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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 15, 2010

Successful Periodontal Therapy May Reduce the Risk of Preterm Birth, According to Penn Dental Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A collaboration led by a periodontal researcher from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has found a possible link between the success of gum-disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely, according to a study published in the journal BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604September 8, 2010

Why the Biological Clock? Penn Study Says Aging Reduces Centromere Cohesion, Disrupts Reproduction

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania biologists studying human reproduction have identified what is likely the major contributing factor to the maternal age-associated increase in aneuploidy, the term for an abnormal number of chromosomes during reproductive cell division.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 3, 2010

Moonstruck Primates: Owl Monkeys Need Moonlight as Much as a Biological Clock for Nocturnal Activity

PHILADELPHIA –- An international collaboration led by a University of Pennsylvania anthropologist has shown that environmental factors, like temperature and light, play as much of a role in the activity of traditionally nocturnal monkeys as the circadian rhythm that regulates periods of sleep and wakefulness.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460September 1, 2010

Hip Dysplasia Susceptibility in Dogs May Be Underreported, According to Penn Vet Comparative Study

PHILADELPHIA –- A study comparing a University of Pennsylvania method for evaluating a dog’s susceptibility to hip dysplasia to the traditional American method has shown that 80 percent of dogs judged to be normal by the traditional method are actually at risk for developing osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia, according to the Penn method.

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Hurricane Earl and the Outer Banks

Note for TV and radio: The University of Pennsylvania has a satellite uplink facility with live-shot capability near campus and an on-campus ISDN line. 

 

Expert:

            Dr. Benjamin Horton

            Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Science