Perelman School of Medicine

Lively Accounts Examining Death

August 25, 2014

The Perelman School of Medicine’s David Casarett discusses his book Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead.

Article Source: New York Times
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Media Contact:Greg Richter | gregory.richter@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-614-1937August 25, 2014

Penn Study Shows 25 Percent Fewer Opioid-Related Deaths in States Allowing Medical Marijuana

On average, states allowing the medical use of marijuana have lower rates of deaths resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses than states without such laws. Opioid analgesics, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, are prescribed for moderate to severe pain, and work by suppressing a person’s perception of pain.

Check Up: Penn Doctor’s Study Links Parkinson’s and Depression

August 24, 2014

Daniel Weintraub of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how psychiatric problems might be early symptoms of a movement disorder.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660August 22, 2014

Penn Study: Electronic Alerts Significantly Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters. In addition, when the design of the alert was simplified, the rate of improvement dramatically increased.

DEA to Tighten Control of a Type of Pain Pill

August 22, 2014

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine praises new opioid restrictions set by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

A Gene That Makes You Need Less Sleep?

August 21, 2014

Sleep research from Allan Pack of the Perelman School of Medicine is described.

Article Source: New Yorker

Nickel Allergies on Rise as Devices Meet Skin

August 20, 2014

Bruce Brod of the Perelman School of Medicine share his experience in treating patients sensitive to metals.

Article Source: New York Times

What Cured Ebola Patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol?

August 20, 2014

Ezekiel Emanuel of the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School comments on the next steps in proceeding with an experimental Ebola drug.

Article Source: NBC News

What’s Behind the Challenge

August 21, 2014

Roy Rosin, David Asch and Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine contribute their thoughts about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Wharton’s Jonah Berger is cited for his book Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

Article Source: Philly.com

How Do I Talk to My Kids About Suicide?

August 20, 2014

Cory Newman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on how one can help those coping with suicide.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer