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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660May 3, 2014

Penn Medicine: Psychiatric Medications Can Lead to Vision Problems

People suffering from vision loss are twice as likely to suffer from depression as the general population.

An educational workshop at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in New York City this week will shed light on this important, growing topic.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 6, 2014

Penn Research Combines Graphene and Painkiller Receptor

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Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have led an effort to create an artificial chemical sensor based on one of the human body’s most important receptors, allowing its response to be read out by a computer.

Almost every biological process involves sensing the presence of a certain chemical. Finely tuned over millions of years of evolution, the body’s different receptors are shaped to accept certain target chemicals.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 5, 2014

Immune Cells Outsmart Bacterial Infection by Dying, Penn Vet Study Shows

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A new study led by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has painted a clearer picture of the delicate arms race between the human immune system and a pathogen that seeks to infect and kill human cells.

A new study led by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has painted a clearer picture of the delicate arms race between the human immune system and a pathogen that seeks to infect and kill human cells. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 1, 2014

Penn Vet Research Identifies Compounds That Control Hemorrhagic Viruses

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine teamed with colleagues to identify and develop compounds that could reduce the ability of viruses that cause diseases such as Ebola, rabies, HIV and Lassa fever to spread infection.

People fear diseases such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, rabies and HIV for good reason; they have high mortality rates and few, if any, possible treatments. As many as 90 percent of people who contract Ebola, for instance, die of the disease.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183April 28, 2014

Penn Medicine Stroke Experts Identify Geographic and Gender Disparities Among Stroke Patients, Demonstrate New App to Optimize Acute Stroke Care

Stroke researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will unveil a map demonstrating geographic hotspots of increased stroke mortality across the United States, among a series of stroke studies being presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964April 25, 2014

Attacking Cancer Indirectly: Penn Researchers Generate Immunity Against Tumor Vessel Protein

Sometimes a full-on assault isn't the best approach when dealing with a powerful enemy. A more effective approach, in the long run, may be to target the support system replenishing the supplies that keep your foe strong and ready for battle.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 25, 2014

Scientists at Penn Characterize ‘Hot Spots and Hot Moments’ in America’s Tropics

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A team of researchers from the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania have spent the last five years studying Puerto Rico’s waterways, air and terrain.

The Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico are prone to extremes. Nearly all the rain for the year pours down in two drenching months. Lush, rolling forests give way to rocky, barren peaks. Even the soil is extreme, storing carbon differently than many other soil types, in highly localized iron minerals. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 24, 2014

Penn Fruitfly Study Identifies Brain Circuit that Drives Daily Cycles of Rest, Activity

Amita Sehgal, PhD, a professor of Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, describes in Cell a circuit in the brain of fruit flies that controls their daily, rhythmic behavior of rest and activity.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 24, 2014

Penn Medicine Study: Sorafenib Shows Success in Advanced Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Patients

The kidney and liver cancer drug sorafenib holds metastatic thyroid cancer at bay for nearly twice as long as a placebo, according to a new study from researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Lancet. This is the first effective treatment for thyroid cancer patients who progress following standard treatments.

Why It’s Good to Sleep a Lot When You’re Sick

April 24, 2014

Julie Williams of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses her research that links sleep and immune function in fruitflies.

Article Source: Huffington Post