Penn Medicine Study Shows Menopause Does Not Increase or Create Difficulty Sleeping

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:02

Women in their late thirties and forties who have trouble sleeping are more than three times more likely to suffer sleep problems during menopause than women who have an easier time getting shut-eye, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Study Reveals Possible Therapeutic Target for Common, But Mysterious Brain Blood Vessel Disorder

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 15:54

Tens of millions of people around the world have abnormal, leak-prone sproutings of blood vessels in the brain called cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs). These abnormal growths can lead to seizures, strokes, hemorrhages, and other serious conditions, yet their precise molecular cause has never been determined. Now, cardiovascular scientists at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have studied this pathway in heart development to discover an important set of molecular signals, triggered by CCM-linked gene defects, that potentially could be targeted to treat the disorder.

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Penn-led Study: Children With Respiratory Failure Can Be Awake Yet Comfortable in ICU

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:57
blurb:  Standard practice in hospitals is to fully sedate children on ventilators for their comfort and safety, but a new study shows that lighter, more finely-tuned sedation can be just as effective.

For small children, being hospitalized is an especially frightening experience above and beyond the challenges of whatever they are being treated for. They are often connected to a variety of unpleasant tubes and monitors, which they may instinctively try to remove.    

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Gospel Choir Fuels Hopefulness and Happiness at Penn

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:58

For members of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, singing and producing shows together is a joyful and meaningful part of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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A Message to the Penn Community

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:00
blurb:  In the past year, we led a comprehensive review of the University’s protocols for responding to complaints of sexual violence. Finding the best policies and procedures for complaints of sexual violence is a matter of the upmost importance for every university in the country. We reviewed the University’s disciplinary process for handling complaints of sexual violence, consulted widely with campus constituents, and analyzed legislative changes, guidance from the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, and procedures utilized by peer institutions. As a result of this work, we determined that our procedures for handling complaints could be strengthened.

A Message to the Penn Community

From

Amy Gutmann, President

Vincent Price, Provost

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Researchers at Penn, Berkeley and Illinois Use Oxides to Flip Graphene Conductivity

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:33

Graphene, a one-atom thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a revolutionary material that will take the place of silicon at the heart of electronics. The unmatched speed at which it can move electrons, plus its essentially two-dimensional form factor, make it an attractive alternative, but several hurdles to its adoption remain.

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Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:19

The Jewish Book Council has named University of Pennsylvania professor Kathryn Hellerstein recipient of the 2014 Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies for her A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014).

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Penn Dental Medicine Team Shows Why Wound Healing Is Impaired in Diabetics

Latest Penn News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:53
blurb:  Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine have identified a critical molecule that helps explain why diabetics suffer from slow wound healing and pinpoints a target for therapies that could help boost healing.

One of the most troubling complications of diabetes is its effect on wound healing. Roughly 15 percent of diabetics will suffer from a non-healing wound in their lifetime. In some cases, these open ulcers on the skin lead to amputations.

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Penn PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts to Receive APA’s 2015 Fuller Award

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:35

The American Psychiatric Association has named University of Pennsylvania professor Dorothy Roberts recipient of the 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award in recognition of her demonstrated leadership and exceptional achievements.

The award honors “a Black citizen who has pioneered in an area which has significantly benefitted the quality of life for Black people.”

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Open Learning Initiative Reaches Penn Alumni Online and Around the Globe

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 15:50
blurb:  Last semester, Penn offered a modified, alumni-exclusive version of “History of the Slave South,” an online course taught by history professor Stephanie McCurry from the School of Arts & Sciences.

For the first time last fall, the University of Pennsylvania invited Quakers from around the globe to participate in an alumni-exclusive version of a massive open online course.

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Field Center at Penn Addresses America’s ‘Throwaway Children’ Through History

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:54
blurb:  The Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research will host “The U.S. Response to Throwaway Children: From Orphan Trains to the Current Migrant Crisis,” which will include Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train, the 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection, Monday, Feb. 9.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host a community symposium in conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 9, at 8:30 a.m.

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Penn Medicine Bioethicists Call for Return to Asylums for Long-Term Psychiatric Care

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:42

As the United States population has doubled since 1955, the number of inpatient psychiatric beds in the United States has been cut by nearly 95 percent to just 45,000, a wholly inadequate equation when considering that there are currently 10 million U.S. residents with serious mental illness.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Possible New General Anesthetics

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:40

Penn Medicine researchers, in a continuation of their groundbreaking work to better understand how anesthesia works in the body, have found the first new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Their findings, published in February issue of Anesthesiology, detail the processes through which the group uncovered these compounds.

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Medicaid "Fee Bump" to Primary Care Doctors Associated with Better Access to Appointments, According to Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:35

The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Penn Study Uncovers Secrets of a Clump-Dissolving Protein

Latest Penn News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 10:33

Workhorse molecules called heat-shock proteins contribute to refolding proteins that were once misfolded and clumped, causing such disorders as Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease. James Shorter, PhD, an associate professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has been developing ways to "reprogram" one such protein – a yeast protein called Hsp104 -- to improve its therapeutic properties.

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Brookings Tops List of Penn’s 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Rankings

Latest Penn News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 13:54

The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania today released its 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, the most comprehensive ranking of the world’s top think tanks. Simultaneous launch events were held by 77 organizations in 59 cities in 49 countries worldwide. The report will be translated into more than 20 languages.

The Brookings Institution topped the list, as it did last year.

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Penn’s Lorene Cary Announces Safe Kids Stories Initiative

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:14

Lorene Cary, a senior lecturer in the English Department in the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences, is leading a new initiative called Safe Kids Stories, a website and social movement designed to promote Philadelphia programs that create safe havens for children and youth.

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Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Latest Penn News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:39

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Penn’s Ira Harkavy Honored With Ernest L. Boyer Award for Lifetime of Work

Latest Penn News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:12
blurb:  During the Association of American Colleges & Universities meeting in Washington, D.C., New American Colleges & Universities will honor Ira Harkavy from the Netter Center.

Ira Harkavy, the associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, will be honored with the fifth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award on Jan.

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