Our Predatory T Cells

May 31, 2012

Andrea Liu of the School of Arts and Sciences blogs about her collaborative research with Christopher Hunter, Tajie Harris and David Christian of the School of Veterinary Medicine about T cells that hunt parasites.

Article Source: The Huffington Post

Video: Promising New Epilepsy Research

May 31, 2012

Charles Vite of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on epilepsy research.

Article Source: 6ABC
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 31, 2012

Penn Researchers Call for Obesity Prevention Efforts to Focus on Community-Wide Systems

National data show that currently more than 10 percent of preschoolers in the United States are obese, and an additional 10 percent are overweight. In a recently published article, a researcher from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in collaboration with peers and colleagues from across the nation, says that effective strategies to target pregnancy, infancy, and toddlers are urgently needed to stop the progression of childhood obesity.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369May 29, 2012

Penn: Photodynamic Therapy Added to Lung-Sparing Surgery Improves Survival for Mesothelioma Patients

Among patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma, treatment with lung-sparing surgery in combination with photodynamic therapy (PDT) yielded unusually long survival rates, with median survival rates up to two or more years longer than is reported with traditional treatments, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The research is published in the latest issue of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659May 30, 2012

Penn Medicine Researchers Study Prescription-Drug Monitoring Programs

Individual use of prescription opioids has increased four-fold since the mid-1990s, in part due to increased awareness of pain control for chronic conditions such as low back pain and fibromyalgia and a Joint Commission mandate that hospitals assess patients' pain as a "vital sign" along with their blood pressure and temperature. During the same timeframe, however, the number of people using these drugs recreationally, becoming addicted to them, and dying of overdoses has also shot up.

Video: Microscopic Video Reveals T Cells ‘Hunting’ Parasites Like Tiny Sharks

May 30, 2012

Christopher Hunter and Tajie Harris of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Andrea Liu and Edward Banigan of the School of Arts and Sciences are cited for their research about T cells that hunt parasites.

Article Source: The Atlantic

T Cells Hunt Like Sharks in Human Body

A cross-disciplinary research team at Penn has arrived at a surprising finding: T cells, which comprise a key part of the immune system, track down parasites using a movement strategy similar to those used by predators such as sharks, monkeys, and blue-fin tuna to hunt prey.

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Penn Computer Model Simulates Blood Clotting and Treatment

May 29, 2012

Scott Diamond of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on technological advancements in examining blood clots.

Article Source: Philly.com

Are Accurate Health Messages Getting Through?

May 29, 2012

Susan Mello and Dina Shapiro of the Annenberg School for Communication discuss their research on media and healthcare.

Article Source: Newsworks

White Horses and Other Beautiful Mutants

May 28, 2012

Joshua Akey and Hannah Galantino-Homer of the School of Veterinary Medicine comment on gene mutation in animals.

Article Source: Philly.com