Managing mental health amid gun violence

In 2021, Philadelphia saw a record number of 486 homicides by shooting as well 1,846 non-fatal shootings. According to clinical psychologist Leah Blain, exposure to trauma, including to gun violence, increases the risk of negative health outcomes.

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How just 39 minutes of sleep can make or break your child’s health, happiness and school day

Ariel Williamson of the Perelman School of Medicine says that quality of life outcomes in sleep studies for children can resonate with families, teachers, and public health officials.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Depression can get better. These four Philadelphians are living proof

David Mandell of the Perelman School of Medicine says that with good treatment people can go for years without experiencing the major symptoms of depression.


St. Louis Public Radio

Wash U professor’s work leads federal officials to listen to mental health patients

In a co-written Op-Ed in the Journal of the American Medical Assocation, Rinad S. Beidas of the Perelman School of Medicine criticized mental health patients’ exclusion from federal health surveys.


The New York Times

Why do so many men avoid doctor’s visits?

Nora Brier of the Perelman School of Medicine says that avoidance can worsen the anxiety and fear triggered by potential visits to the doctor’s office.


CBS Philadelphia

Penn study shows signs of Alzheimer's disease prevention

A study by Roy Hamilton of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues suggests that the drug lecanemab may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s or forestall its effects before they occur.


Business Insider

The 4-day workweek: Science explains why it could improve our minds, bodies, and companies' bottom lines

Philip Gehrman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that while work can be rewarding and fulfilling, it's also stressful and takes time that we'd like to spend doing other things.