Health & Medicine

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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.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604December 14, 2009

Penn Researchers Find Reproductive Germ Cells Survive and Thrive In Transplants, Even Among Species

PHILADELPHIA –- Reproductive researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have succeeded in isolating and transplanting pure populations of the immature cells that enable male reproduction in two species—human spermatogonia and mouse gonocytes. These germline stem cells, taken from testis biopsies, demonstrated viability following transplantation to mouse testes within a controlled laboratory setting.

Camp, When a Kennel Won't Do

December 9, 2009
Ilana Reisner of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on pet owners' use of dog camps.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Medicare Buy-In Could Benefit Involuntary Retirees

December 9, 2009
Mark Pauly of the Wharton School comments on a Medicare buy-in health-care option.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

A Theory for Toddlers' Turbo-charged Learning Style

December 7, 2009
Sharon Thompson-Schill of the School of Arts and Sciences is cited for leading a Penn team of neuroscientists in a study of cognitive development in toddlers.
Article Source: Hartford Courant

Green Tea Chemical Helps Treat Brain Disorders

December 4, 2009
James Shorter of the School of Medicine is cited for his collaborative research on EGCG and brain disorders.
Article Source: Times of India