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Two Penn Seniors to Aid Parkinson’s Patients With Innovative Motion-tracking Device

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:43
blurb:  A rough estimate of the amount of steps taken in a day might be enough for the average fitness tracker or smartwatch user, but, for people with movement disorders, more fine-grained data could be life changing. Penn seniors Alfredo Muniz and Sade Oba aim to make that vision a reality.

This is the first of two features introducing the University of Pennsylvania’s 2016 President’s Innovation Prize winners.

A rough estimate of the amount of steps taken in a day might be enough for the average fitness tracker or smartwatch user, but, for people with movement disorders like Parkinson’s disease, more fine-grained data could be life changing.

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Penn Global Seminar Readings and Study Abroad Transport Students to Paris

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:20
blurb:  In the second of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, two professors share how they crossed schools and disciplines to co-teach a course with an embedded short study-abroad trip to Paris.

(In the second of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, two professors share how they crossed schools and disciplines to co-teach a course with an embedded short study-abroad trip to Paris.)

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Fossil Dog Represents a New Species, Penn Paleontology Grad Student Finds

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:20

A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog. The specimen, found in Maryland, would have roamed the coast of eastern North America approximately 12 million years ago, at a time when massive sharks like megalodon swam in the oceans.

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The Journey Is the Destination in Penn Global Seminar

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 09:06
blurb:  In the first of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, undergraduates share what they learned traveling to Morocco and Zanzibar as part of the study-abroad component of one of the seminar courses.

(In the first of a two part series on the University of Pennsylvania’s inaugural Penn Global Seminars, undergraduates share what they learned traveling to Morocco and Zanzibar as part of the study-abroad component of one of the seminar courses.)

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Penn Bioengineers Show Why Lab-made Stem Cells Might Fail: Errors in DNA Folding

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 17:08

Induced pluripotent stem cells hold promise for regenerative medicine because they can, in theory, turn into any type of tissue and because they are made from a patient’s own adult cells, guaranteeing compatibility.

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Placental RNA May Help Protect Embryo from Viruses, Penn Study Finds

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:02
blurb:  In a new study, the University of Pennsylvania's Montserrat Anguera and colleagues have identified a long non-coding RNA, or lncRNA, that contributes to a crucial function of the placenta: protecting the unborn baby from invading pathogens.

The human placenta is an organ unlike any other. During the course of nine months it is formed by the embryo, sustains life and then is shed.

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Penn Researcher Calls for Changes to Increase Access to Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screening

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:54

Colorectal cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in the United States, expected to claim the lives of an estimated 49,190 people in 2016.

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Penn Study Finds Moderate Sedation More Effective than General Anesthesia for TAVR Patients

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:53

A new study finds the use of moderate sedation, in which patients do not need a breathing tube, leads to better clinical outcomes as compared to general anesthesia for patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

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Three Penn Students Named HHMI Medical Research Fellows

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:52

Three graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania have been selected as Medical Research Fellows by the Howard Hughes Medical Instituteread more

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Penn Medicine: Proof-of-Concept Animal Study Shows that Flexible, Dissolvable Silicon Electronic Device Holds Promise for Brain Monitoring

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:51

An implantable brain device that literally melts away at a pre-determined rate minimizes injury to tissue normally associated with standard electrode implantation, according to research led by a team from the 

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Testing Non-Breast/Ovarian Cancer Genes in High-Risk Women Leaves More Questions than Answers, Penn Study Finds

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:49

Running large, multi-gene sequencing panels to assess cancer risk is a growing trend in medicine as the price of the technology declines and more precise approaches to cancer care gain steam. The tests are particularly common among breast and ovarian cancer patients.

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Four Penn Medicine Physicians Elected to Prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:48

Four Penn Medicine physicians were elected this year to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), an honor society of more than 3,000 interdisciplinary physician-scientists from across the nation. Ronny I.

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Penn Medicine and Johns Hopkins: HIV Infections Drop, but U.S. Falls Short of National Goals

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:46

The number of new HIV infections and the transmission rate in the United States dropped by 11 and 17 percent, respectively, between 2010 and 2015, but fell short of the goals put forth by President Obama’s U.S.

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Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics and colleagues Identify "Roadmap" of Disease Mechanisms to Identify Candidate Drug Targets

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:35

The discovery of shared biological properties among independent variants of DNA sequences offers the opportunity to broaden understanding of the biological basis of disease and identify new therapeutic targets, according to a collaboration between the 

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Penn Medicine Researcher Receives $3 million NCI Grant to Study Links between Liver Cancer and HIV

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:24

Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of Medicine in the division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the read more

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Penn Graduate School of Education’s VAST Life Program Is Life Changing

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:21

On four Saturdays this spring, Sharon Thomas has made the hour-long drive from Hatboro to the University of Pennsylvania with a strong sense of urgency and hope.

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Penn’s Weingarten Learning Resources Center Offers Students Means to Thrive

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 12:47
blurb:  Working to address their specific needs as a part of a collaborative process, the Weingarten Learning Resources Center provides a safe, welcoming space for students with disabilities to “take control.”

The University of Pennsylvania’s all-grant aid program provides financial accessibility to an Ivy League education for a broad and diverse student body attracted to the rigorous academic community. Helping students facing the unique challenge of living with a disability is another way Penn is helping break down barriers. 

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Good Nutrition Positively Affects Social Development, Penn Research Shows

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:52
blurb:  In preschoolers, proper nutrition positively affects social development, a connection discovered by Jianghong Liu of Nursing and Medicine and PIK Professor Adrian Raine.

Proper nutrition during childhood can positively affect a child’s social behaviors and development.

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Two Penn Professors Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:11
blurb:  Roger Chartier, a history professor in the School of Arts & Sciences, and Beatrice Hahn, a professor of medicine and microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, were elected to the Academy’s 236th class.

Two professors from the University of Pennsylvania have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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