Posted September 4, 2014

Highlights from recent stories about Temple in the media

Steinberg research on teen brain featured in Washington Post
When teenagers do crazy, risky things, it’s easy to blame peer pressure or willfulness, but scientific studies suggest that some of their behavior has a physiological tie-in: Brain mapping technologies show that the average teenager’s brain looks slightly different from an adult’s. A story on the front page of the Post's "Health" section prominently featured psychologist Laurence Steinberg and highlighted his groundbreaking research. “The connections within the brain don’t fully branch out until age 22 or so,” he said. “The kinds of capabilities that connectivity contributes to—emotion regulation and impulse control—probably plateau in the early to mid-20s.”
Washington Post | Sept. 1, 2014

Henkin discusses “age segregation” in Boston Globe
From grade schools to senior villages, we now spend much of our lives on generational islands. Among the broad societal effects that age segregation can have, experts say, is ageism, with young people regarding senior citizens as alien or feeble, and older folks dismissing younger generations as untrustworthy hooligans. “If you don’t have places where people can connect, if you have institutions that are focused on different age groups,” said Nancy Henkin, executive director of Temple’s Intergenerational Center, an organization that promotes age-mixing, the result can be “negative stereotypes and people feeling isolated from each other.”
Boston Globe | Aug. 31, 2014

TUJ student featured in New York Times story on Japanese hiring trends
A Times story on Japanese companies recruiting well-prepared foreign graduates featured Brendan White, a senior at Temple University, Japan Campus. White explained how to finesse your way in a Japanese interview room: You must knock three times, say etiquette experts, and “close the door without turning away from the interviewers,” he said. Every move thereafter should follow the interviewer’s cue. All of this used to be a preserve for Japanese students. But now Japanese companies are recruiting foreigners like White—a human resource strategy supporting a game plan to deploy their businesses more globally.
New York Times | Aug. 24, 2014

Temple study testing new way to treat stroke
Guillermo Linares
and Kadir Erkmen, faculty members in Temple’s School of Medicine, are taking part in an international study to test a new way to treat blood clots causing strokes, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Linares and Erkman are testing the use of a device called a stentriever instead of drugs to remove clots. “The stentriever is a stent just like the ones used to treat the heart arteries, but it is retrievable so that it does not have to remain in inside the artery of the brain,” Linares said. “They work in opening the artery in the brain in about 90-percent of cases.”
KYW News Radio | Aug. 31, 2014

Psychologist Cornbluth offers advice for parents of grieving teenagers
In the aftermath of the death of three high school classmates, students at Council Rock South have been getting counseling at school. But doctors say the reality sets in when they pay their final respects. Temple psychologist Sue Cornbluth says a tragedy of this magnitude takes a toll on teens. “They’re thinking it could be me, because teens identify mostly with their peers during this time of development in their lives.” She recommends parents go to memorial services with their children. “It shows kids that they have support,” she says, “and that’s really what you want to show your child.”
KYW News Radio | Sept. 2, 2014

Bove comments on heart drug advances
Alfred Bove
, professor emeritus of cardiology at Temple’s School of Medicine, commented in several national reports on possible heart drug advances. For example, a new experimental heart failure drug developed by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by 20 percent in a recent study. Yet drug costs continue to be an issue, many cardiologists expect inevitable delays as healthcare providers haggle over access issues. “A lot of payers will probably initially deny this because of costs,” Bove said. “Normally it takes about two years for something like this to get ingrained into routine care.”
Associated Press, Reuters, MedPage Today, more | Aug. 30-Sept.2, 2014

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