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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | | 215-349-5660May 14, 2014

Penn Researcher Studies Effects of Common Anti-depressant on Brain Peptide Thought to be Responsible for the Development of Alzheimer's

A University of Pennsylvania researcher has discovered that the common selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) citalopram arrested the growth of amyloid beta, a peptide in the brain that clusters in plaques that are thought to trigger the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964May 14, 2014

Penn Study Reveals Breastfeeding, Birth Control Pills May Reduce Ovarian Cancer Risk Among Women with BRCA Gene Mutations

Breastfeeding, tubal ligation – also known as having one’s “tubes tied” – and oral contraceptives may lower the risk of ovarian cancer for some women with BRCA gene mutations, according to a comprehensive analysis from a team at the University of Pennsylvania's Basser Research Center for BRCA and the 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194May 15, 2014

Penn Vet Study Reveals Salmonella’s Hideout Strategy

A study led by researchers in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine reveals how some Salmonella bacteria hide from the immune system, allowing them to persist and cause systemic infection.

The body’s innate immune system is a first line of defense, intent on sensing invading pathogens and wiping them out before they can cause harm. It should not be surprising then that bacteria have evolved many ways to specifically evade and overcome this sentry system in order to spread infection.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | | 215-662-6183May 15, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Human Learning Altered by Electrical Stimulation of Dopamine Neurons

A new study may hold potential for rehabilitation after injury or for treating addictive behaviors.

Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604May 9, 2014

Two Penn Professors Receive Humboldt Awards

Two University of Pennsylvania professors have been awarded Humboldt Research Awards to fund year-long collaborations with colleagues in Germany.

More Parents Want to Work Outside the Home. Here’s How the U.S. Can Help Them.

May 9, 2014

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for collaborative research about mothers in the workforce.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964May 7, 2014

Penn Experts Say "Insourcing" Innovation May be the Best Approach to Transforming Health Care

A group of health care and policy experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is urging health care institutions to look more to their own in-house personnel, including physicians and nurses, as a source of new ideas for improving how care is delivered.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658May 8, 2014

Penn Yeast Study Identifies Novel Longevity Pathway

Ancient philosophers looked to alchemy for clues to life everlasting. Today, researchers look to their yeast. These single-celled microbes have long served as model systems for the puzzle that is the aging process, and in this week’s issue of Cell Metabolism, they fill in yet another piece.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194May 8, 2014

Plant Hormone Has Dual Role in Triggering Flower Formation, Penn Study Finds

A new paper by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Science has revealed that a plant hormone once believed to promote flower formation in annual plants also plays a role in inhibiting flowers from forming. The dual role of this hormone, gibberellin, could be exploited to produce higher-yielding crop plants.

Flowers aren’t just pretty to look at, they are how plants reproduce. In agricultural plants, the timing and regulation of flower formation has economic significance, affecting a crop’s yield.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151May 8, 2014