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First Cell Culture of Live Adult Human Neurons Shows Potential of Brain Cell Types

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Studying brain disorders in people and developing drugs to treat them has been slowed by the inability to investigate single living cells from adult patients. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers were able to grow adult human neurons donated...
17-Jan-2017 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Penn Study Identifies Potent Inhibitor of Zika Entry Into Human Cells

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Researchers identified a panel of small molecules that inhibit Zika virus infection, including one that stands out as a potent inhibitor of Zika viral entry into relevant human cell types. They screened a library of 2,000 bioactive compounds for...
17-Jan-2017 12:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Penn Medicine Launches First Apple ResearchKit App for Sarcoidosis Patients

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Penn Medicine today launched its first Apple ResearchKit app, focused on patients with sarcoidosis, an inflammatory condition that can affect the lungs, skin, eyes, heart, brain, and other organs. The effort marks Penn’s first time using modules...
17-Jan-2017 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Older Adults Walk More for Money and Opportunity to Donate to Charity

Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
13-Jan-2017 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

“Mysterious” Non-Protein-Coding RNAs Play Important Roles in Gene Expression

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Enhancers boost the rate of gene expression from nearby protein-coding genes so a cell can pump out more of a needed protein molecule. A mysterious subset of non-coding RNAs - enhancer RNAs (eRNAs) are transcribed from enhancer sequences. Shedding...
12-Jan-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Walking the Tightrope

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Antibiotic use represents a special challenge, in which too much of a good thing can be dangerous to public health as a whole. The fight against a common, costly, hospital-acquired infection known as Clostridium difficile, or C. diff offers an...
11-Jan-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Socioeconomic Status and Prior Pregnancy Affect Women’s Treatment Choices When Suffering Miscarriage, Penn Study Shows

How women make decisions about treatment while suffering a miscarriage, and the key factors that influence their choices, are revealed in a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the...
10-Jan-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

What Does it Take for an AIDS Virus to Infect a Person?

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Hahn and colleagues examined the characteristics of HIV-1 strains that were successful in traversing the genital mucosa that forms a boundary to entry by viruses and bacteria. Studying viral isolates from the blood and genital secretions of eight...
10-Jan-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Our Experts on Newswise

Linking Human Genome Sequences to Health Data Will Change Clinical Medicine, Says Penn Expert

The value of intersecting the sequencing of individuals’ exomes (all expressed genes) or full genomes to find rare genetic variants -- on a large scale -- with their detailed electronic health record (EHR) information has “myriad benefits,...
22-Dec-2016 4:05 PM EST

Health & Medicine at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics: Penn Medicine Experts Available for Comment

17-Aug-2016 2:05 PM EDT

Teen Decision-Making Expert Available to Provide Insight Into Choices Being Made by Teenagers During Spring Rites of Passage - Prom, Graduation, Senior Week.

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18-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT

Penn Medicine Zika Virus Experts Available for Interviews

2-Feb-2016 11:05 AM EST

Penn Sleep Specialist Available to Discuss How School Schedules Can Impact Sleep

28-Aug-2015 12:05 PM EDT

Dean of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine: Precision Medicine is “Personalized, Problematic, and Promising”

- The rapidly emerging field of precision medicine is a “disruptive innovation” that offers the possibility of remarkably fine-tuned remedies to improve patient health while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects, says J. Larry Jameson,...
26-May-2015 4:00 PM EDT

Penn Medicine Experts Offer Suggestions for Nudging Children toward Healthier Food Choices

Strategies aimed at reducing childhood obesity should acknowledge individuals’ rational taste preferences and apply insights from behavioral economics to design choice architecture that increases their likelihood of success, say two...
19-Mar-2015 11:00 AM EDT

Health & Medicine at the 2014 Sochi Olympics: Penn Medicine Experts Available for Comment

Penn Medicine physicians and scientists are available for comment on a variety of topics relating to health and injury issues that Winter Olympic athletes may face. Experts are available for interviews by phone, webcam or satellite uplink from the...
6-Feb-2014 3:00 PM EST

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