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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 10, 2011

Molecules Work the Day Shift to Protect the Liver from Accumulating Fat, Says Penn Study

The liver normally makes and stores fat, which is required in moderation for normal body function. However, if the process goes awry, excess fat in the liver can cause major liver damage.  In fact, fatty liver is a leading cause of liver failure in the United States, and is often brought on by obesity and diabetes. In turn, the increasing prevalence of these diseases has brought with it an epidemic of liver disease.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658March 9, 2011

Penn Study: 'GPS System' for Protein Synthesis in Nerve Cells Gives Clues for Understanding Brain Disorders

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania explain how a class of RNA molecules is able to target the genetic building blocks that guide the functioning of a specific part of the nerve cell. Abnormalities at this site are in involved in epilepsy, neurodegenerative disease, and cognitive disorders. Their results are published this week in the journal Neuron.

High-Tech Limbs

March 7, 2011

The Neurosurgery department of the School of Medicine is cited for efforts to integrate prostheses into a patient’s nervous system.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

At the Flower Show: Tips for Keeping Sniffles at Bay

March 7, 2011

James Palmer of the School of Medicine comments on battling flower allergies.

Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Video: A Country Fighting to Stay Awake

March 3, 2011

Michael Grandner of the School of Medicine is interviewed about sleep deprivation.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 8, 2011

13 Novel Genetic Components of Coronary Artery Disease Identified

An international analysis of 14 genome-wide association studies involving over 100,000 patients has identified 13 new genetic risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD).

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820March 8, 2011

Lauren Greenfield’s ”Girl Culture” at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery

PHILADELPHIA — “Girl Culture” opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on April 9. 

Featuring 50 color photographs of girls and young women from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds across the United States, “Girl Culture” explores girls’ relationships with their own bodies and popular culture. The images in this show examine contemporary life for girls, addressing topics such as sexuality, body image and weight-loss culture.

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Media Contact:Joe Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798March 7, 2011

Media Character Use on Food Packaging Appears to Influence Children’s Taste Assessment

CHICAGO – The use of media characters on cereal packaging may influence children’s opinions about taste, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The article is the outgrowth of a study by Annenberg doctoral students Matthew Lapierre and Sarah Vaala, and Deborah L. Linebarger, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication.

Creating Tomorrow’s Abortion Providers at UC and Stanford

February 26, 2011

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine says “education about abortion is not the same as advocating for abortion.”

Article Source: San Jose Mercury News

Video: Sleep Deprivation Risks: 1 in 20 Fall Asleep at Wheel, CDC Says

March 3, 2011

Allan Pack of the School of Medicine is interviewed about sleep deprivation.

Article Source: ABC News