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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 3, 2015

Penn Research Helps Develop Predictive Model of How Humans Estimate Speed

Most studies of psychological mechanisms involve watching those mechanisms in action and then devising a theory for how they work.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 3, 2015

Penn Study Identifies Viral Product That Promotes Immune Defense Against RSV

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Research led by the University of Pennsylvania’s Carolina López found a viral product that promotes a strong immune response against respiratory syncytial virus, a threat to infants and the elderly.

Almost all human beings are exposed to the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, before their second birthdays. For most, the symptoms mimic those of the common cold: runny nose, coughing, sneezing, fever.

Penn Team Finds a Source for Chemo Nausea in the Brain

September 1, 2015

 

Bart De Jonghe of the School of Nursing is highlighted for researching the role the brain plays in nausea that follows chemotherapy treatment with cisplatin.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Sigrid Wolff | sigrid.wolff@zi-mannheim.de | +49 621 1703-1301September 1, 2015

Penn and German Researchers Help Identify Neural Basis of Multitasking

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By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people’s cognitive flexibility.

What makes someone better at switching between different tasks?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658 August 26, 2015

Penn Researchers Receive More Than $1 Million in Kaufman Foundation Awards

University of Pennsylvania researchers will receive five of the 10 grants being awarded this year by the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation, part of The Pittsburgh Foundation, which supports cutting-edge scientific research in chemistry, biology and physics at institutions across Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194August 24, 2015

World Water Week at Penn

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Penn's health schools are celebrating World Water Week by featuring stories that highlight the University's expertise in water-related issues. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

The University of Pennsylvania's health schools are showing support for World Water Week by highlighting the University's expertise in a broad range of water-related issues. Each day we'll feature a different topic. Follow along and learn more on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬. 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 19, 2015

Synthetic DNA Vaccine Against MERS Induces Immunity in Animal Study, Penn Researchers Find

A novel synthetic DNA vaccine can, for the first time, induce protective immunity against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in animal species, reported researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 18, 2015

Some Health Insurance Websites Show Improved Efforts to Support Patient Decision Making, Penn Medicine Experts Find

Websites for national and state health insurance marketplaces show evidence of improved efforts to assist patients in choosing health insurance plans, such as providing decision support tools, experts from the 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 18, 2015

Penn Medicine: Targeting HIV in Semen to Shut Down AIDS

There may be two new ways to fight AIDS -- using a heat shock protein or a small molecule – to attack fibrils in semen associated with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during the initial phases of infection, according to new research from the 

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 13, 2015

Fears Of Potentially Blinding Complication From Avastin Eye Injections Are Overblown, According to Penn Study

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the