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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194January 22, 2016
Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964January 19, 2016

Cost of End-of-Life Care in the U.S. is Comparable to Europe and Canada, Finds New Penn Study

Despite widespread perception, the United States does not provide the worst end-of-life care in the world.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 20, 2016

Powerful Machine-Learning Technique Uncovers Unknown Features of Important Bacterial Pathogen, According to Penn Study

A powerful new machine-learning technique can be applied to large datasets in the biological sciences to uncover previously unknown features of organisms and their genes, according to a team led by researchers from the 

Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660January 19, 2016

Penn-Engineered Neural Networks Show Hope for Axonal Repair in the Brain, with Minimal Disruption to Brain Tissue

Lab-grown neural networks have the ability to replace lost axonal tracks in the brains of patients with severe head injuries, strokes or neurodegenerative diseases and can be safely delivered with minimal disruption to brain tissue, according to new research from Penn Medicine’s department of Neurosurgical Research.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937January 15, 2016

Penn Study Suggests New Recommendations to Reduce Radiation Risk from Digital Screening Mammography

Radiation-induced breast cancer risk from digital mammography is low for the majority of women, but risk is higher in women with large breasts, who received 2.3 times more radiation and required more views per examination to image as much of the breast as possible compared to those with small or average-sized breasts.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658January 15, 2016

Finding the Needle in a Microbial Haystack: Penn Researchers Test New Pathogen Detection Technology

Patients who are undergoing treatment for diseases such as cancer often face the added challenge of a compromised immune system, which can be a toll both of their condition and the drugs used to treat it, leaving them vulnerable to various opportunistic infections.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964January 14, 2016

Health Warning Labels May Deter Parents from Purchasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages for Kids, Penn Study Shows

Health warning labels similar to those found on tobacco products may have a powerful effect on whether parents purchase sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) for their children, according to a new study led by the 

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751January 14, 2016

Penn Nursing’s Community Champions Engage to Improve Health

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An initiative, begun by Nursing’s Terri Lipman and run by seniors Chantal Low and Sophie Mintz, both of New York City, engages Philadelphians to improve their health.

From outside the Sayre Recreation Center at 58th and Walnut streets, the only indication of something happening on a chilly December Tuesday is a dozen or so parked cars. Otherwise, the massive fenced-in lot is quiet.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 8, 2016

Penn Computer Scientists Join NSF ‘DeepSpec’ Expedition to Eliminate Software Bugs

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One of the National Science Foundation’s flagship research initiatives, DeepSpec aims to develop a better, more comprehensive way of approaching software design that will help eliminate bugs and vulnerabilities before they endanger users or become targets for hackers.

The transformative power of computer software is everywhere, from the smartphone apps that connect the world to the laptop programs that simplify daily tasks at work and home to the software hidden inside physical objects like automobiles and pacemakers that is crucial for their safe operation.

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751January 22, 2016

Penn Professor Robert Ghrist Brings Complicated Math to the Masses

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PIK Professor Robert Ghrist of Arts & Sciences and Engineering brings the complex field of algebraic topology to a level nearly anyone can understand.

It’s not easy to make confusing mathematics topics understandable, let alone interesting, to non-mathematicians, but University of Pennsylvania professor Robert Ghrist has figured out the formula.