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Fruitfly Study Identifies Brain Circuit that Drives Daily Cycles of Rest, Activity


Researchers describe a circuit in the brain of fruit flies that controls their daily, rhythmic behavior of rest and activity. They also found that the fly version of the human brain protein known as corticotrophin releasing factor is a major...
4/22/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Two Commonly Used Medications Equally Effective in Treating Seizures in Children

The sedative drugs diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan) are equally effective in treating the prolonged seizures known as status epilepticus in children, according to a randomized, controlled study by a multi-institution team of researchers with...
4/23/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Bioinformatics Profiling Identifies a New Mammalian Clock Gene


Over 15 mammalian clock proteins have been identified, but researchers surmise there are more. Could big-data approaches help find them? To accelerate clock-gene discovery, the investigators used a computer-assisted approach to identify and rank...
4/22/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Reference Pricing for Proton Therapy Will Help Establish Clinical Benefits


In an article published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the authors propose “reference pricing” for proton therapy—a relatively new model that establishes a standard price for different therapies with similar outcomes.
4/21/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Sleeping Away Infection: Penn Researchers Find Link between Sleep and Immune Function in Fruitflies


When we get sick it feels natural to try to hasten our recovery by getting some extra shuteye. Researchers found that this response has a definite purpose, in fruitflies: enhancing immune system response and recovery to infection.
4/21/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Penn Medicine Researchers Uncover Hints of a Novel Mechanism Behind General Anesthetic Action

Despite decades of common use for surgeries of all kinds, the precise mechanism through which general anesthesia works on the body remains a mystery. New research led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania investigated...
4/21/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Safer Alternatives to Nonsteroidal Antinflamatory Pain Killers


Building on previous work that showed that deleting an enzyme in the COX-2 pathway in a mouse model of heart disease slowed the development of atherosclerosis, researchers have now extended this observation by clarifying that the consequence of...
4/17/2014 12:45 PM EDT

Connecting Sleep Deficits in Young Fruitflies to Disruption in Mating Later in Life

Mom always said you need your sleep, and it turns out, she was right. Lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well – make more flies.
4/16/2014 11:00 AM EDT

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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...
2/6/2014 3:00 PM EST

Penn Medicine Surgeons Available to Discuss the Robotic Surgery Dr. Drew Chose to Treat His Prostate Cancer

9/25/2013 3:40 PM EDT

Penn Medicine Experts Available for Comment on Latest Research at SLEEP 2013

5/28/2013 11:00 AM EDT

Penn Health Policy Experts to Convene for Discussion on SCOTUS Ruling; Interviews Available

6/27/2012 4:20 PM EDT

Physicians Presenting, Moderating and Available for Expert Commentary at American Transplant Congress 2011 Meeting

Penn Transplant Institute/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine faculty are presenting research findings and moderating sessions on the lateast advances in transplant medicine. The American Transplant Congress keynote speaker (May 4th) this...
5/2/2011 12:15 PM EDT

Expert Advisory: Penn Medicine Experts Available for Vancouver Olympics Coverage

Experts from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine are available to offer expert medical insight and commentary during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on issues ranging from the effects of performance enhancing drugs to concerns...
2/2/2010 4:50 PM EST

Pioneer Program to Combat Healthcare Disparities

As the 2008 presidential election draws nearer, debate continues over immigration and health care reform. Meanwhile, U.S. doctors must find innovative, cost-effective ways to care for these new Americans. A national authority on health care concerns...
8/22/2008 1:00 PM EDT

Key Answers for Healthcare Reform

Judd Hollander, MD, Professor and Clinical Research Director in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, can share insights on the ways in which new technologies may both improve health care delivery and...
8/22/2008 1:00 PM EDT

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