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Penn Medicine’s Irene Hurford Receives Exemplary Psychiatrist Award

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Irene Hurford, MD, an assistant professor in the department of Psychiatry, has received a 2017 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

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Gray Matter, Adolescence, Memory & Cognitive Processes, Executive Function, Speech, Decision Making, cortical thickness, self control, Brain Volume, Brain Density

Gray Matter Density Increases During Adolescence

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A new study published by Penn Medicine researchers this month and featured on the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience reveals that while volume indeed decreases from childhood to young adulthood, gray matter density actually increases.

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Kidney Transplants From Diabetic Donors Will Save More Lives, Sooner

In a study published today in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, have found that the best chance of survival, for older patients, those who live in areas with long waits for transplantation, or those who already have diabetes, may come from accepting a kidney from a deceased donor who had diabetes.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Identify Brain Network Organization Changes That Influence Improvements in Executive Function Among Adolescents and Young Adults

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In a new study, published this week in Current Biology, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers report newly mapped changes in the network organization of the brain that underlie those improvements in executive function. The findings could provide clues about risks for certain mental illnesses.

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Genetic Mutation Studies Help Validate New Strategy for Reducing Lipids, Cholesterol

A new strategy – an injectable antibody – for lowering blood lipids and thereby potentially preventing coronary artery disease and other conditions caused by the build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances on the artery walls, is supported by findings from two new studies from researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Penn Medicine Biochemist Awarded $2.5 Million Grant for New Microscope Technology

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Ronen Marmorstein, PhD, a professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of five investigators who received a grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation for the creation of a state-of-the-art cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) facility. The investment supports research in chemistry and the life sciences and will also go towards maintaining the cryo-EM facilities and hiring of new faculty skilled in its uses.

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Penn’s Garret FitzGerald Receives American Heart Association Merit Award to Enhance Blood Pressure Control

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Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, has received a $1 million Merit Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) to help the millions of patients with high blood pressure improve their condition.

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Phobia Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychiatry, Anxiety, fear

Strangely Common Phobias and How They Could Be Cured With Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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New Heart Disease Risk Genes Point to Flaws in Blood Vessel Walls

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. Despite dozens of regions in the genome associated with CAD, most of the genetic components of heart diseases are not fully understood, suggesting that more genes are out there to be found. A team found 15 new risk genes for coronary artery disease.

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Penn Medicine, Medical Ethics, American Thoracic Society, Intensive Care, Healthcare Decisions, Decision Making, JAMA, patient outcomes

Penn Study Pinpoints Accuracy of ICU Doctors’ and Nurses’ Predictions of Patient Outcomes

Physicians in intensive care units routinely consider their patients’ chances of survival and recovery when guiding patients and family members in making important decisions about care plans. A new study is shedding light on the accuracy of those judgments — and for the first time also reveals the accuracy of ICU nurses’ predictions of patient outcomes. For example, the study shows that ICU physicians are better at predicting whether patients will be alive in six months than they are at predicting patients’ cognitive function in six months, and the more confident doctors are when making predictions, the more accurate those predictions tend to be.







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