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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 13, 2015

Fears Of Potentially Blinding Complication From Avastin Eye Injections Are Overblown, According to Penn Study

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the 

Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.eduAugust 13, 2015

Health Care Innovation Isn't About Smart Phone Apps, Penn Medicine Researchers Say

Health care has much to learn from innovative high-tech companies, but not in the way most people think, according to a Perspective published today in the New England Journal of Me

Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 12, 2015

Spread of Cancer from Pancreas Arises from the Interactions of Multiple Types of Wayward Cells

Tumor cells associated with pancreatic cancer often behave like communities by working with each other to increase tumor spread and growth to different organs.

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Media Contact:Steve Graff | stephen.graff@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5653August 10, 2015

Penn Study Finds Important Gaps in Evidence for Best Methods for Cleaning Hospital Rooms to Prevent Healthcare-associated Infections

Tray tables, bed rails, light switches, and toilets: All are common vectors for swapping germs between patients and health care workers.

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 7, 2015

Emergency Department Counseling Program Fails to Reduce Intimate Partner Violence or Heavy Drinking Among At-Risk Women, Penn Medicine Study Finds

A large randomized clinical trial of an emergency department (ED)-based program aimed at reducing incidents of excessive drinking and partner violence in women did not result in significant improvements in either risk factor, according to a new study from researchers at the 

Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 6, 2015

Topical Gel Proves Safe, Effective Treatment for Patients with Skin T Cell Lymphoma, Penn Study Finds

esults of a phase one trial show that an investigational topical drug, resiquimod gel, causes regression of both treated and untreated tumor lesions and may completely remove cancerous cells from both sites in patients with early stage cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) – a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma th

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Media Contact:Katie Delach | katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5964August 6, 2015

Penn Scientists Identify Key Genetic Factor That Keeps Moles From Turning Into Melanoma

Moles are benign tumors found on the skin of almost every adult. Scientists have known for years that a mutation in the BRAF gene makes them start growing, but until now haven’t understood why they stop.

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 5, 2015

Penn Study Details Powerful Molecular Promoter of Colon Cancers

Cancer researchers already know of some oncogenes and other factors that promote the development of colon cancers, but they don’t yet have the full picture of how these cancers originate and spread.

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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937August 3, 2015

Penn Study Shows Chronic Insomnia Sufferers May Find Relief with Half of Standard Sleeping Pill Dosing Regimen

The roughly nine million Americans who rely on prescription sleeping pills to treat chronic insomnia may be able to get relief from as little as half of the drugs, and may even be helped by taking placebos in the treatment plan, according to new research published today in the journal 

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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658August 3, 2015

It’s All Connected: Daily Changes in Mouse Gut Bacteria Abundance and Type Moves with Internal Clock and Gender

By now, the old saw, “You are what you eat,” has been well-used in describing the microbiome.