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Following are highlights from recent stories about Temple University School of Medicine in the media. Links were active when these stories were compiled but can change over time. Some media outlets require paid subscriptions.
June 22-26, 2013, Ivahoe, National Post (Canada), Nature World News, more. Temple researchers have found that the stress hormone corticosteroid is linked with Alzheimer’s disease in mice. “When levels of corticosteroid are too high for too long, they can damage or cause the death of neuronal cells, which are very important for learning and memory,” said Domenico Praticò of Temple’s School of Medicine. “This was surprising. We didn't see any significant memory impairment, but the pathology for memory and learning impairment was definitely visible…We believe we have identified the earliest type of damage that precedes memory deficit in Alzheimer’s patients.”
June 21, 2013, Associated Press. President Obama has championed two sweeping policy changes: affordable healthcare for all and a path to citizenship for immigrants. But many immigrants will have to wait more than a decade to qualify for healthcare benefits. "All health research shows that the older you get, the sicker you become, so these people will be sicker and will be more expensive on the system," said Matthew O'Brien, who runs a health clinic for immigrants in Philadelphia and researches health trends at Temple.
June 21, 2013, KYW News Radio. Keeping tabs on an athlete’s health on the field is getting a technological boost: two devices that monitor for signs of serious head injury are due out over the next few months. “Brain is a soft tissue, kind of like tapioca pudding inside a bowl, and the bowl is the skull,” said Ausim Azizi, Professor of Neurology at Temple. “Anything that monitors the acceleration-deceleration or impact to the head is good. It’s a partial solution for parents, coaches and the athletes themselves.”
May 28, 2013, KYW News Radio. Daniel Eun, director of robotic urologic oncology and reconstruction at Temple University Hospital, says doctors can and sometimes do operate — even remove kidneys — through the belly button, making the scar almost invisible. It’s not always the best option, he notes, as the size of the incision makes the procedure more difficult, and it’s not recommended for all cases, including when there’s cancer. But if the organ is healthy and being donated, removing it through the belly button could work well and keep the abdomen scar-free.
May 2, 2013, Huffington Post, MSNBC. As agencies begin to implement budget cuts due to sequestration, alarm is arising within the research and development community. At Temple, a group of researchers under the leadership of Steven Houser studying heart repair has learned that their funding will be cut by 10 percent. It couldn’t come at a worse time. "We have the best tools that we've ever had to make rapid progress towards developing novel therapies," said Houser, a professor at the School of Medicine.
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