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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 24, 2011

Penn Study Explains Paradox of Insulin Resistance Genetics

PHILADELPHIA - Obesity and insulin resistance are almost inevitably associated with increases in lipid accumulation in the liver, a serious disease that can deteriorate to hepatitis and liver failure.  A real paradox in understanding insulin resistance is figuring out why insulin-resistant livers make more fat.  Insulin resistance occurs when the body does a poor job of lowering blood sugars.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.Kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 26, 2011

Lab-Made Skin Cells Will Aid Transplantation, Cancer, Drug Research, Say Penn Scientists

PHILADELPHIA - The pigmented cells called melanocytes aren't just for making freckles and tans. Melanocytes absorb ultraviolet light, protecting the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. They also are the cells that go haywire in melanoma, as well as in more common conditions as vitiligo and albinism.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2011

Penn Research Shows Mouthwash Routine May Cut Risk of Preterm Birth

PHILADELPHIA — Research from the University of Pennsylvania has shown that rinsing with mouthwash isn’t just good for oral health, it may be associated with a reduction in the incidence of preterm birth in pregnant women with periodontal disease. In the study, pregnant women with periodontal disease who adhered to an antimicrobial mouthwash routine had less than half the incidence of premature births than members of a control group.

The Secret Behind Mouse Marathoners

October 26, 2011

Tejvir Khurana of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for gene research.

Article Source: Discover
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 27, 2011

Penn’s Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice & Research Hosts Senate Committee Public Hearing

 

PHILADELPHIA — The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research will host a public hearing, “Foster Care: Aging Out – Options and Obstacles,” Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th St., on the University of Pennsylvania campus.

Raymond Perelman receives Penn Medal for Distinguished Achievement

Penn President Amy Gutmann presented the University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement to prominent Philadelphia philanthropist Raymond Perelman at an event Wednesday evening celebrating the naming of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine.

Penn Researchers Look at Bird Blood for Clues to Prevent Human Heart Disease

October 26, 2011

Mark Kahn of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted for his research on mammals’ blood clumping.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 25, 2011

Raymond G. Perelman to Receive the University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement

 

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann will present prominent Philadelphia philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman with the University of Pennsylvania Medal for Distinguished Achievement, one of the University’s highest honors, at an Oct. 26 reception celebrating the naming of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Some Couples Choose Sex of a Baby; Ethicists Frown

October 25, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his views on couples who try to use medical procedures to choose a baby’s sex.

Article Source: Scripps Howard News Service
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Media Contact:Phyllis Holtzman | holtzman@upenn.edu | 215-898-8721October 24, 2011

Mark O. Winkelman Named Chair of Penn Medicine Board

PHILADELPHIA -- Mark O. Winkelman, a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees, has been named chair of Penn Medicine, effective Nov. 1.  He currently serves as a member of the Penn Medicine Board and its Executive Committee.

The announcement was made by David L. Cohen, chairman of Penn’s Board of Trustees, and Penn President Amy Gutmann.