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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donnegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660October 14, 2015

Penn Researchers: New Neuroimaging Method Better Identifies Epileptic Lesions

Epilepsy affects more than 65 million people worldwide. One-third of these patients have seizures that are not controlled by medications. In addition, one-third have brain lesions, the hallmark of the disease, which cannot be located by conventional imaging methods.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 14, 2015

Off-Kilter: Penn Study Identifies Differences in Treatment Effect on Out-of-Balance Microbiome in Crohn's Disease

Different treatments for Crohn's disease in children affects their gut microbes in distinct ways, which has implications for future development of microbial-targeted therapies for these patients, according to a study led by researchers from the 

Audio: New Brain Scan Spots Hard-to-see Epilepsy Lesions, Penn Study Finds

October 18, 2015

Kate Davis and Ravinder Reddy of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about a new imaging technique in development to treat epilepsy patients.

Will California’s End-of-life Law Push Lethal Drugs Over Costlier Care?

October 18, 2015

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School comments on physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients and the costs associated for insurers.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 19, 2015

Penn: Stressed Dads Affect Offspring Brain Development Through Sperm MicroRNA

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University of Pennsylvania researchers have shown at the molecular level how experiencing stress changes a male mouse’s sperm in such a way that it affects his offspring’s response to stress.

More and more, scientists have realized that DNA is not the only way that a parent can pass on traits to their offspring. Events experienced by a parent over a lifetime can also have an impact.

Not Getting 8 Hours of Sleep? Neither Do Hunter-gatherers

October 15, 2015

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine expresses his hesitancy in applying a study’s findings about the sleep patterns of preindustrial, hunter-gatherer societies to people in Western society.

Article Source: Newsweek

11 Healthy Habits to Start Now to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk Later

October 14, 2015

Susan Domchek of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about how a regular routine of exercise can help change health outcomes.

Article Source: Today.com
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 12, 2015

Turncoat Protein Regulates Sensitivity of Breast Cancer Cells to Drug, Providing New Target for Preventing Relapses, Finds Penn Study

A surprising, paradoxical relationship between a tumor suppressor molecule and an oncogene may be the key to explaining and working around how breast cancer tumor cells become desensitized to a common cancer drug, found researchers at the 

Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 12, 2015

Penn Team Maps First Comprehensive Profile of Non-Protein-Coding RNAs to Provide Clinicians with New Way to Diagnose Array of Cancers

Growing insights about a significant, yet poorly understood, part of the genome – the “dark matter of DNA” -- have fundamentally changed the way scientists approach the study of diseases.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653October 12, 2015

Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Hidden Brain Pathways Crucial to Communication

Being able to understand speech is essential to our evolution as humans. Hearing lets us perceive the same word even when spoken at different speeds or pitches, and also gives us extra sensitivity to unexpected sounds.