Where to Draw the Line on Gene-editing Technology

November 30, 2015

PIK Professor Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences writes about boundaries of genetic engineering

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS Drugs Interfere With Brain’s ‘Insulation,’ Penn-CHOP Team Shows

In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia teamed up to investigate the underlying reasons why HIV patients on antiretroviral regimens experience mild to moderate cognitive impairments. They found that commonly used antiretroviral medications disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, crucial brain cells that manufacture myelin, the fatty material that serves to insulate neurons, helping them transmit signals in the brain fast and efficiently.

Antiretroviral therapies, or ART, have enabled people with HIV and AIDS to live much longer lives, transforming what was considered a death sentence into a chronic condition. Yet concerns for these patients remain.

A Rare Condition Unfamiliar in U.S.

November 29, 2015

Michael Rubenstein of the Perelman School of Medicine pens an article about the rare disorder, Sydenham’s chorea.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751November 30, 2015

Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Penn Research Shows

Catherine McDonald and Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers sat down with 30 teens to better understand their perceptions of driving and distractions such as cell-phone use.

What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together.

Audio: New Cancer Treatments

November 23, 2015

David Porter and Lynn Schuchter of the Perelman School of Medicine talk about new therapies used to treat different cancers.

Are Good Doctors Bad for Your Health?

November 21, 2015

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School pens an op-ed about a recent study that finds patients receive better care when senior physicians are absent from the hospitals.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 25, 2015

"Mild Traumatic Brain Injury an Oxymoron:" New Protein Biomarker Highlights Damaged Brain Wiring After Concussion, Finds Penn Study

Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often.

Former Angels Star Rod Carew Opens Up About Massive Heart Attack, Challenging Recovery

November 23, 2015

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on heart disease patients that are living with a left ventricular assist device.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

NFL Investigating Why QB Kept Playing After Concussion

November 23, 2015

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his advice about removing players from the field after suffering head trauma.

Article Source: CBS News

Doctors Debate Safety of Their White Coats

November 19, 2015

Neil Fishman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a debate regarding the safety of white coats.

Article Source: Boston Globe