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HIV-infected People with Early-Stage Cancers are up to Four Times More Likely to Go Untreated for Cancer, Penn Study Finds

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:01

HIV-infected people diagnosed with cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected cancer patients, according to a new, large retrospective study from researchers in Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Penn’s Open Learning Opens Doors on Campus and Around the World

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:55
blurb:  Through its Open Learning initiative, the University of Pennsylvania is dramatically transforming the who, what, when and where of learning, making the resources of higher education accessible to millions more people than ever before.

By Christina Cook

Through its Open Learning initiative, the University of Pennsylvania is dramatically transforming the who, what, when and where of learning, making the resources of higher education accessible to millions more people than ever before.

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Honoring Artists and a History Lesson at Penn’s Institute of Contemporary Art

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:38
blurb:  As one of the 18 commissioned works on display during the Institute of Contemporary Art's 50th anniversary, "Woe Be Gone" honors the late Margaret Kilgallen, an artist who mixed traditional folk art, carnival-like fonts, murals, hobo graffiti and urban scenes from San Francisco.

It’s not graffiti, and it’s not a traditional memorial mural.

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Goal of Breaking Down Barriers Leads Nancy Minyanou to Penn Abroad

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 16:07

Nancy Minyanou’s interest in Argentina was sparked in high school, and now this summer the rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania is fulfilling a vision for breaking down barriers and expanding her knowledge about the country in the Penn Summer Abroad program in Buenos Aires.
 

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Penn Undergraduate Re-envisions Chicago Study of Urban Schools’ Built Environment

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:33

University of Pennsylvania student Ashlin Oglesby-Neal knows that reforming education policy and improving the internal dynamics of schools can be difficult, but that’s not stopping her from trying.

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PennSound Transforms How Poetry Is Taught the World Over

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:03

PennSound, a University of Pennsylvania-based online audio poetry website, is revolutionizing the way that educators teach poetry.

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Penn Experts Urge Focus on Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:48

Experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University suggest that the reporting of hospital readmission rates should be based exclusively on preventable or potentially preventable readmissions, in a review published online in the

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Penn Study Shows Changing Roles of Physicians with MBAs

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 16:46

According to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, physician graduates from the MBA program in heath care management at Penn’s Wharton School report that their dual training had a positive effect on their individual careers and professional lives.

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Penn Medicine: Study Finds 3D Mammography Detects More Invasive Cancers

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:13

Reporting in the June 25 issue of JAMA, researchers from Penn Medicine and other institutions found that 3D mammography—known as digital breast tomosynthesis— found significantly more invasive, or potentially lethal, cancers than a traditional mammogram alone and reduced call-backs for additional imaging.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Show Regional Anesthesia Reduces Length of Hospital Stay Compared

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 16:00

Patients who received regional anesthesia during hip fracture surgery had moderately lower mortality and a significantly lower length of stay than those who received general anesthesia, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Plays a Major Role at a Global Forum on Education, Innovation and Democracy

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:20
blurb:  Penn's International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy will play a major role in the "Higher Education for Democratic Innovation" global forum this week in Belfast.

Hosted within the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy will play a major role in a global forum focused on democracy June 25-27 in Belfast, Nor

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Penn Dental Medicine’s Dana Graves to Receive IADR’s Distinguished Scientist Award

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:06
blurb:  Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine has been selected as this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Periodontal Disease.

Dana Graves of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine is this year’s recipient of the International Association of Dental Research’s Distinguis

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Valerie De Cruz: Championing Interculturalism at Penn

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:48

As director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Greenfield Intercultural Center for 17 years, Valerie De Cruz has had a guiding hand in the creation of cultural resource centers that many Penn student see as homes away from home: MakuuLa Casa Latina and the Pan-Asian American Community House.

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Penn Research Lends New Insights on Conditions for New Blood Vessel Formation

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 16:55
blurb:  Researchers at Penn have uncovered the existence of a threshold above which fluid flowing through blood vessel walls causes new capillaries to sprout

Angiogenesis, the sprouting of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is essential to the body’s development. As organs grow, vascular networks must grow with them to feed new cells and remove their waste. The same process, however, also plays a critical role in the onset and progression of many cancers, as it allows the rapid growth of tumors.

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Penn Student Learns About Intercultural Communications Through Study Abroad

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:22

For Ingred Prince, a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, some of her most enriching experiences have occurred through opportunities to study and explore abroad.

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Penn Receives More than $1 Million in Pew Grants in Support of Arts and Culture Initiatives

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:58
blurb:  The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Contemporary Art, WXPN, Morris Arboretum and Penn Institute of Urban Research have each received 2014 Project Grants from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The PCAH Project Grants to Penn total more than $1 million.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art

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Vincent Price Reappointed Provost of the University of Pennsylvania

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:00

Vincent E. Price, who has served as provost of the University of Pennsylvania since 2009, has been reappointed for an additional five-year term, to run through June 30, 2021.

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Penn Study Reveals a Common Genetic Link in Fatal Autoimmune Skin Disease

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:46

Autoimmune disease occurs when the body's own natural defense system rebels against itself.  One example is pemphigus vulgaris (PV), a blistering skin disease in which autoantibodies attack desmoglein 3 (Dsg3), the protein that binds together skin cells. 

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Diabetes Susceptibility Gene Regulates Health of Cell's Powerhouse, Penn Study Finds

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:43

A team led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that a susceptibility gene for type 1 diabetes regulates self-destruction of the cell’s energy factory. They report their findings this week in Cell.

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Penn Study: Genomic "Dark Matter" of Embryonic Lungs Controls Proper Development of Airways

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 13:39

It’s a long way from DNA to RNA to protein, and only about two percent of a person’s genome is eventually converted into proteins.

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