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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659October 24, 2012

Penn Medicine Researchers Map Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" on Low-Value Health Care Services

PHILADELPHIA — Cutting the expenses associated with “low-value” medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won’t benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a JAMA Viewpoint article published this week by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Future Tense Event Recap: Will Neurolaw Change the Judicial System – and Does Free Will Exist?

October 22, 2012

Stephen Morse of the Law School comments on research about neurolaw.

Article Source: Slate
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659October 23, 2012

Penn Researchers Receive Grant to Explore Brain Training to Help Change Behaviors That Increase Cancer Risk

PHILADELPHIA — Most people know thatsmoking, a bad diet, and physical inactivity can lead to catastrophic personal health consequences, including cancer. Yet millions continue to smoke, eat poorly, and fail to get enough exercise. A new project led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania aims to devise programs that help them change these risky behaviors and cut their risk of cancer.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2012

A Mississippi River Diversion During the 2011 Flood Helped Build Louisiana Wetlands, Penn Geologists Find

PHILADELPHIA — The extensive system of levees along the Mississippi River has done much to prevent devastating floods in riverside communities. But the levees have also contributed to the loss of Louisiana’s wetlands. By holding in floodwaters, they prevent sediment from flowing into the watershed and rebuilding marshes, which are compacting under their own weight and losing ground to sea-level rise.

Former Playtex CEO Smilow and Son Give to Penn Medicine

October 17, 2012

A gift from Joel and William Smilow to support Penn Medicine’s translational research activities is featured.

Article Source: The Business Journals
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 18, 2012

Penn Medicine Research Identifies Association Between Neuromuscular Disorder and Loss of Smell

PHILADELPHIA — Changes in the ability to smell and taste can be caused by a simple cold or upper respiratory tract infection, but they may also be among the first signs of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. Now, new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania  has revealed an association between an impaired sense of smell and myasthenia gravis (MG), a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by fluctuating fatigue and muscle weakness.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183October 17, 2012

Penn Receives Gift to Name Smilow Center for Translational Research and Enhance Bioinformatics Efforts

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania has received an undisclosed gift from father and son philanthropists Joel and William Smilow to support Penn Medicine’s translational research activities, naming the Smilow Center for Translational Research in the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Childhood Stimulation Key to Brain Development, Study Finds

October 14, 2012

Martha Farah of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for studying how a range of childhood experiences might influence the development of the brain.

Article Source: The Guardian

‘Butterfly Wing’ Buildings Would Never Need Painting

October 16, 2012

Shu Yang of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses research about combining the related structural color and water-repelling properties found in butterfly wings.

Article Source: NBC News.com

Yet Another Reason Why Sleep Is So Vital – Missing Even Two Hours a Night Can Erase Memories for Ever

October 16, 2012

Ted Abel of the School of Arts and Sciences is quoted about studying sleep and its significance in brain function and memory.

Article Source: MainOnline.com