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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 10, 2014

Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

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Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659December 8, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Announce Latest Results of Investigational Cellular Therapy CTL019

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Findings Include Response Rates Over 90 Percent in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, and First Results of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Trial

The latest results of clinical trials of more than 125 patients testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019 will be presented by a University of Pennsylvania research team at the 56th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 8, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Commonalities in How Different Glassy Materials Fail

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have now shown an important commonality that seems to extend through the range of glassy materials.

Glass is mysterious. It is a broad class of materials that extends well beyond the everyday window pane, but one thing that these disparate glasses seem to have in common is that they have nothing in common when it comes to their internal structures, especially in contrast with highly ordered and patterned crystals.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 8, 2014

Penn Vet-Berkeley Study: New Therapy Holds Promise for Restoring Vision

A new chemical-genetic therapy restores light responses to the retinas of blind mice and dogs and enables the mice to guide their behavior according to visual cues, setting the stage for clinical trial in humans.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 8, 2014

The Women in Science Program at Penn Offers Cross-generational Wisdom

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Ware College House’s Women in Science program, founded by Medicine’s Helen Davies, offers support and inspiration for budding scientists, both female and male.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653December 3, 2014

Brain Activity after Smokers Quit Predicts Chances of Relapsing, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

Quitting smoking sets off a series of changes in the brain that Penn Medicine researchers say may better identify smokers who will start smoking again—a prediction that goes above and beyond today’s clinical or behavioral tools for assessing relapse risk.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653December 4, 2014

People with Mental Illness More Likely To Be Tested for HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 4, 2014

Penn Researcher Finds Summer Jobs Decrease Youth Violence and Crime

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Providing disadvantaged urban adolescents with summer jobs decreases youth violence, according to a new study from Sara Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn's School of Arts & Sciences.

Arrests for violence committed by disadvantaged urban adolescents decrease by as much as 43 percent when the young people have summer jobs, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 11, 2014

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

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A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.   

Penn Researchers Identify ‘Nudge’ to Increase Generic Prescribing

November 26, 2014

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on boosting the frequency of physicians prescribing generic br