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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2015

Giving HOPE: U.S. Has Nearly 400 HIV-Positive Potential Organ Donors, Penn Study Finds

In the first-of-its-kind study since the passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (the HOPE Act), which lifted the ban on organ donations from one HIV-positive person to another, Penn Medicine researchers report on the quality of these organs and how their use might impact the country’s organ shortage. 

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Media Contact:Anna Duerr | anna.duerr@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369May 13, 2015

Penn Study Finds that Various Financial Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Four different financial incentive programs, each worth roughly $800 over six months, all help more smokers kick the habit than providing free access to behavioral counseling and nicotine replacement therapy.

Bribery Is the Best Way to Quit Smoking, Study Shows

May 14, 2015

Scott Halpern of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about the results of a study that reveals how the threat of losi

Article Source: Time.com

Mentors Help Patients With Rehab and Offer Insider Tips Along the Way

May 11, 2015

Judith Long of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for studying the effect of peer mentorship of veterans who are

Article Source: Wall Street Journal

How to Take the Perfect Nap

May 12, 2015

Michael Grandner of the Perelman School of Medicine suggest the ideal naptime is 20-30 minutes.

Article Source: Men’s Health
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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 6, 2015

Female Cystic Fibrosis Patients Need More Contraceptive Guidance, Penn Medicine Study Finds

nly half of women with cystic fibrosis (CF) report using contraception and frequently apt to become pregnant unintentionally, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at t

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 6, 2015

Plant Toxin Causes Biliary Atresia in Animal Model, According to Penn Study

A study in this week’s Science Translational Medicine is a classic example of how seemingly unlikely collaborators can come together to make surprising discoveries.

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

Penn Medicine Study Reveals Why Almost Half of At-Risk Patients Opt Out of Comprehensive Multiplex Cancer Screening

Some at-risk patients opted out of comprehensive cancer gene screening when presented with the opportunity to be tested for the presence of genes linked to various cancers, according to a recent study led by researchers at the 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 8, 2015

Penn Team Finds Protein "Cement" that Stabilizes the Crossroad of Chromosomes

Cell division is the basis of life and requires that each daughter cell receive the proper complement of chromosomes. In most organisms, this process is mediated at the familiar constricted intersection of X-shaped chromosomes.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964May 8, 2015

Most Women are Unaware of New Guidelines for Pap Test Frequency, Penn Medicine Study Reveals

Women know that Pap tests are a useful screening test for cervical cancer, but according to a new study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, most of those surveyed are unaware of the updated screening guidelines for