Health & Medicine

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Goodnight. Sleep Clean.

January 11, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how “restless nights disturb the brain’s normal metabolism.”

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 13, 2014

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier, Penn Medicine Study Suggests

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest in a new study published online today in Nature Medicine.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 10, 2014

Two Behavioral Interventions Help Cancer Patients Struggling with Sleep Issues, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Cancer patients who are struggling with sleep troubles, due in part to pain or side effects of treatment,  can count on two behavioral interventions for relief  – cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Penn Medicine researche

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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 January 13, 2014

Penn-Designed ‘Swiss Army Knife’ Molecule Captures RNA From Single Cells

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A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells.

A multi-disciplinary team from the University of Pennsylvania has published in Nature Methods a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby cells. This allows the researchers to analyze how cell-to-cell chemical connections influence individual cell function and overall protein production.  

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 9, 2014

Penn Medicine: Red Blood Cells Take on Many-Sided Shape During Clotting

Red blood cells are the body’s true shape shifters, perhaps the most malleable of all cell types, transforming – among many other forms -- into compressed discs capable of going through capillaries with diameters smaller than the blood cell itself. While studying how blood clots contract John W.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653January 9, 2014

Penn Medicine Epidemiologists Find Bed Bug Hotspots in Philadelphia, Identify Seasonal Trends

A new study from Penn Medicine epidemiologists that looked at four years of bed bug reports to the city of Philadelphia found that infestations have been increasing and were at their highest in August and lowest in February. The findings, published ahead of print on January 8 in the Journal of Medical Entomology, point to two possible peak times to strike and eliminate the bugs.

There’s Cold Comfort for Phila. on Bedbugs

January 9, 2014

Michael Levy of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses his research on bed bug hot spots in Philadelphia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Video: Are You a Binge Drinker? Your Doctor Likely Doesn’t Know, Report Finds

January 7, 2014

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on reasons why doctors avoid the subject of binge drinking with patients.

Article Source: NBC News
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2014

The ‘Personalized Advantage Index,’ a Decision-Making Tool, Developed at Penn

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One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a decision-making model that compares and weights multiple variables.

One of the primary social motivations for scientific research is the ability to make better decisions based on the results.

Unexpected Diagnosis: Some Medical Tests May Be Harmful to Your Health

January 8, 2014

President Amy Gutmann, chair of the federal bioethics commission, says “there’s a wide variety of reactions of people to incidental findings. Some people want to know them. Other people don’t.”

Article Source: NBC News