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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658November 25, 2015

"Mild Traumatic Brain Injury an Oxymoron:" New Protein Biomarker Highlights Damaged Brain Wiring After Concussion, Finds Penn Study

Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often.

Former Angels Star Rod Carew Opens Up About Massive Heart Attack, Challenging Recovery

November 23, 2015

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on heart disease patients that are living with a left ventricular assist device.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Early Lead Exposure Linked to Sleep Problems

November 23, 2015

Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing is quoted for leading a study that reveals that lead exposure in early childhood is connected to an increased risk for sleep problems.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604November 23, 2015

Four Penn Professors Among Class of 2015 AAAS Fellows

Four faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  They are among a class of 347 researchers that have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194November 23, 2015

Penn Biologists Characterize New Form of mRNA Regulation

In a new report in the journal Plant Cell, University of Pennsylvania biologists used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA, finding that the modifications appear to play a significant role in the process by which mRNAs either survive and become translated into protein or are targeted for degradation.

RNA, once thought to be a mere middleman between DNA and protein, is now recognized as the stage at which a host of regulatory processes can act to allow for flexibility in gene expression and thus the functions of cells and tissues.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460 November 22, 2015

Penn Senior Jennifer Hebert Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania senior Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604November 25, 2015

Penn Researchers Discover Why E. coli Move Faster in Syrup-like Fluids Than in Water

Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it’s easier than swimming in water. Scientists have known for decades that these cells move faster and farther in viscoelastic fluids, such as the saliva, mucus, and other bodily fluids they are likely to call home, but didn’t understand why.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | | 215-898-9194November 16, 2015

New Penn Program Will Support Interdisciplinary Research on Sex and Gender Differences

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a $1.9 million award from the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health to establish the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program at Penn.

By Niharika Gupta

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Stephen Graff | | 215-349-5653November 10, 2015

Penn Collaborating in NSF’s Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Massive datasets and novel computational techniques are changing how individuals and societies approach day-to-day tasks. Data analytics promise to deliver individually tailored treatment to medical patients, massively reduce energy use in buildings and radically improve teaching methods in schools, among other advances.

The University of Pennsylvania is taking part in the newly established National Science Foundation Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964November 8, 2015

Penn Study Asks: To Improve Patients' Health, Should you Pay Physicians, Patients, or Both?

Providing financial incentives to both primary care physicians and patients leads to a greater reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients than paying only the physician or only the patient, according to a new study led by researchers at the