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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

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 10, 2014

Penn Researchers Determine Mechanism by Which Lung Function is Regulated in Rare Disease Known As Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome

Researchers at Penn Medicine have discovered that the tumor suppressor gene folliculin (FLCN) is essential to normal lung function in patients with the rare disease Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, skin and kidneys.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 7, 2014

Penn Study Shows Good Availability of Primary Care for New Patients on the Eve of the ACA Coverage Expansions

A multi-institutional team led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that despite widespread rumors of limited access to primary care services, providers across the country were capable of accepting new patie

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 9, 2014

The Motion of the Medium Matters for Self-assembling Particles, Penn Research Shows

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A Penn team has shown that fluid dynamics makes some microscopic self-assembling structures easier to make than others.

By attaching short sequences of single-stranded DNA to nanoscale building blocks, researchers can design structures that can effectively build themselves.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 2, 2014

Strain-specific Lyme Disease Immunity Lasts for Years, Penn Research Finds

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A new study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania shows that humans appear to develop immunity against specific strains of the Lyme disease that can last six to nine years.

Lyme disease, if not treated promptly with antibiotics, can become a lingering problem for those infected.