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2015

Hengyi Rao, PhD, assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging in Neurology and Psychiatry within the division of Sleep and Chronobiology, talked to HealthDay about research suggesting that skipping a single night of sleep leads to a shift in brain activity that seems to spark a desire to consume more fat the following day.
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Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of psychology in Psychiatry, discussed ways to combat jet lag in an interview with Lucky.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, commented in a Reuters report about nicotine treatments aimed at helping smokers quit gradually.
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A new multi-institution study, led by Rinad Beidas, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry, has found that an organization’s culture and climate are better predictors of the use of evidence-based practices than an individual therapist’s characteristics in the treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
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C. Neill Epperson, MD, director of the Penn's Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, commented in a New York Times article about research investigating hot flashes caused by menopause.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, spoke with the Huffington Post UK about sleep deprivation and snoring.
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Sleep deprivation super-charges the brain's "salience network," which connects sensory stimuli — like high-fat foods that look and smell delectable — to signals of pleasure, which ultimately guide your behavior, according to Penn research led by Hengyi Rao, PhD, research assistant professor of Cognitive Neuroimaging in Neurology and Psychiatry.
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An Entrepreneur article referenced a Penn Medicine sleep study in which groups of people who received either four, six or eight hours of sleep were tested on several tasks. They found that cognitive performance continuously declined for the four- and six-hour groups, depending on the amount of sleep.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and member of the Penn Sleep Center, discussed the relationship between sleep and the immune system in a Yahoo! Health interview.
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In a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, cautions against evening light therapy.
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Jacqueline Hudak, PhD, LMFT, clinical director of the Center for Couples and Adult Families, spoke with the AARP Bulletinin an article about ways to keep a marriage strong and fall back in love.
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Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, spoke with Medscape about research suggesting developmental changes in symptom severity and adaptive functioning differ significantly among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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A WebMD article about the differences and similarities between binge eating and night eating disorders includes comments from Kelly Allison, PhD, associate professor of Psychology and director of clinical services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders.
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Edna Foa, PhD, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, was interviewed by the Washington Post about PTSD as the trial of the shooter who took the life of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, approaches.
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In an article about employees who overwork, Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in Psychiatry continuing coverage, told CNBC that employees are trading sleep for work.
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An article in Elle magazine talked about the use of prolonged exposure therapy, developed by Edna Foa, PhD, professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, for use in patients with PTSD resulting from rape or military service.
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Marcel Bonn-Miller, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry recently received a $7.6 million grant from the state of Colorado to investigate the effects of marijuana on PTSD, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor in Psychiatry, is featured in a Philly.com article on why sleep is vital to human health and how to obtain a better night's sleep.
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Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, associate director for clinical and research operations at the Penn Memory Center, and Anjan Chatterjee, MD, professor of neurology, were quoted in a PhillyVoice article about art therapy for Alzheimer's patients.
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In continuing coverage, BBC World Service Radio covered a Penn Medicine study, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, that found the most-suited treatment for smokers may depend on how quickly they metabolize the nicotine in their body after quitting.
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Anthony Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and medical director for the Adult Developmental Disorders section shares traits in adults that may be signs of ADHD in Men’s Health magazine.
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Sleep patterns – and, on the flip side, waking up habits – are “highly trainable, for good or for bad,” says Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, in US News and World Report.
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Henry Kranzler, MD, director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, was recognized with the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. The award is given to a researcher or team that works in the area of addiction treatment and recovery.
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Time reports on Penn Medicine studies led by Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, and Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in Psychiatry, in an article about ways your job may be harming your health.
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Steven Arnold, MD, director of the Penn Memory Center, and Jason Karlawish, MD, professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, were quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Alzeheimer's research volunteers.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, professor of psychiatry and a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, spoke with Live by Daily Burn about snoring and sleep apnea. Dr. Grandner was also interviewed in a Psychology Today article about the body's internal chronobiological clock.
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Aaron Beck, MD, emeritus professor of Psychiatry, was on the NPR podcast, Invisibilia. Beck discussed the tenets of cognitive behavior therapy, a revolutionary form of therapy he discovered, based on the idea that a person's thoughts or a certain subsets thereof shouldn't be taken so seriously.
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Several news outlets, including the Huffington Post and HealthDay News, covered a new Penn Medicine study, led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, that found the most-suited treatment for smokers may depend on how quickly they metabolize the nicotine in their body after quitting. ABC7 in New York, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Medical Daily, BBC News, WHYY, CTV News, Yahoo! News, the Daily Mail, and the Irish Examiner also covered the study.
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Tracy Bale, PhD, a professor of neuroscience in psychiatry, discussed the microbiome-brain connection in a LiveScience.com article.
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Thomas A. Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, and Matthew R. Hayes, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about Saxenda, a drug recently approved by the FDA for weight loss.
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NPR’s All Things Considered reported on a study from Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, that found measuring neural activity in smokers’ brains helped predict who would successfully quit or fail more than 80 percent of the time.
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A Philadelphia Inquirer article about medications for the treatment of alcohol abuse, cites Penn Medicine research, which found the epilepsy drug topiramate helped heavy drinkers cut back.
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Felicia Greenfield, LCSW, associate director of the Penn Memory Center, was quoted in a Philadelphia Tribune article about the Penn Memory Center's efforts to combat Alzheimer’s disease in the African-American community.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, was interviewed in Outside magazine, about recovering from a late night race.
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Inc. reports on a study led by Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of sleep and chronobiology in Psychiatry, which suggests that pushing back work start times could help combat chronic sleep loss.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on a study from Caryn Lerman, PhD, a professor of Psychiatry and deputy director of the Abramson Cancer Center, that found smokers who relapsed within seven days had specific disruptions in the brain’s working memory system after they quit.
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