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    Researchers Find Shortened Telomeres Linked to Dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    September 07, 2017

    Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have made a discovery about muscular dystrophy disorders that suggest new possibilities for treatment.

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    Art Courses Could Help Medical Students Become Better Clinical Observers

    September 06, 2017

    In an effort to explore ways to improve observational skills among medical students, researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in collaboration with educators at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, turned to the field of visual arts to examine if training in art observation, description, and interpretation could be applied to medical training.

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    Liver Cancer Patients Can Start with Lower Dose of Chemotherapy and Live Just as Long

    September 06, 2017

    Patients with the most common type of liver cancer who are taking the chemotherapy drug sorafenib can begin their treatment with a lower dose than is currently considered standard, and it will not affect how long they live when compared to patients who start on the full dose.

  • ACA Marketplace Plans Offer Fewer Mental Health Providers Compared to Primary Care Providers

    September 05, 2017

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, also known as Obamacare, aimed to achieve parity in coverage between mental health care and other forms of health care. A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that ACA plans may still fall short of that goal.

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    Penn’s Glowing Cancer Tool Illuminates Benign, but Dangerous, Brain Tumors during Pituitary Surgery

    September 05, 2017

    An experimental imaging tool that uses a targeted fluorescent dye successfully lit up the benign brain tumors of patients during removal surgery, allowing surgeons to identify tumor tissue

  • Diabetes and Heart Disease Linked by Genes, Reveals Penn-led Study

    September 05, 2017

    A large analysis of genetic data has looked into what causes type-2 diabetes, and second clarified how type-2 diabetes and coronary heart disease – the two diseases that are the leading cause of global morbidity and mortality — are linked.

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    FDA Approves Personalized Cellular Therapy for Advanced Leukemia

    August 30, 2017

    In a landmark decision for the field of cancer immunotherapy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a personalized cellular therapy developed by the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the treatment of patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is refractory or in second or later relapse.

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    Severity of Psoriasis Linked to Increased Risk of Death

    August 29, 2017

    The more the surface area of the body is covered by psoriasis, the greater the risk of death for the patient suffering from the condition, according to a new analysis by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    First Atlas of B-cell Clones in Human Body Forms New Foundation for Infectious Disease Research

    August 28, 2017
    A new “anatomic atlas” of how B cells – the immune system’s producer of antibodies – link up to form networks has been charted by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This map will be an important resource for researchers and clinicians studying infectious diseases, the microbiome, vaccine responses, and tissue-specific immunity. Their findings appear in Nature Biotechnology.
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    Penn Medicine Pharmacologist Given Founders’ Award from American Chemical Society

    August 28, 2017

    Ian A. Blair, PhD, an internationally recognized expert on applying mass spectrometry, which measures the characteristics of individual molecules, to biomedical problems and drug development, has won the 2017 Founders’ Award from the Division of Chemical Toxicology of the American Chemical Society. Blair, who has held scientific appointments on five continents, is the A.N. Richards Professor of Pharmacology and director of the Center for Cancer Pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.   

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