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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 24, 2014

Penn Medicine Study: Sorafenib Shows Success in Advanced Differentiated Thyroid Cancer Patients

The kidney and liver cancer drug sorafenib holds metastatic thyroid cancer at bay for nearly twice as long as a placebo, according to a new study from researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania published in the journal Lancet. This is the first effective treatment for thyroid cancer patients who progress following standard treatments.

Why It’s Good to Sleep a Lot When You’re Sick

April 24, 2014

Julie Williams of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses her research that links sleep and immune function in fruitflies.

Article Source: Huffington Post
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369April 23, 2014

Penn Medicine: Two Commonly Used Medications Equally Effective in Treating Seizures in Children

The sedative drugs diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are equally effective in treating the prolonged seizures known as status epilepticus in children, according to a randomized, controlled study by a multi-institution team of researchers with the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, including an expert from the Perelm

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 22, 2014

Sleeping Away Infection: Penn Researchers Find Link between Sleep and Immune Function in Fruitflies

When we get sick it feels natural to try to hasten our recovery by getting some extra shuteye.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660April 22, 2014

Penn Medicine Researchers Uncover Hints of a Novel Mechanism Behind General Anesthetic Action

Despite decades of common use for surgeries of all kinds, the precise mechanism through which general anesthesia works on the body remains a mystery. This may come as a surprise to the millions of Americans who receive inhaled general anesthesia each year.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 22, 2014

Penn Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies a New Mammalian Clock Gene

Over the last few decades researchers have characterized a set of clock genes that drive daily rhythms of physiology and behavior in all types of species, from flies to humans. Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more.

New Painkiller Rekindles Addiction Concerns

April 21, 2014

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her comments on the drug Zohydro.

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: How Much Sleep Is Enough? Researchers Will Evaluate National Guidelines

April 18, 2014

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine discusses sleep research and “really looking into seeing how sleep fits alongside other aspects of health like diet, exercise.”

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653April 21, 2014

Radiation Oncologists at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center Say Model Will Preserve Access to Technology and Propel Research

Proton therapy is in the proverbial chicken or the egg scenario.  Companies are pulling back on reimbursements to treat some cancers—notably prostate, breast and lung—because of the added expense and limited evidence to back it up.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658April 21, 2014

Penn Study Clarifies Action of Potential New Class of Pain Relievers that May Benefit, not Hurt, the Heart

Nonsteroidal antinflamatory drugs (NSAIDs) that block an enzyme called COX-2 relieve pain and inflammation but can cause heart attacks, stroke, heart failure, and even sudden cardiac death. This has prompted a decade-plus search for safer, but still effective, alternatives to these commonly prescribed, pain-relieving drugs.