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Penn to Host Global Think Tank Innovations Summit

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:42
blurb:  In a climate of ever-evolving technological advances and competition for resources, TTCSP will bring together leaders from more than 40 think tanks for the Think Tank Innovations Summit on Penn’s campus. The summit is intended to serve as a catalyst for ideas, innovation and change in the global community of think tanks.

WHO:           James McGann, director of the University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program; representatives from more than 40 think tanks from around the world; Ric

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Testosterone-Lowering Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:45

Men taking androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the years that followed than those who didn’t undergo the therapy, an analysis of medical records from two large hospital systems by Penn Medicine and Stanford University researchers

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Medical Student Presence Does Not Slow Care in Emergency Departments, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:44

Medical students in Emergency Departments often perform an initial evaluation of stable patients prior to supervising residents or attending physicians, who meanwhile provide care to other patients.

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Counseling Paired With Comprehensive Genetic Cancer Screening May Increase Knowledge and Decrease Anxiety Among At-Risk Patients, Penn Study Finds

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:42

Many BRCA 1/2-negative patients choose to proceed with comprehensive testing for genetic mutations that increase cancer risk, and when presented with counseling before and after testing, most make informed decisions and experience decreased levels of anxiety, according to new research from the 

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One-Two Punch of Palbociclib and Paclitaxel Shows Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancer in Penn Study

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:41

Combining the new breast cancer drug palbociclib with paclitaxel (Taxol) shrank tumors in nearly half of patient with estrogen-receptor (ER) positive breast cancer, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Aspirin Use Does Not Improve Outcomes for Cancer Patients, but May Lower Breast Tissue Density, Allowing for Earlier Detection, Two Penn Studies Find

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:40

Whether aspirin may help prevent or reduce the risk of breast cancer remains a hotly debated research question. While past studies have indicated a potential benefit, most recently in hormone receptor-positive breast cancers, one new study from Penn Medicine suggests otherwise.

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Penn Medicine Study Points to Financial and Racial Barriers to Biologic Treatments for Medicare Patients with Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 15:38

In the first known study to examine the prevalence and treatment of psoriasis in older Americans, experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Undergraduate Is a Nationally-ranked Speed Skater

Tue, 12/08/2015 - 16:16

By Claire Daly

For Benjamin Oh, there wasn’t a single moment when he realized that speed skating was something he wanted to pursue seriously. But, as he started improving, he loved the adrenaline rush that came with achieving faster and faster speeds.

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Testosterone-Lowering Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Increase Alzheimer's Risk

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 17:10

Men taking androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the years that followed than those who didn’t undergo the therapy, an analysis of medical records from two large hospital systems by Penn Medicine and Stanford University researchers has shown.

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Penn Study Points to Economic and Racial Barriers That Impact the Treatment of Psoriasis

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 16:14

In the first known study to examine the prevalence and treatment of psoriasis in older Americans, experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that black patients receiving Medicare are less likely to receive biologic therapies –medications derived from human or animal cells or tissues – for the treatment of mo

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Winter and Holiday 2015 Health Tips from Penn

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 11:18

The winter months come with their own special health challenges. From delicious food everywhere you look to harsh weather conditions to the stress of creating a perfect holiday, the season can be challenging.

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Penn Attracts International Students and Those Who Study Abroad

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:36
blurb:  For international students, the University of Pennsylvania remains a destination of choice in higher education. Penn also sends a high number of American students to pursue studies abroad. Amy Shan and Connor Fairman are among them.

For international students, the University of Pennsylvania remains a destination of choice in higher education.

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Penn Attracts International Students and Those Who Study Abroad

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:36
blurb:  For international students, the University of Pennsylvania remains a destination of choice in higher education. Penn also sends a high number of American students to pursue studies abroad. Amy Shan and Connor Fairman are among them.

For international students, the University of Pennsylvania remains a destination of choice in higher education.

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Gene Pair Plays Crucial Role in Colon Cancer, Penn Vet Team Shows

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:57

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and researchers are hard at work to understand the disease’s complex molecular underpinnings.

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Penn Researchers Make Thinnest Plates That Can Be Picked Up by Hand

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 09:41
blurb:  Scientists and engineers are engaged in a global race to make new materials that are as thin, light and strong as possible, but these properties are only useful if they can leave the carefully controlled conditions of a lab.

Scientists and engineers are engaged in a global race to make new materials that are as thin, light and strong as possible. These properties can be achieved by designing materials at the atomic level, but they are only useful if they can leave the carefully controlled conditions of a lab.

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Penn Senior Amanda Cornfeld Takes to Medical Research and Ultimate Sport

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 17:25
blurb:  Senior Biological Basis of Behavior major Amanda Cornfeld works in a laboratory, studying the neurobiology of stress. She's a member of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience, and has studied the effects of anesthesia on the development of neurons. She's also a rugged warrior who serves as the co-captain of Venus Ultimate, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team at Penn.

Amanda Cornfeld, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is the ultimate scholar and Frisbee handler. This stellar science researcher is also co-captain of Venus Ultimate, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team at Penn. 

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HIV/AIDS Drugs Interfere With Brain’s ‘Insulation,’ Penn-CHOP Team Shows

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 16:38
blurb:  In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia teamed up to investigate the underlying reasons why HIV patients on antiretroviral regimens experience mild to moderate cognitive impairments. They found that commonly used antiretroviral medications disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, crucial brain cells that manufacture myelin, the fatty material that serves to insulate neurons, helping them transmit signals in the brain fast and efficiently.

Antiretroviral therapies, or ART, have enabled people with HIV and AIDS to live much longer lives, transforming what was considered a death sentence into a chronic condition. Yet concerns for these patients remain.

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Linguists at Penn Document Philadelphia ‘Accent’ of American Sign Language

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:59
blurb:  Linguists Jami Fisher and Meredith Tamminga of the University of Pennsylvania began a project to record American Sign Language variations in Philly, aided by a Research Opportunity Grant from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jami Fisher, a lecturer in the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Linguistics, has a long history with American Sign Language.

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Teens Know Dangers of Driving and Cellphone Use, Yet Do It Anyway, Penn Research Shows

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:38
blurb:  Catherine McDonald and Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers sat down with 30 teens to better understand their perceptions of driving and distractions such as cell-phone use.

What happens when “Tom Hanks,” “Tom Cruise” and “Kesha” sit around a table? When the talkers are actually teens using researcher-requested pseudonyms they chose to anonymously discuss their driving habits, the results are surprising, maybe even more so than if the real celebrities got together.

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