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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 7, 2015

Emergency Department Counseling Program Fails to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence or Heavy Drinking Among At-Risk Women, Penn Medicine Study Finds

A large randomized clinical trial of an emergency department (ED)-based program aimed at reducing incidents of excessive drinking and partner violence in women did not result in significant improvements in either risk factor, according to a new study from researchers at the 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 6, 2015

Topical Gel Proves Safe, Effective Treatment for Patients with Skin T Cell Lymphoma, Penn Study Finds

esults of a phase one trial show that an investigational topical drug, resiquimod gel, causes regression of both treated and untreated tumor lesions and may completely remove cancerous cells from both sites in patients with early stage cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) – a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma th

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 6, 2015

Penn Scientists Identify Key Genetic Factor That Keeps Moles From Turning Into Melanoma

Moles are benign tumors found on the skin of almost every adult. Scientists have known for years that a mutation in the BRAF gene makes them start growing, but until now haven’t understood why they stop.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 5, 2015

Penn Study Details Powerful Molecular Promoter of Colon Cancers

Cancer researchers already know of some oncogenes and other factors that promote the development of colon cancers, but they don’t yet have the full picture of how these cancers originate and spread.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937August 3, 2015

Penn Study Shows Chronic Insomnia Sufferers May Find Relief with Half of Standard Sleeping Pill Dosing Regimen

The roughly nine million Americans who rely on prescription sleeping pills to treat chronic insomnia may be able to get relief from as little as half of the drugs, and may even be helped by taking placebos in the treatment plan, according to new research published today in the journal 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 3, 2015

It’s All Connected: Daily Changes in Mouse Gut Bacteria Abundance and Type Moves with Internal Clock and Gender

By now, the old saw, “You are what you eat,” has been well-used in describing the microbiome.

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386August 17, 2015

Paper Finds University R&D to Affect Neighborhood Spatial Development

A new white paper just released by the Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) finds that university-based research and development (R&D) affects the spatial development of universities, as well as their surrounding urban areas.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 17, 2015

Penn Researchers Use Nanoscopic Pores to Investigate Protein Structure

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have made strides toward a new method of gene sequencing a strand of DNA’s bases are read as they are threaded through a nanoscopic hole. 

In a new study, they have shown that this technique can also be applied to proteins as way to learn more about their structure.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 14, 2015

Penn/Baylor Med Study Describes Underlying Cause of Diabetes in Dogs

In a new effort, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Baylor College of Medicine have used advanced imaging technology to fill in details about the underlying cause of canine diabetes, which until now has been little understood.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 11, 2015

Penn Study Details ‘Rotten Egg’ Gas’ Role in Autoimmune Disease

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A new study led by Songtao Shi of the University of Pennsylvania has demonstrated how regulatory T cells can themselves be regulated, by an unexpected source: hydrogen sulfide, a gas produced by the body’s muscle cells and one often associated with the smell of rotten eggs.

The immune system not only responds to infections and other potentially problematic abnormalities in the body, it also contains a built-in brake in the form of regulatory T cells, or Tregs. Tregs ensure that inflammatory responses don’t get out of hand and do damage. In autoimmune diseases, sometimes these Treg cells don’t act as they should.