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School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn Explores Opportunities in Botswana

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 17:21
blurb:  Erica Zaveloff and Jerri Bourjolly from the School of Social Policy & Practice traveled to Botswana to explore potential areas of collaboration, based on the nation's most pressing social policy issues.

The School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania may become another element in the Botswana-UPenn Partnership

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Penn GSE Student Helps Guide Language-transition Curriculum in Tajikistan

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 12:34
blurb:  During her summer internship, Shruti Bhat, a student in the International Educational Development Program, is along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, establishing a new early childhood education curriculum.

Shruti Bhat, a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, is spending the summer along the northeastern border of Afghanistan, helping to establish an educational curriculum for early childhood learners who need to make the transition from one language to another. 

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Two Penn Undergraduates Study ‘Crimes That Changed Our World’

Fri, 07/17/2015 - 13:20
blurb:  Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program, Aaron Wolff from Great Neck, N.Y. and Taryn MacKinney of Fort Collins, Colo. are studying sensational crimes that have shaped the justice system.

This summer, two undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania are examining crimes throughout history and how those events resulted in controversial legislative changes. 

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Elective Surgery Is Associated with Lower Risk of Death than Drugs for Ulcerative Colitis Treatment, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:18

Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Fruitfly Sperm Cells Reveal Intricate Coordination in Stem Cell Replication, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:16

Stem cells are key for the continual renewal of tissues in our bodies. As such, manipulating stem cells also holds much promise for biomedicine if their regenerative capacity can be harnessed. However, understanding how stem cells govern normal tissue renewal is a field still in its infancy.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale Region, According to Penn Study

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:13

Hospitalizations for heart conditions, neurological illness, and other conditions were higher among people who live near unconventional gas and oil drilling (hydraulic fracturing), according to new research from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University published this week in PLOS ONE.

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Vision-Restoring Gene Therapy Also Strengthens Visual Processing Pathways in Brain, According to Penn Study

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 16:11

Since 2007, clinical trials using gene therapy have resulted in often-dramatic sight restoration for dozens of children and adults who were otherwise doomed to blindness. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), have found evidence that this sight restoration leads to strengthening of visual pathways in the brain, published this week in Science Translational Medicine.

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Penn Vet Team Shows a Protein Modification Determines Enzyme’s Fate

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 11:23
blurb:  For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine show how an amino acid tag on a protein has the power to greatly influence the function of an enzyme called PRPS2, which is required for human life and can become hyperactive in cancer.

The human genome encodes roughly 20,000 genes, only a few thousand more than fruit flies. The complexity of the human body, therefore, comes from far more than just the sequence of nucleotides that comprise our DNA, it arises from modifications that occur at the level of gene, RNA and protein.

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Researchers at Penn Develop Scar-like Culture Systems to Understand and Treat Fibrosis

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:49

A scar might be a reminder of an accident or surgery, but the fibrous tissue that makes up a scar also forms after a heart attack and arises in solid tumors as well as in chronic diseases such as liver cirrhosis and muscular dystrophy. Implanted medical devices and materials are similarly surrounded by fibrous capsules that impede their function.  

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Penn Rising Senior Mary Sun Takes On Life’s Challenges in Stride

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 10:55

Dealing with the difficulties of family illnesses and financial problems inspired Mary Sun to study medicine and business at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Imagination Institute at Penn Awards Nearly $3M to Develop ‘Imagination Quotient’

Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:29

The Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center, has announced nearly $3 million worth of grants to researchers at 16 institutions. The grants are aimed at the development of better ways of assessing and promoting imagination and creativity.

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Remediating Abandoned, Inner City Buildings Reduces Crime and Violence in Surrounding Areas, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:41

Fixing up abandoned buildings in the inner city doesn’t just eliminate eyesores, it can also significantly reduce crime and violence, including gun assaults, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine report in the first study to demonstrate the direct impact of building remediation efforts on crime.

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Affordable Care Act Results in Dramatic Drop in Out-of-Pocket Prices for Prescription Contraceptives, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:39

Average out-of-pocket spending for oral contraceptive pills and the intrauterine device (IUD), the two most common forms of contraception for women, has decreased significantly since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.

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Serious Adverse Events Rare in Healthy Volunteers Participating in Phase I Drug Trials, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:38

Many people believe that phase I trials with healthy volunteers are very risky and because they pose risks with no benefits, unethical. But how risky are such trials?

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Penn Medicine: Genetic Variation Determines Protein’s Response to Anti-diabetic Drug

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 15:36

In the first study of its kind, Penn researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals.

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Your Brain: An Ever-changing Network’

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 16:53

WHO:     Danielle Bassett

Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation

Department of Bioengineering

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Penn GSE Student Makes a Difference in Nairobi

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 15:06
blurb:  Through her blog, "Jambo Kenya," Micaela Wensjoe, a student in the International Educational Development Program at Penn's Graduate School of Education, is sharing her experiences and impressions of Nairobi, where she's interning this summer.

When Micaela Wensjoe headed to Kenya for the summer, she was focused on what she had to learn as part of an internship. But now that she is there, she has also developed an interest in helping orphans. 

Wensjoe, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, is blogging about all of it. 

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Disrupting Cells’ ‘Powerhouses’ Can Lead to Tumor Growth, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 07/08/2015 - 11:01
blurb:  A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers implicates defects in mitochondria, the energy-production centers of cells, as playing a key role in the transition from normal to cancerous.

Cancer cells defy the rules by which normal cells abide. They can divide without cease, invade distant tissues and consume glucose at abnormal rates.

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Penn Study Suggests Future Precision Medicine Approach to Treating Metabolic Syndrome, Related Disorders

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:49

In the first study of its kind, Penn researchers have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals.

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Penn Researchers Answer Question about Nematode Behavior: Nature, Nurture, or Physics?

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 13:37
blurb:  Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

By Sarah Welsh

Nature versus nurture is an age-old question in biology, centering on whether a given trait is determined by an organism’s genes or by its environment. Most times the answer is “both,” but research at the University of Pennsylvania has found one trait in particular that is not easily described by either.

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