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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 28, 2015

Sleepy Fruitflies Get Mellow: Sleep Deprivation Reduces Aggression, Mating Behavior in Flies, Penn Study Finds

Whether you're a human, a mouse, or even a fruitfly, losing sleep is a bad thing, leading to physiological effects and behavioral changes. One example that has been studied for many years is a link between sleep loss and aggression. But it can be difficult to distinguish sleep loss effects from stress responses, especially in rodent or human models.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658July 27, 2015

Penn Scientists Find That Flow Means "Go" for Proper Lymph System Development

The lymphatic system provides a slow flow of fluid from our organs and tissues into the bloodstream. It returns fluid and proteins that leak from blood vessels, provides passage for immune and inflammatory cells from the tissues to the blood, and hosts key niches for immune cells. How this system develops hasn’t been well understood, but now researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found from experiments in mice that the early flow of lymph fluid is a critical factor in the development of mature lymphatic vessels.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369July 23, 2015

Penn Study Finds Link between Physician Training and Brand Name Prescribing

Physicians in training are twice as likely to order a costly brand-name statin (used to lower blood cholesterol levels) when supervised by senior physicians who prefer those medications in their own practice, according to a new study led by researchers at the

How Bioethics Has Pushed America Left

July 29, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences blogs about the impact of bioethics on America.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Video: World’s First Pediatric Double-hand Transplant Performed in Phila.

July 29, 2015

L. Scott Levin of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses leading a team of surgeons to perform the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

We May Have Been Wrong About How African Pygmies Grow

July 28, 2015

Sarah Tishkoff of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted about there being very few studies of Baka, African Pygmies.

Article Source: National Geographic

A Professor Just Gave Us a Brutally Honest Assessment of Killer Robots

July 28, 2015

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts & Sciences comments on autonomous weapons.

Article Source: Attn.com

Praluent Looks Cheap to Those With Extreme Cholesterol

July 27, 2015

Daniel Soffer of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the costs of cholesterol-lowering drug Praluent.

Article Source: New York Times

A Slight Itching, Then the Rashes

July 26, 2015

Bruce Brod of the Perelman School of Medicine urges people not to fear contagion when others have a poison ivy rash.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Video: Vitamin D for Pancreatic Cancer

July 24, 2015

Jeffrey Drebin and Peter O’Dwyer of the Perelman School of Medicine talk about adding vitamin D to the treatment regimen for some pancreatic cancer patients.

Article Source: KFSN-TV (Fresno)