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Perelman School of Medicine Student Named Pisacano Scholar

27 Aug 2014 – Nicholas Kenji Taylor, a fourth year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named a 2014 Pisacano Scholar by the Pisacano Leadership Foundation, Inc., of the American Board of Family Medicine. Read more

Drug for Rare Blood Disorder Developed at Penn Receives Orphan Drug Status from European Union

26 Aug 2014 – A Penn Medicine-developed drug has received orphan status in Europe this week for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare, life-threatening disease that causes anemia due to destruction of red blood cells and thrombosis. Read more

Attacking a Rare Disease at its Source With Gene Therapy

26 Aug 2014 – Using an animal model, a team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has proven the efficacy of a more elegant way to restore IDUA levels in the body through direct gene transfer. Read more

Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

26 Aug 2014 – A new multi-institutional study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine and led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, examined the rate of deaths caused by opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2010. Results reveal that on average, the 13 states allowing the... Read more

Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

22 Aug 2014 – A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased. Read more

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