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Medicaid and Uninsured Patients Obtain New Patient Appointments Most Easily at Federally Qualified Health Centers, Penn "Secret Shopper" Study Reveals

30 Sep 2014 – Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) granted new patient appointments to Medicaid beneficiaries and uninsured patients at higher rates than other primary care practices (non-FQHCs), in addition to charging less for visits, according to results of a new 10-state University of Pennsylvania study... Read more

Penn Accredited as One of Six National Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers

30 Sep 2014 – Penn Medicine is now home to one of the first fully accredited Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCCs) in the country, with its Pulmonary Hypertension/Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Read more

Gene Therapy Targeting Liver Corrects Cardiovascular Symptoms in Animal Model of Rare Enzyme Deficiency Disease

29 Sep 2014 – In the second of two papers outlining new gene-therapy approaches to treat a rare disease called MPS I, researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania examined systemic delivery of a vector to replace the enzyme IDUA, which is deficient in patients with this disorder. Read more

Invite to Cover: Environmental Health and Environmental Justice in Pennsylvania: Where Do We Go From Here?

29 Sep 2014 – A group of researchers and environmental advocacy groups will come together to discuss environmental health issues dealing with air and water quality, cumulative exposures, and fuel transportation safety during an environmental justice conference held at the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Read more

Penn Researchers Explain How Ends of Chromosomes are Maintained for Cancer Cell Immortality

25 Sep 2014 – Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, is a requisite feature of cells that are able to continuously divide and also a hallmark of human cancer. "Telomeres are much like the plastic cap on the ends of shoelaces -- they keep the ends of DNA from fraying," says Roger Greenberg, MD,... Read more

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