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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
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July 27, 2013 | By Jim Salter, Associated Press
ST. LOUIS - Virginia Johnson, 88, the Missouri farm girl who helped redefine the understanding of human sexuality as half of the husband-wife team whose sex studies in the 1960s turned them into worldwide celebrities and best-selling authors, died Wednesday. The pioneering researcher, who was at an assisted-living facility in St. Louis, suffered complications from various illnesses, her son Scott Johnson told the Associated Press on Thursday. He said the family was planning a private funeral.
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May 13, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
As a researcher who raised concerns about what antipsychotics can do to the brain, Nancy Andreasen emphasized one message Wednesday in talks with Episcopal Hospital's psychiatric staff and students: The drugs are still worth using in people with schizophrenia, but should be used as sparingly as possible, especially in children and the elderly. "It doesn't mean that we shouldn't be using antipsychotics," said Andreasen, chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
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February 18, 2007 | By Teresa Anicola FOR THE INQUIRER
Trina Gipson-Jones, a registered nurse, has focused her career on helping minorities - not just locally, but also nationally and abroad. She conducts research for the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Disparities. On Feb. 3, she was honored for her work by the National Black Nurses Association and was the recipient of a research excellence award. Gipson-Jones has worked at the center, within the university's school of nursing, for two years. She holds a master's degree in nursing administration and a doctorate in nursing.
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August 12, 1986 | By Jim Detjen, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the most controversial alternatives to using animals in scientific research involves the bodies of brain-dead people, or "neomorts. " Proposals to use neomorts "could revolutionize research, toxicity testing and education and thereby greatly reduce our reliance on laboratory animals," said Martin Stephens, an associate director of the Humane Society of the United States. Each year, more than two million people die in the United States; 150,000 die from accidents, suicides and other causes that leave their bodies intact, Stephens said.
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April 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stuart G. Younkin was an Iowa farm boy whose skills in milking cows helped put him through college. While studying for bachelor's and master's degrees at Iowa State University in the late 1930s, "he was living on a farm" near campus, his daughter, Rebecca Kotrba said. "He was milking cows in the morning and at night" for the farm family, and tending to his studies the rest of the time. "Pretty incredible," she said. It was during the Depression, and his family's crop farm didn't produce enough to pay for his education.
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February 20, 2003 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dr. David B.P. Goodman, 60, of Wynnewood, a medical school professor, researcher, and director of the endocrinology laboratory at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, died of septic shock Monday at Lankenau Hospital. Dr. Goodman decided on a career in research when he was a student at Harvard University, where scientist James Watson, a discoverer of the structure of DNA, was a member of the faculty. A biology major, Dr. Goodman was inspired by Watson's groundbreaking achievement and resolved to focus his future medical career on research science, said his wife, Kathleen Greenacre Goodman.
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August 21, 1987 | By Dale Mezzacappa, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jung Kim, 15, and Hermina Paczynski, 16, hovered over their thick, black desk-top machine - a double-beam spectrophotometer - and checked their vials of bubbly yellow liquid. Kim dropped a vial into a small compartment of the machine that contained a light and a mirror, and the students watched as squiggly lines on the connected printer told them what they needed to know: how much light passes through the substance in the vial. For Kim and Paczynski, this is exciting work.
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June 4, 1989 | By Lisa Scheid, Special to The Inquirer
The eight-month-old Weston Institute, founded by the man who started the environmental management firm of Roy F. Weston Inc., is up and running with more than a half-million dollars in funding and a plan to encourage research in the environmental industry. The institute, based in West Chester, will develop a catalogue of potential research projects generated by professionals working for companies in the environmental and health-safety fields. "The professionals have a unique perspective on the environmentalresearch," said Weston Institutepresident William Gaither, the former president of Drexel University.
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April 18, 1986 | By GENE SEYMOUR, Daily News Staff Writer
Trying to tie together the known forces of the universe isn't much different than achieving perfection in body and mind, Linc Gotshalk figures. For sure, they're both fairly impossible goals. No matter. To Gotshalk, strength and weightlifting coach at Temple University, it's the trying that counts. That's why, with all the available athletic role models in existence, Gotshalk's main man among men is a bespectacled, internationally renowned British physicist named Stephen Hawking, who is bound to a wheelchair by amyotrophic lateral sclerosi, more commonly called Lou Gehrig's disease.
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August 16, 2016 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
Military veterans and New Jersey lawmakers are lobbying Gov. Christie with new vigor to approve a bipartisan bill that would allow marijuana use to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. In the past, the Christie administration had rebuffed requests to add the condition to the list of ailments that qualify for cannabis use. But Christie did not rule out signing the bill when asked about it two weeks ago at a news conference. "I'll read it," he said, softening a bit from his oft-repeated previous statements that he would veto any expansion of the six-year-old medical marijuana program.
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August 8, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
The lady was a tramp. That was part of her charm. Scarred, a tad surly. An alpha female if there ever was one. Duchess was her name. Liz Hardt, a softie for a tough dog, was smitten. "I fell in love with her immediately," said Hardt, a veterinary nurse. "She was a big, bad dog. " But there was something else. A kind of bond. Hardt was a cancer survivor. Duchess was, too. The pair met through a program that gives new meaning to the saying, "Who rescued whom?" Through the Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program, breast tumors are removed from homeless dogs that would otherwise go untreated and quite likely die. The dogs are then put up for adoption.
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August 5, 2016 | Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
The National Institute on Aging has extended its funding of the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Core Center with a promise of about $8.8 million over five years.The money will take the center, which was founded in 1991, to its 30th year. Researchers at the center study Alzheimer's and other dementias including Parkinson's disease dementia, Lewy Body dementia and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Among other things, the center is known for identifying key proteins involved in dementia and helping to develop biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease.
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July 15, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
In the biggest effort yet to find a cure for HIV, the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday named six large scientific teams, one led by Philadelphia's Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, to tackle different parts of the challenge. The government will commit $30 million a year for five years to the project. The Philadelphia collaboration will get $4.6 million a year. For years, with the world focused on getting treatment to millions of infected people and preventing further spread of the disease, the notion of a "cure seemed naive and overambitious," said Luis J. Montaner, the director of an HIV laboratory at Wistar, who will share leadership of the Philadelphia team.
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July 14, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
Universities are brimming with research, and four in the Philadelphia region rank in the top 50 worldwide for the number of U.S. patents granted for groundbreaking technologies in 2015. The University of Pennsylvania was No. 19 among 600 universities, with 93 patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year. Rutgers University ranked 27th, with 65 patents. The University of Pittsburgh came in 35th, with 58 patents. Drexel University was No. 49 with 42 patents issued in 2015.
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July 3, 2016 | Susan A. Masino, FOR THE INQUIRER
Susan A. Masino, the Vernon Roosa Professor of Applied Science at Trinity College, studies links among metabolism, brain activity, and behavior. Brain disorders are expensive, and their costs to families and society can never be calculated fully. As a neuroscientist, I know that despite heroic research efforts our current medical treatments rarely cure neurological problems - and often can't treat them effectively. Devastating and complex problems with our fragile and amazing nervous system span all ages.
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June 20, 2016 | Suzanne Barston
I was dismayed to see the interview with Arnetta Stewart and Katja Pigur of the Maternity Care Coalition (" An effort to increase breast-feeding in Philly " which appreared on June 5). While the breast-feeding initiation rates cited are spot-on (78 percent of mothers initiating breast-feeding), the hand-wringing about their inadequacy is not. These statistics do not take into account the deeply personal reasons the remaining 22 percent do not breast-feed from birth - women who have undergone mastectomies, women on certain contraindicated or borderline medications, and women who have histories of sexual trauma, to name a few. Seen in proper context, 79 percent nationwide is pretty darn impressive.
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May 25, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
A small biotech company and a global vaccine maker in Southeastern Pennsylvania are among those racing to come up with a vaccine to combat the rise in the spread of the Zika virus in Brazil and other countries. The United States has yet to face a major outbreak, but concern is growing, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of pregnant women in the U.S. infected with the Zika virus had tripled - from 48 to 157 - due to a change in the way the government counts cases.
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May 15, 2016 | By Sam Wood, Staff Writer
The only NFL player to openly advocate for medical marijuana has donated $80,000 to fund cannabis research on football players at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. Eugene Monroe, an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, previously urged the NFL to remove marijuana from its banned-substances list so players can use it to treat chronic pain. "As a player, I'm not allowed to use cannabis, but I've been prescribed opioids for various injuries," Monroe said Thursday evening.
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May 13, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
As a researcher who raised concerns about what antipsychotics can do to the brain, Nancy Andreasen emphasized one message Wednesday in talks with Episcopal Hospital's psychiatric staff and students: The drugs are still worth using in people with schizophrenia, but should be used as sparingly as possible, especially in children and the elderly. "It doesn't mean that we shouldn't be using antipsychotics," said Andreasen, chair of psychiatry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.
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