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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751October 8, 2015

Penn and BU Study Says Obesity Doesn’t Protect Patients With Cardiovascular Disease

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According to new research, when accounting for weight history in addition to weight at the time of survey and when adding in smoking as a factor, obesity is harmful, not helpful, to someone with cardiovascular disease.

Demographers Samuel Preston of the University of Pennsylvania and Andrew Stokes of Boston University set out to solve a puzzle: Why is it that study after study shows obese or overweight people with cardiovascular disease outliving their normal

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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751October 8, 2015

Penn Researcher Earns Early Career Award for Work on Brain Stimulation

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When John Medaglia joined the University of Pennsylvania a year ago as a postdoctoral fellow, he didn’t yet have a precise path. Now it’s a little clearer, thanks to the prestigious NIH Early Independence Award given out to just 16 young scientists across the country.

When John Medaglia joined the University of Pennsylvania a year ago as a postdoctoral fellow, he didn’t yet have a precise path. Now it’s a little clearer, thanks to a prestigious honor given out to just 16 young scientists across the country.

Penn Scientists’ Work on ‘Ghost Particles’ Contributed to Nobel Win

October 7, 2015

 

Josh Klein and Eugene Beier of the School of Arts & Sciences are highlighted for being a part of a group of researchers who helped design and build high-tech particle detectors and analyzed results.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Michele Berger | mwberger@upenn.edu | 215-898-6751October 6, 2015

Penn Research Offers New Theory About Our Perceptions of the World

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A new theory about how the brain generates perceptions from Alan Stocker of Psychology and of Engineering and grad student Xue-Xin Wei combines two prevailing ideas, the Bayesian decoding theory and efficient coding.

New research out of the University of Pennsylvania is filling in gaps between two prevailing theories about how the brain generates our perception of the world.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820October 5, 2015

Penn Undergrad Researches 1922 Cushendall Murders and Conspiracy in Northern Ireland

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Anna Garson, a junior history and English major from Ardmore, Pa., has unearthed a murder mystery, a government cover-up, and silenced justice in a town about an hour north of Belfast.

Through her research, an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania is unearthing a nearly 100-year-old murder mystery, a government cover-up and silenced justice in Northern Ireland. 

Video: Spark Therapeutics Gene Therapy Hits Goals in Blindness

October 5, 2015

Albert Maguire of the Perelman School of Medicine talks about testing a gene therapy product to help restore vision.

Article Source: CNBC
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194October 1, 2015

Penn Vet-Temple Team Characterizes Genetic Mutations Linked to a Form of Blindness

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A collaboration between University of Pennsylvania and Temple University scientists has identified two naturally occurring genetic mutations in dogs that result in achromatopsia, a form of blindness.

Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye’s cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. It often strikes people early in life, and currently there is no cure for the condition.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194September 30, 2015

Penn Dental Medicine Study Blocks Inflammatory Bone Loss in Gum Disease

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A new study led by University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine researchers demonstrates that a protein called Del-1, can inhibit bone loss associated with periodontitis. They also found the protein curbs the activity of osteoclasts, cells that absorb bone tissue, leading to a mechanistic explanation of how Del-1 can prevent periodontal bone loss.

Periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease, doesn’t just cause soft-tissue inflammation and bleeding. It also destroys the bone that supports the teeth. If it progresses unchecked, it can lead to tooth loss and is even associated with systemic inflammatory conditions like atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. 

How Zombies Might Help Me Lose Weight

September 28, 2015

Mitesh Patel of the Perelman School of Medicine suggests making small changes to daily routine to help improve health habits.

Article Source: Washington Post

Audio: Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Works to Reduce Hot Flashes, Penn Study Finds

September 27, 2015

Jun Mao of the Perelman School of Medicine is featured for studying alternative therapies, including acupuncture, to treat hot flashes.