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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460March 13, 2014

27th Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon to be Held March 21

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Women of Color at Penn, WOCAP, will honor three current and one former member of the University community and a Philadelphia community member at the 2014 Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon.

WHO:             Women of Color at Penn

                      University of Pennsylvania

Smoking Withdrawal Changes Brain Network Connectivity, Penn Team Finds

March 12, 2014

Research led by Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine is highlighted.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 13, 2014

Penn Team Links Africans’ Ability to Digest Milk to Spread of Cattle Raising

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A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers — constituting the largest examination ever of lactase persistence in geographically diverse populations of Africans — investigated the genetic origins of this lactose tolerance and offers support to the idea that the ability to digest milk was a powerful selective force in a variety of African populations which raised cattle and consumed the animals’ fresh milk.

Babies are born with the ability to digest lactose, the sugar found in milk, but most humans lose this ability after infancy because of declining levels of the lactose-digesting enzyme lactase.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653March 12, 2014

Nicotine Withdrawal Weakens Brain Connections Tied to Self-Control Over Cigarette Cravings, Penn Study Finds

People who try to quit smoking often say that kicking the habit makes the voice inside telling them to light up even louder, but why people succumb to those cravings so often has never been fully understood.  Now, a new brain imaging study in this week’s JAMA Psychiatry from scientists in Penn Medicine and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Pro

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 12, 2014

Penn Study: Protein Key to Cell Motility Has Implications for Stopping Cancer Metastasis

“Cell movement is the basic recipe of life, and all cells have the capacity to move,” says Roberto Dominguez, PhD, professor of Physiology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Regulate E-cigarettes

March 12, 2014

Frank Leone of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authors an article about regulating e-cigarettes.

Article Source: Philly.com

Study Finds Veterans Use Opioids for Long-term Pain Management

March 10, 2014

Michael Ashburn of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests that more physician training is needed on how to properly use medication to treat pain.

Audio: Affordable Care Act Isn’t Perfect, but It’s a ‘Pretty Good Structure’

March 8, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School discusses the quality of the Affordable Care Act.

Article Source: National Public Radio
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 11, 2014

Scientists from Penn and CHOP Confirm Link Between Missing DNA and Birth Defects

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A team from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has confirmed that a genetic deletion of over a million base pairs of DNA caused cleft palate, epilepsy and other problems in a family with the heritable anomaly.

In 2010, scientists in Italy reported that a woman and her daughter showed a puzzling array of disabilities, including epilepsy and cleft palate. The mother had previously lost a 15-day-old son to respiratory failure, and the research team noted that the mother and daughter were missing a large chunk of DNA on their X chromosome.

Audio: Alzheimer’s Blood Test Raises Ethical Questions

March 9, 2014

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Knowing their risk of developing cognitive impairment is very relevant to making plans around retirement and where they live.”

Article Source: National Public Radio