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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 215-349-8369October 9, 2014

Online Intervention Tool for Physician Trainees May Improve Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders

Online learning interventions and small group debriefings can improve medical residents’ attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders, and may result in improved care for these patients, according to a new study from the 

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422October 10, 2014

Penn Undergrad Maps an Italian Dialect to Help Preserve Its Heritage

Sophomore Benjamin Finkel from Jenkintown, Pa., spent the summer mapping the dialect of a region in central Italy, examining the effect of its history and geography.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 7, 2014

Penn Study Demonstrates Efficacy of Potential Therapy for Autoimmune Disorder of Muscle Weakness

Nearly 60,000 Americans suffer from myasthenia gravis (MG), a non-inherited autoimmune form of muscle weakness. The disease has no cure, and the primary treatments are nonspecific immunosuppressants and inhibitors of the enzyme cholinesterase.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 6, 2014

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Lung-disease-on-a-chip Research

Nature is often said to be the greatest innovator. University of Pennsylvania engineer Dan Huh, a pioneer in the development of “organs-on-chips,” tiny, three-dimensional models of living human organs, uses nature’s creativity as a source of inspiration.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | | 215-349-5653October 1, 2014

Penn Medicine Receives $3.5 Million NCI Grant to Study Cervical Cancer in HIV Positive Women in Botswana

The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV—many of whom are women co-infected with the  human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—considerably: from 39 years to the low 60s.  As a result, this co-infected group of women is a

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | | 215-614-1937October 3, 2014

Penn Medicine Study Finds Tongue Fat and Size May Predict Sleep Apnea in Obese Adults

Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems, but a new Penn Medicine study published this month in the journal Sleep suggests having a larger tongue

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 3, 2014

Penn Vet Students Travel the World to Treat Wildlife

It’s not unusual for students at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine to travel to far-flung locales caring for exotic animals. From Africa to Haitian goat farms and the southwest Alaskan coast, such excursions provide experiences that supplement a busy academic year of classes, research and clinic.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Every morning this past July, Max Emanuel, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, would get up and drive to work. But Emanuel’s was no run-of-the-mill morning commute.

Video: Is Your Brain Male or Female?

September 29, 2014

A documentary about the differences between the male and female brain turns to research conducted by Ragini Verma and Ruben Gur&nb

Article Source: BBC Horizon Documentary
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 2, 2014

DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation, Penn Biologists Show

In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, University of Pennsylvania researchers Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff investigated a process called gene conversion in the context of the evolution of human populations. They found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.

It’s an early lesson in genetics: we get half our DNA from Mom, half from Dad.

But that straightforward explanation does not account for a process that sometimes occurs when cells divide. Called gene conversion, the copy of a gene from Mom can replace the one from Dad, or vice versa, making the two copies identical.

Tongue Fat May Become Key in Treating Sleep Apnea

October 1, 2014

Richard Schwab of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Tongue size is one of the physical features that should be eva

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer