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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653December 3, 2014

Brain Activity after Smokers Quit Predicts Chances of Relapsing, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

Quitting smoking sets off a series of changes in the brain that Penn Medicine researchers say may better identify smokers who will start smoking again—a prediction that goes above and beyond today’s clinical or behavioral tools for assessing relapse risk.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653December 4, 2014

People with Mental Illness More Likely To Be Tested for HIV, Penn Medicine Study Finds

People with mental illness are more likely to have been tested for HIV than those without mental illness, according to a 

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820December 4, 2014

Penn Researcher Finds Summer Jobs Decrease Youth Violence and Crime

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Providing disadvantaged urban adolescents with summer jobs decreases youth violence, according to a new study from Sara Heller, an assistant professor of criminology at Penn's School of Arts & Sciences.

Arrests for violence committed by disadvantaged urban adolescents decrease by as much as 43 percent when the young people have summer jobs, according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 11, 2014

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

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A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is turning kirigami, a related art form that allows the paper to be cut, into a technique that can be applied equally to structures on those vastly divergent length scales.

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay.   

Penn Researchers Identify ‘Nudge’ to Increase Generic Prescribing

November 26, 2014

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on boosting the frequency of physicians prescribing generic br

Immunology: Oral Solutions

November 26, 2014

Henry Daniell of the School of Dental Medicine is featured for developing plant-based capsules.

Article Source: Nature.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 1, 2014

Penn Research Suggests That Men Have Accurate Perception of Women’s Sexual Interest, Overconfidence Is Not Adaptive

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A new study shows men are generally accurate when estimating a woman’s interest in sex, contradicting earlier theories that suggested overconfidence was preferable.

Overconfidence sounds like an inherently bad trait to have, but when it comes to natural selection, some evolutionary psychologists have suggested it could be advantageous in finding a mate.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 1, 2014

Penn Study Points to New Therapeutic Strategy in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects at least one in four Americans who are older than 60 and can significantly shorten lifespan. Yet the few available drugs for CKD can only modestly delay the disease’s progress towards kidney failure.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937November 26, 2014

Penn Medicine Team Develops Cognitive Test Battery to Assess the Impact of Long Duration Spaceflights on Astronauts’ Brain Function

Space is one of the most demanding and unforgiving environments. Human exploration of space requires astronauts to maintain consistently high levels of cognitive performance to ensure mission safety and success, and prevent potential errors and accidents.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | Leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660November 25, 2014

Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spe