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Media Contact:Madeleine Kruhly | mkruhly@sas.upenn.edu | 267-243-8647August 26, 2013

Penn Student Studies Diet and Exercise at South Philadelphia Clinic

University of Pennsylvania senior Sarah Schulte spends her summer hours in the Puentes de Salud clinic in South Philadelphia, investigating nutrition and exercise trends.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183August 22, 2013

Penn Medicine: Obesity/Mortality Paradox Demonstrates Urgent Need for More Refined Metabolic Measures

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania point out that the body mass index (BMI), based on the weight and height, is not an accurate measure of body fat content and does not account for critical factors that contribute to health or mortality, such as fat distribution, proportion of muscle to fat, and the s

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183August 21, 2013

Penn: Researchers Agree that Alzheimer's Test Results Could be Released to Research Participants, if Guidance and Counseling in Place

A leading group of Alzheimer's researchers contends that, as biomarkers to detect signals of the disease improve at providing clinically meaningful information, researchers will need guidance on how to constructively disclose test results and track how disclosure impacts both patients and the data collected in research studies.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 21, 2013

Minor and Major: Penn Study Finds A New Gene Expression Mechanism

A rare, small RNA turns a gene-splicing machine into a switch that controls the expression of hundreds of human genes.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369August 19, 2013

Penn Medicine Researchers Evaluate Outcomes and Costs in Perioperative Care

Differences in the utilization of intensive care services may be one potential explanation for improved outcomes after major surgery in the U.S.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 15, 2013

Tumors Form Advance Teams to Ready Lungs for Spread of Cancer, Finds Penn Study

Cancer metastasis requires tumor cells to acquire properties that allow them to escape from the primary tumor site, travel to a distant place in the body, and form secondary tumors.

Research Funding Outlook Appears Less Certain

August 14, 2013

Benjamin Abella of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on lack of research funding.

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Penn Couple’s Biggest Legacy: A Forest in Costa Rica

August 12, 2013

Daniel Janzen and Winnie Hallwachs of the School of Arts and Sciences are highlighted for their insect research and collecting in Costa Rica.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369August 12, 2013

Penn Medicine Researchers Find Sleep Beliefs Vary Along Racial Lines in Philadelphia

When it comes to sleep, Penn Medicine researchers are finding out that some things really are black and white.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 12, 2013

Multi-disciplinary Penn Research Identifies Protein Required for Cell Movement

Both basic scientists and clinicians have an interest in how the cells of our body move. Cells must be mobile in order for organisms to grow, to heal, to transmit information internally, to mount immune responses and to conduct a host of other activities necessary for survival.