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Article ID: 696206

Penn Medicine Biochemist Receives Major Award for Research on Epigenetic Protein Modifications via Mass Spectrometry

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Benjamin A.Garcia, PhD, an expert in quantitative proteomics has been awarded the Biemann Medal by the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS). The early-career award recognizes significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry. Garcia’s lab has develop

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16-Jun-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 696168

Cowboys and Neurons: HBO’s Westworld Asks Tough Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The concept of non-human beings endowed with intelligence dates back to at least Homer in the late eighth or early seventh century B.C. As society has developed and our ability to tell stories enhanced by technology, the idea of intelligent machines has captured the minds of societies across the globe.

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14-Jun-2018 7:05 PM EDT
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New Target for Treating Heart Failure Identified by Penn Medicine Researchers

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Changes in cellular struts called microtubules can affect the stiffness of diseased human heart muscle cells, and reversing these modifications can lessen the stiffness and improve the beating strength of these cells isolated from transplant patients with heart failure.

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11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695922

CHIBE Combats the Opioid Crisis, One ‘Nudge’ at a Time

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

While the opioid epidemic may feel too massive a problem to tackle or too overwhelming to even comprehend, experts in many corners of Penn Medicine are at work combating the deadly toll, including the physicians and researchers of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE) at the Perelman School of Medicine. As one of two Roybal Centers on Behavioral Economics and Health nationally funded by the National Institute of Aging of NIH, CHIBE combines psychology and economics with clinical expertise in an effort to understand why individuals make certain decisions that impact their health and how to leverage their findings to advance policy, improve health care delivery, and encourage healthy behaviors among patients and best practices among clinicians. All those elements combine in their efforts to curb prescription opioid misuse.

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11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695930

Can Bias Be Reversed?

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The conversation Starbucks is now leading – whether by choice or not – is one that is not, and should not, be limited to your friendly neighborhood coffee juggernaut. It’s a conversation that’s been happening quietly for decades, and in recent years has begun to echo in every corner and industry across the country, and medicine is no exception, but new research is showing that despite the skepticism around the effectiveness of training programs, they may actually have the power to teach humility, empathy, and respect.

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11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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    7-Jun-2018 1:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 695556

Half of Hepatitis C Patients with Private Insurance Denied Life-Saving Drugs

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

The number of insurance denials for life-saving hepatitis C drugs among patients with both private and public insurers remains high across the United States. Private insurers had the highest denial rates, with 52.4 percent of patients denied coverage, while Medicaid denied 34.5 percent of patients and Medicare denied 14.7 percent.

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Drug Combination Offers More Effective Care for Patients Suffering Miscarriage, Penn Study Shows

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol can help bring closure to some women and their families suffering from miscarriage, and reduces the need for surgical intervention to complete the painful miscarriage process. Results of a new clinical trial led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, show that while the standard drug regimen using misoprostol on its own frequently fails to complete the miscarriage, a combination of misoprostol and the drug mifepristone works much more reliably.

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4-Jun-2018 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695650

Mandatory Bundled-Payment Medicare Programs Should Stay, Penn Study Suggests

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Hospitals that receive bundled payments for joint replacements either voluntarily or through Medicare’s mandatory programs, vary by size and volume, but not in spending or quality, signaling a need for both programs, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The authors say the results show that voluntary programs tend to engage larger non-profit hospitals, whereas some hospitals with lower volumes and fewer resources might only participate under a mandatory program. The results are published this week in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs.

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5-Jun-2018 4:35 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695494

1 in 4 Americans Develop Insomnia Each Year

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

About 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year, but about 75 percent of these individuals recover without developing persistent poor sleep or chronic insomnia, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania which will be presented Monday at SLEEP 2018, the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS).

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1-Jun-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695598

Penn Medicine Gastrointestinal Bleeding Research Points to Need for Updated Medicare Policies

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Penn Medicine researchers are calling for greater precision in Medicare performance reporting for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding following an evaluation of patients with the condition.

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5-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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