Perelman School of Medicine

Women Are Saving Money Thanks to Expanded Birth Control Coverage

July 8, 2015

Doctoral candidate Nora Becker of the Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School is quoted about studying the money spent on birth control by American women.

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 8, 2015

Disrupting Cells’ ‘Powerhouses’ Can Lead to Tumor Growth, Penn Study Finds

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A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers implicates defects in mitochondria, the energy-production centers of cells, as playing a key role in the transition from normal to cancerous.

Cancer cells defy the rules by which normal cells abide. They can divide without cease, invade distant tissues and consume glucose at abnormal rates.

Bala Cynwyd Woman to Be Honored at White House

July 7, 2015

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for being honored as one of nine “Champions of Change” by the White House.

Article Source: Philly.com

Finding Which Doctors Are in Obamacare Networks Is Difficult

July 7, 2015

Daniel Polsky of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School and Janet Weiner of Medicine are highlighted for studying how many doctors were in the health-insurance networks available to customers receiving health-care via the Affordable Care Act.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Nabs NIH Grant to Study How Twitter Affects Heart Health

July 6, 2015

David Asch and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about researching the connection between Twitter and heart health.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 6, 2015

Penn Study Suggests Future Precision Medicine Approach to Treating Metabolic Syndrome, Related Disorders

In the first study of its kind, Penn researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 6, 2015

Penn Researchers Answer Question about Nematode Behavior: Nature, Nurture, or Physics?

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Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

By Sarah Welsh

Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 6, 2015

Blacklegged Tick Populations Have Expanded Via Migration, Penn Biologists Show

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In a new study, biologists from the University of Pennsylvania found that blacklegged ticks moved into new areas of the Northeast from established populations, mainly through short-distance, local moves. The results shed light on patterns of disease spread and could have implications for strategies to control ticks in order to reduce disease.

Lyme disease cases are on the rise, with diagnoses occurring in areas that were historically Lyme-free. Scientists attribute the spread to the fact that populations of blacklegged ticks, which carry the bacteria that causes the disease, now flourish in areas once thought to be devoid of ticks.

The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten

July 4, 2015

Sarah A. Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the current popularity of gluten-free diets.

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked the Car

July 1, 2015

Michael Kahana of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about how quickly memories can be formed.