Penn Medicine News Bites

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Is Your Teen Too Moody?

It's difficult to determine if your teen is acting normal when their moods are so erratic. But mental illness often starts in adolescence.

What to Do In a Heart-Stopping Emergency? Stay Cool.

Most people don’t know that even after the paramedics arrive, there’s one more thing you can do to make a big difference for the victim of cardiac arrest: Make sure he or she gets treated at an emergency facility that practices “cooling”!

Oh, Baby, Is it Hot in Here?

According to new research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, hot flashes may crop up during pregnancy.

Anti-Reflux Meds During Pregnancy Offer Effective Relief, But at What Cost?

According to a recent study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, pregnant women who use proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications to treat GERD may have an increased risk of newborn cardiac birth defects.

Good News for Breast Cancer Patients with Bad Genes

A new approach to treating breast cancer actually fights cancer by targeting the weakness in a tumor’s cells caused by genetic mutations known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 -- and the early results are promising.

Basic Science News Bites »

Reversing Diabetes in Mice

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Researchers have found a novel way to reverse established diabetes in mice, and in the process, unraveled an approach that could potentially be exploited to treat pre-existing diabetes in humans.

Fighting Leukemia Notch by Notch

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The coming together of two proteins in a process called dimerization is a key step in causing cancerous cell replication in certain tumors in mice.

Splicing Master Switch Impairs Cell Motility and May Prevent Cancer Spread

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Researchers have implicated alternative splicing in key steps in the progression of cancer.

Danger of the Double-Stranded DNA Break

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Double-stranded DNA breaks block transcription along extensive regions of the same chromosome, eventually stopping the process up to thousands of bases away from the break.

 

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