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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2015

HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients, According to Penn Study

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at theUniversity of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 31, 2015

Penn Team Discovers New Liquid Crystal Configurations

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Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood than their oil-based counterparts. New research advances the understanding of this class of materials by confining a water-based liquid crystal in a cylinder.

Oil-based liquid crystals are ubiquitous; a deep understanding of their properties is behind the displays found in most computer monitors, televisions and smartphones. Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood, though their biocompatibility makes them a potential candidate for a variety of biological and medical applications. 

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422March 31, 2015

Penn Netter Center’s STEM Programs Promote Inclusion and Better Science

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Amir Jones, a 10th grade student at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School, has always had an interest in science, but partnership activities coordinated by Moelis Access Science, a program operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helped his interests reach a whole new level.

By Julie McWilliams

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 27, 2015

Malnourished Patients are More Likely to Suffer Postoperative Complications than Morbidly Obese Patients Following Knee, Hip Replacement, Penn Study Finds

Malnourished patients are more likely to have complications following total knee or hip replacement surgeries than morbidly obese patients,according to new research from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are being presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas March 24-28. 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 27, 2015

Most NFL Players with Injuries to the Midfoot Return to Game Action, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Nearly 93 percent of National Football League (NFL) athletes who sustained traumatic injuries to the midfoot returned to competition less than 15 months after injury and with no statistically significant decrease in performance, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, which focus on Lisfranc injuries – characterized by fracture of the midfoot bones and/or disruption of the midfoot ligaments – between 2000-2010, were presented today at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 26, 2015

Penn Medicine Experts Unveil Two New Ways to Identify Joint Replacement Patients at Risk for Post-Operative Complications

Orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. The first tool identifies patients who have risk factors that should disqualify them from undergoing same-day (outpatient) or short-stay (overnight) total hip and knee replacement procedures, opting instead for traditional recovery pathways in the hospital.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937March 26, 2015

Roseroot Herb Shows Promise as Potential Depression Treatment Option, Penn Team Finds

Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea), or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder (MDD), according to results of a study in the journal Phytomedicine led by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 26, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: In Debated Surgical Procedure, Technique Trumps Technology

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 26, 2015

Swimming Algae Offer Penn Researchers Insights Into Living Fluid Dynamics

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Very little is known about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Penn researchers have shown how a model organism's swimming strokes change along with a fluid's elasticity.

 By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures.

Greening Vacant Lots in Philly Is Good for Your Heart [Before and After Photos]

March 23, 2015

Eugenia South of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about researching how walking by green spaces reduces stress.