Behavioral Health

Dietary adherence and the fight against obesity

While eating less and moving more are the basics of weight control and obesity treatment, finding ways to help people adhere to a weight-loss regimen is more complicated.

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Social media vs. video games: Not all screen time is equal

Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts and Sciences commented on a study that found a difference in the way social media impacts mental health, as compared to video games. “The vast majority of kids play the games socially, either physically side by side with friends or joining friends via headset. Skills (both technical and social) are rewarded, just like on a playing field or a Science Olympiad team. It only becomes problematic if that’s the only thing a kid is doing,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Facebook, Twitter are blocking dangerous antivaccine posts. It’s about time

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Paul Offit wrote about efforts to stop the spread of misinformation about vaccines on social media. “Nothing educates like outbreaks,” wrote Offit.



How has the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ affected Illinois? The state hasn’t bothered to check

Charles O’Brien of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed gambling addiction, saying that “many clinicians have long believed that problem gamblers closely resemble alcoholics and drug addicts, not only from the external consequences of problem finances and destruction of relationships but increasingly on the inside as well.”



Poor sleep could clog your arteries. A mouse study shows how that might happen

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Namni Goel weighed in on a new study that found that poor sleep can clog arteries.


Huffington Post

Treating opioid addicts is expensive. States want drug makers to fund it

Daniel Polsky of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on the high cost of treatments for opioid addiction. “It’s in insurers’ interest to cover addiction medications, and it’s in the patients’ interest too,” Polsky said. “It’s the cheapest and most effective treatment available.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Hospitals could play bigger role in preventing gun violence, study says

A new study co-authored by Kit Delgado of the Perelman School of Medicine proposes that emergency rooms could help prevent gun violence. “The emergency department may be [gunshot victims’] only contact with the health care system, and what we know is that represents an opportunity to try and prevent a repeat injury,” said Delgado.