“Alarming” Diabetes Epidemic in Guatemala Tied to Aging, Not ObesityAugust 13, 2018
Indigenous populations, including those living in Guatemala, are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes compared to their urban counterparts and those living in developed nations. However, a lack of data has prevented researchers from corroborating this pattern in the Central American country.
Penn’s Jonathan Moreno Receives Bioethics Lifetime Achievement AwardAugust 9, 2018
Describing him as “one of the world’s foremost experts in bioethics and politics and bioethics in national security,” the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities has awarded Penn Medicine bioethicist Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Drugs in Development for Cancer May Also Fight Brain Diseases, including ALSAugust 9, 2018
A class of cancer drugs called PARP inhibitors could be useful for treating and preventing brain disorders, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, and some forms of frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), by halting the misplacement of specific proteins that affect nerve cells, according to a study published in Molecular Cell by researchers in the the School of Arts and Sciences and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Cancer Cells Send Out “Drones” to Battle Immune System from AfarAugust 8, 2018
The research offers a paradigm-shifting picture of how cancers take a systemic approach to suppressing the immune system. In addition, it also points to a new way to predict which cancer patients will respond to anti-PD1 therapy that disrupts immune suppression to fight tumors and a means of tracking the effectiveness of such therapies.
Annual White Coat Ceremony Marks Start of Medical School for Perelman School of Medicine StudentsAugust 8, 2018
On Friday, 152 first-year medical school students will begin their education at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania by receiving white coats during its annual White Coat Ceremony. As part of this annual rite of passage, students will be individually garbed in white clinicians’ coats – a vivid symbol of the medical profession – and will receive a stethoscope in the presence of family, friends, and faculty.