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Physicians Prescribe Less Brand Name Drugs When Electronic Health Record Default Settings Show Generics First, Penn Medicine Study Finds

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:05

Programming electronic health records to make generic drugs the default choice when physicians write prescriptions may offer one way to reduce unnecessary spending and improve health care value in the face of spiraling U.S.

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Penn Study Shows Bed Bugs Can Transmit Parasite that Causes Chagas Disease

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:03

The bed bug may be just as dangerous as its sinister cousin, the triatomine, or “kissing” bug.

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Penn Center for Innovation Celebrates Launch, Brings Research and Industry Closer Together

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:54

Yesterday, University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann helped celebrate the launch of the Penn Center for Innovation, a new initiative that will provide the infrastructure, leadership and resources needed to transfer promising Penn inventions, know-how and related assets into the marketplace for the public good.  

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Penn Medicine and March of Dimes Launch New $10 Million Prematurity Research Center

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:16

In recognition of World Prematurity Day, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the March of Dimes Foundation today announce the establishment of a new Prematurity Research Center.

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New Penn Medicine Study Finds Lay Bystanders in Higher Income Pennsylvania Counties More Likely to Perform CPR When Witnessing a Cardiac Arrest

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:03

Members of the public in counties with higher median household incomes are more likely to step into action to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when they witness someone have a cardiac arrest, according to a new study led by researchers in the 

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Penn Medicine Study Finds Increased Risk of Cardiac Events in Those with Psoriatic Arthritis, Psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:30

Those experiencing psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are at higher risk for major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and cardiovascular death, according to a multi-institutional study led by Penn Medicine researchers published online last month in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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Penn Psychologist Develops Cognitive Therapy Book for IBS Patients

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:32
blurb:  Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition affecting up to 10 percent of the population, often occurs alongside anxiety and depression. Melissa Hunt, an associate director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has developed a self-help workbook for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, which uses cognitive behavioral therapy to treat patients with IBS and improve their quality of life.

By Madeleine Stone @themadstone 

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NAACP Leader to Deliver Annual Higginbotham Lecture Nov. 20 at Penn

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:48
blurb:  Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Africana Studies and Law School, this year’s speaker is Sherilynn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Penn ‘College Day’ Gives Lea Students a Look Into a Promising Future

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:28
blurb:  Sophomore Ray Clark, a political science major from Washington, D.C., helped to organize "College Day," which welcomed nearly 35 eighth-graders from Lea Elementary School to Penn's campus as honorary college students.

Nearly 35 pre-teens received their acceptance letters to the University of Pennsylvania -- at least for one day.

On Friday, Nov. 21, eighth-graders from the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia became honorary college students at Penn during College Day 2014.

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Penn’s Division of Public Safety Recognized for Excellence

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:15
blurb:  For the eight year in a row, Penn Public Safety has ranked No. 1 in the higher education sector category of Security Magazine's "Security 500."

The University of Pennsylvania was ranked No.

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Penn Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at the Nanoscale

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:49

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light.    

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Penn 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices Announced

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:58
blurb:  University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Jacob Gardenswartz, Annika Neklason and Leah Davidson have been selected as the 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices. They will complete their apprenticeships in the spring 2015 semester.

By Gina Bryan

University of Pennsylvania undergraduates Jacob Gardenswartz, Annika Neklason and Leah Davidson have been selected as the 2014-2015 Bassini Writing Apprentices. They will complete their apprenticeships in the spring 2015 semester.

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Linda Aiken of Penn Nursing Has Received Lienhard Award From Institute of Medicine

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:02
blurb:  Nursing's Linda Aiken has received the 2014 Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine for her research demonstrating the importance of nursing care and work environments in achieving patient-centered, affordable health care.

Linda Aiken, a professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, has received the 2014 Gustav O.

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Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 11:18
blurb:  Homelessness across all groups continues to decline, according to a new report co-authored by a team of researchers from the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report to Congress co-authored by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice.

The 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows a decline in the number of homeless people in the U.S. across all groups, including women and children, veterans and the chronically homeless.

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Socially Conscious Penn Senior Set to Begin ‘Impactful Career’

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:55

When Afnaan Moharram finishes her studies at the University of Pennsylvania in December, she wants to combine for-profit work with social change, and, if she can’t find a socially conscience business where she can do that, she wants to eventually start one.

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Medicare May Need to Expand Options for Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling in Primary Care Settings, According to Penn Research Review

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:01

An important addition to the “eat less, move more” strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to achieve these goals.

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Penn Medicine Studies Show New Evidence that Exercise Therapy, Acupuncture Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:54

Two new studies from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offer

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Penn Medicine: Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:52

A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Senior Cait Breslin Complements Penn Education With Study Abroad

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:10

For University of Pennsylvania senior Cait Breslin, studying abroad in Buenos Aires and in Calcutta has been an important part of her college experience. And she says it is good preparation toward her long-term goal of becoming a physician.

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Penn Dental Medicine Welcomes Its First Thouron Scholar

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:00
blurb:  This year, the Thouron Scholars, a community of 700-plus whose disciplines range from geology to English literature, welcomed their very first dentist to the ranks.

By Madeleine Stone  @themadstone

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