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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 July 1, 2015

Penn Team Identifies Gene Responsible for Some Cases of Male Infertility

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Oftentimes men with a type of infertility called azoospermia don’t know the underlying cause of their condition. But new research led by University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that mutations in an X chromosome gene called TEX11 are responsible for a significant number of cases of infertility — an estimated 1 percent of cases of non-obstructive azoospermia.

In the most severe form of male infertility, men do not make any measurable levels of sperm. This condition, called azoospermia, affects approximately 1 percent of the male population and is responsible for about a sixth of cases of male infertility.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

Penn Research Helps Show That Attention, Imagination Equally Important for Creativity

The role that attention plays in generating new and useful ideas is controversial among neuroscientists. Some neuroimaging studies have shown that creativity involves more cognitive control, or focused attention. Other studies have shown it involves less.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 1, 2015

New Penn Center Will Investigate the Physics of Cancer Via $10M NIH Grant

Investigators at a new University of Pennsylvania research center will focus on key physical principles that underpin cancer’s development and growth.

Building a Better Valve

June 20, 2015

Howard Herrmann of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on patients treated with a transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Article Source: New York Times

Couple’s Virology Research at Penn Was Pioneering

June 21, 2015

Gertrude and Werner Henle, husband-and-wife virologists of the Perelman School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, are featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194 June 22, 2015

In Social Networks, Group Boundaries Promote the Spread of Ideas, Penn Study Finds

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In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania’s Damon Centola shows how social networks form and what that means for the ideas that will spread across them.

Social networks affect every aspect of our lives, from the jobs we get and the technologies we adopt to the partners we choose and the healthiness of our lifestyles. But where do they come from? 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964June 18, 2015

Penn Medicine Study Finds Participation in Research Studies Not Detrimental to Preterm Infants

Premature babies who are enrolled in clinical trials for therapies to treat and prevent complications from preterm birth are no more likely to die or experience poor outcomes than babies who are not trial participants, according to a retrospective analysis of more than 5,000 babies born before 29 weeks of gestation.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658June 18, 2015

Protein "Comet Tails" Propel Cell Recycling Process, Penn Study Finds

Several well-known neurodegenerative diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's disease, all result in part from a defect in autophagy – one way a cell removes and recycles misfolded proteins and pathogens.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 17, 2015

Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED v

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369June 17, 2015

Young Adults Find Health Insurance Enrollment on HealthCare.gov Challenging, According to Penn Study

When trying to enroll in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov during the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) health insurance marketplaces, young adults were confused by unfamiliar health insurance terms, concerned about the affordability of plan options, and unsure how to seek good primary care.