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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658October 26, 2012

Penn-Temple Team Discovers Gatekeeper for Maintaining Health of Cell Energy Source

PHILADELPHIA — Most healthy cells rely on a complicated process to produce the fuel ATP. Knowing how ATP is produced by the cell’s energy storehouse – the mitochondria -- is important for understanding a cell’s normal state, as well as what happens when things go wrong, for example in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegeneration, and many rare disorders of the mitochondria.

Their Ties Could Be Your Neck

October 25, 2012

Meghan Lane-Fall of the Perelman School of Medicine shares her opinion about issues of infection prevention and control related to doctors’ attire.

Article Source: Philly.com

Website Crowdsources Cure for Cancer

October 25, 2012

Kathryn Schmitz of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on crowdsourcing sites.

Article Source: ABC News
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Media Contact:Jessica Mikulski | jessica.mikulski@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 25, 2012

Penn Study: New Evidence Suggests Certain Anesthetics Highjack the Brain's Natural Sleep Circuitry

PHILADELPHIA — A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates in an animal model that a commonly used inhaled anesthetic drug, isoflurane, works by directly causing sleep-promoting neurons in the brain to activate, thereby hijacking our natural sleep circuitry.

Audio: Egg Freezing Moves Out of Experimental Realm

October 24, 2012

Samantha Pfeifer of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about freezing women’s eggs.

Article Source: NPR
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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659October 24, 2012

Penn Medicine Researchers Map Strategy for "Choosing Wisely" on Low-Value Health Care Services

PHILADELPHIA — Cutting the expenses associated with “low-value” medical tests and treatments – such as unnecessary imaging tests and antibiotics for viral infections that won’t benefit from them – will require a multi-pronged plan targeting insurance companies, patients, and physicians, according to a JAMA Viewpoint article published this week by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Keeping the ‘Mentally Incompetent’ From Voting

October 17, 2012

Jason Karlawish of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “The focus should be on maximizing access to voting and maximizing assistance for people who need it.”

Article Source: The Atlantic

Polsky to Push Health Research Into Washington Policy Circles

October 22, 2012

Daniel Polsky of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School is featured for being named the new executive director of Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.

Article Source: Philly.com
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 23, 2012

Penn’s Field Center to Host Symposium on Child-abuse Reporting

PHILADELPHIA --  As a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s “Year of Proof”  theme for 2012-2013, the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research will host a symposium, entitled “How Well Do Our Laws Protect Children? International Models of Child Protection” on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Levy Conference Room at the Penn Law School, 3400 Chestnut St.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5659October 23, 2012

Penn Researchers Receive Grant to Explore Brain Training to Help Change Behaviors That Increase Cancer Risk

PHILADELPHIA — Most people know thatsmoking, a bad diet, and physical inactivity can lead to catastrophic personal health consequences, including cancer. Yet millions continue to smoke, eat poorly, and fail to get enough exercise. A new project led by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania aims to devise programs that help them change these risky behaviors and cut their risk of cancer.