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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 5, 2015

Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 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 | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2015

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

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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 | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 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 | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 7, 2015

Penn Grad Students Share Expertise Across Disciplines to Address Social Problems

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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 | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 21, 2015

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

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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.