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David Oslin, MD, professor in Geriatric Psychiatry and VA associate chief of staff for Behavioral Health, spoke with CBS3 about the changing effects of alcohol on people as they age.
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The recent Penn Medicine study on brain connectivity in men and women, led by by Ragini Verma, PhD, of Radiology, and Ruben C. Gur, PhD, of Psychiatry, spurred a column in the Wall Street Journal focusing on communication between spouses.
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The WHYY radio program “Voices in the Family” hosted three Penn Medicine sleep experts, Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, Indira Gurubhagavatula, MD, associate professor, Division of Sleep Medicine, and Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, to discuss sleep as a pillar of good health.
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J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, was quoted in a Washington Post article on attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) in adults. Dr. Ramsay was also included in an article about ADHD in the New York Times.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, was interviewed by Al Jazeera America about the physical toll of fatigue and insufficient sleep on drivers.     

 

David F. Dinges, PhD, chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, was mentioned in a Bloomberg Businessweek article that discussed the impact sleep deprivation has on cognitive ability.
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Jesse Suh, PsyD, an internet gaming addiction specialist in the Center for Studies of Addiction, was quoted in a Daily Pennsylvanian article about spending too much time on social media.
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R. Christopher Pierce, PhD, professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry, was quoted in a Washington Post article about a new epigenetic study showing how mice can inherit specific smell memories from their fathers.
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Numerous outlets across the globe, including the BBC, PBS Newshour, Al Jazeera America and CBS News, reported on the recent Penn Medicine study on brain connectivity, published in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Science by Ragini Verma, PhD, of Radiology, and Ruben C. Gur, PhD, of Psychiatry. The imaging study revealed striking differences in the neural wiring of men and women. It was also covered by Time.com, LA Times, The Scientist, ABC News Radio, Forbes, Wired, Slate, Sky News, Japan Times, Toronto Sun, Medical Daily, and other media outlets.
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A Chicago Tribune article, quoting Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, assistant professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, details the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I).
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Andrew Strasser, PhD, research associate professor of Behavioral Health in Psychiatry, spoke to NBC10 in a report about a bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine products to minors that cleared the Pa. Senate Judiciary Committee.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a Penn Medicine review led by Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, from the Lancet that found noise poses a serious public health threat even beyond hearing loss.
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Jacqueline Hudak, PhD, LMFT, the clinical director of the Center for Couples and Adult Families in the department of Psychiatry, commented to Upwave.com for two stories on dealing with the stresses of holiday gatherings—from introducing new traditions to squabbling families.
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6ABC spoke to Jesse Suh, PsyD, an internet gaming addiction specialist in the Center for Studies of Addiction, about society’s obsession with tablets, smartphones, laptops and anything else with a screen.
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Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, spoke with Outside magazine about nighttime noise and the long-term health ramifications it can cause.
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The Colbert Report on Comedy Central  referenced a recent Penn Medicine study, presented at the Neuroscience 2013 annual meeting by Mathieu Wimmer, PhD, a post doctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, which linked a father’s cocaine use to a son’s ability to resist the drug.

 

David W. Oslin, MD, a professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on alcohol and the aging body.
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Based on the largest comprehensive systematic review to date, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, including Steven E. Arnold, MD, concluded that available evidence does not support an association between statins and memory loss or dementia.
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David Mandell, ScD, director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, commented in TODAY.com on the use of horseback riding as a therapy to treat children with autism spectrum disorder.
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Martin D. Cheatle, PhD, director of the Pain and Chemical Dependency Program at the Center for Studies of Addiction, spoke with Reuters Health about the importance of educating doctors about safe opioid prescribing.
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The sons of fathers who use cocaine may be less likely to become addicted to the drug themselves, suggests new findings from Penn Medicine researchers, led by Mathieu Wimmer, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher in the laboratory of R. Christopher Pierce, PhD, associate professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry.
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The Daily Pennsylvanian covered the new program for patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families, known as the Penn Behavioral Health’s Adult Autism Spectrum Program, led by Edward S. (“Ted”) Brodkin, MD.
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United Press International (UPI) reported on two animal studies led by Tracy L. Bale, PhD, which point to two potential ways mothers pass effects of stress onto their children.
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Andrew Strasser, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director the Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory, was interviewed by FOX29 for a report on e-cigarettes. The story covered everything from the new “vaping” lounge in Manayunk to increasing use of e-cigarettes in teenagers. Strasser stressed the paucity of research on e-cigarettes and that more data is needed to assess the risks.

 

Heroin-related overdoses jumped nearly 250 percent between 2010 and 2012 in Philadelphia, and some experts, including Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, are blaming the increase use of prescription painkillers, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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In a large U.S. study, led by Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, people who tended to get less than six hours of sleep nightly were more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and to be obese, reports Reuters Health.
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David Sarwer, PhD, a professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article about things patients should know before undergoing plastic surgery.
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Women who undergo weight loss surgery have healthier hormone levels and report marked improvement in sexual function as they shed unwanted pounds, Bloomberg Business Week reports. Coverage of the first study to track sexual satisfaction following bariatric surgery, which was led by David Sarwer, PhD, also appeared in US News and World Report, Philly.com, and Health.com (via HealthDay News), International Business Times, Medpage Today, Ivanhoe, Renal and Urology News, Medical Daily, Medical News Today and other news outlets.
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The Minneapolis Post reports on a recent review article by Penn Medicine researchers, led by Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, that found noise is a public health problem and can be associated with several non-hearing-related health effects, including heart disease, sleep disturbances and learning problems in children.
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ELLE magazine consulted with top sleep experts, including Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, to get practical advice on getting a healthy amount of sleep.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the impact daylight-saving time has on the brain.
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Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, explained to the Huffington Post how noise can have a negative effect on sleep quality, similar to a sleep condition like sleep apnea, because noise can wake people up several times throughout the night without them even realizing it
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Aaron T. Beck, MD, professor of Psychiatry, received the first ever Kennedy Community Mental Health Award at The Kennedy Forum gala event, KYW Newsradio reports. Beck was honored as the father of cognitive therapy and as one of the most influential individuals within the community of mental health. Coverage also appeared in the Psychiatric News.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, spoke with Medscape about a study published in the journal Addiction, showing that a gene that controls how quickly smokers metabolize nicotine can help predict whether those who try to quit are likely to respond to nicotine replacement therapy.
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C. Neill Epperson, MD, director, Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, was featured in an NPR report on premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, a syndrome in less than one percent of menstruating women that causes disabling emotional and sometimes physical reactions to hormonal changes during a woman’s period.
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Andrew Strasser, PhD, director of the Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory, was interviewed in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on the debate over the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, was a guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Rachel Martin, talking about the science of addiction and the various treatments out there to combat it.
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Science interviewed David F. Dinges, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, in a report on a new study which has given the "first direct experimental evidence at the molecular level" for what could be sleep's basic purpose: It clears the brain of toxic metabolic byproducts.
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Having trained nurses follow up on medication use with mentally ill patients who are HIV positive was effective both at improving the patients’ quality of life and biological markers for the human immunodeficiency virus, according to a study from researchers, including Michael Blank, PhD.
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Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, commented to the Metro about the recent FDA approval of a new antidepressant medication—vortioxetine—that is a novel variant on the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, that have become the mainstay of depression treatment.
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KYW Newsradio recently described a massive online open course, or MOOC, on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), delivered by Anthony L. Rostain, MD, professor of Psychiatry, and hosted by Coursera.
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MedCity News and the Philadelphia Business Journal covered a recent NIH grant awarded to a Penn Medicine-led international consortium, co-directed by Raquel E. Gur, MD, PhD, that will investigate why patients with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome have an increased risk of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
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An article in US News & World Report says short sleepers are most likely to be drowsy drivers, even when they feel completely rested, according to Penn Medicine researchers including Michael Grandner, PhD, an instructor in Psychiatry. The study was also covered by the Huffington Post, KYW Newsradio, and Men's Health.
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Lindsay Sortor, PhD, clinical psychologist at the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness (PCWBW), and Deborah Kim, MD, Chief of the Perinatal Division of the PCWBW and assistant professor of Psychiatry, spoke to CBS 3/KYW Radio and Fox29, respectively, about postpartum psychosis.
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A group of Penn Medicine researchers will receive part of a $40 million federal grant to study the impact of air traffic noise on health.  The team of scientists, headed by Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, assistant professor of Sleep and Chronobiology, Department of Psychiatry, will focus on the effects of airplane noise on sleep patterns.
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Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, commented to the Los Angeles Times about the recent FDA approval of a new antidepressant medication—vortioxetine—that is a novel variant on the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, that have become the mainstay of depression treatment.
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UPI spoke with Andrea Spaeth, MA, a graduate student working in the Penn Medicine Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, about a Penn Medicine study that found night owls and those who work the night shift may consume hundreds more calories daily because of their sleep schedule.
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A new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine from researchers including Konrad Talbot, PhD, assistant research professor in Neurobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, found a molecular mechanism that may explain the connection between intensive care unit ventilation and mental decline in patients.
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Caryn Lerman, PhD, the Mary W. Calkins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is quoted in a WHYY Radio story discussing the new $20 million grant project she will co-lead to examine consumer-directed communication about tobacco products to provide evidence to help regulate the sale and marketing of cigarettes and other products.
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Andrew Strasser, PhD, director of the Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory, discussed the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes in a Philadelphia Inquirer article. 
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Kenneth J. Weiss, MD, a clinical associate professor in the department of Psychiatry, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about his talk sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science on Alice Bennett, a psychiatrist in the late 1800s.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, and Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, discussed natural ways to fall asleep without sleeping pills in a Huffington Post article.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, spoke with USA Today about recent research regarding sleep disparities among racial and ethnic groups and between immigrants and non-immigrants.
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Mahendra Bhati, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry, was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, answering a question from a reader inquiring about new treatments for depression.
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Glamour magazine reports on a Wall Street Journal article on the science behind napping quoting David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor of Psychiatry, participated in a live #SleepHealth Twitter chat through U.S. News & World Report, discussing disorders such as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome and topics including how much shuteye we each really need a night and how sleep affects public safety.
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Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, was quoted in a Huffington Post article discussing the first international public opinion poll on sleep. Dr. Goel spoke about the impact that electronic devices have on sleep in a Prevention magazine article.
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ABCNews.com spoke with Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, about a first-of-its-kind internet addiction program at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
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Penn Medicine researcher Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor on Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, talked to WHYY radio about how technology is increasingly invading the bedroom, and making it harder for people to sleep.
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Gregory K. Brown, PhD and David W. Oslin, MD were both featured in a Huffington Post article, part of a special series, "Invisible Casualties” that shines a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within the military.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, spoke with the Wall Street Journal in a report about the science of napping. Dr. Dinges was also interviewed in a Psychology Today article discussing the need for sleep and the impact of sleep deprivation.
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Andrew Strasser, MD, associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and director of its Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory, was a guest on WHYY’s RadioTimes last week to discuss the latest trend of e-cigarettes.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, CBSM, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry, explained that sleeping pills are not meant to be a long term fix, in an NBC Nightly News report about insomnia and sleep aids.
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Penn Medicine researchers from the department of Psychiatry, led by Olivier Berton, PhD, assistant professor of Psychiatry, have discovered that GABA neurons can lead mice to become socially anxious when they are bullied.
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Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, commented to Medscape about a new study that suggests a novel brain scanning method that measures cerebral blood flow may help distinguish between bipolar disorder and depression early.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, tells the Huffington Post his own personal sleep advice.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “People in the News” section included the recent appointment of Henry R. Kranzler, MD,  professor of Psychiatry, as the director of Penn’s Center for Studies of Addiction.
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In a recent “Room for Debate” in the New York Times, Andrew Strasser, MD, associate professor in the department of Psychiatry and director of its Biobehavioral Smoking Laboratory, penned a piece, arguing for more research and regulation of e-cigarettes.
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The Huffington Post shares tips from sleep experts, including Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, on how to maintain energy even if you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep.
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Steven E. Arnold, MD, director of the Penn Memory Center, addressed the Pennsylvania Alzheimer's Disease Planning Committee to share information and data about dementia care in Pennsylvania, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, professor of Psychiatry, was quoted in a US News & World Report story looking at the controversy surrounding medicating children with ADHD, sparked by a recent New York Times story that said medicating children has increased over 40 percent in the last decade.
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James Coyne, PhD, a professor of Psychology in the department of Psychiatry and Director of the Behavioral Oncology Program in the Abramson Cancer Center, is quoted in a Popular Science article about whether a positive attitude impacts cancer patients' outcomes.
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Attitudes toward sleep may differ by race, suggests a small study conducted by Penn Medicine researchers, including Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, the Huffington Post reports.
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A new study in JAMA led by Edna Foa, PhD, a professor in the department of Psychiatry, found that doctors can safely treat PTSD and alcohol abuse together, despite concerns that prolonged exposure therapy would derail alcohol treatments.
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The Center for Studies of Addiction (CSA) and Kyle M. Kampman, MD, professor in the department of Psychiatry, were featured in an article in The Fix on addiction pipeline drugs.
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Namni Goel, PhD,  research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, spoke with Christian Science Monitor about melatonin in an article discussing the effects of electric light bulbs on sleep and your internal clock.
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Led by Josep Dalmau, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of Neurology, and Matthew Kayser, MD, PhD, postdoctoral fellow and attending physician in Psychiatry, a new study looks at autoimmune encephalitis patients with psychiatric but non-neurological symptoms.
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USA Today reports that Alzheimer's expert Steven E. Arnold, MD, director of the Penn Memory Center, is studying the ability of the decades-old diabetes drug, metformin, to slow or prevent mental decline.
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Men’s Health magazine consulted with medical experts, including Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, for how to stay energized throughout the day.
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Science News interviewed David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, regarding a new study which suggests that a full moon deprives people of sleep even when they are shielded from moonlight in a windowless lab.
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A new Penn Medicine study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that the epilepsy drug topiramate helped reduce cravings of cocaine and sustain abstinence in addicts, particularly heavy users. The clinical trial follows years of research with topiramate from Kyle M. Kampman, MD, professor in the department of Psychiatry.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on a Penn study of Alzheimer's disease, led by researchers including Steven E. Arnold, MD, which explains that while the research does not prove that vascular disease worsens Alzheimer's, it supports the case for maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle.
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Reuters Health interviewed Edna Foa, PhD, director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, about a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry that found prolonged exposure therapy, which Foa developed, was an effective method to treat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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The drug topiramate, typically used to treat epilepsy and more recently weight loss, may also help people addicted to both cocaine and alcohol use less cocaine, particularly heavy users, researchers in the department of Psychiatry at Penn Medicine report in a new study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, was quoted in a Prevention magazine report on the top reasons to get a good night's rest.
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The Wall Street Journal spoke to Steven Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery about how traumatic events can trigger a slew of emotional problems in some survivors, affecting their lives on a variety of levels.
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Addiction specialist Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, highlighted some old and new disorders included in the recently-published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) stemming from the world’s most widely-used drug—coffee.
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Penn Medicine researchers, including Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, have found that adults who routinely had late bedtimes and chronic sleep restriction may be more susceptible to weight gain due to the increased consumption of calories during late-night hours.
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Researchers from Penn Medicine, led by Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, found that sleep problems before deployment at least doubled the risk for PTSD in troops and quadrupled it for depression.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Studies of Addiction, commented on a new study to Scientific American that could serve as the basis for a new treatment for alcoholics.
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In a surprise, an intensive program to help overweight and obese diabetics lose weight and exercise more did not result in fewer heart problems over 10 years, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Look AHEAD trial researchers, including Thomas Wadden, PhD, were quick to point out, though, that the type 2 diabetics who received the intervention did better on "secondary" measures, lowering kidney and eye disease, depression, and disability. They also took fewer medicines and were hospitalized less often. CBS3 also spoke with Robert I. Berkowitz, MD about the study.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, describes the symptoms of sleep deprivation in a Fast Company report.
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Steven Berkowitz, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry and director of the Penn Youth and Family Trauma Response Program, spoke with Axis Philly about the impromptu memorial erected in the aftermath of the building collapse at 22nd and Market Streets.
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Prevention magazine reports on two Penn Medicine studies regarding sleep. Physically demanding work may lead to over- or under-sleeping, one study, co-authored by Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, found. Another study, led by Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, found that over-working your brain can disrupt your sleep.
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Robert I. Berkowitz, MD is the senior author and Principal Investigator of a study that says obese teenagers who lower their body mass index also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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The Washington Post reports that middle-of-the-night awakenings are common for many people, and how we deal with this habit is key to getting a good sleep, says sleep expert Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program. Grandner also commented in a MedPage Today report on a study showing that sleepy men may be sexually aggressive.
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The Washington Post brought together Adrian Raine, PhD, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and chair of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, and American Enterprise Institute scholar and psychiatrist Sally Satel, for a conversation about the promises and pitfalls of brain imagery to explain the biological roots of crime.
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Philip Gehrman, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology, department of Psychiatry, spoke with MedPage Today about research indicating that sleep disturbances -- nightmares, insomnia or both -- appear to be common issues after experiencing a traumatic event.
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Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, including Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor of Psychiatry, and Michael Perlis, PhD, director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, have found that more sleep is associated with lower suicide risk in those with insomnia.
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Workers with a heavier cognitive workload experience fatigue and sleepiness regardless of how much rest they actually get, Penn Medicine researchers, led by Namni Goel, PhD, research associate professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, reported at the SLEEP 2013 meeting.
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James Findley, Ph.D., CBSM, clinical director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, discussed sleep disorders and difficulty maintaining sleep in a Huffington Post article.
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David Sarwer, PhD, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist who counsels weight-loss surgery patients, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about weight-loss procedures and eating behaviors.
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Thomas Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders discusses bariatric surgery and why losing weight is so difficult on WHYY's "Radio Times".
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David Yusko, PsyD, clinical director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, spoke with the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a story on the recently discovered kidnapped victims in Cleveland, Ohio, and the issues they face as they try and heal from the ordeal.
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Thomas Wadden, PhD, director of the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, was interviewed in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the effectiveness of lap-band surgery.
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Investigators at Penn Medicine are studying what is takes to get a good night's sleep in Philadelphia. WHYY Newsworks reports that Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry, and his team are studying how and why people sleep in the real world.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with Adrian Raine, PhD about his research on what makes criminals physically different and how environmental factors, such as parenting and nutrition interact with physical risks to make things better or worse. Dr. Raine also talked with Scientific American for a Q&A on “The Anatomy of Violence."
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Brain scans may reveal which anti-smoking ads are more effective, suggests a new study led by Daniel D. Langleben, MD, a psychiatrist in the Center for Studies of Addiction, and researchers from the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn.
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Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor of Psychiatry and a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program, helped answer some basic questions regarding common sleep myths in a Huffington Post article.
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Adrian Raine, PhD, a professor in the department of Psychiatry, talked with Time’s Healthland for a Q&A feature that covered everything from his new book “The Anatomy of Violence” to the recent Boston bombings.
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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in a precise region of the brain appears to reduce caloric intake and prompt weight loss in obese animal models, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, including Tracy L. Bale, PhD, associate professor of neuroscience in the Perelman School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry .
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In continuing coverage of the Boston bombings, Steven Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, was a guest on WHYY’s Voices in the Family to discuss the emotional vulnerability that stretches beyond Boston and ways to transcend this national trauma.
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David Sarwer, PhD, associate professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, is quoted in a Details magazine article, talking about the desire for more masculine facial definition as the new front line of cosmetic surgery for men.
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CBS 3 spoke with Steven Berkowitz, MD, director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, about coping with high emotions in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks.
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Does exertion of the marathon add another layer of trauma or does it obscure the pain? In continuing coverage of the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon, the Huffington Post spoke with David Yusko, PsyD, clinical director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, to get a mental health perspective.
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Martin Cheatle, PhD was interviewed by the Delaware News Journal about chronic stress and the impact it has on overall physical and mental health, even altering how we perceive pain.
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Several cognitive behavioral therapies, including prolonged exposure therapy, have been shown to work in treating people with post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). However, a new study led by Edna Foa, PhD, found that the majority of mental health professionals do not use such evidence-based treatments when working with patients, and instead opt for individualized psychotherapy, which focuses on the underlying causes of problems and symptoms.
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David Sarwer, PhD, director of Clinical Services at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, spoke with CBS Philly about research from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships showing that mixed weight couples have more conflict, including arguments and feelings of anger and resentfulness.
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“You are what you eat,” the saying goes, but is what you eat playing a role in how much you sleep? Watch Penn Medicine’s Michael Grandner, PhD, a member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, discuss the latest info on sleep and diet on the Dr. Oz Show.
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Penn is becoming a leader in online learning. One example is a course on the psychology and neuroscience behind ADHD, taught by Anthony L. Rostain, MD, MA, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology in the Department of Psychiatry, spoke with the Washington Post about the study of sleep deprivation.
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The research of Steven Arnold, MD, director of the Penn Memory Center and professor in Neurology and Psychiatry, is highlighted in a Reader's Digest article, which reports that an unhealthy diet is not only bad for your waist, but it may also trigger Alzheimer's disease.
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Michael A. Grandner, PhD, an instructor of Psychiatry and a member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Penn, spoke with the Huffington Post about a new National Sleep Foundation survey showing that people who identify as exercisers reported better sleep than those who consider themselves non-exercisers.
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J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, co-director of Penn’s Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, commented in a USA Today article about a new study which found that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in childhood lingers into adulthood for many and is linked to an increased risk for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, spoke with National Geographic about psychological challenges that a manned mission to Mars may present.
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WHYY reported on a new book by David Sarwer, PhD, professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Surgery, that emphasizes the importance of psychological screenings in different areas of surgery.
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Michael Perlis, PhD, director, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, was quoted in Scientific American's "Expeditions" blog, which took a look at the science behind napping.
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The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights a new study by Penn Medicine researchers, led by Michael Grandner, PhD, Instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, that looked at the connection between sleep and dietary nutrients.
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Andreea Crauciuc, LCSW of the Charles O’Brien Center for Addiction Treatment, commented in a NBCNews.com report about a new study which found that children whose parents did not disclose drug use but did deliver a strong anti-drug message, were much more likely to develop anti-drug attitudes of their own.
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Carmen McLean, PhD, assistant professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, was quoted in a Daily Pennsylvanian report on how Penn Medicine is collaborating with the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts through “ReEntry,” a play that highlights the medical and psychological issues facing veterans returning from deployment.
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David Sarwer, PhD, director of the Stunkard Weight Management Program, was a featured guest on WHYY’s “Radio Times” to separate fact from fiction on weight loss and obesity. Dr. Sarwer also spoke with 6ABC about the link between obesity and abuse.
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WHYY radio reports on a new study by Penn researchers, led by Michael Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, that looked at whether nutrient variety might be linked to sleep length.
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David F. Dinges, PhD, professor and chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, was a featured guest on NPR’s “Science Friday” discussing the connection between sleep and memory. Dr. Dinges also spoke with the New York Times about jet lag and sleep deprivation.
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A new study, led by Michael A. Grandner, PhD, instructor in Psychiatry and member of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology, shows for the first time that certain nutrients may play an underlying role in short and long sleep duration and that people who report eating a large variety of foods – an indicator of an overall healthy diet – had the healthiest sleep patterns.
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Michael Thase, MD, professor of Psychiatry, talks to 6ABC about the use of low dose injections of ketamine to help patients who suffer from depression and cannot tolerate antidepressants, and the serious concerns associated with its use.
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James Cornish, MD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer about the effectiveness of methadone for addicts seeking treatment.
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Mahendra Bhati, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry, spoke to Penn Medicine News about a non-invasive, medication-free treatment for major depression, called synchronized transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS).
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C. Neill Epperson, MD, director, Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, was quoted in an article in Fit Pregnancy discussing how new mothers can help fight postpartum depression and stay healthy.
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An article in the Philadelphia Daily News details ongoing research at Penn Medicine’s Center for the Studies of Addiction using fMRI to understand how the brain responds to various drugs of addiction. Teresa Franklin, PhD, research assistant professor of Neuroscience in Psychiatry, Anna Rose Childress, PhD, research professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, and Daniel Langleben, MD, associate professor of Psychiatry, are quoted in the article.
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In continuing coverage, David F. Dinges, PhD was interviewed by California Public Radio about the results of a new study that analyzed data on the impact of prolonged operational confinement on the human body and mind from an international effort to simulate a 520-day space mission to Mars. Additional coverage was featured by The Week magazine online and HealthDay.
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In continuing coverage, Reuters Health reports that, despite concerns that Parkinson's patients were more likely to become compulsive gamblers or shoppers, a new study, led by Daniel Weintraub, MD, says untreated patients don't have any more addictions than people without the disease.
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Charles O’Brien, MD, PhD was named chair of a new Commission on Student Safety, Alcohol and Campus Life, which will will review the status of student social life at Penn with a primary focus on consumption of alcohol and other drugs and the consequences for student conduct.
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Coverage in USA Today and a front page article in the Philadelphia Inquirer detail a new study led by Penn Medicine researchers, including David F. Dinges, PhD and Mathias Basner, MD, PhD, MSc, that analyzed sleep and activity levels in astronauts in a simulated 520-day mission to Mars. The research was also covered by numerous national and international media outlets, including the Associated Press, BBC News, the Huffington Post, the Daily Mail UK, Wired online,  US News & World Report, Bloomberg, Scientific American, Science News, Popular Science, WHYY radio, The Atlantic, the LA Times, and others.
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A new study by Penn Medicine researchers, led by Daniel Weintraub, MD, is the first to show in a large sample that people with untreated Parkinson's were no more likely to have an increased impulsivity than people without the disease.
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Anthony Rostain, MD was a featured guest on 6ABC’s “Inside Story” program that focused on societal issues, including treatment resources available for people with mental illnesses in the U.S., in the aftermath of the Newtown, CT school shooting.
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