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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937January 14, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: Endobronchial Forceps Effective in Retrieval of Tip-Embedded Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters

When retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filters were approved for use in the United States in 2003 to prevent pulmonary embolism among patients unable to receive the standard blood thinner treatment, many experts anticipated most of them would be removed when no longer needed and IVC filter complications would decrease.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 14, 2015

A Baby Tooth Guided Penn Dental Medicine’s Songtao Shi to Stem Cell Insights

One of the keys to Songtao Shi’s productive career in research came from a seemingly humble item: his daughter’s first baby tooth.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 13, 2015

Penn Engineers Develop Graphene-based Biosensor That Works in Three Ways at Once

One of nanotechnology’s greatest promises is interacting with the biological world the way our own cells do, but current biosensors must be tailor-made to detect the presence of one type of protein, the identity of which must be known in advance.      

The 4 Biggest Problems With Your Fitness Tracker, According to Scientists

January 8, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The key point we are making is that wearable devices have receiv

Article Source: Self Magazine
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660January 12, 2015

Penn Medicine Study: Web-based TAVR Marketing Found to Overstate Benefits, Understate Risks

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, has been called one of the biggest advances in cardiac surgery in recent years. The procedure delivers a new, collapsible aortic valve through a catheter to the valve site within the heart - a repair that otherwise requires open heart surgery. 

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 12, 2015

Patch or Pills? How Quickly Smokers Metabolize Nicotine May Point to Most Effective Way to Quit, Penn Study Finds

Nearly 70 percent of smokers who try to quit relapse within one week – daunting odds for people trying to kick the habit. Researchers have long theorized that some individuals may be genetically programmed to have an easier time than others, but with few clues about why, experts have been unable to guide smokers looking to quit toward a strategy – the nicotine patch versus prescription pills, for instance – with the best chance of success.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 5, 2015

Penn Study: Overly Conservative FDA Label Likely Prevents Use of Metformin in Many Type 2 Diabetics

Many patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States may be discouraged from taking metformin—a proven, oral diabetes medicine—because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inappropriately labels the drug unsafe for some patients also suffering from kidney problems, researchers from Penn Medicine and Weill Cornel Medical College report this week in a research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 8, 2015

Wearable Tracking Devices Alone Won't Drive Health Behavior Change, According to Penn Researchers

New Year’s weight loss resolutions are in full swing, but despite all the hype about the latest wearable tracking devices, there’s little evidence that this technology alone can change behavior and improve health for those that need it most, according to a new online-first viewpoint piece in JAMA.

A New Year’s Resolution That Benefits Everyone: Upgrading How We Evaluate and Shape Our Food Environment

January 7, 2015

Karen Glanz of the School of Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for working with fellow researchers t

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2015

Penn Engineers Put Their Skills and Teamwork to the Test in a Robotic Hockey Tournament

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As a final exam, students in Engineering’s Design of Mechatronic Systems course devised and built teams of hockey-playing robots in the sixth annual Robockey Cup.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone       

While final exams can be solemn affairs, finals for the Design of Mechatronic Systems course at the University of Pennsylvania couldn’t be livelier.