(PHILADELPHIA) – Penn Presbyterian
Medical Center is a proud sponsor of the third annual
Pennsylvania “Sjögren's Walkabout,” which aims
to increase awareness of the syndrome while raising funds for
the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation’s research
and education programs.
Sjögren's (“SHOW-grins”) syndrome is a devastating
disease, affecting mostly women, in which the body’s immune
system attacks the moisture-producing glands. Along with
symptoms of dryness of the eyes, mouth and other body parts, it
can affect any body organ or system, causing severe joint pain
and failure of major organs such as the lungs and kidneys. It
is the second leading autoimmune rheumatic disease, striking as
many as four million Americans.
“Since the symptoms of Sjögren's syndrome are often
misdiagnosed as other conditions, the average time from onset of
symptoms to diagnosis is over six years,” said Frederick
Vivino, MD, Director of the Penn
Syndrome Center, located at Penn Presbyterian. “It is critical
that we raise awareness about this devastating syndrome,” added
Vivino, who is also Chief of the Division
of Rheumatology at Penn Presbyterian.
Tyler State Park
101 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940-1151
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The Walk Steps off at 10:30
For additional information, contact Sheriese
DeFruscio at (518) 469-4984.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News
& World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented
medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students,
the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior
education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists
and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals,
all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's
first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice
plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite
facilities; and home care and hospice.