George Ehrlich, professor of rheumatology, agrees that most people experience chronic pain at some point in their lives, but he disputes whether fibromyalgia is a unique medical condition that warrants a special diagnostic category.
Penn in the News
Washington Post — November 12, 2003
USA Today — November 12, 2003
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, says Howard Dean's initial response to the public's outcry against his Confederate flag comments could be seen as too defensive for a presidential candidate.
Newsweek — November 10, 2003
Andrew Newberg, clinical associate professor of radiology, says more medical professionals are acknowledging the effects of meditation and prayer on the brain.
Philadelphia Inquirer — November 10, 2003
Joan Weinryb, assistant professor of geriatrics, recommends knowing your loved-one's wishes about dying, and John Hansen-Flaschen, chief of pulmonary and critical care, discusses caring for advanced dementia patients.
Washington Post — November 10, 2003
Thomas Wadden, director of the Weight and Eating Disorders Program, says the results of a year-long assessment of popular diet programs show that no single approach has a monopoly on weight loss.
Associated Press — November 10, 2003
Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics, discusses the reality of creating and marketing bigger products for larger individuals and how, in doing so, it facilitates the acceptance of obesity.
Newsday — November 9, 2003
Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Work, comments on the difficulties facing Division of Youth and Family Services caseworkers particularly when they have little experience and no hard data on which to base their decisions.
Kansas City Star — November 8, 2003
Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics, says federal officials are failing to educate the U.S. population about hepatitis C, a serious disease that has infected at least 4 million Americans.
USA Today — November 5, 2003
Britton Chance, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, and Daniel Langleben, assistant professor of psychiatry, discuss their research and the tools they are using to detect lies.
Associated Press — November 5, 2003
Daniel Rader, director of preventive cardiology, discusses an experimental heart disease treatment using a laboratory-produced version of mutated HDL, the good cholesterol that removes plaque from the bloodstream.
Los Angeles Times — November 4, 2003
Peter Cappelli, professor of management, comments on the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority's mechanics union labor dispute.
Chicago Tribune — November 3, 2003
Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics, discusses the implications of private companies claiming ownership of genes that cause disease.
Baltimore Sun — November 2, 2003
Lynda Ginsburg, senior researcher at Penn's National Center on Adult Literacy, comments on how adult education program budgets are being reallocated to accomodate programs required by the No Child Left Behind law.
Philadelphia Inquirer — November 2, 2003
Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Work, says the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services has internal issues extending beyond undertrained and overworked caseworkers.
Los Angeles Times — October 27, 2003
Debbie Cohen, assistant professor of medicine, confirms that, although most dialysis patients have no chance of renal recovery, doctors need to be aware that a very select group of patients could have the potential to recover.
Philadelphia Inquirer — October 27, 2003
M. Susan Lindee, professor of history and the sociology of science, comments on some of the eugenics movement's characteristics that are apparent in U.S. and European cultures.
St. Petersburg Times — October 26, 2003
Brian Strom, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, warns that a national smallpox vaccination program could be viewed as unethical due to the substantial risk from side effects.
Philadelphia Inquirer — October 24, 2003
Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics, discusses the possible consequences that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may face since intervening in the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case.
Los Angeles Times — October 24, 2003
Amy Kaplan, professor of English, juxtiposes Mark Twain's protests of the U.S. involvement in the Philippines a century ago with that of the Bush administration's policies in Iraq today.
USA Today — October 23, 2003
Glenn McGee, professor of medical ethics, discusses his objections to the Florida state legislature's passing a law for one person when greater social problems facing the chronically ill and elderly are neglected.