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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 7, 2015

Winter and Holiday 2015 Health Tips from Penn

The winter months come with their own special health challenges. From delicious food everywhere you look to harsh weather conditions to the stress of creating a perfect holiday, the season can be challenging.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194December 3, 2015

Gene Pair Plays Crucial Role in Colon Cancer, Penn Vet Team Shows

Colon cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and researchers are hard at work to understand the disease’s complex molecular underpinnings.

Video: The Charlie Rose Brain Series, Year Three: Charlie Rose

December 1, 2015

Susan Margulies of the School of Engineering and Applied Science discusses sports-induced brain trauma, particularly its effect on children.

Article Source: Bloomberg Business
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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 30, 2015

HIV/AIDS Drugs Interfere With Brain’s ‘Insulation,’ Penn-CHOP Team Shows

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In a new study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia teamed up to investigate the underlying reasons why HIV patients on antiretroviral regimens experience mild to moderate cognitive impairments. They found that commonly used antiretroviral medications disrupted the function of oligodendrocytes, crucial brain cells that manufacture myelin, the fatty material that serves to insulate neurons, helping them transmit signals in the brain fast and efficiently.

Antiretroviral therapies, or ART, have enabled people with HIV and AIDS to live much longer lives, transforming what was considered a death sentence into a chronic condition. Yet concerns for these patients remain.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658November 25, 2015

"Mild Traumatic Brain Injury an Oxymoron:" New Protein Biomarker Highlights Damaged Brain Wiring After Concussion, Finds Penn Study

Physicians and others now recognize that seemingly mild, concussion-type head injuries lead to long-term cognitive impairments surprisingly often.

Former Angels Star Rod Carew Opens Up About Massive Heart Attack, Challenging Recovery

November 23, 2015

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on heart disease patients that are living with a left ventricular assist device.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

Early Lead Exposure Linked to Sleep Problems

November 23, 2015

Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing is quoted for leading a study that reveals that lead exposure in early childhood is connected to an increased risk for sleep problems.

Article Source: Scientific American
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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | elerner@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604November 23, 2015

Four Penn Professors Among Class of 2015 AAAS Fellows

Four faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  They are among a class of 347 researchers that have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194November 23, 2015

Penn Biologists Characterize New Form of mRNA Regulation

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In a new report in the journal Plant Cell, University of Pennsylvania biologists used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA, finding that the modifications appear to play a significant role in the process by which mRNAs either survive and become translated into protein or are targeted for degradation.

RNA, once thought to be a mere middleman between DNA and protein, is now recognized as the stage at which a host of regulatory processes can act to allow for flexibility in gene expression and thus the functions of cells and tissues.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460 November 22, 2015

Penn Senior Jennifer Hebert Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania senior Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.