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February 23, 2017 News Headlines

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke
Source: HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
February 22, 2017
… "Physical activity is extremely helpful for stroke survivors for a number of reasons, and our findings suggest that this may also be a good strategy to promote cognitive recovery after stroke" said lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh. …

UPMC Hamot buys medical office building
Source: Erie Times News
February 21, 2017      
UPMC Hamot has paid $1.93 million for the building where the hospital's non-chemotherapy infusion center and wound clinic are located. …

Cardiac Rehabilitation In Our Region
Source: WKST-AM and WPIC-AM
February 21, 2017
Donna Cochran, RN, BSN, Director, Cardiac Services, UPMC Jameson, and Millie Glass, RN, Specialty Cardiac Rehabilitation, UPMC Jameson, discuss cardiac rehabilitation for our region, including how cardiac rehab impacts the health of participating patients.

Unfriending Facebook: Overwhelmed by social media, more Minnesotans are taking a break
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 22, 2017
…  Just last spring, a team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found a correlation between time spent on the network and depression. …

Why soy foods may be the key to heart health for many people
Source: eMaxHealth News
February 22, 2017
… The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences reports that a micronutrient which is derived from digestion of soy may offer some people a benefit for heart health when they eat soy foods. …

Patient Videos Clarify End-of-Life Documents (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape 
February 22, 2017
… Ferdinando L. Mirarchi, DO, medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hamot's emergency department in Erie, Pennsylvania, and colleagues developed a survey that included nine scenarios involving critically ill patients who had a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) document or a living will. …

MRIs may be safe for some people with heart devices, study says
Source: HealthDay News via United Press International
February 22, 2017
… The bottom line is, patients cannot safely get an MRI at just any center, according to Dr. Emanuel Kanal, director of magnetic resonance services at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Video: Breast Cancer: Genomic Testing for Adjuvant Therapy
Source: OncLive
February 22, 2017
Panelists: Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; …

Phone Triage Success Is Built With Patience
Source: OncLive
February 22, 2017
… Using a software development team from Via Oncology, UPMC created a triage program that contained pathways, electronic medical records, and reminders to follow up the next day. …

Panel Presents Unique Cost-Sharing Viewpoints in Oncology Care
Source: American Journal of Managed Care
February 22, 2017
… From a payer perspective, William H. Shrank, MD, MSHS, chief medical officer of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan, said that the harm and suffering experienced by patients in these instances result from “a blunt formulary without really thoughtful consideration about the clinical nuance.” …

Researchers study smokers’ perceptions of reduced nicotine cigarettes
Source: Brown Daily Herald
February 22, 2017
… From these results, the researchers ultimately learned that “people confound or confuse nicotine with harm,” said Eric Donny, professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and co-author of the study. …

Doximity Reaches 70 Percent of All U.S. Doctors, More than 800,000 Licensed Medical Professionals
Source: Yahoo Finance
February 22, 2017
… Physicians receive personalized medical news and research updates based on their professional interests and connections. Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, physicians use this to meet their continuing medical education requirements. …

What If Wearable Devices Do Nothing for Weight Loss and Health?
Source: 24/7 Wall St.
February 22, 2017
… According to a recent study at the University of Pittsburgh, this might actually be the case. Specifically, the craze around wearable fitness technology might not be as helpful as once thought. …

Take health apps with a pinch of salt
Source: Gulf News
February 22, 2017
… Professor John Jakicic, of the University of Pittsburgh, whose team last year found that fitness trackers did not help people lose weight, said: “We need to be careful about relying solely on these devices. …

Mixed benefits of testosterone therapy in older men
Source: domain-b.com (India)
February 22, 2017
… The studies, known as the TTrials, are the largest trials to examine the efficacy of testosterone treatment in men 65 and older whose testosterone levels are low due to age. … The TTrials were conducted at 12 additional medical centres, including… University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. …

Video: Nivolumab: A New Standard-of-Care
Source: OncLive
February 22, 2017
Insights From: Ezra Cohen, MD, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center; Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Nabil F Saba, MD, FACP, Emory University …

Independent living facility strikes agreement with West Deer, Deer Lakes schools to avoid taxes
Source: Tribune-Review
February 22, 2017
… Officials with the county and the city of Pittsburgh in December said they were close to reaching a deal calling for the region's four largest nonprofit employers to make annual payments toward public projects for the next decade. The proposal would involve the “Big Four” of UPMC,...

Paris Cleaners fires back in UPMC mold case
Source: Tribune-Review
February 22, 2017
A DuBois linen supplier entangled in several wrongful death lawsuits connected to the UPMC mold crisis maintains that the health care giant was responsible for making sure patients with vulnerable immune systems received special bedding to protect them against ever-present fungi. …

Could exercise help you learn new language?
Source: The University of Queensland  (Australia)
Feb. 23, 2017
… A trial by University of Queensland researchers will examine the effects of exercise on language learning in healthy older adults. … Professor Copland’s research team includes… and the University of Pittsburgh’s Associate Professor Kirk Erickson. …

Tele-Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Market Global Industry Analysis Report By 2024
Source: Medgadget
February 23, 2017
… The report studies key players operating in the global tele-intensive care services market. These include: Advanced ICU care, inTouch health, UPMC Italy,…

Death By Selfie
Source: Beliefnet
February 23, 2017
… "Engaging in activities of little meaning on social media may give a feeling of time wasted that negatively influences mood," the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences reported. …

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