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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 4, 2015

Penn Medicine: Gorilla Origins of the Last Two AIDS Virus Lineages Confirmed

Two of the four known groups of human AIDS viruses (HIV-1 groups O and P) have originated in western lowland gorillas, according to an international team of scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Montpellier, the University of Edinburgh, and others.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 2, 2015

Successful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Youth Leads to Decreased Thinking about Suicide, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Penn Medicine researchers found that patients who did not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety in childhood had more chronic and enduring patterns of suicidal ideation at 7 to 19 years after treatment. This study adds to the literature that suggests that successful CBT for childhood anxiety confers long-term benefits. The complete study is available in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194March 4, 2015

Penn Scientists Describe the Function of an Enzyme Critical to Male Fertility

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In a study published in the journal Genes and Development, University of Pennsylvania researchers have filled in details of how an enzyme, through interactions with a network of nearly two dozen other genes, protects the integrity of the germ line by giving rise to a class of RNA molecules that are essential to sperm development.

Researchers are one step closer to unraveling the extraordinarily complex series of processes that lead to an event crucial to human reproduction: the creation of sperm.

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

Penn Surgeon Makes Life-saving Donation to Ukrainian Children’s Hospital

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Scott Bartlett, a professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the Peter Randall Endowed Chair in Pediatric Craniofacial Treatment and Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, orchestrated a $12,000 donation to the Odessa Regional Children's Hospital in Ukraine. The grant enabled doctors to perform life-saving surgery on dozens of infants with congenital heart defects.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

When Should a Child Go To the ER?

March 1, 2015

Vice chair emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Abbuhl, comments on how there isn’t a simple definition of appropriate emergency room use.<

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194February 25, 2015

Penn Vet Researchers Identify Effective Treatment for Niemann Pick Type C

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A study coming out in Science Translational Medicine and led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine researchers has shown that cats with the rare disease Niemann Pick type C — which mirrors the human version of the disease — show vast improvements when treated with a compound called cyclodextrin.

Niemann Pick Disease type C, or NPC, is a disease most people have never heard of, affecting just one person in 150,000. Yet the disease is a devastating one. Frequently diagnosed in children in their elementary school years, sufferers usually die by the time they’re 20.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653February 23, 2015

Penn Medicine Physician Finds No Preventive Benefits for Widely Used Kidney Cancer Drugs

Two widely used targeted therapy drugs— approved by the FDA for use in metastatic kidney cancer —are no more effective than a placebo in preventing return of the disease to increase life spans of patients suffering from advanced kidney cancer after surgery, according to new results to be presented by a researcher at the U

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

Eczema Medication Unlikely to Increase Risk of Cancer in Children, Penn Team Finds

The topical eczema medicine pimecrolimus appears unlikely to be associated with an increased risk of cancer in children, based on a group of children who were followed for 10 years, 

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659February 18, 2015

Penn Medicine Study Describes Development of Personalized Cellular Therapy for Brain Cancer

Immune cells engineered to seek out and attack a type of deadly brain cancer were found to be both safe and effective at controlling tumor growth in mice that were treated with these modified cells, according to a study published in Scienc

Signs of Sleep Debt Found in the Blood

February 9, 2015

Amita Sehgal of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for researching signs of sleep debt.

Article Source: ScienceNews