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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658February 4, 2014

New Sleep Gene, Redeye, Discovered in Fruitflies Promotes the Need to Sleep, According to Penn Study

All creatures great and small, including fruitflies, need sleep. Researchers have surmised that sleep – in any species -- is necessary for repairing proteins, consolidating memories, and removing wastes from cells. But, really, sleep is still a great mystery.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 30, 2014

Penn Medicine: Regulatory Protein Serves as a Natural Boost for Immune System's Fight Against Infection, Tumors

Substances called adjuvants that enhance the body’s immune response are critical to getting the most out of vaccines. These boosters stimulate the regular production of antibodies -- caused by foreign substances in the body -- toxins, bacteria, foreign blood cells, and the cells of transplanted organs.

Repealing Health Care Law Would Mean Higher Costs

February 1, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School says repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be “cataclysmic.”

Article Source: USA Today

Newer Football Helmets Could Slash Concussion Risks, Study Suggests

January 31, 2014

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a study about newer football helmets that could decrease concussion risk.

Article Source: NBC News

One Third of Women Have Hot Flashes for 10 Years After Menopause

January 31, 2014

Ellen Freeman of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the importance of individualized treatments for women with menopause.

Article Source: Business Standard
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964January 30, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Finds More than A Third of Women Have Hot Flashes 10 Years after Menopause

A team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that moderate to severe hot flashes continue, on average, for nearly 5 years after menopause, and more than a third of women experience moderate/severe hot flashes for 10 years or more after menopause.

Baldness Cure May Have Inched a Bit Closer

January 29, 2014

Xiaowei Xu of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “This is the first time anyone has made scalable amounts of epithelial stem cells that are capable of generating the epithelial component of hair follicles.”

Article Source: HealthDay News

Fossils of Neanderthal DNA Clump in Human Genome

January 29, 2014

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences comments on Neanderthal DNA.

Article Source: Associated Press

New Concern About Testosterone and Heart Risks

January 29, 2014

Peter Snyder of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses researching testosterone treatment.

Article Source: New York Times

Scientists Make a New Type of Stem Cell, Using a Little Acid

January 29, 2014

John Gearhart of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his comments on a Japanese study in which scientists have made a new type of stem cell using acid.

Article Source: NBC News