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Penn-Rochester Study Identifies a Novel Way to Deliver Drugs to Control Dental Plaque

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:08

Therapeutic agents intended to reduce dental plaque and prevent tooth decay are often removed by saliva and the act of swallowing before they can take effect. But a team of researchers has developed a way to keep the drugs from being washed away.

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Penn Celebrates National Public Health Week

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:53

Penn's health schools are celebrating National Public Health Week by featuring stories that highlight public health efforts across the University. Follow along on Twitter at ‪#‎PennOneHealth‬.

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Penn Researchers Use ‘Soft’ Nanoparticles to Model Behavior at Interfaces

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:12
blurb:  By engineering nanoparticles that stick to an oil-water interface but not each other, Penn researchers have created a system that acts like a two-dimensional liquid.

Where water and oil meet, a two-dimensional world exists. This interface presents a potentially useful set of properties for chemists and engineers, but getting anything more complex than a soap molecule to stay there and behave predictably remains a challenge.   

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Penn to Participate in AAU’s Campus Climate on Sexual Misconduct Survey

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:09

The University of Pennsylvania is among 28 schools across the United States that will survey its students about sexual misconduct as part of a project sponsored by the Association of American Universities.

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Penn Professor Grant Frame Receives $250,000 NEH Grant for Humanities Project

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 16:48

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Grant Frame, University of Pennsylvania associate professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, a two-year $250,000 grant for his Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period Project. The award brings to nearly $950,000 the total NEH grants Frame has received for the RINAP Project since 2008.

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

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

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

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

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:26
blurb:  Water-based liquid crystals are less well understood than their oil-based counterparts. New research advances the understanding of this class of materials by confining a water-based liquid crystal in a cylinder.

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

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 17:20
blurb:  For the past 10 years, the Tedori family from Orange County, Calif., has maintained a strong presence at the University of Pennsylvania. Their Penn journey began in 2004 with Michael Tedori’s desire to explore the world outside of California, diversifying his friends and experiences. As an undergraduate majoring in East Asian studies and Japanese in Penn Arts & Sciences, he did just that, graduating in 2008.

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’

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

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

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 Is Turning Bullying Bystanders Into Anti-bullying ‘Upstanders’

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

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

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

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

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

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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