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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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Penn Vet Students Travel the World to Treat Wildlife

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 13:04
blurb:  It’s not unusual for students at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine to travel to far-flung locales caring for exotic animals. From Africa to Haitian goat farms and the southwest Alaskan coast, such excursions provide experiences that supplement a busy academic year of classes, research and clinic.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

Every morning this past July, Max Emanuel, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania, would get up and drive to work. But Emanuel’s was no run-of-the-mill morning commute.

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The ‘Doctor’ Is In: Science Major Kicks Gluteus Maximus in Men’s Soccer Club at Penn

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 13:44
blurb:  Menvekeh Daramay's soccer teammates lovingly call him "Doc." The 21-year-old senior lived in West Africa until age 10 and now, he's planning to become a doctor.

Menvekeh Daramay has been playing soccer since age 5.

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DNA ‘Bias’ May Keep Some Diseases in Circulation, Penn Biologists Show

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:26
blurb:  In a new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, University of Pennsylvania researchers Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff investigated a process called gene conversion in the context of the evolution of human populations. They found that a bias toward certain types of DNA sequences during gene conversion may be an important factor in why certain heritable diseases persist in populations around the world.

It’s an early lesson in genetics: we get half our DNA from Mom, half from Dad.

But that straightforward explanation does not account for a process that sometimes occurs when cells divide. Called gene conversion, the copy of a gene from Mom can replace the one from Dad, or vice versa, making the two copies identical.

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Penn and 55 Others Join The Campus Program to Support Student Mental Health

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:23

The Jed Foundation and The Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative today announced that 56 colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, have joined The Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program (The Campus Program) in support of student well being and mental health.

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‘Pervasive Clay’ Exhibit Set for Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery at Penn

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:20

The Undergraduate Fine Arts Program at the University of Pennsylvania will hold “Clay@Penn 2014: Pervasive Clay,” an exhibition of ceramic works by 13 local and regional artists at the Charles Addams Fine Arts Gallery on the Penn campus.

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Research From Penn and UCSB Shows How Giant Clams Harness the Sun

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:01
blurb:  Researchers have now shown how giant clams use iridescent structures to thrive, operating as exceedingly efficient, living greenhouses that grow symbiotic algae as a source of food. This understanding could have implications for alternative energy research.

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.

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Penn Researchers Explain How Ends of Chromosomes Are Maintained for Cancer Cell Immortality

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:06

Maintaining the ends of chromosomes, called telomeres, is a requisite feature of cells that are able to continuously divide and also a hallmark of human cancer.

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La Casa Latina at Penn Marks 15th Anniversary

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:19

For some University of Pennsylvania students, La Casa Latina is the next best thing to being at home with their families.

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Penn Professor Daniel Gillion Receives APSA Best Book Award

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:30

Daniel Gillion, University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of political science, has won the American Political Science Association Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section’s 2014 Best Book Award for The Political Power of Protest: Minority Activism and Shifts in Public Policy.

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Penn-led Study Ties Aging to Oxidative Damage in Mitochondria

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:06
blurb:  In a new study, University of Pennsylvania scientists used innovative techniques to find evidence that oxidative damage in mitochondria — the small compartments in cells that convert food to energy — may play a role in the aging process.

As long as humans have been alive, they’ve been seeking ways to extend life just a little longer. So far no one has found the fountain of youth, but researchers have begun to understand how humans age, little by little, offering hope for therapies that may blunt the effects of time on the body.

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Goal of Penn Student’s Threads for Teens: Build Girls’ Self-Esteem and Style

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:41

Allyson Ahlstrom has won many accolades, appeared on national TV shows and met dozens of celebrities as founder of Threads for Teens, a non-profit organization that gives new, donated clothes to impoverished teens.

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Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines Does Not Predict a Higher Rate of Vaccination, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 15:15

“Knowledge is power” is an old saying. Another cliché warns, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” When it comes to getting inoculated against the Human Papilloavirus (HPV), it seems that neither saying is true.

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