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- Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes
25 Nov 2014
New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes.
- Invitation to Cover: Providing a Place to Give Thanks
21 Nov 2014
Since 1994, the Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center of Pennsylvania Hospital has hosted a Thanksgiving meal. This free event is open to members of the surrounding community, the homeless, and members of the community the Center serves: outpatients living with mental illness or developmental disabilities and their family and friends.
- Penn's Aaron T. Beck, MD, Receives Honorary Degree from Australia's La Trobe University
21 Nov 2014
Aaron T. Beck, MD, emeritus professor in the department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of Penn's Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center, was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Honoris Causa) by La Trobe University in Australia.
- Penn Researchers Unwind the Mysteries of the Cellular Clock
20 Nov 2014
In the current issue of the journal Cell, Mitchell Lazar, MD PhD, the Sylvan Eisman Professor of Medicine and director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism and his team report the results of a genome-wide survey of circadian genes and genetic regulatory elements called enhancers. These are key parts of the "dark matter" of the genome; rather than encoding proteins, they control the expression of genes.
- Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease
17 Nov 2014
The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug. A new study from Penn Medicine researchers in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics demonstrated that bed bugs, like the triatomines, can transmit Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas disease, one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas.
- Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds
17 Nov 2014
Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S. health expenditures, according to a new study from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine, The Wharton School and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
- Penn Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillators in End-of-Life Scenarios
17 Nov 2014
A new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented today at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, investigated patient perspectives on deactivation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators at the end of life, especially related to decisions to deactivate devices against patient or family wishes.
- No Racial Disparities Observed in Development of Atrial Fibrillation Among Heart Failure Patients, According to Penn Medicine Study
17 Nov 2014
Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented today at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.
- Penn Medicine and March of Dimes Launch New $10 Million Prematurity Research Center
17 Nov 2014
In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation today announce the establishment of a new Prematurity Research Center.
- New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest
16 Nov 2014
Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, which was presented today at the American Heart Association's Resuscitation Science Symposium 2014.
- Media Toolkit: Penn Medicine at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association
14 Nov 2014
Experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be moderating panels, serving as discussants and presenting research findings on the latest advances in cardiovascular medicine, science and education at the 2014 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in Chicago November 15-19, 2014.
- Penn Medicine Study Finds Increased Risk of Cardiac Events in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis
13 Nov 2014
Those experiencing psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and cardiovascular death, according to a multi-institutional study led by Penn Medicine researchers published online last month in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
- Penn Medicine Researchers Receive Funding from CDC to Advance Brain Health
13 Nov 2014
Researchers affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania's newly-created Prevention Research Center (PRC), have received two grants totaling over $860,000 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Special Interest Project (SIP) to advance the CDC's Healthy Brain Initiative.
- Growth of Digital Pharmaceutical Marketing Tactics Targeting Physicians Requires New Industry Standards, According to Penn Researchers
12 Nov 2014
A new perspective piece in The New England Journal of Medicine, written by health policy researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, describes various digital marketing tactics targeting physicians, outlines concerns about their influence over physician decisions, and makes recommendations about how to adapt policies to keep up with the changing nature of pharmaceutical marketing.
- Penn Medicine Physician Given AAMC National Award for Teaching
11 Nov 2014
Emma Meagher, MD, associate professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual meeting in Chicago this week.
- Classification of Gene Mutations in a Children's Cancer May Point to Improved Treatments
10 Nov 2014
Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs called ALK inhibitors that target such mutations.
- Penn Medicine Study: Olaparib Shows Success in Tumor Response Rate for Patients with BRCA-Related Cancers
6 Nov 2014
Olaparib, an experimental twice-daily oral cancer drug, produces an overall tumor response rate of 26 percent in several advanced cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, according to new research co-led by the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
- Invitation to Cover: Penn Medicine Teaches Lifesaving Hands-Only CPR at 2014 Philly Heart Walk
6 Nov 2014
A team of physicians, researchers and staff from the Center for Resuscitation Science in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will be onsite at the 2014 Philadelphia Heart Walk on Saturday, November 8th, to teach people how to perform hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.
- Readmission Rates Above Average for Survivors of Septic Shock, Penn Study Finds
5 Nov 2014
Penn Medicine researchers have now shown that while most patients now survive a hospital stay for septic shock, 23 percent will return to the hospital within 30 days, many with another life-threatening condition -- a rate substantially higher than the normal readmission rate at a large academic medical center.
- Medicare May Need to Expand Options for Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling in Primary Care Settings, According to Penn Research Review
4 Nov 2014
An important addition to the “eat less, move more” strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to achieve these goals. But research on how primary care practitioners can best provide behavioral weight loss counseling to obese patients in their practices — as encouraged by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — remains slim, according to a systematic review of this topic published today in JAMA.
- Penn Medicine Studies Show New Evidence that Exercise Therapy, Acupuncture Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors
3 Nov 2014
Two new studies from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer hope for breast cancer survivors struggling with cancer-related pain and swelling, and point to ways to enhance muscular strength and body image.
- Penn Medicine Signs Contract to Provide EMS Services to Haverford Township
1 Nov 2014
Officials from Penn Medicine and Haverford Township today put into action a contract making Penn Medicine the sole provider of ambulance and emergency medical services (EMS) for the township.
- Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction
30 Oct 2014
A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction.
- First Atlas of Body Clock Gene Expression Informs Timing of Drug Delivery
27 Oct 2014
A new effort mapping 24-hr patterns of expression for thousands of genes in 12 different mouse organs – five years in the making – provides important clues about how the role of timing may influence the way drugs work in the body.