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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 13, 2014

Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Almost anyone who has spent time in a hospital is familiar with the routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels that serve as signposts of a patient’s overall health.

But these measures only reflect the pulsing of blood through the large vessels, arteries and veins, not the smaller arterioles, venules and capillaries, which directly feed tissues and cells.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194October 13, 2014

Penn-University of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida have identified a drug that can be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, a disease for which few therapy options exist.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 14, 2014

Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

Liquid Biopsies Gain Ground as an Alternative

October 12, 2014

Jennifer Morrissette and Erica Carpenter of the Perelman Sch

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | | 215-349-5660October 9, 2014

Penn Medicine's "Sepsis Sniffer" Generates Faster Sepsis Care and Suggests Reduced Mortality

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increa

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | | 215-349-8369October 9, 2014

Online Intervention Tool for Physician Trainees May Improve Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders

Online learning interventions and small group debriefings can improve medical residents’ attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders, and may result in improved care for these patients, according to a new study from the 

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | | 215-898-1422October 10, 2014

Penn Undergrad Maps an Italian Dialect to Help Preserve Its Heritage

Sophomore Benjamin Finkel from Jenkintown, Pa., spent the summer mapping the dialect of a region in central Italy, examining the effect of its history and geography.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658October 7, 2014

Penn Study Demonstrates Efficacy of Potential Therapy for Autoimmune Disorder of Muscle Weakness

Nearly 60,000 Americans suffer from myasthenia gravis (MG), a non-inherited autoimmune form of muscle weakness. The disease has no cure, and the primary treatments are nonspecific immunosuppressants and inhibitors of the enzyme cholinesterase.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604October 6, 2014

NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Lung-disease-on-a-chip Research

Nature is often said to be the greatest innovator. University of Pennsylvania engineer Dan Huh, a pioneer in the development of “organs-on-chips,” tiny, three-dimensional models of living human organs, uses nature’s creativity as a source of inspiration.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | | 215-349-5653October 1, 2014

Penn Medicine Receives $3.5 Million NCI Grant to Study Cervical Cancer in HIV Positive Women in Botswana

The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV—many of whom are women co-infected with the  human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—considerably: from 39 years to the low 60s.  As a result, this co-infected group of women is a