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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Penn Senior, a Future Doctor, Looks to Medicine’s Past for Insights

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Through the lens of architecture, senior Ellen Kim, of Lexington, Mass., a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, is exploring the history of 19th century medicine in the United States.

By Christina Cook

Time Taken Can Affect Prescription Efficacy

November 19, 2014

John Hogenesch of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If they do have time-of-day effects, there’s the potential to

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Bedbugs Could Spread Deadly, Heart-Damaging Chagas Disease

November 18, 2014

Michael Levy of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about bedbugs and Chagas disease.

Article Source: Newsweek
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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

No Racial Disparities Observed in Development of Atrial Fibrillation Among Heart Failure Patients, According to Penn Medicine Study

Black patients who have been diagnosed with heart failure are no less likely than white patients to get atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat, or arrhythmia), according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 19, 2014

Penn-developed Method for Selecting Mental Health Treatments Receives $160,000 Award

MQ: Transforming Mental Health, a new United Kingdom-based charitable organization that supports mental health research, announced Wednesday the first major investment of its new flagship research program, PsyIMPACT. A team of University of Pennsylvania researchers is amon

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 18, 2014

Penn-led Team Prevents Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

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In a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Sleep is a critical period for memory consolidation, and most people don’t get enough. Research has shown that even brief periods of sleep deprivation can lead to deficits in memory formation.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

Penn Study Examines Patients' Perspectives on Deactivation of Implantable Defibrillators in End-of-Life Scenarios

Most patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs)—small devices placed in a person’s chest to help treat irregular heartbeats with electrical pulses, or shocks—haven’t thought about device deactivation if they were to develop a serious illness from which they were not expected to recover.  But given c

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369November 17, 2014

Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S.