Health & Medicine

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Taking an Alternative Path in Fighting the Disease

July 16, 2010

John Trojanowski and Virginia Lee of the School of Medicine are cited for their innovative Alzheimer’s research.

Article Source: New York Times

Sleep? Too Busy in Bed

July 16, 2010

James Findley and Philip Gerhman of the School of Medicine and Penn Sleep Center say the brain associates one’s bed with sleep.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422 July 19, 2010

Federal Grant Will Enable Netter Center’s Nutrition Program to Expand Service to More High School Students

PHILADELPHIA -- The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, can now expand its mission, thanks to a $900,000 federal grant.

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Penn Researchers Discover New Role for Master Regulator in Cell Metabolism, Response to Stress

AMP-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, is a master regulator protein of metabolism that is conserved from yeast to humans. When a cell is low on fuel, AMPK shuts down processes that use energy and turns on processes that produce energy.

Biologists have been studying how AMPK works for several decades and know that once it is activated, AMPK turns on a large number of genes by passing the "make more energy" message through numerous signaling cascades in the cell. What was not known, until now, was that AMPK also works via an epigenetic mechanism to slow down or stop cell growth.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | (215) 349-5658 July 19, 2010

Rescuing Fruit Flies from Alzheimer’s Disease

Investigators have found that fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) males -- in which the activity of an Alzheimer’s disease protein is reduced by 50 percent -- show impairments in learning and memory as they age. What’s more, the researchers were able to prevent the age-related deficits by treating the flies with drugs such as lithium, or by genetic manipulations that reduced nerve-cell signaling.

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Better Living Through Implants

July 15, 2010

Brian Litt of the School of Medicine is highlighted for his work on brain implant effectiveness.

Article Source: PC World

Companies Get Fat Off the Fat of Children

July 19, 2010

The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative is cited for its health-initiative outreach.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | July 19, 2010

Seven in School of Veterinary Medicine Honored With Teaching Awards

Seven faculty members in the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are recipients of 2010 teaching awards.   

Health Care's "Consumer Reports": Helping Doctors Find the Best Treatments for You

July 13, 2010

Craig Umscheid of the School of Medicine and the Penn Medicine's Center for Evidence-Based Practice authors an op-ed on the consumer’s role in doctors’ prescription choices.

Article Source: Huffington Post

Veterinarian Scientists Bring Unique Perspectives to Translational Research

July 16, 2010

Susan Volk and Michael Atchison of the School of Veterinary Medicine discuss veterinarians’ role in translational research.

Article Source: Science