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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 24, 2014

Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed in Penn Study

Actin is the most abundant protein in the body, and when you look more closely at its fundamental role in life, it’s easy to see why. It is the basis of most movement in the body, and all cells and components within them have the capacity to move: muscle contracting, heart beating, blood clotting, and nerve cells communicating, among many other functions.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653July 24, 2014

Link Between Ritual Circumcision Procedure and Herpes Infection in Infants Examined by Penn Medicine Analysis

A rare procedure occasionally performed during Jewish circumcisions that involves direct oral suction is a likely source of  herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) transmissions documented in infants between 1988 and 2012, a literature review conducted by Penn

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 24, 2014

Penn Study: Incisionless Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery Associated with Shorter Hospital Stays

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.

Temple Scientists Edit Out HIV From Cultured Cells

July 23, 2014

Paul Bates of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on the results of an HIV research project.

For Rats, a Break from Stress Isn’t Worth the Relief

July 22, 2014

Seema Bhatnagar of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about habituation to a tough situation as a coping mechanism.

Article Source: Science News

Why Seven Hours of Sleep Might Be Better Than Eight

July 21, 2014

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how repeatedly getting 30 minutes less than the minimum sleep recommendation of seven hours can slow cognitive speed.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Can You Really Afford a New Child?

July 20, 2014

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on budgeting for child-care costs for children with autism.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

As We Age, Declining Sense of Smell Affects Appetites

July 20, 2014

Richard Doty of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research about the sense of smell and age.

Article Source: Philly.com

Check Up: Study Questions Drink-a-Day Reduction of Heart Risk

July 20, 2014

Michael Holmes of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If you reduce your alcohol intake, your risk of heart disease is lower.”

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Mixing Energy Drinks and Alcohol Can ‘Prime’ You for a Binge

July 17, 2014

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the risks associated with combining alcohol and energy drinks.

Article Source: Today.com