Latest University of Pennsylvania School Stories

2010-02-03 08:25:56

For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that three different degenerative brain disorders are linked by a toxic form of the same protein. The protein, called Elk-1, was found in clumps of misshaped proteins that are the hallmarks of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and Huntington's disease. "These results suggest a molecular link between the presence of inclusions and neuronal loss that is shared across a spectrum of...

2010-02-01 19:34:53

Longer use of nicotine patch improves abstinence from cigarettes, helps smokers quit again after relapse New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may help more smokers keep their New Year's resolution by helping them quit smoking. Extended use of a nicotine patch "“ 24 weeks versus the standard eight weeks recommended by manufacturers "“ boosts the number of smokers who maintain their cigarette abstinence and helps more of those who backslide into the...

2010-01-27 13:21:57

Scientists have long pondered the seeming contradiction that taking broad-spectrum antibiotics over a long period of time can lead to severe secondary bacterial infections. Now researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine may have figured out why. The investigators show that "good" bacteria in the gut keep the immune system primed to more effectively fight infection from invading pathogenic bacteria. Altering the intricate dynamic between resident and foreign bacteria...

2010-01-04 10:49:55

Minimally Invasive Procedure Shortens Recovery, Improves Outcomes A minimally invasive surgical approach developed by head and neck surgeons at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The da Vinci Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Sunnyvale, California) has been cleared for TransOral otolaryngologic surgical procedures to treat benign tumors and select malignant tumors in adults. Drs. Gregory S. Weinstein and...

2009-12-11 09:08:24

Provides Insights into the Second-Most Common Type of Cancer Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have developed a new model of skin cancer based on the knowledge that a common cancer-related molecule called Src kinase is activated in human skin-cancer samples. "Our previous work demonstrated that Src kinases are activated in human squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. We modeled these observations by increasing the expression of the gene Fyn, a member of Src family...

2009-11-17 09:20:09

Thiocyanate Reduces Damage by Inflammatory Molecules in Lung, Nerve, Pancreas, and Vessel-Lining Cells Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in such vegetables as broccoli and cauliflower protects cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body's inflammatory response to infection and injury.  The finding has implications for such inflammation-based disorders as cystic fibrosis (CF), diabetes, heart...

2009-11-13 08:01:48

Mutation Causing "Leaky" Protein Production Leads to Extra Bone Growth An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, is taking the first step in developing a treatment for a rare genetic disorder called fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), in which the body's skeletal muscles and soft connective tissue turns to bone, immobilizing patients over a lifetime with a second skeleton. Reporting in the November issue of the...

2009-11-09 07:01:00

Increase in adverse outcomes coincides with expanded Medicare coverage of procedure Among eligible Medicare beneficiaries, increased use of carotid arterial stenting (CAS) procedures to treat carotid stenosis"”the narrowing of the carotid artery"”is associated with higher rates of mortality and adverse clinical outcomes, including heart attack and stroke, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Published in the November 2009 issue of the...

2009-11-05 07:47:56

Animal Study Findings Could Point to More Precise Treatments for Atrial Fibrillation While studying how the heart is formed, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine serendipitously found a novel cellular source of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common type of abnormal heart beat. Jonathan Epstein, MD, William Wikoff Smith Professor, and Chair, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and Vickas Patel,   MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, ...

2009-11-04 08:55:34

Results Point to New Ways to Measure "“ and Improve "“ Quality of Life Among Survivors In addition to building muscle, weightlifting is also a prescription for self-esteem among breast cancer survivors, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research. Breast cancer survivors who lift weights regularly feel better about bodies and their appearance and are more satisfied with their intimate relationships compared with survivors who do not lift weights,...

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