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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653July 16, 2014

Potassium Supplements May Increase Survival in Patients Taking Diuretics for Heart Failure, Penn Study Suggests

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that patients taking prescription potassium supplements together with loop diuretics for heart failure have better survival rates than patients taking diuretics without the potassium. Moreover, the degree of benefit increases with higher diuretic doses.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 15, 2014

Penn Study: Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

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Graphene is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same; with so few atoms, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

Graphene, a material that consists of a lattice of carbon atoms, one atom thick, is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same. With so few atoms comprising the entirety of the material, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 14, 2014

Penn Vet’s Lisa Gretebeck Tackles Public Health Through Research and Outreach

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Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Lisa Gretebeck always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. Like many aspiring young vets, Gretebeck was first attracted to the career through her love for animals.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660July 14, 2014

Penn Researchers Successfully Alleviate Pulmonary Inflammation through Targeted Drug Delivery

Pulmonary inflammation can cause shallow breathing and the lungs to become brittle in patients who experience multiple blood transfusions, sepsis, lung surgery and acute lung trauma.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 10, 2014

New Penn Study Shows Drinking Alcohol, Even Light-to-Moderate Amounts, Provides No Heart Health Benefit

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 10, 2014

Penn’s Jordi Rivera Prince Uses Bones to Tell a Story of Human Evolution

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It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution. Now, lessons in evolution are part and parcel of Rivera Prince’s day-to-day life as an assistant to the curator of physical anthropology at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

It wasn’t until she was 18 years old that Jordi Rivera Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, learned in depth about evolution.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964July 9, 2014

Penn Study Finds Living Kidney Donation Does Not Increase Risk of Death or Heart Disease for Older Adult Donors

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults.

Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory

July 9, 2014

Michael J. Kahana of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured in a front-page article for leading a $22.5 million project on restoring memory loss.

Article Source: New York Times

Study: Small Percentage of Hepatitis C Patients Got Through Past Treatments

July 8, 2014

Baligh Yehia of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on studying hepatitis C treatment in the U.S.

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

Penn to Lead $22.5 Million Project on Restoring Memory Loss

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Penn scientists and physicians will conduct fundamental research on the brain with the aim of developing "neuroprosthetic" devices for treating memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.

A team of scientists and physicians at the University of Pennsylvania will lead a four-year effort worth as much as $22.5 million to develop next-generation technologies to restore memory function in people who suffer from memory loss due to disease or traumatic injury.