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    How Cumulative Trauma Could Shape the Lives of Migrant Children

    July 02, 2018

    On June 20, President Trump issued an executive order rolling back the separations of undocumented families in favor of family detention. However, for the thousands of kids who remain detained separately or in foster care, physicians warn their experiences with cumulative trauma and chronic stress could cause irreparable lifelong harm.

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    Zero Shades of Grey: Living with BPD

    May 02, 2018

    Kristen is stuck on a roller coaster. It’s not a gentle, kid-friendly coaster, but a seemingly endless stretch of extreme hills and terrifying drops, with a safety harness that keeps threatening to snap off. Sometimes the car goes full Final Destination 3 and flies off the tracks altogether – but when she opens her eyes, she’s ascending that first hill again. And again. And again. It’s exhausting. At 22, Kristen was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

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    It’s an Emotional Day in the Neighborhood

    April 02, 2018

    A few weeks ago, the internet had a meltdown. Unsurprising, I know, but there was something different this time. The catalyst: the trailer for an upcoming documentary about the genre-defining children’s TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Perhaps the emotional outpouring was pure nostalgia, but it’s possible that it’s both deeper and simpler than that: the show made kids feel seen and valued, and that played a critical part in their mental health and development.

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    The Promise of a New Year: A Look at Medicine in 2018

    January 10, 2018

    From the FDA’s approval of the first ever gene therapy that brings new hope to cancer patients, to the approval of a gene therapy that can treat a rare form of blindness, to advancements in clinics and labs that could lead to new discoveries, 2017 saw great achievements in the field of medicine. Here’s what Penn doctors say they’re excited about as they look to 2018.

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    Using Data to Map the Human Brain

    August 14, 2017

    In 2009, the NIH awarded The Human Connectome Project to prominent researchers help them collect detailed imaging data to map connections in the human brain along with extensive behavioral and heritability measures. Researchers are using this archived, freely available data to better understand how the normal human brain processes functions like reason, memory, and emotion.

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    Summer Break: Time to Learn or Time to Let Kids Be Kids?

    July 12, 2017

    Summer is becoming a time during which certain children are prone to experience summer learning loss — the loss of academic skills and knowledge over the summer months – and parents are desperately fighting to prevent their children from falling behind. When it comes to keeping their kids academically focused over the summer, Penn Medicine's Martin Franklin says some parents might be overdoing it.

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    Drinking to Blackout: What Happens When Young Brains get Boozed

    June 14, 2017

    Though alcohol has become an integral part of many social functions, especially holidays, few people truly understand the damage that too many drinks can do to your body and your brain. In fact, years of chronic alcohol use can actually contribute to a person developing a serious brain disorder that affects cognition, movement, and memory.

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    Facing Our Fears: Why it Works

    May 17, 2017

    Everyone fears something. In fact, it is estimated that more than 19 million Americans suffer from specific phobia. But the things that we fear and the extent to which we fear them can vary greatly from person to person. In his role as the associate director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, David A. Yusko, Psy.D., sees dozens of patients living with a variety of debilitating phobias.

  • Battling Adolescent Obesity with Behavioral Therapy

    September 21, 2016

    Now that we’re well into September, many families are settling into the swing of school schedules, band practices, dance lessons and packed daily agendas. With so much running around going on from September to June, it can be easy to lose sight of keeping up a healthy diet and active...

  • The Olympics, Medically Speaking

    July 22, 2016

    The author and her mother in Olympic stadium at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta Citius, Altius, Fortius is the Olympic motto. Translated from Latin this is Faster, Higher, Stronger. Names like Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, and Michael Phelps and so many more are synonymous with the Summer Olympic Games....

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