U.S. Panel Will Consider Home AIDS Test

May 15, 2012

Arthur Caplan and David Metzger of the Perelman School of Medicine comment on home HIV tests.

Article Source: Philly.com

DSM 5 Could Mean 40% of College Students are Alcoholics

May 14, 2012

Charles P. O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about treating substance-abuseproblems.

Article Source: Time Health & Family

Parents Urged to Talk, Make Contract With Their Teen Drivers

May 14, 2012

Dennis Durbin of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on parents having conversations with their teenage children about safe driving.

Article Source: USA Today
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Media Contact:Karen Kreeger | Karen.kreeger@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5658May 14, 2012

Penn Study: Sundown Syndrome-like Symptoms in Fruit Flies May be Due to High Dopamine Levels

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania researchers have discovered a mechanism involving the neurotransmitter dopamine that switches fruit fly behavior from being active during the day (diurnal) to nocturnal. This change parallels a human disorder in which increased agitation occurs in the evening hours near sunset and may also be due to higher than normal dopamine levels in the brain. Sundown syndrome occurs in older people with dementia or cognitive impairment.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-200-2313May 14, 2012

Black Cardiac Victims Less Apt to Receive CPR and Shocks to the Heart from Bystanders, Penn Study Shows

Black cardiac arrest victims who are stricken outside hospitals are less likely to receive bystander CPR and defibrillation on the scene than white patients, according to research that will be presented by a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania today at the annual meeting of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Commencement 2012

Gray skies and a light sprinkle couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm as 5,858 graduates made their way to Franklin Field for Penn’s 256th Commencement on May 14.

University Chaplain Charles L. Howard urged the Class of 2012 to offer thanks to their parents and other loved ones and to the faculty, staff and administration that helped them achieve their goals.

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Media Contact:Holly Auer | holly.auer@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-200-2313May 14, 2012

Penn-Developed Medical Record Tool Cuts Down on ER CT Scans in Patients With Abdominal Pain

A new electronic medical record tool that tallies patients' previous radiation exposure from CT scans helps reduce potentially unnecessary use of the tests among emergency room patients with abdominal pain, according to a study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

Robot Soldiers Will Be a Reality – and a Threat

May 11, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences writes an op-ed about brain-machine interface technology.

Article Source: The Wall Street Journal

For Defibrillators to Save Lives, People Have to Use Them

May 11, 2012

Roger Band of the Perelman School of Medicine says, “If CPR and AEDs were employed for every cardiac arrest, hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved annually, in the U.S. alone.”

Article Source: Los Angeles Times

The Mother of Psychodrama

May 12, 2012

Jonathan Moreno of the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences highlights his mother’s memoir, To Dream Again.

Article Source: Psychology Today