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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 November 29, 2010

First Blood Test to Determine Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease Developed at Penn

PHILADELPHIA –Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Udall Center for Parkinson's Research have developed the first blood-based biomarker test to predict cognitive decline in Parkinson’s disease (PD). If results can be replicated and standardized in other Parkinson patients, by other investigators, the test could be a useful tool to use in selecting patients for the development of new drugs that can slow or prevent this complication of the disease.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 29, 2010

Color-Changing “Blast Badge” Detects Exposure to Explosive Shock Waves

PHILADELPHIA - Mimicking the reflective iridescence of a butterfly's wing, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a color-changing patch that could be worn on soldiers' helmets and uniforms to indicate the strength of exposure to blasts from explosives in the field.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 23, 2010

New Technique Created at Penn Allows Researchers to Study Cell Forces in 3-D

PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have created a revolutionary new technique that will allow scientists to accurately measure the forces cells exert as they move through a three-dimensional environment.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 23, 2010

Penn Graduate School of Education Prof Named Global Education Advisory Chair at Success For Kids

PHILADELPHIA –- Marybeth Gasman, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, has been appointed chair of the global education advisory board at Success for Kids.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 22, 2010

Horse-Dragon and Colossal Iguana: Penn Grad Student, Others Identify New Beaked Herbivorous Dinosaurs

            PHILADELPHIA – Paleontologists from the University of Pennsylvania and the Utah Geological Survey have described two skeletons representing two new species of beaked herbivorous dinosaurs, known as iguanodonts, from Utah.  The new dinosaurs were preserved in rocks dating to the Early Cretaceous Epoch, ~145.5 – 99.6 million years ago.  The new specimens help illuminate the natural history of North American iguanodonts.

Bioethics Panel Finalizes Advice for Synthetic Biology

November 17, 2010

President Amy Gutmann, chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, comments on news-media terminology about synthetic biology.

Article Source: Science
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Media Contact:Joseph J. Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798 November 11, 2010

Distortions in Genetic Research News: The Rocky Road From Science Journal to the News

     PHILADELPHIA (November 11, 2010) – News stories about cancer research in the mass media often do not fairly represent the original science. The primary source of this problem seems to occur in the transmission of information from press release to final news story, although the process of turning highly technical scientific research into a press release is itself fraught with errors.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460November 7, 2010

Penn Scientists Identify New Role for Protein Molecule That Inhibits Response of Immune-System Cells

           PHILADELPHIA -– Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a new role for a protein molecule that inhibits the response of immune-system cells to inflammatory signals associated with many human diseases.           

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820November 5, 2010

Penn Center for High Impact Philanthropy Hosts Inaugural Seminar Featuring Newark Mayor

 

            PHILADELPHIA –- The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania will host its inaugural seminar, “Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Families,” on Monday, Nov. 8, featuring Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., as the keynote speaker.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659 November 2, 2010

Breast Cancer Survivors Often Rate Post-Treatment Breast Appearance Only “Fair”

SAN DIEGO -- A third of breast cancer survivors who received the breast-conserving treatments lumpectomy and radiation rate the appearance of their post-treatment breast as only “fair” or “poor” in comparison to their untreated breast, according to a new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine study that will be presented today at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego.