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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964April 7, 2015

Penn Study Shows Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer May Differ By Type of BRCA1, BRCA2 Mutation

In a study involving more than 31,000 women with cancer-causing mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, researchers at the Basser Center for BRCAthe Abramson Cancer Center, and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, identified mutations that are associated with significantly different risks of breast and ovarian cancers.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604April 6, 2015

Penn, Johns Hopkins and UCSB Research: Differences in Neural Activity Change Learning Rate

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A new study suggests that recruiting unnecessary parts of the brain for a given task, akin to over-thinking the problem, plays a critical role in the difference between people who pick up a new skill faster or slower.

Why do some people learn a new skill right away, while others only gradually improve? Whatever else may be different about their lives, something must be happening in their brains that captures this variation.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194
Media Contact:Peter Iglinski | peter.iglinski@rochester.edu | 585-273-4726April 6, 2015

Penn-Rochester Study Identifies a Novel Way to Deliver Drugs to Control Dental Plaque

Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194April 6, 2015

Penn Celebrates National Public Health Week

Penn's health schools are celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

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Transforming Nursing Home Care

April 1, 2015

Mary Ersek of the School of Nursing penned an op-ed about making changes to nursing home care.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660March 30, 2015

Odds of Reversing ICU Patients' Prior Preferences to Forgo Life-Sustaining Therapies Vary Widely Across the U.S., according to Penn Study

Intensive care units across the United States vary widely in how they manage the care of patients who have set preexisting limits on life-sustaining therapies, such as authorizing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and prohibiting interventions such as feeding tubes or dialysis, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work is published in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369March 31, 2015

HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients, According to Penn Study

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at theUniversity of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422`March 31, 2015

Penn Open Learning to Offer Updated Vaccine Course

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Beginning April 13, Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology and of pediatrics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, will present a new version of the free online vaccine course offered by the University of Pennsylvania through Penn’s Open Learning Initiative.

By Julie McWilliams

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Media Contact:Beth Adams | adamsnb@dental.upenn.edu | 215-573-8224
Media Contact:Anthony Hopkins | anthonyh@pccy.org | 215-563-5848 x23 March 30, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Teams Up With PCCY to Provide Free Dental Care to Children

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Students and faculty from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine will provide free dental care to 75 area children during the 12th annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO:             Students and Faculty from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

                        Public Citizens for Children and Youth 

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964March 27, 2015

Malnourished Patients are More Likely to Suffer Postoperative Complications than Morbidly Obese Patients Following Knee, Hip Replacement, Penn Study Finds

Malnourished patients are more likely to have complications following total knee or hip replacement surgeries than morbidly obese patients,according to new research from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are being presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas March 24-28.