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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 215-349-8369January 8, 2015

Wearable Tracking Devices Alone Won't Drive Health Behavior Change, According to Penn Researchers

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece in JAMA.

A New Year’s Resolution That Benefits Everyone: Upgrading How We Evaluate and Shape Our Food Environment

January 7, 2015

Karen Glanz of the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for working with fellow researchers t

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 8, 2015

Penn Engineers Put Their Skills and Teamwork to the Test in a Robotic Hockey Tournament

As a final exam, students in Engineering’s Design of Mechatronic Systems course devised and built teams of hockey-playing robots in the sixth annual Robockey Cup.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

While final exams can be solemn affairs, finals for the Design of Mechatronic Systems course at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t be livelier.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | | 215-349-5653January 6, 2015

Penn Study: Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy Prolongs Survival for Older Men with Prostate Cancer

Adding radiation treatment to hormone therapy saves more lives among older men with locally advanced prostate therapy than hormone therapy alone, according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology this week from Penn Medicine researchers.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

Five Penn graduate students are beginning their journeys as ELISS fellows this spring. Four other Penn students are wrapping up their experiences in the program’s inaugural year and reflecting on the lessons they’ve gleaned about working across disciplines for the public good.

“In today’s world, the stereotype of the nerdy scientist, by himself, looking at a microscope, is no longer accurate and no longer useful,” says Gabriel Innes, a third-year student in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Penn Doctor Going Back for Second Tour Fighting Ebola in Africa

January 2, 2015

Trish Henwood of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for continuing work in an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

New Brain-Imaging Approach Could Help Smokers Quit

January 2, 2015

Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine is spotlighted for researching a new brain-imaging approach that could

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Audio: Brainy or Brawny? For Ants, It Comes Down to More Than DNA

December 26, 2014

Daniel SimolaRoberto Bonasio and 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 21, 2015

Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease, According to Penn Research

Penn researchers have now shown that the social media platform Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what’s on their minds.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194December 31, 2014

Penn Scientists Identify Patterns of RNA Regulation in the Nuclei of Plants

In a new study done in plants, University of Pennsylvania biologists give a global view of the patterns that can affect the various RNA regulatory processes that occur before these molecules move into the cytoplasm, where they are translated into the proteins that make up a living organism.

When the human genome was first sequenced, experts predicted they would find about 100,000 genes. The actual number has turned out to be closer to 20,000, just a few thousand more than fruit flies have. The question logically arose: how can a relatively small number of genes lay the blueprint for the complexities of the human body?