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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.

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

Brain Doctor Calls New NFL Concussion Rules a Good First Step

December 3, 2009
Douglas Smith of the School of Medicine discusses concussions and new NFL guidelines.
Article Source: KYW Radio (Philadelphia)

Wounded Delaware K-9 Released From Hospital

December 1, 2009
Elaine Holmes of the School of Veterinary Medicine says police-dog Diablo overcame the odds.
Article Source: KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

Wounded K-9 Released From Hospital

December 1, 2009
Elaine Holmes of the School of Veterinary Medicine comments on police-dog Diablo’s release from Ryan Veterinary Hospital.
Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Eat, Drink, and Still Shrink

December 1, 2009
Stella Volpe of the School of Nursing says pausing to consider the healthfulness of a meal can encourage better decisions.
Article Source: Fitness Magazine

Unusual Coma Recovery Case Attracts Doubters

November 26, 2009
Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine discusses a case involving a 23-year-coma patient.
Article Source: Associated Press