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Penn Graduate Student Attends Prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:57
blurb:  It’s not every day that a graduate student gets to meet a Nobel Laureate in her field. But this summer Rianne Esquivel, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, had the opportunity to meet not just one but 37 Nobel Laureates, all leaders in biomedical sciences.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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Penn Physicist Alison Sweeney Receives 2014 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:53

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced Wednesday that Alison Sweeney, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, will receive a 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

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Penn Medicine Announces Naming of Paul F. Harron, Jr. Lung Center

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:41

A $10 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania to name the Paul F. Harron, Jr.

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Penn Medicine: New Gene Therapy for "Bubble Boy" Disease Appears to be Safe, Effective

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 16:28

A new form of gene therapy for boys with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID-X1), a life-threatening condition also known as “bubble boy” disease, appears to be both effective and safe, according to an international clinical trial with sites in Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, London, a

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Penn Study Evaluates Medical Resident Assessment Tool to Reduce Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:36

A first-of-its-kind set of questions included in the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination (IM-ITE) illustrates the need to better evaluate resident proficiency in high-value care (HVC), according to a new study published in Annals of

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Penn’s Martin Seligman Honored With Inaugural TANG Prize for Lifetime of Work

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:43

Martin Seligman, the director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences, will be honored with the inaugural

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Penn’s Field Center to Host Annual Field of Dreams Luncheon

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:39
blurb:  The Field Center will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, honoring four leaders who created the Philadelphia Safety Collaborative, a groundbreaking facility that allows for the joint investigation of child abuse.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research at the University of Pennsylvania will host its fourth annual Field of Dreams Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 24, at the College of Physicians, 19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia.

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Penn Vet Study Monitors Effects of IV Fluid on Circulation During Surgery

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:13
blurb:  That network of small vessels, collectively known as the microcirculation, was the focus of a recent study led by a University of Pennsylvania veterinarian. Using a video microscope to record the blood flow of dogs undergoing spay surgeries, the investigation found that increasing the amount of fluid delivered to the animal enhanced the total number of vessels receiving blood flow.

Almost anyone who has spent time in a hospital is familiar with the routine checks of blood pressure and oxygen levels that serve as signposts of a patient’s overall health.

But these measures only reflect the pulsing of blood through the large vessels, arteries and veins, not the smaller arterioles, venules and capillaries, which directly feed tissues and cells.

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Penn-University of Florida Team Treats Pulmonary Hypertension Through the Leaves of Plants

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 14:25

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Florida have identified a drug that can be used to treat pulmonary hypertension, a disease for which few therapy options exist.

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Brain’s Compass Relies on Geometric Relationships, Say Penn Researchers

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 13:22

The brain has a complex system for keeping track of which direction you are facing as you move about; remembering how to get from one place to another would otherwise be impossible. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now shown how the brain anchors this mental compass.

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Penn Medicine's "Sepsis Sniffer" Generates Faster Sepsis Care and Suggests Reduced Mortality

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:17

An automated early warning and response system for sepsis developed by Penn Medicine experts has resulted in a marked increa

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Online Intervention Tool for Physician Trainees May Improve Care of Patients with Substance Use Disorders

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:55

Online learning interventions and small group debriefings can improve medical residents’ attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders, and may result in improved care for these patients, according to a new study from the 

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Penn Undergrad Maps an Italian Dialect to Help Preserve Its Heritage

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:17
blurb:  Sophomore Benjamin Finkel from Jenkintown, Pa., spent the summer mapping the dialect of a region in central Italy, examining the effect of its history and geography.

By Christina Cook

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Penn to Host 2014 Peace Science Society (International) Conference

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:19

The University of Pennsylvania’s Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics, Perry World House and School of Arts & Sciences will host the annual conference of the Peace Science Society (International) Oct. 10-11.

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Penn Study Demonstrates Efficacy of Potential Therapy for Autoimmune Disorder of Muscle Weakness

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:59

Nearly 60,000 Americans suffer from myasthenia gravis (MG), a non-inherited autoimmune form of muscle weakness. The disease has no cure, and the primary treatments are nonspecific immunosuppressants and inhibitors of the enzyme cholinesterase.

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Penn Prof and Alums Address Strangulation, Intimate Partner Violence in Research

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 17:34
blurb:  School of Social Policy & Practice professor Susan B. Sorenson, along with two alumnae, analyzed non-fatal strangulation among intimate partners and published an article in the American Journal of Public Health.

To help policymakers understand the terror and risks experienced by victims of domestic abuse, a University of Pennsylvania professor has analyzed non-fatal strangulation among intimate partners.

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NIH New Innovator Award Goes to Penn Bioengineer for Lung-disease-on-a-chip Research

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:45
blurb:  Nature is often said to be the greatest innovator. University of Pennsylvania engineer Dan Huh, a pioneer in the development of “organs-on-chips,” tiny, three-dimensional models of living human organs, uses nature’s creativity as a source of inspiration.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone

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Penn Medicine Receives $3.5 Million NCI Grant to Study Cervical Cancer in HIV Positive Women in Botswana

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:13

The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV—many of whom are women co-infected with the  human papillomavirus virus (HPV)—considerably: from 39 years to the low 60s.  As a result, this co-infected group of women is a

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Tongue Fat and Size May Predict Sleep Apnea in Obese Adults

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:51

Obesity is a risk factor for many health problems, but a new Penn Medicine study published this month in the journal Sleep suggests having a larger tongue

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