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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 3, 2012

Penn-developed Mouse Model of Debilitating Lung Disease Suggests Potential Treatment Regimen

PHILADELPHIA — LAM, short for pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis, affects about 1 in 10,000 women of childbearing age and is characterized by proliferation of smooth muscle-like cells in the lung, destruction of lung tissue, and growth of lymphatic vessels. The disease is caused by inactivation of either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, but to date no animal model has been able to replicate the pathologic features those mutations produce in humans.

Survival of the Nicest: Friendly Baboons Live Longest

October 2, 2012

Robert Seyfarth is cited and Dorothy Cheney of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about their research involving baboon personalities.

Article Source: Wired

Study Shows Baldness Can Be a Business Advantage

October 2, 2012

Albert Mannes of the Wharton School is cited for conducting experiments to test peoples’ perceptions of bald men.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal

In a Dramatic Result, an Experimental Drug May Help Boys With Muscular Dystrophy

October 3, 2012

Lee Sweeney of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on the results of a new experimental drug used with muscular dystrophy.

Article Source: Forbes
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 2, 2012

Penn Vet Added to United Way's List of Approved Charities

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has been added to the list of United Way charities to which individuals in the Philadelphia area may donate as part of a workplace campaign.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 2, 2012

Penn Study Finds Control of Pituitary Hormone Outside of Brain Has Implications for Breast Cancer

PHILADELPHIA — The hormone prolactin is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and then travels via the bloodstream to cells throughout the body, where it exerts multiple reproductive and metabolic effects, most notably on the breast where it is the master regulator of lactation. In recent years researchers have found that prolactin is also produced by some tissues outside the brain, however little is known about the functions of extra-pituitary prolactin or how its production is regulated in these tissues.

Check Up: Studying Women’s Mood Disorders

October 1, 2012

Tracy Bale of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted on the new Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 1, 2012

Penn Researchers Connect Baboon Personalities to Social Success and Health Benefits

PHILADELPHIA — Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people, some baboons’ personalities are better suited to making and keeping friends than others.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 28, 2012

Penn Immunologists Find a Molecule That Puts the Brakes on Inflammation

PHILADELPHIA — We couldn’t live without our immune systems, always tuned to detect and eradicate invading pathogens and particles. But sometimes the immune response goes overboard, triggering autoimmune diseases like lupus, asthma or inflammatory bowel disease.

A new study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers has now identified a crucial signaling molecule involved in counterbalancing the immune system attack.

How to Use Optimism to Defeat Adversity

September 26, 2012

Martin Seligman of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for research about optimism.

Article Source: Forbes