Maurice Schweitzer and doctoral student Alison Wood Brooks of the Wharton School are cited for conducting a collaborative study about a link between anxiety and an individual’s willingness to accept advice.
WHO: Jane Willenbring
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Science
Penn Medicine: Donor Smoking and Recipient Obesity Tied to Higher Rates of Death and Lung Injury After Lung Transplantation
PHILADELPHIA — A multi-institution study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified several important risk factors, including a donor’s smoking history and recipient obesity, linked to severe primary graft dysfunction (PGD), the major cause of serious illness and death after lung transplantation. PGD is a common complication that affects up to 25 percent of lung transplant patients shortly after surgery. The study also found that some previously identified risk factors, including donor sex, race, age, and means of death, were not associated with PGD.
Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on research on how stress during pregnancy could be linked to autism in babies.
PHILADELPHIA — A multi-institution group of researchers has found new candidate disease proteins for neurodegenerative disorders. James Shorter, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Paul Taylor, M.D., PhD, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and colleagues describe in an advanced online publication of Nature that mutations in prion-like segments of two RNA-binding proteins are associated with a rare inherited degeneration disorder affecting muscle, brain, motor neurons and bone (called multisystem proteinopathy) and one case of the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how exercise can improve sleep quality.
Jonah Berger of the Wharton School is interviewed about his new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On.
J. Sanford Schwartz and Daniel Rader of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about diets.
After seven years of widespread support and alumni participation, the University of Pennsylvania culminated its Making History Campaign, raising $4.3 billion, strengthening Penn’s position among the world’s foremost universities and making major breakthroughs in addressing society’s most complex challenges, Penn President Amy Gutmann announced today.