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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 14, 2012

Penn Study: Sundown Syndrome-like Symptoms in Fruit Flies May be Due to High Dopamine Levels

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania researchers have discovered a mechanism involving the neurotransmitter dopamine that switches fruit fly behavior from being active during the day (diurnal) to nocturnal. This change parallels a human disorder in which increased agitation occurs in the evening hours near sunset and may also be due to higher than normal dopamine levels in the brain. Sundown syndrome occurs in older people with dementia or cognitive impairment.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-200-2313May 14, 2012

Black Cardiac Victims Less Apt to Receive CPR and Shocks to the Heart from Bystanders, Penn Study Shows

Black cardiac arrest victims who are stricken outside hospitals are less likely to receive bystander CPR and defibrillation on the scene than white patients, according to research that will be presented by a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania today at the annual meeting of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-200-2313May 14, 2012

Penn-Developed Medical Record Tool Cuts Down on ER CT Scans in Patients With Abdominal Pain

A new electronic medical record tool that tallies patients' previous radiation exposure from CT scans helps reduce potentially unnecessary use of the tests among emergency room patients with abdominal pain, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 11, 2012

Penn Vet Researcher Tracy Bale Receives the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize

PHILADELPHIA — Tracy L. Bale of the University of Pennsylvania received the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health at a gala dinner last night in Washington, D.C.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604May 10, 2012

Penn Astrophysicists Zero In on Gravity Theory

Most people take gravity for granted. But for University of Pennsylvania astrophysicist Bhuvnesh Jain, the nature of gravity is the question of a lifetime. As scientists have been able to see farther and deeper into the universe, the laws that govern its expansion have been revealed to be under the influence of an unexplained force. 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 10, 2012

A Push From the Mississippi Kept Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Off Shore, Penn Research Shows

PHILADELPHIA — When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast.

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Media Contact:Kat Stein | katstein@gse.upenn.edu | 215-898-9642 May 10, 2012

Georgia Higher Education Policies Hurt Blacks, Hispanics and Poor, Penn Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA — Georgia’s higher education policies are making it harder for black, Hispanic and poor Georgians to get a college education, according to a new report released by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Research on Higher Education.

Penn Researchers Report a Gene-therapy Success

May 9, 2012

Gene-therapy research led by Bruce Levine and Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine is profiled.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 8, 2012

Block Its Recycling System, and Cancer Kicks the Can, According to New Penn Study

All cells have the ability to recycle unwanted or damaged proteins and reuse the building blocks as food. But cancer cells have ramped up the system, called autophagy, and rely on it to escape damage in the face of chemotherapy and other treatments.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 8, 2012

Penn Vet’s Field Service Tends to the Farms

KENNETT SQUARE — It’s a quaint image: a rural vet in a pick-up truck driving down a country lane to treat a sick cow or horse.