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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604January 5, 2010

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

Phila. ERs Seek Solutions to Crowding

December 24, 2009
Stephanie Abbuhl of the School of Medicine discusses HUP's efforts to combat emergency-room overcrowding.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Economists to Sen. Reid: 'We Urge Enactment' of Your Healthcare Reform Bill

December 21, 2009
Patricia Danzon of the Wharton School coauthors a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on health-care reform.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 21, 2009

Genetic Study Led by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell Clarifies African and African-American Ancestry

PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today.

CDC Says Autism Is On the Rise Nationally

December 19, 2009
Ellen Giarelli of the School of Nursing says autism remains under-diagnosed.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Health Matters

December 19, 2009
Peter Snyder of the School of Medicine discusses his research, the Testosterone Trial.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal

Catholic Health East Names a New Leader

December 16, 2009
Eileen Sullivan-Marx of the Nursing School says the nursing profession is good preparation for a career in management.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Giving a Heart a Hand

December 15, 2009
Lee Goldberg of the School of Medicine says cardiac implant devices provide an option to patients ineligible for transplant.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 14, 2009

Antidepressants May Change Personality, Leading to Reduced Depression, Says Penn Collaboration

PHILADELPHIA –- Examining data obtained from a University of Pennsylvania and Vanderbilt University psychology study, researchers at these universities and Northwestern University have reported the first placebo-controlled evidence that antidepressant medications—particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs—can substantially change patients’ personalities. The personality changes also appeared to be linked to long-term improvements in mood.