Bird Flu Blues

December 21, 2011

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences contributes his views about experiments with “bird flu.”

Article Source: Huffington Post

Penn Bioterror Expert Explains Why Lab-Altered Bird Flu Is So Dangerous

December 21, 2011

Harvey Rubin and Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on lab-altered bird flu.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | (215) 662-6183December 22, 2011

Measuring Brain Thickness Identifies Risk for Cognitive Decline, Penn Study Shows

PHILADELPHIA - A new measurement tool can identify cognitively normal adults who are at high risk for cognitive decline, according to a new study by collaborators at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School. The study is published in the December 21, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604December 21, 2011

Penn Scientists Pioneer New Method for Watching Proteins Fold

PHILADELPHIA — A protein’s function depends on both the chains of molecules it is made of and the way those chains are folded. And while figuring out the former is relatively easy, the latter represents a huge challenge with serious implications because many diseases are the result of misfolded proteins. Now, a team of chemists at the University of Pennsylvania has devised a way to watch proteins fold in “real-time,” which could lead to a better understanding of protein folding and misfolding in general.

For Medicare, We Must Cut Costs, Not Shift Them

December 19, 2011

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School shares his commentary on Medicare.

Article Source: New York Times

Project Seeks to Publicize Life-saving Defibrillators

December 21, 2011

Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for leading the MyHeartMap Challenge project.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

University of Pennsylvania Medical School Gets Big Anonymous Gift

December 19, 2011

Brian Strom of the Perelman School of Medicine will lead the new Neuroscience of Behavior Initiative, funded by an anonymous gift of $16.3 million.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964December 20, 2011

Penn Medical Researchers Dispute the Efficacy of a Breast Cancer Treatment

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine are suggesting that a prophylactic treatment option increasingly offered to breast cancer patients has only a slight benefit, and the modest gains to life expectancy the treatment provides may actually be offset by decreases in quality of life for many patients.

Man Donates Sperm to Dozens of Women Met Online, Drawing Fire From Feds

December 20, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “There’s a danger of accidental incest or inbreeding if you’re the father of 14 children.”

Article Source: Associated Press

Penn Launches Contest to Map City's Automated External Difibrillators

A team of Penn researchers led by Dr. Raina Merchant is launching a social media project to create a crowd-sourced map of the thousands of automated external difibrillators (AEDs) scattered throughout Philadelphia. The MyHeartMap project offers a $10,000 prize to the individual or team that reports, via a smartphone app, the largest number of AED locations.


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