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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 25, 2014

Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

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In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

As long as humans have been alive, they’ve been seeking ways to extend life just a little longer. So far no one has found the fountain of youth, but researchers have begun to understand how humans age, little by little, offering hope for therapies that may blunt the effects of time on the body.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660
Media Contact:Joseph J. Diorio | jdiorio@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-1798September 25, 2014

Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines Does Not Predict a Higher Rate of Vaccination, Penn Study Finds

“Knowledge is power” is an old saying. Another cliché warns, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” When it comes to getting inoculated against the Human Papilloavirus (HPV), it seems that neither saying is true.

Could Brain Injuries Be Behind the NFL Rap Sheet?

September 17, 2014

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Aggression is one of the most common aspects of severe TBI.”

Article Source: NBC News

Audio: Fighting the Ebola Epidemic

September 23, 2014

Harvey Rubin of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about the Ebola epidemic.

Dye Offers Hope for Removal of All Traces of Tumors

September 21, 2014

Sunil Singhal of the Perelman School of Medicine and David Holt of the School of Veterinary Medicine are quoted about studying a way to make tumors glow in order to detect cancer.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 18, 2014

Penn Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Video: Health: Local Doctors Discover New Way to Light Up Hard to Find Cancer

September 17, 2014

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Sunil Singhal comments on studying how to make tumors glow in order to find cancer.

Article Source: CBS3 (Philadelphia)
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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653September 17, 2014

Penn Medicine and Wistar Receive $12 Million NCI Melanoma Grant to Help Fast Track Lab Discoveries into Treatments

Penn Medicine and The Wistar Institute have been awarded a prestigious $12.1 million SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658September 17, 2014

Penn Muscle Institute Biologists Receive $9 Million to Research Cellular Motors

Researchers in the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute (PMI), based at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have received $9 million over the next five years from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to investigate the biology of cellular motors.

Risks of Twins, Triplets May Prompt IVF Patients to Opt for Singletons

September 16, 2014

Research from the Perelman School of Medicine’s Pooja Mehta and Mark Pauly of the Wharton School is cited.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times