Your Spouse Could Make You More Likely to Survive Heart Surgery

November 1, 2015

Mark Neuman and Rachel Werner of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for studying how martial status is linked to better functional outcomes following cardiac surgery.

Article Source: Reuters Health

Humanizing Her Project on Dog Diabetes

November 1, 2015

Graduate student Emily Shields of the Perelman School of Medicine and Rebecka Hess of the School of Veterinary Medicine are quoted about researching canine diabetes.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 2, 2015

Penn-led Research Elucidates Genetics Behind Salmonella’s Host Specificity

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Research by a team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has shown, using genomic techniques, that slight variations in the coding sequence of proteins that bind Salmonella to host cells can determine what type of animal a particular strain infects.

It’s called bird flu for a reason. Particular characteristics about the influenza virus known as H5N1 allow it to primarily affect avifauna, though in some worrying cases the disease has been passed to humans.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 29, 2015

Penn Study Blocks Ebola Virus Budding by Regulating Calcium Signaling

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Research led by University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine scientists showed that blocking a calcium-signaling pathway could inhibit not only the Ebola virus, but also Marburg, Lassa and Junin viruses, all sources of deadly infections.

The Ebola virus acts fast. The course of infection, from exposure to recovery, or death, can take as little as two weeks. That may not leave enough time for the immune system to mount an effective response.

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604October 27, 2015

Penn Leads International Collaboration to Re-engineer Disaster Tents

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a five-year, $3.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop materials for multifunctional coatings on emergency tents, enabling them to manage water, prevent the spread of bacteria and capture and store solar energy.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 22, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How Stem Cell Therapy Protects Bone in Lupus

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University of Pennsylvania researchers and colleagues have puzzled out a mechanism by which stem cell transplants may help preserve bone in an animal model of lupus.

People with lupus, an autoimmune disease, suffer from fatigue, joint pain and swelling and also have a markedly increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Clinical trials have shown that receiving a transplant of mesenchymal stem cells can greatly improve the condition of lupus patients, yet it has not been clear why this treatment strategy works so well.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964October 21, 2015

Family Risk of Breast Cancer Does Not Negatively Affect General Psychosocial Adjustment Among Pre-Teen Girls, Penn Study Finds

Girls from families with a history of breast cancer, or genetic mutations that increase the risk of a breast cancer diagnosis, seem to adjust just as well as other girls when it comes to general anxiety, depression and overall psychosocial adjustment, according to new research from the 

Media Contact:Abbey Anderson | abbey.anderson@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-8369October 21, 2015

Penn Researchers Examine Effects of Federal Recommendations on Cartilage Repair Studies in Large Animal Models

More than 21 million people in the United States suffer from cartilage damage, and if left untreated, cartilage defects can cause disability and more widespread joint disease. In recent years, scientists have focused on development of new treatments for cartilage repair.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 21, 2015

Fulbright Scholarship to Bring Penn Dental Medicine Professor Full Circle

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For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria is taking him full circle, giving him the opportunity to return to his native country to conduct research and teach where he began his dental training.

For Sunday Akintoye, an associate professor in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, his recent selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria

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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.