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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 27, 2015

Penn Study Links Better "Good Cholesterol" Function With Lower Risk of Later Heart Disease

HDL is the “good cholesterol” that helps remove fat from artery walls, reversing the process that leads to heart disease. Yet recent drug trials and genetic studies suggest that simply pushing HDL levels higher doesn’t necessarily reduce the risk of heart disease. Now, a team led by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has shown in a large, forward-looking epidemiological study that a person’s HDL function—the efficiency of HDL molecules at removing cholesterol—may be a better measure of coronary heart disease risk and a better target for heart-protecting drugs.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 26, 2015

Attitudes about Complementary and Alternative Medicine Predict Use Among Cancer Patients, Penn's Abramson Cancer Center Finds

A cancer patient’s expectations about the benefits of complementary and alternative (CAM) and their perceived access to CAM therapies are likely to guide whether or not they will use those options, according to a new study published ahead of print in the journal CANCER from researchers at Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 27, 2015

Penn Mechanical Engineers Win Top Prizes at the Cornell Cup

The senior design classes held in each of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s six departments are an opportunity for University of Pennsylvania students to put their skills to the test, by picking a real-world problem and developing a new piece of technology to solve it.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 19, 2015

Penn Medicine: How the Immune System Controls the Human Biological Clock in Times of Infection

An important link between the human body clock and the immune system has relevance for better understanding inflammatory and infectious diseases, discovered collaborators at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Trinity College, Dublin.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 19, 2015

Penn Telescope Minerva-Red Joins Hunt for Earth’s Twin

University of Pennsylvania astronomers are celebrating the dedication of a new planet-hunting telescope known as Minerva-Red. Installed at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona, Minerva-Red is part of the Minerva project, an array of low-cost telescopes that are designed to discover planets orbiting stars other than the sun.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 19, 2015

Penn’s Kang Ko Has a Promising Future in Academic Dentistry

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Kang Ko never planned to become a typical dentist. Long before he came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to pursue his degree, he fell in love with teaching and research.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Kang Ko never planned to become a typical dentist. Long before he came to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to pursue his degree, he fell in love with teaching and research. 

Is It Ordinary Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s Disease?

May 18, 2015

Roy Hamilton of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on detecting signs of cognitive impairment.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820May 18, 2015

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Appoints Henriques as Senior Fellow

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Richard Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Richard “Dick” Henriques has been appointed a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy, with a joint appointment at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

Study Finds Incentives to Quit Smoking Are About the How, Not How Much

May 14, 2015

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Incentives are not a panacea…We have yet to come up with a pana

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 15, 2015

Making Friends of Friends Benefits Hyenas, Penn Biologist Finds

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The spotted hyena seems to instinctively know the benefits of bonding with friends of friends, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis and Michigan State University that considers the structural factors affecting the social network of these animals.

Bonding with a friend of a friend is something most humans gravitate toward naturally, or at least Facebook likes to think so every time it suggests friends for you to “friend.”