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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 9, 2014

Penn Medicine Epidemiologists Find Bed Bug Hotspots in Philadelphia, Identify Seasonal Trends

A new study from Penn Medicine epidemiologists that looked at four years of bed bug reports to the city of Philadelphia found that infestations have been increasing and were at their highest in August and lowest in February. The findings, published ahead of print on January 8 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, point to two possible peak times to strike and eliminate the bugs.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 9, 2014

Penn Research Helps Lay Out Theory for Metamaterial That Acts as an Analog Computer

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A study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Sannio in Italy, shows that metamaterials can be designed to do “photonic calculus” as a light wave goes through them.

The field of metamaterials has produced structures with unprecedented abilities, including flat lenses, invisibility cloaks and even optical “metatronic” devices that can manipulate light in the way electronic circuitry manipulates the flow of electrons. 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2014

The ‘Personalized Advantage Index,’ a Decision-Making Tool, Developed at Penn

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One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a decision-making model that compares and weights multiple variables.

One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 18, 2013

Penn Researchers Grow Liquid Crystal 'Flowers' That Can Be Used as Lenses

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A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling structures.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 11, 2013

Penn Medicine: Sleep-Deprived Mice Show Connections Among Lack of Shut-eye, Diabetes, Age

Sleep, or the lack of it, seems to affect just about every aspect of human physiology.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183December 11, 2013

Penn Medicine: Dietary Amino Acids Relieve Sleep Problems after Traumatic Brain Injury in Animals

A new study suggests a potential dietary treatment - a cocktail of key amino acids that improved sleep disturbances caused by brain injuries in mice - for millions of people affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI)—a condition that is currently untreatable.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 10, 2013

Researchers at Penn Help Develop a Dynamic Model of Tissue Failure

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University and ETH Zurich have now used a series of experiments to develop a dynamic model of the stresses that stretch growing tissue. This model is the first to take into account the complicated feedback effects of cells’ molecular motors, which can respond to external stress by pulling harder on their environment, eventually tearing the tissue apart.

The idea of growing replacement tissue to repair an organ, or to swap it out for an entirely new one, is rapidly transitioning from science fiction to fact.

Differences in How Men and Women Think Are Hard-Wired

December 9, 2013

Ragini Verma of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for studying brain differences between men and women.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659December 7, 2013

Penn Med Team Reports on Study of First 59 Leukemia Patients Who Received Personalized Cellular Therapy

Three and a half years after beginning a clinical trial which demonstrated the first successful and sustained use of genetically engineered T cells to fight leukemia, a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will today announce the latest results of studies involving both adults and children with advanced blood cancers that have failed to respond to standard therapies.

Penn Study Confirms T-cell Effectiveness on Leukemia

December 8, 2013

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine are cited for collaborating with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for studying T-cell effectiveness on leukemia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer