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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937August 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 25, 2014

Penn Undergrad Researches Cross-cultural Implications of the ‘Gangnam Phenomenon’

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University Scholar Sheryl Li, a senior from Plano, Texas, spent two summers researching the impact of Korean Wave and K-pop and its influence in China and then Japan.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 22, 2014

Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 20, 2014

Taking ‘The Condom Pledge’: Penn Student’s Project Leads to Global Changes

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A graduate student at the Perelman School of Medicine created The Condom Pledge, a social media and lifestyle campaign that calls for young people around the world to promise to use condoms and share their oaths to do so.

Jason Parad is changing lives, and he’s doing it with condoms.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 19, 2014

Penn Sophomore Seeks to Improve Pneumonia Vaccines

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University Scholar sophomore Ivan Ye from Iowa City, Iowa, has spent the summer conducting research focused on identifying a vaccine for pneumonia in the lab of Hao Shen, associate professor of microbiology at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

By Christina Cook

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604August 19, 2014

Penn Engineering Postdoc Duygu Kuzum Is One of ‘Innovators Under 35’

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The process of information flow in the brain is fundamentally different from that in a silicon chip, but Duygu Kuzum aims to bridge that gap through transparent, graphene-based electrodes.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 18, 2014

Penn Study Finds Dopamine Replacement Therapy Associated with Increase in Impulse Control Disorders Among Early Parkinson's Disease Patients

New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients compared to the general population.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422August 18, 2014

Penn Doctoral Candidate Minh Nguyen Sets His Sights on Curing Diseases

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Doctoral candidate in chemistry Minh Nguyen’s desire to help cure disease led him to Penn. He is currently researching a compound that may help in the treatment of cancer.

Minh Nguyen says he dropped out of medical school after just one year when he realized that there was a better way to save lives.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422June 14, 2014

Penn’s Minh Nguyen Receives International Sabin Metal Ron Bleggi Award

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Minh Nguyen, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences, has received the 2014 Sabin Metal Ron Bleggi Award from the International Precious Metals Institute. Nguyen accepted the award at IPMI’s 38th Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Minh Nguyen, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts & Sciences, has received the 2014 Sabin Metal Ron Bleggi Award from the International Precious Metals Institute.

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Media Contact:Deborah Lang | dlang@upenn.edu | 215-573-8386August 20, 2014

Penn IUR Publishes New Report on Universities as Anchor Institutions

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Penn IUR has released The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts. a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions.

Penn IUR has just released a new report that examines the power of universities as anchor institutions. The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation Districts explores the motivations and strategies behind six universities investing in revitalization and innovation beyond their c