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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 23, 2014

Penn Medicine: Two Commonly Used Medications Equally Effective in Treating Seizures in Children

The sedative drugs diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are equally effective in treating the prolonged seizures known as status epilepticus in children, according to a randomized, controlled study by a multi-institution team of researchers with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, including an expert from the Perelm

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 22, 2014

Sleeping Away Infection: Penn Researchers Find Link between Sleep and Immune Function in Fruitflies

When we get sick it feels natural to try to hasten our recovery by getting some extra shuteye.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 22, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Uncover Hints of a Novel Mechanism Behind General Anesthetic Action

Despite decades of common use for surgeries of all kinds, the precise mechanism through which general anesthesia works on the body remains a mystery. This may come as a surprise to the millions of Americans who receive inhaled general anesthesia each year.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 22, 2014

Penn Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies a New Mammalian Clock Gene

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 21, 2014

Radiation Oncologists at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center Say Model Will Preserve Access to Technology and Propel Research

Proton therapy is in the proverbial chicken or the egg scenario.  Companies are pulling back on reimbursements to treat some cancers—notably prostate, breast and lung—because of the added expense and limited evidence to back it up.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 21, 2014

Penn Study Clarifies Action of Potential New Class of Pain Relievers that May Benefit, not Hurt, the Heart

Nonsteroidal antinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block an enzyme called COX-2 relieve pain and inflammation but can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death. This has prompted a decade-plus search for safer, but still effective, alternatives to these commonly prescribed, pain-relieving drugs.

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Media Contact:Jayne Perilstein | perilste@usc.edu | 213-814-9015
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151April 21, 2014
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 17, 2014

Penn Study Connects Sleep Deficits Among Young Fruitflies to Disruption in Mating Later in Life

Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 16, 2014

Cosmologists at Penn Weigh Cosmic Filaments and Voids

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Dark matter is thought to exist in a vast network of filaments throughout the universe, pulling luminous galaxies into an interconnected web of clusters, interspersed with seemingly empty voids. Penn researchers have measured the "weight" of these voids and filaments for the first time, showing the former are not as empty as they look.

Cosmologists have established that much of the stuff of the universe is made of dark matter, a mysterious, invisible substance that can’t be directly detected but which exerts a gravitational pull on surrounding objects.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 15, 2014

Penn Medicine First to Investigate Shared Decision Making in Radiation Oncology

Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves cancer patients feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychological distress around the experience, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the