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Genomics, Brain Aneurysm, Amniocentesis, neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis, fetal DNA

Genomics Researcher Peters Tackles a Brave New World

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As a young scientist, British researcher David Peters was focused on brain aneurysms as researched through the lens of high-throughput genomics. But when his wife became pregnant with the first of their two children, his world – both as a husband and a scientist – dramatically changed course.

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Premature Birth, Women's Health, human interest, Penn Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Parenting, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Neonatology, newborn health, neonatal intensive care

Preemies 4 Prevention

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Sage Snyder and Julia Dickman are sophomores in high school. They do all the normal things high schoolers do – hang out with their friends, go shopping, and play sports after school. But for these two, the buck doesn’t stop there. Sage and Julia were both born prematurely. They spent the first several months of their lives in intensive care, and over the years have continued to experience the lasting effects of premature birth. Together with other teens who were born premature, Sage and Julia founded Preemies 4 Prevention, an effort that officially launches this month and works to raise awareness of the devastating effects of preterm birth and support for research at Penn’s March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center.

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Researchers Expect New Fish Passage Will Help Restore Migratory Fish Populations

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The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers.

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The Medical Minute: Safety Tips for Hunters of All Ages

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With rifle deer season around the corner in Pennsylvania, thousands of hunters – of all ages – are preparing to head into the woods. Falls from tree stands continue to be a common hunting accident, yet can sometimes be overlooked – for example, when hunting safety courses focus on firearms.

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Penn State Team Wins $7M Award to Enlist Insects as Allies for Food Security

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A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

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Aaci, association of american cancer institutes, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 340B Drug Pricing Program, Stanton Gerson

AACI Rejects Administration’s Proposal to Cut Reimbursement to Cancer Hospitals

The Association of American Cancer Institutes opposes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Systems rule, which threatens access to lifesaving treatments for uninsured and underserved patients.

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Concussion, RNA, Microrna, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury

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Helping Cancer Patients Quit Tobacco for Good

A new treatment program that combines the power of technology with tried and true methods to help cancer patients overcome their addiction to tobacco is ready to enroll its first patients at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. As part of the program, doctors are alerted about a patient’s tobacco use through the electronic medical record. At that point, an automated referral is made for the patient to Penn’s Tobacco Use Treatment Service (TUTS), which then directly provides patients with state-of-the-science tobacco use treatment in an effort to get them to quit for good and assist with their medical treatment and recovery.

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Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health

Birthing New Findings

A team led by Penn Medicine’s Mary Regina Boland, PhD, an assistant professor of Informatics in Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics, looked at previously documented associations between specific diseases and being born at a certain time of the year, probing deeper to pinpoint the links between them.

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Microbiome, Crohn's Diesease, Gastroenterology, bacterial enzyme

A Clean Slate: Engineering the Gut Microbiome with “Good” Bacteria May Help Treat Crohn’s Disease

Penn Medicine researchers have singled out a bacterial enzyme behind an imbalance in the gut microbiome linked to Crohn’s disease. The new study, published online this week in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that wiping out a significant portion of the bacteria in the gut microbiome, and then re-introducing a certain type of “good” bacteria that lacks this enzyme, known as urease, may be an effective approach to better treat these diseases.







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