Behavioral Health

New COVID-19 roadmap: Four takeaways

A report spearheaded by PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, with input from other Penn experts, lays out a dozen priorities for the federal government to tackle in the next 12 months. The aim: to help guide the U.S. to the pandemic’s “next normal.”

Michele W. Berger

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Gun locks are one important tool in preventing violent deaths, Penn trauma expert says

Sunny Vespico Jackson, an injury-prevention coordinator at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, spoke about the benefits of gun locks, which she says can protect children and prevent suicides. A grant from Penn Medicine CARES allowed Jackson to purchase 200 cable locks to give to local gun owners.


USA Today

Just one beer or glass of wine a day may cause your brain to shrink, study suggests

Henry Kranzler of the Perelman School of Medicine co-authored research that found daily alcohol consumption, even in moderate quantities, can lead to a loss of brain volume. "For pretty much any level of drinking, a reduction is likely to yield health benefits," he said.


Opioid use disorder treatment: Doctor-recommended drugs and therapy

Jeanmarie Perrone of the Perelman School of Medicine said opioid use disorder, like diabetes, is a chronic disease requiring ongoing treatment in various forms. "Patients who are on diabetes medicine could still come in with high blood sugar. And we don't say, well, that's your fourth time here with high blood sugar; we're not going to treat you at all anymore," she said.



5 myths about depression everyone should know

Cory Newman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that irritability, anxiety, and trouble concentrating are signs of depression.


The Wall Street Journal

Why ‘I’ll just suck it up’ doesn’t work

Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts & Sciences shares the benefit of having a sustained commitment to a goal and endurance in your effort.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly ‘eliminated’ veteran homelessness in 2015. Why are there still vets on the street?

David Oslin of the Perelman School of Medicine explains why mental health perils for veterans are higher due to their service.