Health & Medicine


Too Much Optimism May Be Bad for Cancer Patients

January 28, 2011

Lynn Schuchter of the School of Medicine comments on the fears of terminally ill patients.

Article Source: MSNBC

McDonald’s Medicine: Too Impatient to Wait for Care?

January 26, 2011

Zachary Meisel of the School of Medicine shares his opinion on why Americans expect instant gratification in medical care.

Article Source: Time

Record Level of Stress Found in College Freshmen

January 26, 2011

The emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago. In the survey, “The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2010,” involving more than 200,000 incoming full-time students at four-year colleges, the percentage of students rating themselves as “below average” in emotional health rose. Meanwhile, the percentage of students who said their emotional health was above average fell to 52 percent.

Article Source: New York Times

Penn Researcher Finds Surprising Genetic Link to Heart Failure

January 24, 2011

Thomas Cappola of the School of Medicine comments on discovering that “defects in a gene linked to kidney function may predispose a person to heart failure.”

Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Regimens: Antidepressant May Help Quench Hot Flashes

January 21, 2011

Ellen Freeman of the School of Medicine is featured for her research on the use of an antidepressant to treat hot flashes.

Article Source: New York Times

Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines

January 22, 2011

Garret FitzGerald of the School of Medicine says a new federal drug-development agency “could be a really good idea.”

Article Source: New York Times

Audio: Emerging Treatments in Depression

January 21, 2011

John O’Reardon of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses new methods for treating depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

FDA Weighs Alzheimer’s Test for Living Patients

January 20, 2011

Steven Arnold of the School of Medicine suggests that a new test for Alzheimer’s will be more helpful in the future.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Nurse Reaches Out to Youth on HIV/AIDS

January 11, 2011

Loretta Sweet Jemmott of the School of Nursing is featured for her work developing programs that help prevent teenage pregnancy and transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Article Source: Philadelphia Tribune

Study: Antidepressants May Relieve Hot Flashes

January 18, 2011

Ellen Freeman of the School of Medicine is featured for her research on antidepressants and menopause.

Article Source: Time