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Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD is mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that looks at teens battling mental illness, and discusses a program called Minding Your Mind.
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Ruben Gur, MD is quoted in an ABCNews.com report about a study published in the latest edition of the journal Current Biology that looked at how a certain part of the brain experiences fear.
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Steven Berkowitz, MD commented in an MSNBC.com article on a recent study, which investigated a medication that can prevent an exaggerated fear response in mice very similar to PTSD in people.
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Daniel Langleben, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry, was interviewed in an ABCNews.com report on the latest study to explore how an MRI might be used to detect how honesty and deception affect the brain.
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HealthDay reports on a study by Karl Rickels, MD from the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry, concerning patients with generalized anxiety disorder treated with venlafaxine hydrochloride extended release.
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Robert Berkowitz, MD, with Penn's Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, tells CBS3 that a new drug, just recommended by an FDA advisory committee panel for approval, is a combination of two drugs already on the market: Wellbutrin, an antidepressant and Naltrexone, an anti-addiction medication.

Kelly Allison, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, is interviewed by WHYY Radio for a story about holiday goodies in the office.
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Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD is interviewed on the "Kojo Nmandi Show" on Washington DC's NPR affiliate, WAMU Radio, in a segment discussing the social effects of alcohol addiction.
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David Dinges, PhD, professor and chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, is interviewed in a Medscape report regarding the cognitive deficits caused by sleep deprivation.
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Michael Thase, MD, director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, is quoted in an article in US News & World Report about beating the holiday blues.
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The Seattle Times reports on a Penn Medicine study, led by Namni Goel, PhD, looking at people who have a gene variant closely associated with narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness.
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The US Army reports that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments were discussed by medical experts at a panel at the 27th Army Science Conference. Edna Foa, PhD kicked off the discussion by offering a presentation on prolonged exposure (PE), its effectiveness in treating PTSD and whether PE can be effective in treating PTSD among active personnel.
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In an article by Reuters Health, Tanja Kral, PhD explains a study she authored in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which suggests that skipping breakfast may not change how much food a kid eats during the rest of the day.
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For Great American Smokeout Day, 6 ABC reports on a new study at Penn Medicine led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, looking at how genetics play a role in smoking cessation.
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Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was interviewed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the challenges baby boomers face with weight gain, diet and exercise.

Psych Central News covers the research of Anna Rose Childress, PhD, which was presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting. Researchers reported how brain-machine interfaces are allowing brain control of cursors, speeding the recovery of hand control in stroke patients, and offering hope for restoring sight after retinal damage.
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Tom Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story regarding attitudes toward obesity.
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In a story about the newly proposed graphic warnings for cigarette packs, NPR's "On Point" speaks with Andrew Strasser, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, biobehavioral laboratory director of the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center and investigator for Penn's Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Nicotine Addiction.
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Edna Foa, PhD discussed Prolonged Exposure Therapy with FOX29 in a story regarding her work with America's war veterans living with post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
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WHYY Radio interviews David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, in a story about weight gain during the holiday season. CBS3 also interviewed Dr. Sarwer about a new study which found that if at least four friends are obese, the odds of you becoming obese doubles.
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John O'Reardon, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Treatment Resistant Depression program, discusses transcranial magnetic stimulation in an article on AARP.com.
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David Sarwer, PhD, associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Center for Human Appearance, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer report about the motivation to get a face-lift.

In continuing coverage, the CBS Early Show discusses research by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, lead by Namni Goel, PhD, which was published earlier this week in the journal Neurology that may reveal why some people are more prone to yawning and/or tossing and turning in bed than others.
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Psychiatrist John O'Reardon, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Treatment Resistant Depression program, was interviewed by 6ABC about the treatment of depression with Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).
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ABCNews.com reports that a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, lead by Namni Goel, PhD, found that a genetic marker associated with narcolepsy may determine sleepiness. Additional coverage has appeared in HealthDay News, CNN.com, Daily Mail (UK), AOL Health, NBC affiliates and other outlets around the country.
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Irwin Lucki, PhD was interviewed by LiveScience regarding a gene therapy treatment that cures mice of depression-like symptoms. According to the new study, this therapy could be the key to treating the blues in humans.
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WHYY Radio interviewed John O'Reardon, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry, regarding the use of ECT in the treatment of depression.
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An article in Psychiatric News notes that Penn Behavioral Health has been selected as one of eleven institutions that will conduct field trials for the DSM-5, taking the proposed revisions from each of the 13 DSM-5 work groups into the field to observe their impact on diagnosis and patient care.
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ABCNews.com interviews Edna Foa, PhD, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety and a professor of Psychiatry, about the Chilean miners' mental health.
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The Institute of Medicine awarded the 2010 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health to Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD for achievements in addiction science. The Sarnat Prize recognizes the researchers' leading roles in elucidating the biological mechanics of addiction, improving the quality of care offered by treatment programs, and ultimately reducing the stigma associated with the condition.
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Four professors from the Perelman School of Medicine have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine, including Caryn Lerman, PhD, the Mary W. Calkins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Annenberg Public Policy Center; director of the Tobacco Use Research Center; and interim director of the Abramson Cancer Center.
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WHYY reports that brief therapy interventions after traumatic events can make a big difference in the lives of children, according to a new Penn study, led by Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, is interviewed on CBS3's Talk Philly program, discussing various studies investigating insomnia. The studies are looking at behavioral issues, possible medication-based treatments, and cancer survivors' sleep patterns.

A recent Penn study, led by Steven Berkowitz, MD, shows that following a traumatic event, early intervention reduces the odds of PTSD in children by 73 percent. The study now appears online in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
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Marion Vetter, MD, RD, medical director at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and lead author of a recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, was quoted in Marie Claire magazine about low-carb diets.
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The Penn Almanac reports, in continuing coverage, that the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $12 million grant to Caryn Lerman, PhD to study how genetics affect attempts to quit smoking.
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David Sarwer, PhD is quoted in General Surgery News which reports on a key study in which "some of the most impressive results ever shown for improvement in female sexual dysfunction are attributable to bariatric surgery."

An article in the Newark Post reports that Delaware Governor Jack Markell awarded the Order of the First State to Newark resident Scott Mackler, MD, PhD. Dr. Mackler, an associate professor in Medicine and Psychiatry, continues to teach and conduct research a decade after being diagnosed with ALS and is working with students to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying cocaine addiction.
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KYW Radio reports that a University of Pennsylvania professor has won a $12 million grant to study how genetics affect attempts to quit smoking. The National Institutes of Health awarded the grant to Caryn Lerman, PhD, professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Annenberg Public Policy Center and scientific director of Penn's Abramson Cancer Center.
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WHYY radio interviewed David Yusko, PhD, clinical director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety about treatment options for PTSD.
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In an article discussing the recent egg recall, MSNBC interviewed David Yusko, Psy.D, of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, regarding how people's fear and anxiety after a food recall might change their eating habits.
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Dwight L. Evans, MD has been appointed as co-director of the Penn Comprehensive Neuroscience Center (CNC) to join Amita Sehgal, Ph.D. who is currently co-director of the CNC.
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In an interview with Nightline, Adrian Raine, D.Phil., PIK professor of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, discusses his research on the brains of people who have been scientifically determined to be psychopaths.
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Reporting on the mental health of the trapped miners in Chile, WHYY Radio interviewed Elna Yadin, PhD, from the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, to ask what the miners can do to help lessen the traumatic impact of their situation.
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In an Associated Press article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Dinges, PhD is interviewed regarding his research into astronauts and their response to isolation and stress.

J. Russell Ramsay, PhD spoke with Reuters Health about a recent study which found that adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who still have symptoms despite taking medications might benefit from "talk therapy," also known as cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT.

A Reuters article reports on a new study which found that personalities do not seem to be connected to risk of developing or dying from cancer. James C. Coyne, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and co-author of an editorial published with the study, was quoted in the article.
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A Philadelphia magazine article got the low down on local indulgences Philly's nutritionists, including Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, can't live without - and how to enjoy them without hurting your health.
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Mathias Basner, MD, MS, MSc, adjunct assistant professor of Psychiatry, is quoted in a Science News article which reports on a new study showing that sound sleepers produce distinctive brain signals which enabling them to sustain sleep in noisy environments.
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In continuing coverage, Cosmopolitan magazine looks at a study by David Dinges, PhD and colleagues which found that a 10-hour "recovery" snooze was not sufficient to make up for a few nights of four hours of sleep.
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Edna Foa, PhD is interviewed in a Glamour magazine article about anxiety in women. Dr. Foa was also featured in an article appearing in Proto, a Massachusetts General Hospital magazine, discussing post-traumatic stress disorder.
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David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, is interviewed on NBC 10 and explains a recent study that shows how resources on the web can act as an incentive to keep those pounds off.
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A new study by David Dinges, PhD and colleagues, which found that a 10-hour "recovery" snooze was not sufficient to make up for a few nights of four hours of sleep, was featured in and on multiple media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, BBC News and NBC and FOX affiliates.
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Tom Wadden, PhD discusses weightloss and positive coping strategies in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about Gov. Rendell's recent slim down.
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C. Neill Epperson, MD is quoted in an MSNBC.com article that looks at a woman from Villers-au-Tertre, France, who admitted to suffocating her newborns, and whether or not these murders were a result of psychological issues.
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Kenneth Weiss, MD, clinical associate professor of Psychiatry, was interviewed in a CNN.com report about hoarding.
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Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD was quoted in a Reuters article, which reported that activists and scientists at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna called on governments to stop criminalizing drug users and instead to provide them with addiction and HIV treatment.

Michael Grandner, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, is quoted in a Washington Post article which looks into the relationship between certain foods and sleep.
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A WNYC Radio Show, the Takeaway, interviews David Dinges, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, about sleep problems and the latest sleep research.
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Steven E. Arnold, MD is interviewed in a Los Angeles Times article looking at a group known as the Graduation Club, an Alzheimer's Association support group that encourages members to discuss their hopes, fears and frustrations, many of which come from knowing the road that lies ahead.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD was mentioned in a Daily Pennsylvanian article on a recent Penn study, which confirmed that additives in ancient alcoholic beverages carry anti-cancer properties. The study showed that certain compounds in alcohol exhibit activity against colon and lung cancer.
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James C. Findley, PhD, DABSM and Philip Gerhman, PhD, CBSM were quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about the negative impact non-sleep activities in the bedroom may have on a person's ability to fall asleep.
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For the third consecutive year, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in America, coming in at #9 this year. HUP is the only hospital in the Philadelphia region, and one of only 14 hospitals nationwide, to be placed on the publication’s “Honor Roll” list in recognition of excellence in 15 specialties, including Psychiatry which moved up two spots in the rankings to #14, and remains the top ranked hospital for psychiatric care in the region.
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Research by Michael Perlis, PhD and colleagues found that drinking tart cherry juice daily could help reduce the severity of insomnia and time spent awake after going to sleep. Their study was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The work was featured on UPI.com and several broadcast outlets.
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Steven E. Arnold, MD was quoted in an MSNBC.com report on research which found that a large cranium indicates a big brain and that having a bigger brain might help preserve thinking and memory.
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Robert Berkowitz, MD, senior medical director of the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, was interviewed by ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, discussing the upcoming FDA review of new diet drugs.
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Mary Ann Layden, PhD is interviewed for a LifeSiteNews.com article, looking at ways to make pornography socially unacceptable. Dr. Layden is co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the Center for Cognitive Therapy.
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In an ABCNews.com article about taking lunch breaks at work, David Dinges, PhD describes the important role eating and sleeping have on brain efficiency.
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Steven E. Arnold, MD was interviewed in a WHYY Radio story regarding two new studies published in the journal Neurology which support the theory that depression and dementia are linked.
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Marina Goldman, MD, an addictions expert from Penn's Treatment Research Center and Department of Psychiatry fellow, is quoted in Philadelphia magazine, regarding the potential side effects of marijuana use.
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Guy Diamond, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article looking at what happens when typical teen angst starts to look like something much darker and more troubling.
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Namni Goel, PhD was quoted in an article in SELF magazine that featured eight simple tricks a person can do to improve one's mood, memory and other health issues.
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In a Philadelphia Inquirer column, Jim Findley, PhD, of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, discusses insomnia and sleep habits.
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Jay Amsterdam, MD answers a Women’s World reader question, saying that "research suggests that chamomile appears to contain a natural compound that has a tranquilizing effect similar to prescription anti-anxiety medications, but without the habit-forming side effects."

According to an article in Psychiatric News, Kyle Kampman, MD provided an extensive summary of pharmacological treatments for substance use disorders with a focus on alcohol and opioid addiction at the 8th annual colloquium organized by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society (PPS) on April 24.
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Christos Ballas, MD, clinical assistant professor of Psychiatry, spoke with AOL Health about a recent study done by British scientists claiming that coffee drinkers don't get any true wake-me-up perks from their morning brew.

An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that David Dinges, PhD will be monitoring the sanity of six Russian scientists who will attempt to remain cooped up in a fake spaceship for 520 days - about the length of time it would take to get to Mars and back.
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Deborah Kim, MD was interviewed by WHYY regarding a new study, which found that pregnant women who take antidepressants during the first trimester may have an increased risk of miscarriage.
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James Coyne, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, and Aaron T. Beck, MD, emeritus professor of Psychiatry, were quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article discussing positive psychology.
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An Associated Press article discusses attempts to change the underlying brain circuitry that leaves substance abusers prone to relapse. With funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD is studying that question in a tough-to-treat population, prison parolees. The AP article was posted by the LA Times, Baltimore Sun, Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hartford Courant, and Allentown Morning-Call, among others.

Edna Foa, PhD is featured on MSN's list of the "smartest people in the world." The article notes that, for 30 years, Foa has studied one of the most debilitating psychological diseases in modern history: PTSD. Ten years ago, she began developing a cognitive approach to curing it that is just now being embraced by the mainstream.

David Mandell, ScD was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article which notes that researchers are discovering what occurs in the brains of babies and young children with autism by taking scans of sleeping children.
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Dimitri Perivoliotis, PhD, a research associate in Psychiatry, was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition in a story about mobile apps that are now being created by psychologists and psychiatrists for patients.
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Steven E. Arnold, MD was quoted in a Medscape Neurology story about a new Penn Medicine study suggesting that genetics may not only impact the risk for dementia but also the nature of a dementia syndrome.
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C. Neill Epperson, MD and Steven Berkowitz, MD were featured in a parenting segment on 6ABC about childhood development comparisons.
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In continuing coverage, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that compulsive behaviors in some patients being treated for Parkinson's disease have been reported for decades. Now, a large study, led by Daniel Weintraub, MD, has linked more types of out-of-control behavior with more Parkinson's drugs that are increasingly being used for more disorders.
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Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, clinical professor of Psychiatry and of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, was quoted in a HealthDay News arcticle, describing the complicated problems, including cognitive and emotional issues and acute and chronic pain, that have long-lasting implications for veterans and make treatment outcomes difficult to achieve.
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The Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Edna Foa, PhD was named one of this year's 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine for her work on the groundbreaking therapy for PTSD patients, called prolonged exposure.
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CBS 3 reports that Aaron Beck, MD, emeritus professor of Psychiatry, received the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania for his work in psychiatry.

Phil Gehrman, PhD, CBSM and Michael Perlis, PhD are quoted in an article on ABCNews.com, which looks at 10 common sleep myths.
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Parkinson's drugs can triple the odds that people develop impulse control problems such as gambling, binge eating, shopping sprees and compulsive sexual behaviors, according to Penn Medicine researchers led by Daniel Weintraub, MD. Coverage appeared in Reuters, LA Times Booster Shots blog, Medpage Today, the UK Press Association, HealthDay via BusinessWeek and WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.
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Gregory Brown, PhD, associate professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article regarding the risk of suicide among college students.
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TIME named Edna Foa, PhD to the "2010 TIME 100," the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The recent dramatic increase of PTSD suffers in the U.S. and around the world, following increased terror attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has resulted in urgent need to disseminate Dr. Foa's treatment for PTSD, called Prolonged Exposure (PE), to mental health professionals. Coverage also appears in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
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In a story that aired on CBS Evening News, Donald Silberberg, MD, professor of Neurology and Wade Berrettini, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, participated in an NIH panel looking at research about tactics to prevent Alzheimer's disease, such as exercise, cognitive games, diet and nutritional supplements.
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An article appearing on US News & World Report.com and MSN.com (via HealthDay News) describes new research led by Caryn Lerman, PhD, which suggests that a set length of time for using the nicotine patch may not work for all smokers trying to kick the habit.
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Research by David Dinges, PhD is highlighted in a New Scientist article looking at concentration, fatigue and how long can we push ourselves mentally before our brain needs a break.
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The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has been ranked #2 among the nation's research-oriented medical schools by U.S.News & World Report, rising from #3 last year. In addition, Penn Medicine was ranked 7th among top primary care schools. Penn was also ranked #4 in the country for its programs in drug/alcohol abuse. Coverage also appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in the Daily Pennsylvanian.
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A WHYY Radio segment noted a lecture series moderated by Raquel Gur, MD, PhD and held at Penn this past weekend. Healthy Minds Across America, presented by NARSAD, outlines the latest scientific findings on treatments and support to improve the lives of people with mental illnesses.
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David Oslin, MD, a University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist who specializes in addiction, was interviewed in a New York Times article regarding the effect alcohol has on aging drinkers.
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A Penn study, led by John B. Jemmott III, PhD, found that community-based organizations (CBOs) were able to successfully implement an evidence-based HIV/STD risk-reduction intervention with adolescents, meaning far more "at risk" youths can be reached.
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A new study by addiction experts at the Center for the Studies of Addiction found that patients who suffer from both depression and alcohol dependence benefitted more from a medication combination of an antidepressant, sertraline, and naltrexone, compared to either medication alone or placebo.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD was quoted in a WHYY Radio story that aired during NPR’s Morning Edition, about why nicotine addiction is so difficult to kick. Dr. Lerman was also among the authors of an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune about how President Obama's ongoing battle with cigarettes provides an opportunity to do something to reduce the 400,000 American lives lost every year to smoking.
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An article in the Salt Lake Tribune reports that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch used the results of a recent study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, led by John B. Jemmott III, PhD, to win approval for an amendment in the Democratic health reform legislation. Hatch used the results of a recent study as evidence of the need for government-funded abstinence programs.
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MORE Magazine notes that some hospitals are offering programs specifically tailored to the health issues of women over 40, after decades of ignoring the differences between men and women. The article lists the newly created Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, one of a handful of female-centric outpatient mental health programs in the US, as the best place for women over 40 to seek treatment for depression. Director of the program, C. Neill Epperson, MD, was quoted in the article.
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Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, comments in a 6ABC story about a new fasting diet, which allows dieters to eat for only five consecutive hours each day.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD and Robert Schnoll, PhD are quoted in a Daily Pennsylvanian article about stimulus grant funds aimed at decreasing smoking and obesity rates in Philadelphia and around the nation.
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David S. Metzger, PhD was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that reported on a spike in syphilis cases and sharp cuts in state funding to Philadelphia for HIV/AIDS, which are presenting a challenge to public-health workers tasked with preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
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Dr. Judith Coche and journalist/author Laurie Abraham are hosting a joint event at the Penn Bookstore on Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30pm based on their clinical work and research on Couples Group Psychotherapy.
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CBS 3 reports on a joint study between the Department of Psychiatry's Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and the Bariatric Surgery Program, which looks at three different potential treatment options for Type 2 diabetes - gastric bypass, a lap band, or diet and lifestyle modification - to see which is most effective. Researchers are accepting diabetics with a body mass index between 30 and 39, who aren't typically candidates for surgery because they aren't heavy enough.

David Dinges, PhD is quoted in an article on Oprah.com, discussing mid-afternoon drowsiness and how best to combat the sluggishness.
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Researchers, including Helen M. Pettinati, PhD, reported that combining sertraline (Zoloft) and the opioid antagonist naltrexone keeps depressed alcoholics sober better than either drug alone or placebo. Coverage appeared in HealthDay, MedPage Today, and various broadcast TV outlets.
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Edna Foa, PhD is quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, which looks into new techniques for altering memories, like exposure treatment, that are raising possibilities of one day treating people who suffer from phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety-related conditions.
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Tom Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted in a Marketplace story on American Public Radio, discussing Jenny Craig's new weight-loss centers in France.
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Raquel Gur, MD, PhD was interviewed on WHYY Radio regarding the changes being made to the new edition of the DSM - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - which is due out in 2013.
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In an interview with WHYY, Guy Diamond, PhD, associate professor of Psychiatry, discusses the important role communication plays in suicide prevention in teens.
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Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry and chair of the DSM-V working committee for substance-related disorders, is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article, which looks into the controversial subject of sex addiction, in light Tiger Woods' recent public apology.
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A HealthDay article notes that three years after going on a diet, obese men and women on low-carbohydrate "Atkins"-type plans had gained back nearly all their weight, while those on low-fat diets continued to lose, new research, led by Marion Vetter, MD, RD, medical director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, finds. The study was also covered by WebMD and an ABC affiliate in Denver.
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On WHYY Radio, Mark Salzer, PhD discusses early enthusiasm in the "Ten by Ten" campaign, which set out to reduce early mortality among the mentally ill by 10 years over the next 10 years, as well as challenges to provide primary healthcare for people with mental illness.
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An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer profiles A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, a former professor of Psychology Psychiatry and head of the Treatment Research Institute, who now serves as the nation's No. 2 drug-policy official. Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, a mentor of McLellan's and director of the Center for Studies of Addiction is quoted in the article.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD and Robert Schnoll, PhD are quoted in a Daily Pennsylvanian article about their new study, published earlier this month in Annals of Internal Medicine, showing that using a nicotine patch for a longer course than what is typically recommended helps more smokers kick the habit and return to their quitting attempt after small smoking slip-ups.
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Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Clinical Psychiatry, was a guest on WHYY's Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb, discussing the profound psychological impact of natural disasters, as it affects not only those who experienced the disaster, but relief workers, media professionals, and family members.

In continued coverage, an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer looks into the randomized, controlled study comparing an abstinence-only intervention with safe-sex, comprehensive and control interventions. The study, by researcher John B. Jemmott III, PhD, has allowed different interpretations from various factions in America's debate over sex education. Dr. Jemmott was also interviewed on the Michael Smerconish radio show, discussing this study and ways the results have been misconstrued.
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A Stunkard Weight Management Program patient is among the 100 guests who have lost more than 100 pounds on The Dr. Oz Show’s 100th episode. The patient, Randy, has lost an incredible 144 pounds since starting at the Stunkard Center in September 2009. The "Oz 100" guests provide their tips for losing weight and keeping it off, learn how their bodies have changed for the better without the extra weight, and exercise with Richard Simmons.
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In an article published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, John B. Jemmott III, PhD reported that teaching abstinence education to inner city youths can delay the start of sexual activity. WHYY's Radio Times speaks with Jemmott to learn what it means for the field of sex education.
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Professor of Psychiatry Charles O'Brien, MD, PhD, discusses updates to the DSM manual with USA Today, HealthDay News (via US News & World Report and BusinessWeek) and ABC News. One proposed change is to replace substance abuse and dependence with "addiction and related disorders."
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In continuing coverage, John B. Jemmott III, PhD was interviewed in a CBS3 Talk Philly segment regarding the abstinence-only intervention he developed. In light of a recent paper, a national discussion has emerged on the topic, with reporters from The Today Show, NPR, and others continuing to discuss the study's implications.
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A study of middle-school students, led by John B. Jemmott III, PhD, that found for the first time that abstinence-only education helped to delay their sexual initiation is already beginning to shake up the longstanding debate over how best to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Coverage appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN Headline News, Reuters, WHYY, WebMD, NPR, Fox News, Associated Press, Washington Post, HealthDay, LA Times and TV and radio stations across the country.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD and Robert Schnoll, PhD are quoted in several news stories about their new Annals of Internal Medicine study showing that smokers who wore a nicotine patch for 24 weeks instead of the standard 8 weeks recommended for the therapy had more success trying to kick the habit and were less likely to relapse into smoking after small smoking slip-ups. The study was covered by Reuters, BusinessWeek (via Bloomberg News) and Health magazine's web site.
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Psychiatric News looks into research on complementary alternative medicines for mental-health-related issues, including a study conducted by Jay Amsterdam, MD and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania. Results appeared in the August 2009 Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
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Mark Salzer, PhD, director and principal investigator of the Penn Collaborative and an associate professor of Psychiatry, comments in a WHYY Radio story which reports that Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a novel idea to deal with prison overcrowding. Members of the House Judiciary Committee are looking into the possibility of moving prisoners with mental illnesses into state mental hospitals.
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Anthony Fabricatore, PhD, research assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, is quoted in an AOL.com That's Fit article looking at the Biggest Losers' formula of intense exercise and calorie restriction within an isolated setting, which ends abruptly.
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David Dinges, PhD was featured in a Men's Health article, which looks at the impact sleep deficit has on productivity and health.

Raquel Gur, MD, PhD was interviewed by WHYY News regarding a new research project she is leading, which aims to find genetic markers for different mental disorders and ways to detect problems early on.
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According to a study by Adrian Raine, DPhil and Yu Gao, PhD, which was featured in an article in Psychiatric News online, poor fear conditioning at the tender age of 3 can predispose that person to break the law as an adult.
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The Philadelphia Business Journal highlights autism research at Penn and CHOP. The article discusses a study by CHOP and Penn researchers that identified the first common genetic risk factors for autism and autism spectrum disorders, which was hailed as one of the top 10 medical breakthroughs of 2009 by TIME magazine.
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An article in Psychiatric News reports on several addiction research studies presented at the 2009 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry annual meeting last December. David Oslin, MD discussed the effect of a single genetic mutation on large differences in patients' response to naltrexone treatment.
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David Dinges, PhD discusses sleep debt recovery in an article in USA Today. Research shows that although chronically sleep-deprived individuals may seem near-normal when they awake, their ability to function deteriorates markedly as night falls.
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Andrea Spivack, MA, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with the Stunkard Weight Management Program, gives advice on healthy eating in a Philadelphia Inquirer article that discusses food as medicine.
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David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, is quoted in a USA Today article regarding food allergies and complications experienced by allergy sufferers. This article also appears in the Chicago Sun-Times.
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A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association from a team of mental health researchers, including Jay D. Amsterdam, MD, found that patients with severe depression benefit most from antidepressant medications while those with less-severe symptoms see little or no benefit. Coverage has appeared in more than 35 outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, LA Times, Good Morning America, Reuters, Forbes, Bloomberg, and television stations across the country.
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C. Neill Epperson, MD, director of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness, was quoted in an MSNBC.com article which reports that more American women are starting families at an older age.
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