn Researchers Call for a Re-Examination of Transplant Waitlist Prioritization

Patients with end-stage liver disease complicated by the most common type of liver cancer — hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) — are less likely to die or become too sick for a transplant while waiting for a new liver than those with other complications of end-stage liver disease, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The investigators say their findings should prompt a re-examination of the criteria used to prioritize liver transplant candidates.

Audio: A Struggle to Define ‘Death’ for Organ Donors

March 28, 2012

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The problem is, it’s not at all clear that donors after circulatory determination of death are truly dead.”

Article Source: NPR