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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 1, 2014

Penn Study in Fruit Flies Shows that Epilepsy Drug Target May Have Implications for Brain Disorder Sleep Disruption

A new study in a mutant fruitfly called sleepless (sss) confirmed that the enzyme GABA transaminase, which is the target of some epilepsy drugs, contributes to sleep loss.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Present Findings on New Interventions for Treatment Resistant Hypertension, Atherosclerosis

Penn Medicine experts presented research findings that could come to define new standards of cardiovascular care, including findings on the efficacy of novel interventions for treatment resistant hypertension and atherosclerosis, at the 2014 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session, ACC.14.

Obesity Surgery Proves Effective for Treating Diabetes

March 31, 2014

Noel Williams of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his thoughts on performing obesity surgeries to help treat diabetes.

Article Source: USA Today
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2014

New Penn-Designed Gel Allows for Targeted Therapy After Heart Attack

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Each patient responds to heart attacks differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another. Penn researchers have developed a way to address this variation via a material that can be applied directly to damaged heart tissue.

Combatting the tissue degrading enzymes that cause lasting damage following a heart attack is tricky. Each patient responds to a heart attack differently and damage can vary from one part of the heart muscle to another, but existing treatments can’t be fine-tuned to deal with this variation. 

Distance an Obstacle for Veterans Needing Transplants

March 26, 2014

David Goldberg of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Veterans who live close to a transplant center might be more likely to go home after their discharge from the hospital and not have to relocate.”

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation

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Penn Study Shows Geographic Disparities in Access to Liver Transplantation and Greater Risk of Death Among Veterans Living Farthest from Designated VA Transplant Centers. Findings Reveal System of Centralized Transplantation Care May Place Lives at Risk.

PHILADELPHIA — Veterans with liver disease who live more than 100 miles from a Veterans Administration hospital that offers liver transplants are only half as likely to be placed on the liver transplant waitlist to receive a new organ compared to veterans who live closer to transplant centers, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine of th

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183
Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604March 20, 2014

Penn-designed Device Shows Promise for Individualized Care in Stroke Patients

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Using a Penn-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow in acute stroke patients, researchers are now learning how head of bed (HOB) positioning affects blood flow reaching the brain.

Using a University of Pennsylvania-designed device to noninvasively and continuously monitor cerebral blood flow (CBF) in acute stroke patients, researchers from Penn Medicine and the Department of Physics & Astronomy in Penn Arts and Sciences are now learning how head of

Video: Shift Workers Beware: Sleep Loss May Cause Brain Damage, New Research Says

March 19, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how long-term sleep deprivation can lead to brain damage.

Article Source: CNN
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 18, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Show How Lost Sleep Leads to Lost Neurons

Most people appreciate that not getting enough sleep impairs cognitive performance. For the chronically sleep-deprived such as shift workers, students, or truckers, a common strategy is simply to catch up on missed slumber on the weekends. According to common wisdom, catch up sleep repays one's "sleep debt," with no lasting effects.

Lost Sleep Leads to Loss of Brain Cells, Study Suggests

March 19, 2014

Sigrid Veasey of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “We now have evidence that sleep loss can lead to irreversible injury.”

Article Source: BBC News