Weightlifting Professor Attests to Health Benefits

August 2, 2010

Kathryn Schmitz of the School of Medicine discusses the benefits of resistance training.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 1, 2010

Mechanical Regulation Effects Stem Cell Development, Adhesion

PHILADELPHIA –- Bioengineers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a system to control the flexibility of the substrate surfaces on which cells are grown without changing the surface properties, providing a technique for more controlled lab experiments on cellular mechanobiology, an important step in the scientific effort to understand how cells sense and respond to mechanical forces in their environment.

Hospital Denies Suspected Killer Got New Liver

July 30, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine comments on a liver-transplant operation performed on an alleged killer.

Article Source: Reuters

Computer With Patient Data Stolen From Jefferson

July 30, 2010

Ross Koppel of the School of Medicine comments on digital medical data.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

More Foods Hinder Than Help Sleep

July 29, 2010

Michael Grandner of the School of Medicine discusses his research on how food affects sleep.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 29, 2010

Calcium Connections: Penn Researchers Discover Basic Pathway for Maintaining Cell’s Fuel Stores

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have described a previously unknown biological mechanism in cells that prevents them from cannibalizing themselves for fuel. The mechanism involves the fuel used by cells under normal conditions and relies on an ongoing transfer of calcium between two cell components via an ion channel. Without this transfer, cells start consuming themselves as a way of to get enough energy.

Patients, Hospitals Wrestle Over Tumor Tissue

July 29, 2010

Arthur Caplan, George Coukos and Michael Feldman of the School of Medicine discuss issues surrounding the use of live cells for research.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

"Seek, Test, Treat and Retain" to Stem HIV Among Drug Users

July 28, 2010

Charles O'Brien of the School of Medicine discusses the benefit of HIV treatment among drug users.

Article Source: Reuters

Healthcare Debate: Dental Care Lacking for Millions

July 26, 2010

Ann Slaughter of the School of Dental Medicine discusses dental health.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Personalized Gene Tests Are Bogus? Of Course They Are

July 23, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine authors a piece on genetic testing.

Article Source: MSNBC