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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

Penn Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillators in End-of-Life Scenarios

Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person’s chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven’t thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover.  But given c

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653November 17, 2014

Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 18, 2014

Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch, Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

Yesterday, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann helped celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.  

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964November 17, 2014

Penn Medicine and March of Dimes Launch New $10 Million Prematurity Research Center

In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation today announce the establishment of a new Prematurity Research Center.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 16, 2014

New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937November 13, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Finds Increased Risk of Cardiac Events in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Those experiencing psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and cardiovascular death, according to a multi-institutional study led by Penn Medicine researchers published online last month in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 14, 2014

Penn Psychologist Develops Cognitive Therapy Book for IBS Patients

blurb: 
Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition affecting up to 10 percent of the population, often occurs alongside anxiety and depression. Melissa Hunt, an associate director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a self-help workbook for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat patients with IBS and improve their quality of life.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 12, 2014

Penn Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at the Nanoscale

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light.    

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 28, 2014

Penn and Berkeley Researchers Find Path to New Kinds of Computers With Faster-switching Ferroelectrics

Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.