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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 17, 2014

University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania senior Sonya Davey has been awarded a 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369February 17, 2014

Sweet Taste Receptors Are Primary Sentinels in Defense against Bacterial Infections in the Upper Airway, Penn Medicine Study Finds

The body uses mucus as a protective barrier to defend against pathogens, toxins, and allergens in the upper respiratory tract that can lead to such conditions as chronic sinusitis. Aiding in this defense are antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), a diverse group of small proteins found in mucus that kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Kids With ADHD Can Train Their Brains, Study Finds

February 17, 2014

Anthony Rostain of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study of ADHD treatment for children.

Article Source: NBC News

Start-up Opens Digital Door for Students With Autism

February 16, 2014

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on a start-up company, Autism Expressed.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151February 18, 2014

John Legend to Speak at Penn’s 258th Commencement

John Legend, a nine-time Grammy Award-winning soul artist, philanthropist and Penn alumnus will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania’s Commencement on Monday, May 19, Leslie Laird Kruhly, Vice President and University Secretary announced.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660February 14, 2014

Penn Study Finds Topiramate Reduces Heavy Drinking Among Patients Seeking to Cut Down on Alcohol Consumption

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Researchers at Pereleman School of Penn Medicine have shown that topiramate can be helpful in treating problem drinkers whose aim is to curb their alcohol consumption – particularly among a specific group of patients whose genetic makeup appears to be linked to the efficacy of the therapy.

Heavy drinking is common in the United States and takes a personal and societal toll, with an annual estimated cost of $223.5 billion due to losses in workplace productivity, health care and criminal justice expenses.

Winter in the Antarctic Shows What It Will Take to Live on Mars

February 14, 2014

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the psychological effects of a trip to Mars.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653February 14, 2014

Mental Health Patients up to Four Times More Likely to Be Infected with HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

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People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new study published Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Public Health from researchers at Penn Medicine and other institutions who tested over 1,000 patients in care in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new study published Feb.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183February 11, 2014

Teledermatology App System Offers Efficiencies and Can Reliably Prioritize Inpatient Consults

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A new Penn Medicine study shows that remote consultations from dermatologists using a secure smart phone app are reliable at prioritizing care for hospitalized patients with skin conditions.

A new Penn Medicine study shows that remote consultations from dermatologists using a secure smart phone app are reliable at prioritizing care for hospitalized patients with skin conditions.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660February 12, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Suggests "Growth Charts" for Cognitive Development May Lead to Earlier Diagnosis and Treatment for Children with Risk for Psychosis

Penn Medicine researchers have developed a better way to assess and diagnose psychosis in young children.  By “growth charting” cognitive development alongside the presentation of psychotic symptoms, they have demonstrated that the most significant lags in cognitive development correlate with the most severe cases of psychosis.