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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 31, 2012

Penn’s Chyke Doubeni Strives to Eliminate Inequities in Cancer Screening and Survival

When Chyke Doubeni was in high school, he thought he might become an economist, like his older brother. But one day a teacher pulled him aside and noted that Doubeni, a new Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, had a talent for science. Perhaps he should consider a career in engineering or medicine instead, the teacher suggested.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 26, 2012

Penn-Temple Team Discovers Gatekeeper for Maintaining Health of Cell Energy Source

PHILADELPHIA — Most healthy cells rely on a complicated process to produce the fuel ATP. Knowing how ATP is produced by the cell’s energy storehouse – the mitochondria -- is important for understanding a cell’s normal state, as well as what happens when things go wrong, for example in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and many rare disorders of the mitochondria.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 26, 2012

Penn Research Reveals New Aspect of Platelet Behavior in Heart Attacks: Clots Can Sense Blood Flow

PHILADELPHIA — The disease atherosclerosis involves the build up of fatty tissue within arterial walls, creating unstable structures known as plaques. These plaques grow until they burst, rupturing the wall and causing the formation of a blood clot within the artery. These clots also grow until they block blood flow; in the case of the coronary artery, this can cause a heart attack.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 25, 2012

Penn Study: New Evidence Suggests Certain Anesthetics Highjack the Brain's Natural Sleep Circuitry

PHILADELPHIA — A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates in an animal model that a commonly used inhaled anesthetic drug, isoflurane, works by directly causing sleep-promoting neurons in the brain to activate, thereby hijacking our natural sleep circuitry.

Should You Friend Your Boss on Facebook?

October 25, 2012

Nancy Rothbard of the Wharton School is cited for working on a study entitled “OMG My Boss Just Friended Me.”

Article Source: Washinton Post
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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