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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2014

Study from Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center Helps Dispel Commonly-Held Beliefs about Cancer Care and Patient Demands for Treatment

Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results from a study that will be presented by researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center  (ACC) and the Perelma

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653May 14, 2014

Penn Medicine: Large Panel Genetic Testing Produces More Questions than Answers in Breast Cancer

While large genetic testing panels promise to uncover clues about patients’ DNA, a team of researchers from Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) has found that those powerful tests tend to produce more questions than they answer.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 15, 2014

"Bystander" Chronic Infections Thwart Development of Immune Cell Memory, Penn Study Finds

Studies of vaccine programs in the developing world have revealed that individuals with chronic infections such as malaria and hepatitis tend to be less likely to develop the fullest possible immunity benefits from vaccines for unrelated illnesses.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194May 15, 2014

Penn Vet Study Reveals Salmonella’s Hideout Strategy

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A study led by researchers in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine reveals how some Salmonella bacteria hide from the immune system, allowing them to persist and cause systemic infection.

The body’s innate immune system is a first line of defense, intent on sensing invading pathogens and wiping them out before they can cause harm. It should not be surprising then that bacteria have evolved many ways to specifically evade and overcome this sentry system in order to spread infection.

Dog’s Best Friend? Other Dogs That Give Blood

May 14, 2014

Kym Marryott of the School of Veterinary Medicine is quoted about the traveling veterinary lab.

Article Source: Associated Press

In Breast Cancer, Genetic Testing Outpaces the Clinic, Penn Study Finds

May 14, 2014

Kara Maxwell of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for leading new research on the usefulness of genetic knowledge of breast cancer mutations.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183May 15, 2014

Penn Researchers Show Human Learning Altered by Electrical Stimulation of Dopamine Neurons

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A new study may hold potential for rehabilitation after injury or for treating addictive behaviors.

Stimulation of a certain population of neurons within the brain can alter the learning process, according to a team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons at the University of Pennsylvania.

Importance of Sleep: New Study Says Modern Society ‘Needs to Rest’

May 14, 2014

Siobhan Banks of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “Some research has suggested that sleep restriction over many years may affect metabolism, increasing the risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes.”

ER Visits for Concussions Spike as Damage Becomes Clear

May 13, 2014

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on research on traumatic brain injuries from concussions caused by sports.

Article Source: NBC News

Different Way to Treat Depression: Games

May 5, 2014

Graduate student Ann Marie Roepke of the School of Arts and Sciences is highlighted for research using SuperBetter.

Article Source: Wall Street Journal