Odds of Reversing ICU Patients' Prior Preferences to Forgo Life-Sustaining Therapies Vary Widely Across the U.S., according to Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:00

Intensive care units across the United States vary widely in how they manage the care of patients who have set preexisting limits on life-sustaining therapies, such as authorizing do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders and prohibiting interventions such as feeding tubes or dialysis, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their work is published in the current issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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HIV Patients Experience Better Kidney Transplant Outcomes than Hepatitis C Patients, According to Penn Study

Latest Penn News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:58

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus)-positive kidney transplant patients experienced superior outcomes when compared to kidney transplant patients with Hepatitis C and those infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at theUniversity of Pennsylvania and published online in Kidney International.

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Penn Students Express Themselves Through Spoken Word

Latest Penn News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:05

When members of the spoken word troupe The Excelano Project perform, their fans in the University of Pennsylvania community are spellbound by what they have to say. 

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Penn Team Discovers New Liquid Crystal Configurations

Latest Penn News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:26

Oil-based liquid crystals are ubiquitous; a deep understanding of their properties is behind the displays found in most computer monitors, televisions and smartphones. Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood, though their biocompatibility makes them a potential candidate for a variety of biological and medical applications. 

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For Four Students/Siblings, Penn Pride Is a Family Affair

Latest Penn News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 17:20

By Jill DiSanto

For the past 10 years, the Tedori family from Orange County, Calif., has maintained a strong presence at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Lightbulb Café Presents: ‘Why There’s Opposition to Depictions of Muhammad’

Latest Penn News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 17:07
blurb:  After events like the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical weekly that routinely published caricatures of Muhammad, and on other satirists and cartoonists in Europe, many may be wondering if depictions of Muhammad are actually forbidden in Islamic scripture? From where does this aversion to pictorial representations arise? And are all Muslims similarly offended? Professor Elias’ talk explores such questions within a broader context of cultural and political conflicts.

WHO:             Jamal Elias

                      Professor, Department of Religious Studies

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Penn Open Learning to Offer Updated Vaccine Course

Latest Penn News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 15:26
blurb:  Beginning April 13, Paul Offit, professor of vaccinology and of pediatrics at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, will present a new version of the free online vaccine course offered by the University of Pennsylvania through Penn’s Open Learning Initiative.

By Julie McWilliams

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Penn Dental Medicine Teams Up With PCCY to Provide Free Dental Care to Children

Latest Penn News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:19
blurb:  Students and faculty from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine will provide free dental care to 75 area children during the 12th annual Give Kids a Smile Day on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHO:             Students and Faculty from University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

                        Public Citizens for Children and Youth 

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Penn Freshman Turns Bullying Bystanders Into Anti-bullying ‘Upstanders’

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:31
blurb:  As he was preparing to graduate from high school last year, Jacob Gardenswartz, a freshman from San Diego, started laying the groundwork to expand a local anti-bullying theater project he helped develop into a national program. Last semester, he received a text message from his mother bearing good news. She sent a photo of the IRS letter granting his organization impACT on Stage 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

As he was preparing to graduate from high school last year, Jacob Gardenswartz, a University of Pennsylvania freshman from San Diego, started laying the groundwork to expand a local anti-bullying theater project he helped develop into a national program.

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Penn Netter Center’s STEM Programs Promote Inclusion and Better Science

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:02
blurb:  Amir Jones, a 10th grade student at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School, has always had an interest in science, but partnership activities coordinated by Moelis Access Science, a program operated by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, helped his interests reach a whole new level.

By Julie McWilliams

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Malnourished Patients are More Likely to Suffer Postoperative Complications than Morbidly Obese Patients Following Knee, Hip Replacement, Penn Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:33

Malnourished patients are more likely to have complications following total knee or hip replacement surgeries than morbidly obese patients,according to new research from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings are being presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas March 24-28. 

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Most NFL Players with Injuries to the Midfoot Return to Game Action, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:31

Nearly 93 percent of National Football League (NFL) athletes who sustained traumatic injuries to the midfoot returned to competition less than 15 months after injury and with no statistically significant decrease in performance, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The findings, which focus on Lisfranc injuries – characterized by fracture of the midfoot bones and/or disruption of the midfoot ligaments – between 2000-2010, were presented today at the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual conference in Las Vegas.

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Penn Medicine Experts Unveil Two New Ways to Identify Joint Replacement Patients at Risk for Post-Operative Complications

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:30

Orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have developed two new prediction tools aimed at identifying total hip and knee replacement patients who are at-risk of developing serious complications after surgery. The first tool identifies patients who have risk factors that should disqualify them from undergoing same-day (outpatient) or short-stay (overnight) total hip and knee replacement procedures, opting instead for traditional recovery pathways in the hospital.

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Roseroot Herb Shows Promise as Potential Depression Treatment Option, Penn Team Finds

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:28

Rhodiola rosea (R. rosea), or roseroot, may be a beneficial treatment option for major depressive disorder (MDD), according to results of a study in the journal Phytomedicine led by Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE, associate professor of Family Medicine, Community Health and Epidemiology and colleagues at the Perelman School of Medicine of University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine Study: In Debated Surgical Procedure, Technique Trumps Technology

Latest Penn News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:27

A team of orthopedic surgeons from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that modern technology for healing distal femur fractures is as safe and effective as its more established alternative, without a potential shortfall of the older approach.

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Swimming Algae Offer Penn Researchers Insights Into Living Fluid Dynamics

Latest Penn News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:59
blurb:  Very little is known about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures. Penn researchers have shown how a model organism's swimming strokes change along with a fluid's elasticity.

 By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

None of us would be alive if sperm cells didn’t know how to swim, or if the cilia in our lungs couldn’t prevent fluid buildup. But we know very little about the dynamics of so-called “living fluids,” those containing cells, microorganisms or other biological structures.

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Bioethics Commission Chaired by Penn’s Gutmann Focuses on Critical Neuroscience Issues

Latest Penn News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:04

Today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) released the second volume of its two-part response to President Obama’s request related to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

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Penn Dental Medicine to Host 7th Annual Oral Cancer Walk and 5K

Latest Penn News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:39
blurb:  This Saturday, March 28, Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty will host the 7th annual Philadelphia Oral Cancer Walk and 5K in an effort to raise awareness about the disease, both for health-care professionals and the general public.

WHO:             Penn Dental Medicine

                       University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Senior Investigates the State of Airport Security

Latest Penn News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:17
blurb:  As part of his honors thesis project, University of Pennsylvania senior Hillel Neumark has been investigating the history of airport security and reflecting on what can be done in the future to ensure that security measures are effective and trustworthy.

By Sarah Welsh

Ever since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, airport security has been at the forefront of national concern. The United States has since taken numerous measures to tighten security in airports, hoping to prevent similar attacks.

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President Gutmann Announces 2015 President’s Engagement Prize Winners at Penn

Latest Penn News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:00

President Amy Gutmann today announced the selection of five undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania as the inaugural President’s Engagement Prize recipients. Awarded annually to Penn students to design and undertake fully-funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate, the President’s Engagement Prizes underscore the high priority that Penn places on educating students to put their knowledge to work for the betterment of humankind. 

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