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A study, published in Science by Amita Sehgal, PhD, professor of Neuroscience, and Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, links sleep disruption in newborn fruit flies with courtship and mating in adult flies. Sehgal and Kayser are interviewed by The Why Files and Die Welt.
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Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery and co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Disaster and Trauma Committee, was interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette in an article discussing follow up after school tragedies occur.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, talked to the Washington Post about the best way to start adjusting your diet to eliminate foods that interfere with sleep.
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Neill Epperson, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, was interviewed in an NBCNews.com article about infanticide.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, who heads a committee of doctors studying whether caffeine use disorder should be categorized as a mental illness, said more research is needed in an interview airing on CBS television affiliates in New York and Philadelphia.
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In an interview with USA Today regarding the school stabbing in Murrysville, PA, Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, said, "In these kinds of situations, the psychological casualties usually outnumber the physical casualties." Coverage also appeared on CNN and in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
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WHYY's "Voices in the Family" speaks with Kelly C. Allison, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry and Lucy Faulconbridge, PhD, both of the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, about night eating, and the link between obesity and depression.
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Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, was interviewed by weather.com about sleep issues that can develop in the spring and summer. Dr. Grandner also commented in a TIME magazine report on the increased understanding and support by the medical community regarding the importance of sleep for overall health.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Today.com about the life-saving heroin overdose antidote, naloxone, also known by its brand name Narcan.
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Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, talked to Popular Science about the link between affinity for Adderall and susceptibility to ADHD or schizophrenia.
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Researchers at Penn Medicine’s Center for Studies of Addiction, including Anna Rose Childress, PhD, research professor of Psychiatry, and Kimberly Young, PhD, a NIH/NIDA Post-doctoral Fellow at Penn, have now found that a commonly used neurological medication has proven successful at blocking the brain's reward system triggers.
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Steve Arnold, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and the associate director of Penn’s Institute on Aging, spoke with the Doylestown Intelligencer about healthy aging and the importance of social interaction.
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David Sarwer, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, was quoted in an Allure magazine story which notes that our definition of what is an acceptable amount of plastic surgery seems to have changed.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, division of Sleep and Chronobiology, addresses the question of whether or not you should hit the snooze button on the alarm clock and if those extra few minutes help, in a Wall Street Journal article. Business Insider and Parade magazine also covered the topic.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s "Healthy Kids" blog mentions Edna Foa, PhD, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, and her recent study using prolonged exposure therapy to treat teenage girls suffering from sexual abuse.
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Lucy Faulconbridge, PhD, director of Research at the Weight Loss and Eating Disorder clinic, studies the link between obesity and depression and commented on the study to WHYY.
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The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Penn researchers will work with NASA to examine the biological and cognitive differences in twins while one is on Earth and one launches into space.
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For the last four years, two titans and respected leaders in their fields have met monthly for lunch to talk about their work, their lives, and the books they are reading. Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Art Carey recently sat in on one of these monthly conversations with Aaron Beck, MD, professor of Psychiatry, and Martin Seligman, PhD, professor of Psychology, as they discussed the mind and how to help people lead lives that are happy.
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HealthDay News reports on a new Penn Medicine study published in JAMA Psychiatry that may help explain why smokers have such a tough time quitting. The team, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the Brain and Behavior Change Program, discovered that nicotine withdrawal weakens brain connections associated with the ability to control cravings for cigarettes.
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The Huffington Post reports on top tips for getting a better night's rest. One tip focuses on racing thoughts before bed. Anyone who finds his or her mind racing in bed may not have taken enough time to process the day first, said Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry.
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A new Penn Medicine study in JAMA Psychiatry, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the Brain and Behavior Change Program, and colleagues, is shedding light on brain connectivity in smokers that may help explain today’s high relapse rates, reports WHYY Radio.
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A team of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, including principal investigator Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, David F. Dinges, PhD, and Ruben Gur, PhD, will take part in a first-of-its-kind investigation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) into the molecular, physiological and psychological effects of spaceflight on the human body by comparing identical twins.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, spoke with KYW Newsradio about the significant impact that can result from the daylight savings time change.
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In honor of Sleep Awareness Week, the Huffington Post took a closer look at some of the amazingly complex things your body can do every night and the various stages of sleep. Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, discussed stage two sleep or "average sleep".
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A Philly.com blog post cites research by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in the department of Psychiatry, and colleagues from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety showing that prolonged exposure (PE) therapy can be a highly effective therapy in teen girls.
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Steven Berkowitz, MD, director of the Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery spoke with WHYY in an article about chronic stress and adversity that starts in childhood, and changes people over time.
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The Huffington Post ran a Penn Medicine News Blog post featuring Michael Grandner, PhD, an Instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, that focused on the importance of sleep to the Sochi Olympians.
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Trevor Hadley, PhD of Penn’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and Jay Amsterdam, MD, director of the Depression Research Unit, talked to the Daily Pennsylvanian in an article about the many ways that Penn approaches mental health issues.
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Henry R. Kranzler, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, spoke with Medscape Medical News about research showing treatment with the anticonvulsant topiramate may help alcohol-dependent individuals who do not want to stop drinking completely reduce their alcohol consumption.
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To find out about the challenges of getting a successful weight-loss surgery, WHYY Newsworks sat down with David Sarwer, PhD, a professor of psychology in Surgery and Psychiatry.
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David Yusko, PhD, psychologist in the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, spoke with Fox29 in a report about OCD, a disease characterized by obsessive thoughts followed by compulsive behaviors.

 

Anthony Rostain, MD, MA, professor of Psychiatry, commented in an NBCNews.com article about a recent study suggesting that kids with ADHD may be able to learn better focus through a computer game that trains the brain to pay attention.
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People receiving mental health care are up to four times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population, according to a new Penn Medicine study published in the American Journal of Public Health led by Michael Blank, PhD, co-director of the Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center. The study was also covered by Medical Daily, PsychCentral, WHYY, the Examiner, POZ Magazine, and dailyRx.
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Researchers at Penn Medicine, led by Henry R. Kranzler, MD, have shown that the anticonvulsant medication, topiramate, previously shown to reduce drinking in patients committed to abstinence from alcohol, can also be helpful in treating problem drinkers whose aim is to curb their alcohol consumption.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, was interviewed in a Scientific American report about the physiological and psychological studies performed to assess candidates for deep-space missions.
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According to findings published in JAMA Psychiatry, Penn Medicine researchers, including Ruben Gur, PhD, director of the Brain Behavior Laboratory and professor of Neuropsychology, have developed a better way to assess and diagnose psychosis in young children.
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Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, and Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, were interviewed in a Philadelphia Inquirer report about circadian rhythms and the effect environment has on sleep.
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Cory Newman, PhD, director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy and professor of Psychology spoke with Time.com in an article about the psychology of team events and turning individual athletes into team players.
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Michael E. Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Medscape Medical News article about the complex polypharmacy many individuals with bipolar disorder receive.
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US News & World Report’s “Eat and Run” blog interviewed Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, about small lifestyle changes to help with sleep issues.
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Mahendra Bhati, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry, talks to 6ABC about Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to prevent or lessen the blues.
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Kyle Kampman, MD, medical director of the Treatment Research Center at the Center for the Study of Addiction, was interviewed in a Discovery News article about the dangers of heroin use and how the drug is becoming deadlier.
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Psychology Today reports on night eating syndrome, originally described in the mid-1950s by Albert J. Stunkard, MD, professor of Psychiatry. Stunkard and his group, including Kelly C. Allison, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, had recommended that the night eating syndrome be included as an eating disorder in DSM-5 and proposed an updated constellation of symptoms.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology participated in a HuffPost Live interview about the intersection of sleep and heart health.
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Led by John B. Jemmott, PhD, professor of Communication in Psychiatry, and Loretta Sweet Jemmott of Nursing, an HIV education project in South Africa shows success in preventing the spread of the disease.
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Daniel Wolf, MD, PhD, assistant professor of the Department of Psychiatry, commented to HealthDay about a study suggesting that teen brains showed more activity in a specific pleasure center of the brain compared to adults when they were rewarded during gambling games where money was at stake.
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Reuters Health interviewed Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, in an article discussing the effectiveness of insomnia treatment delivered through a Web-based program or videoconference.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, commented in a Boston Globe article that highlights the ways that lack of sleep can impact overall health.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, spoke with CBS 3 about the benefits of napping and ways of combatting grogginess.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a recent study, led by Daniel D. Langleben, MD, which found that graphic labels on cigarette packs could reduce the rate of smoking.
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The Stunkard Weight Management Program is listed among Health.com's top 15 Medical Weight Loss Centers in the United States.
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Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, commented in a NBC News article about the discovery of a rare genetic mutation that disrupts the production of histamine, which may help researchers unravel the mystery that surrounds Tourette syndrome.
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David Oslin, MD, professor in Geriatric Psychiatry and VA Associate Chief of Staff for Behavioral Health, was interviewed in a CBS3 story discussing new notice from the CDC that 38 million Americans are drinking too much alcohol.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, the Kenneth Appel Professor in the department of Psychiatry, was interviewed in an NBCNews.com article about a study reporting that five out of six adults say no health professional has ever brought up the issue of alcohol consumption, despite the fact that drinking too much can cause all kinds of health problems.
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Teen girls struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from sexual abuse do well when treated with a type of therapy that asks them to repeatedly confront their traumatic memories, according to a new Penn Medicine study led by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of clinical psychology in the department of Psychiatry. 
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Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, commented to WHYY radio on Edna Foa, PhD's research about the use of prolonged exposure therapy for abused adolescent girls.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, was mentioned in a FoxNews.com article offering health tips for the holidays.
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