Mock Mars Trek Finds Down-to-Earth Sleep Woes

January 7, 2013

David Dinges of the Perelman School of Medicine is cited for leading a new sleep study.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 7, 2013

Penn Study Details Dimmer Switch for Regulating Cell's Read of DNA Code

PHILADELPHIA — Epigenetics - the science of how gene activity can be altered without changes in the genetic code - plays a critical role in every aspect of life, from the differentiation of stem cells to the regulation of metabolism and growth of cancer cells.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 7, 2013

Penn Team Finds that Most-Used Diabetes Drug Works in Different Way than Previously Thought

PHILADELPHIA - A team, led by senior author Morris J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD, the Willard and Rhoda Ware Professor of Medicine, with the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, found that the diabetes drug metformin works in a different way than previously understood.

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | Kim.Menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183January 7, 2013

Penn Study: Untreated Parkinson's Disease Patients No More Likely to Have Impulse Control Disorders

PHILADELPHIA — While approximately one in five Parkinson's disease patients experience impulse control disorder symptoms, the disease itself does not increase the risk of gambling, shopping, or other impulsivity symptoms, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. A new study is the first to show in a large sample that people with untreated Parkinson's were no more likely to have an increased impulsivity than people without the disease.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | Katie.Delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964January 7, 2013

Penn Study: Black and Hispanic Patients Less Likely to Complete Substance Abuse Treatment than White Patients

PHILADELPHIA — Roughly half of all black and Hispanic patients who enter publicly funded alcohol treatment programs complete treatment, compared to 62 percent of white patients, according to a new study from a team of researchers including the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Comparable disparities were also identified for drug treatment program completion rates.

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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369January 7, 2013

Penn Medicine: Simulated Mission to Mars Reveals Critical Data About Astronauts' Sleep and Activity Needs

PHILADELPHIA — In the first study of its kind, a team of researchers led by faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Baylor College of Medicine, has analyzed data on the impact of prolonged operational confinement on sleep, performance, and mood in astronauts from a groundbreaking international effort to simulate a 520-day space mission to Mars.

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Media Contact:Phyllis Holtzman | holtzman@upenn.edu | 215-898-8743 January 9, 2013

Penn Announces New Commission on Student Safety, Alcohol and Campus Life

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price today announced the formation of the Penn Commission on Student Safety, Alcohol and Campus Life.  

Better, If Not Cheaper, Care

January 3, 2013

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School contributes his opinion about health-care spending.

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Video: Quadruple Amputee Gets Two Hands on Life

January 4, 2013

Scott Levin of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the surgery of a quadruple amputee patient receiving two new hands.

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Technology Aims to Improve Lung Transplant Odds

January 6, 2013

Edward Cantu and Joel Cooper of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on testing technology designed to help improve lung transplant success.

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