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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 22, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Uncover Hints of a Novel Mechanism Behind General Anesthetic Action

Despite decades of common use for surgeries of all kinds, the precise mechanism through which general anesthesia works on the body remains a mystery. This may come as a surprise to the millions of Americans who receive inhaled general anesthesia each year.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 22, 2014

Penn Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies a New Mammalian Clock Gene

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more.

New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns

April 21, 2014

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her comments on the drug Zohydro.

Article Source: New York Times

Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

April 19, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is quoted about the miscommunication involved in learning about what the Affordable Care Act offers.

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: How Much Sleep Is Enough? Researchers Will Evaluate National Guidelines

April 18, 2014

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses sleep research and “really looking into seeing how sleep fits alongside other aspects of health like diet, exercise.”

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 21, 2014

Radiation Oncologists at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center Say Model Will Preserve Access to Technology and Propel Research

Proton therapy is in the proverbial chicken or the egg scenario.  Companies are pulling back on reimbursements to treat some cancers—notably prostate, breast and lung—because of the added expense and limited evidence to back it up.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 21, 2014

‘Botswana 2.0' Symposium to be Held April 23 at Penn

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Members of the University of Pennsylvania community are invited to attend a free symposium designed to increase awareness about Penn’s global health work in Botswana and opportunities for students to become involved in international work and research there. Free breakfast will be served starting at 8 a.m.

WHO            Tebelelo Secretse, ambassador of Botswana to the United States

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 21, 2014

Penn Study Clarifies Action of Potential New Class of Pain Relievers that May Benefit, not Hurt, the Heart

Nonsteroidal antinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block an enzyme called COX-2 relieve pain and inflammation but can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death. This has prompted a decade-plus search for safer, but still effective, alternatives to these commonly prescribed, pain-relieving drugs.

Arkansas Lab Conducts Research on Living Lungs

April 20, 2014

Reynold Panettieri of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for collaborating on studying living lungs.

Article Source: Associated Press

Video: Emanuel: I Don’t Think Census Cooking Books

April 17, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School discusses sequestration and changes to the Census Bureau’s annual survey.

Article Source: “Morning Joe,” MSNBC