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Penn Study Shows a Form of Genetically Elevated "Good" Cholesterol May Actually be Bad

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:56

The generally accepted medical maxim that elevated HDL cholesterol (HDL-C) is “good” has been overturned by a multi-center, international study, led by researchers from the Perelman School of Me

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Penn Experts Warn that Touting "Naturalness" of Breastfeeding Could Backfire

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:54

Breastfeeding campaigns that extol breastfeeding as the “natural” way to feed infants could result in harmful decision-making by some parents on other important health matters, according to experts from the read more

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Penn Study Reveals Unintended Consequences of New Staffing Model Designed to Save Costs in Public Mental Health Clinics

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:52

Community mental health clinics, where most specialty mental health treatment is delivered, have been relying more on independent contractors to treat patients, largely for budgetary reasons.

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Street Lights, Parks, and Public Transportation Associated with Lower Youth Homicide Rates

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:50

Street lighting, illuminated walk/don’t walk signs, painted crosswalks, public transportation, community parks, and maintained vacant lots are associated with significant decreased likelihood of homicide among youth in a city neighborhood, according to a study published today in read more

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Penn Professor Urges Physicians to Help Victims of Torture Seeking Asylum

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:49

Refugees seeking asylum in the United States are twice as likely to be granted protection if their application is supported by medical documentation of torture, writes Jules Lipoff, MD, an assistant professor of Clinical Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and two colleagues in the March 7 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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Penn Researchers Identify Cause of Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetics

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:48

More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes. The majority have type 2 diabetes, and for them insulin resistance – their body’s inability to effectively process sugar – is a part of daily life. Therefore, understanding the cause of insulin resistance is critical to tackling this chronic disease.

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Tapping into Twitter to Help Recruit Cancer Patients into #ClinicalTrials

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:45

Twitter may be an effective, untapped resource to stimulate interest in cancer clinical trials and boost enrollment, physicians at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvaniasuggest in a new research letter in JAMA Oncology. Analyzing thousands of lung cancer tweets on the social media site revealed that a surprisingly large number were about clinical trials, particularly ones on immunotherapy, although none were used for recruitment.

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Blocking Transfer of Calcium to Cell's Powerhouse Selectively Kills Cancer Cells, Suggesting a New Way to Fight the Disease

Mon, 03/14/2016 - 15:44

Inhibiting the transfer of calcium ions into the cell’s powerhouse is specifically toxic to cancer cells, according to an article published this week in Cell Reports by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Vet Team Promotes One Health Concepts in Education

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:38
blurb:  Two researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are advancing the concept of One Health, the idea that the health and well being of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected. Penn Vet’s Stephen Cole, a postdoctoral fellow, and Shelley Rankin, an associate professor of microbiology, have recently developed two case studies for use in health education that highlight these cross-disciplinary connections.

What can a scattering of dead pigeons mean for human health? Sometimes, a lot.

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29th Annual Women of Color at Penn Awards Luncheon

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 12:25

WHO:             Women of Color at Penn
                      University of Pennsylvania

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Penn Student Mathematician Participates in Eight-week NSF Research Program

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 14:10
blurb:  Suneil Parimoo of Bridgewater, N.J., a senior at the University Pennsylvania, spent two months working on partial differential equations, part of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Before last summer, Suneil Parimoo had never worked on partial differential equations. But that didn’t stop the University of Pennsylvania senior from spending eight weeks solving one such problem at a Math REU at the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Penn Appoints Elaine Papas Varas as University Director of Financial Aid

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 18:26

The University of Pennsylvania has named Elaine Papas Varas as the University director of financial aid. Her appointment will be effective March 28, 2016, and is the result of a nationwide search. The announcement was made today by Michelle H.

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Penn Team Reverses Signs of Naturally Occurring Chronic Periodontitis

Mon, 03/07/2016 - 13:20
blurb:  Periodontitis, a gum disease present in nearly half of all adults in the United States, involves inflammation, bleeding and bone loss. Now, with findings from a study led by University of Pennsylvania researchers, there is new hope that the disease can be effectively reversed.

Periodontitis, a gum disease present in nearly half of all adults in the United States, involves inflammation, bleeding and bone loss. In its severe form, it is associated with systemic inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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2016 Presidential Election

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:16
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Penn Historian Re-thinks Gender and Race in ‘Undoing Slavery’

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:24
blurb:  History's Kathleen Brown is working on a new book that takes her back to her origins as a high school history teacher, prompting questions about gender, race and slavery. But this time, she's looking at it exclusively through an abolitionist lens.

In 1981, while teaching “Ages of Man” to 9th graders at an all-girls high school, Kathleen Brown noted the irony. 

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Ramon Diaz-Arrastia Appointed Presidential Professor at Penn

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 12:01

Ramon Diaz-Arrastia has been named the ninth Presidential Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective July 1. A world-leading expert in traumatic brain injury, Diaz-Arrastia will be Presidential Professor of Neurology in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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Penn Science Café: ‘Studying Climate Change in a Land of Nomads’

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 13:28

WHO:           Brenda Casper
                     Professor and Chair
                     Department of Biology

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Three Penn Researchers Awarded 2016 Sloan Fellowships

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 17:15
blurb:  Three Penn Researchers, Matthew Kayser, Zongming Ma and Golnaz Vahedi, received 2016 Sloan Fellowships.

Three University of Pennsylvania faculty members are among recipients of this year’s Sloan Research Fellowship, two from Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, one from Penn’s read more

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Penn Science Café Presents ‘Public (Mis)understanding of Evolution’

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 14:09

WHO:           Michael Weisberg

                     Chair and Professor

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MaryFrances McCourt Named Penn Vice President for Finance and Treasurer

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:12

MaryFrances McCourt has been named Vice President for Finance and Treasurer at the University of Pennsylvania

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