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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183 March 28, 2011

Deciphering Hidden Code Reveals Brain Activity

By combining sophisticated mathematical techniques more commonly used by spies instead of scientists with the power and versatility of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a Penn neurologist has developed a new approach for studying the inner workings of the brain. A hidden pattern is encoded in the seemingly random order of things presented to a human subject, which the brain reveals when observed with fMRI. The research is published in the journal NeuroImage.

Personal Health: Weeknight, Weekend? Better Off in Trauma Center Than ER

March 28, 2011

Trauma-center research led by Brendan Carr of the School of Medicine is highlighted.

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Melanoma Drug: Treatment Prolongs Skin Cancer Patients’ Lives

March 26, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on a drug treatment that was shown to extend skin-cancer patients’ lives.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Video: Cosmetic Procedures Gaining Popularity Among Men?

March 24, 2011

Oren Friedman of the School of Medicine is interviewed about why several men are opting for cosmetic surgery.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)

Video: Perfume Fraud?

March 24, 2011

Richard Doty of the School of Medicine discusses perfume companies using captivating marketing tactics but says science doesn’t support claims of using pheromones to attract mates.

Article Source: WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)

Penn Study Leads to New Idea in Treating Pancreatic Cancer

March 25, 2011

Robert Vonderheide of the School of Medicine leads a study on treating pancreatic cancer.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | | 215-349-5659 March 24, 2011

Penn Researchers Uncover Novel Immune Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center have discovered a novel way of treating pancreatic cancer by activating the immune system to destroy the cancer’s scaffolding. The strategy was tested in a small cohort of patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, several of whose tumors shrank substantially. The team believes their findings – and the novel way in which they uncovered them -- could lead to quicker, less expensive cancer drug development.

Video: Can Head Trauma Alter Sense of Smell?

March 22, 2011

Richard Doty of the School of Medicine explains how head trauma can affect a person’s sense of smell and taste.

Article Source: ABC News

Bipolar? How Psychotherapy Can Help

March 23, 2011

Michael Thase of the School of Medicine comments on using psychotherapy to cope with bipolar disorder.

Article Source: Huffington Post

FDA Halts Imports of Dairy, Produce from Japan

March 22, 2011

Andrew Maidment of the School of Medicine discusses the harmful effects of radiation on produce.

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