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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

Editorial: Another Plus for DHS

July 14, 2010

Cindy Christian of the School of Medicine and Safe Place, the Center for Child Protection and Health, is praised for her child advocacy in light of her appointment as child-abuse expert at the Philadelphia Department of Human Services.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Danger to Dogs: Some Gums, Mints Can Kill

July 12, 2010

Ken Drobatz of the School of Veterinary Medicine says gum can cause life-threatening symptoms if consumed by canines.

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

The Bigger Your Head, the Better Your Memory?

July 14, 2010

Steven Arnold of the School of Medicine and Penn Memory Center discusses a study linking head size to memory.

Article Source: MSNBC

Hearing Helps Us See What We Can’t See

July 12, 2010

Gary Lupyan of the School of Arts and Sciences and his team of researchers are cited for their study of the connection between visual and auditory learning.

Article Source: Futurity