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February 8, 2016 News Headlines

How Health Experts Will Definitively Link Zika to Birth Defects
Source: TIME Magazine
February 5, 2016
… “It needs to be said that the red tape has to come down,” says Dr. Ernesto Marques of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research and Graduate School of Public Health, who has long been conducting research in Recife, Brazil, where cases of microcephaly are in the hundreds. …

FDA crackdown could shut stem cell clinics peddling unproven treatments
Source: STAT (Boston Globe Media Service)
February 8, 2016
… Clinical trial evidence also suggests the cells might speed wound healing, improve heart function, and treat scleroderma, said Dr. Peter Rubin, a stem cell researcher who chairs the department of plastic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. ...

New UPMC test promises lower cost, more effective treatment for brain cancer
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 8, 2016
… Marina Nikiforova, director of UPMC’s three-year-old Molecular & Genomic Pathology Laboratory in Oakland, led a team that developed the test given the trademarked name “GlioSeq.” …

Pitt Plastic Surgery Program: A Blend Of Art, Science And Innovation
Source: WESA-FM
February 5, 2016
… Dr. Peter Rubin, UPMC Endowed Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, says plastic surgery is sensationalized when patients are portrayed as caricatures in the media. ...

Affordable Care Act enrollment figures declining in Pa., increasing in Pittsburgh (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
February 5, 2016
… UPMC Health Plan offers some of the lowest ACA rates in the country, charging $187.33 for a 40-year-old smoker. In total, UPMC Health Plan enrolled 123,851 people during the 2015-2016 enrollment period. …

Opiates drug of choice across the region
Source: Bradford Era
February 7, 2016
… “Alcohol & Drug Services is the best place to start treatment,” said Dr. Janice L. Pringle, associate professor, pharmacy and therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Flu cases on rise, but still far below normal, hospitals say
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 5, 2016
… UPMC reported that clinical diagnoses of flu increased in the third week of January across its Allegheny County hospitals, from a few per week to around 20 or 30 per week — still far below any recent year, when 20 people per day were often diagnosed in a single emergency room, said Dr. Donald Yealy, chair of emergency medicine. …

UPMC promises jobs, revenue from Pleasant Hills hospital
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 7, 2016
… Approval from the zoning board would be the first hurdle in gaining approval for the hospital, to be called UPMC South, off Route 51 at Lindsay-Snyder Drive. UPMC plans to invest up to $200 million to build the proposed 300,000 square-foot facility. …

Hearing on proposed UPMC hospital in Pleasant Hills postponed
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 6, 2016
… The Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board has postponed a Tuesday hearing about a proposed UPMC hospital at the request of UPMC, board solicitor Russell Lucas said. …

UPMC asks Pleasant Hills to postpone hearing on proposed hospital
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 6, 2016
… UPMC has asked the Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board to postpone a hearing on its proposal to build a new hospital. …

Struggling, Ellwood City Hospital looks for a partnership
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 8, 2016
… Jameson Hospital, just 15 miles north in New Castle, is a consent decree away from joining the UPMC health system in an agreement that will relieve Jameson of its debt obligations while pumping in $70 million to invest in physician recruitment and capital improvements. Mrs. Izzo would love to find a match like that for Ellwood City …

Newsmaker: James E. Taylor
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 5, 2016
… Taylor has been named the chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPMC, replacing Candi Castleberry-Singleton, who was the first person to hold the position. He will lead UPMC's efforts to include diversity and awareness throughout the Pittsburgh region in both employment and services. He is scheduled to join UPMC on March 14. …

Newsmaker: Dr. Caterina Rosano
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 4, 2016
Noteworthy: Rosano will be inducted in April as a member of the Council of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, one of the nation's oldest medical honor societies. … Epidemiology professor at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health ...

Fourth patient infected during UPMC mold outbreak dies
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
February 7, 2016
Che DuVall, one of four patients who became ill last year during a mold crisis in two UPMC hospitals, died over the weekend, a family attorney said Sunday. …

With lawsuit pending, fourth victim of UPMC mold outbreak dies
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 7, 2016
The fourth person who became infected with mold last year while a patient at UPMC died Saturday while still in hospital care. …

4th patient infected during mold outbreak at UPMC hospital dies
Source: Associated Press via Modern Healthcare
February 7, 2016
… The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center confirmed the death of Che DuVall, a 70-year-old retired glass cutter who was diagnosed with the infection in September, a month after undergoing a double lung transplant. …

4th UPMC transplant patient dies after contracting infection amid mold outbreak
Source: WPXI-TV
February 7, 2016
A transplant patient who filed a lawsuit against UPMC Presbyterian Hospital after contracting a fungal infection in his lungs has died, becoming the fourth transplant patient to die in light of last year’s UPMC mold outbreak. …

Fourth patient linked to mold outbreak at Pittsburgh hospital dies
Source: Reuters
February 7, 2016
A Pennsylvania man, who sued the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center over a deadly, mold-linked infection he and other organ transplant patients contracted at the facility, has died. …

Facebook usage increases with sleep deprivation, says study
Source: Slash Gear 
February 7, 2016
… There have already been a number of studies, including one last week from the University of Pittsburgh, that show how those who spend the most time on social networks like Facebook are much more likely to have trouble sleeping. …

UPMC Hamot Heart Expo
Source: WICU-TV 
February 5, 2016
Today was the 10th annual Wear Red Heart Awareness Expo sponsored by UPMC Hamot. …

People on the Move
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 8, 2016
Brother's Brother Foundation elected its board officers and trustees for 2016. Newly elected officers are: … Joseph E. Imbriglia, M.D., University of Pittsburgh; Chronis H. Manolis, UPMC Insurance Services Division; … William M. Swartz, M.D., UPMC …

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