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Sleep Deficits in Young Fruitflies Affects Mating Later in Life

17 Apr 2014 – According to a new study published in Science this week from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, lack of sleep in young fruit flies profoundly diminishes their ability to do one thing they do really, really well – make more flies. Read more

Daniel J. Rader, MD, Named Chair of the Department of Genetics at Perelman School of Medicine

16 Apr 2014 – Daniel J. Rader, MD, a widely recognized international leader in the human genetics of lipoprotein biology and cardiovascular disease, has been named the new chair of the Department of Genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more

Penn Medicine Valley Forge Offering Patients Advanced PET/CT Scanner

15 Apr 2014 – Penn Medicine Valley Forge is now equipped with the most advanced, non-invasive imaging technique—a PET/CT scanner—available to patients today. The technology at Valley Forge will mainly be used in the oncology setting, helping to stage disease and guide radiation treatment plans. Read more

Shared Decision Making During Radiation Therapy Improves Patient Satisfaction, May Help Alleviate Anxiety, Depression

15 Apr 2014 – Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves cancer patients feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychological distress around the experience, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report in the journal... Read more

Penn Researchers Determine Mechanism by Which Lung Function is Regulated in Birt-Hogg-Dube Syndrome

10 Apr 2014 – Researchers at Penn Medicine have discovered that the tumor suppressor gene folliculin (FLCN) is essential to normal lung function in patients with the rare disease Birt-Hogg-Dube (BHD) syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, skin and kidneys. Read more

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