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Penn Doctor Going Back for Second Tour Fighting Ebola in Africa

January 2, 2015

Trish Henwood of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for continuing work in an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

New Brain-Imaging Approach Could Help Smokers Quit

January 2, 2015

Caryn Lerman of the Perelman School of Medicine is spotlighted for researching a new brain-imaging approach that could

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Audio: Brainy or Brawny? For Ants, It Comes Down to More Than DNA

December 26, 2014

Daniel SimolaRoberto Bonasio and 

The Science Behind Soothing, Stressful, and Sleep-inducing Sounds

January 5, 2015

Maria Geffen of the Perelman School of Medicine explains how sound works.

Article Source: Yahoo! Health
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 21, 2015

Twitter Can Predict Rates of Coronary Heart Disease, According to Penn Research

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Penn researchers have now shown that the social media platform Twitter can serve as a dashboard indicator of a community’s psychological well being and can predict rates of heart disease.

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what’s on their minds.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 31, 2014

Penn Scientists Identify Patterns of RNA Regulation in the Nuclei of Plants

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In a new study done in plants, University of Pennsylvania biologists give a global view of the patterns that can affect the various RNA regulatory processes that occur before these molecules move into the cytoplasm, where they are translated into the proteins that make up a living organism.

When the human genome was first sequenced, experts predicted they would find about 100,000 genes. The actual number has turned out to be closer to 20,000, just a few thousand more than fruit flies have. The question logically arose: how can a relatively small number of genes lay the blueprint for the complexities of the human body?

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 19, 2014

Penn Researchers Model the Mechanics of Cells’ Long-range Communication

Interdisciplinary research at the University of Pennsylvania is showing how cells interact over long distances within fibrous tissue, like that associated with many diseases of the liver, lungs and other organs.

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369December 18, 2014

Penn Study Demonstrates Effective Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes Patients with Severe Hypoglycemia

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led by researchers at the 

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 18, 2014

Penn and UGA Awarded $23.4 Million Contract for Pathogen Genomics Database

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A five-year, $23.4 million contract from the NIH will support a growing database of genomic information about disease-causing microbes, co-directed by the University of Pennsylvania's David Roos.

At the turn of the millennium, the cost to sequence a single human genome exceeded $50 million, and the process took a decade to complete. Microbes have genomes, too, and the first reference genome for a malaria parasite was completed in 2002 at a cost of roughly $15 million. But today researchers can sequence a genome in a single afternoon for just a few thousand dollars.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658December 11, 2014

Penn Researchers Tame the Inflammatory Response in Kidney Dialysis

Frequent kidney dialysis is essential for the approximately 350,000 end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in the United States.