Health & Medicine


Study Pinpoints When People Are Most Likely to Commit Suicide

June 3, 2014

Michael Perlis of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “This appears to be the first data to suggest that circadian factors may contribute to suicidality and help explain why insomnia is also a risk factor for suicidal ideation and behavior.”

Article Source: CBS News

Smoking Cannabis Does Affect Sleep – Especially if You Start Before the Age of 15

June 3, 2014

Jilesh Chheda and Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for researching how marijuana could cause difficulty sleeping.

Article Source: Daily Mail (U.K.)
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | | 215-349-5653June 2, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Investigate Worry and Behavior Among Teens at Higher Risk for Breast Cancer

Teenage girls with a familial or genetic risk for breast cancer worry more about getting the disease, even when their mother has no history, compared to girls their age with no known high risks, according to new data presented today by researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center at th

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | | 215-349-5658May 29, 2014

Quality Control: Penn Study Shows How Misfolded Proteins are Selected for Disposal

It’s almost axiomatic that misfolded proteins compromise how cells normally function and cause debilitating human disease, but how these proteins are detected and degraded within the body is not well understood.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | | 215-349-8369June 2, 2014

Penn Medicine Research Reveals Suicides Are Far More Likely to Occur After Midnight

A new study by researchers at Penn Medicine is the first to reveal that suicides are far more likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. than during the daytime or evening.

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Marijuana Use May Impair Sleep Quality

A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that marijuana use may be associated with impaired sleep quality, especially in people who have been using the drug since their teenage years.

New Therapies for a Debilitating Condition

June 2, 2014

James Lewis of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about a new strategy for treating Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.

Article Source: New York Times

A Lifesaving Chain, From Hollywood to Phila.

May 25, 2014

Harvey Rubin of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for his research and involvement in the project Energize the Chain.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | | 215-349-5964May 29, 2014

Penn Study Highlights Significant Side Effects Experienced by BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgical Procedure

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abram

Penn, CHOP Study Finds Blood Flow to the Brain Changes in Teens

May 29, 2014

Ted Satterthwaite of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses his collaborative research on how blood flow to the brain changes in teenagers.