Perelman School of Medicine

Four Flown From Haiti to Phila. for Treatment

January 18, 2010
Haitians injured in the earthquake are being treated at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Roger Band of the School of Medicine is Haiti-bound to provide medical assistance there.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Scientists Find a Shared Gene in Dogs With Compulsive Behavior

January 18, 2010
Karen Overall of the School of Medicine says many dogs show signs of compulsive behavior.
Article Source: New York Times

Emotional Training Helps Kids Fight Depression

January 18, 2010
Jane Gillham of the School of Arts and Sciences and Penn Resiliency Program and John Kelly of the School of Medicine discuss the program’s efforts to encourage positive behavior in children.

Catching Up on Lost Sleep a Dangerous Illusion

January 14, 2010
David Dinges of the School of Medicine says recovering from lost sleep is difficult on the body.
Article Source: USA Today

Mother Charged With Murder in Abuse Death of Charlenni

January 13, 2010
Cindy Christian of the School of Social Policy and Practice and the School of Medicine discusses a Philadelphia child-abuse case.
Article Source: Philadelphia Daily News

Putting a Face on Food Allergies

January 7, 2010
David Sarwer of the School of Medicine discusses food allergies.
Article Source: USA Today

Audio: Efficacy of Depression Drugs Questioned

January 7, 2010
Robert DeRubeis discusses his study of antidepressant efficacy.

Rude Awakening

January 7, 2010
Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses a coma case involving facilitated communication.
Article Source: Newsweek
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Penn Study Shows Antidepressants Work Best for Severe Depression, Provide Little to No Benefit Otherwise

PHILADELPHIA –- A study of 30 years of antidepressant-drug treatment data published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that the benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo may be minimal or nonexistent in patients with mild or moderate symptoms. University of Pennsylvania researchers say, however, the benefit of medications is substantial for patients with very severe depression.

Concussion Warnings Come Too Late for NJ Athlete

December 29, 2009
Douglas Smith of the School of Medicine says concussions suffered by athletes should not be taken lightly.
Article Source: Associated Press