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August 3, 2015 News Headlines

McCandless woman 1st in region with implant aimed at halting seizures
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 1, 2015 
… Nichols in January became the first patient in Pittsburgh to receive an RNS device in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland. ... “This is the first time in the history of neurosurgery that we have a real brain-computer interface that can respond to a patient's brain activity,” said Dr. Mark Richardson, director of epilepsy and movement disorders surgery at UPMC. …

Fábregas: Medicare could get it right in paying for end-of-life discussions
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 1, 2015
… “It's a hard conversation,” Dr. Bob Arnold, medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute, told me. …

‘Sex Never Dies,’ but a Medicare Option for Older Men Does
Source: New York Times
July 31, 2015
… Among older women, nearly half of those in their 60s and more than 20 percent of those in their 70s had been sexually active in the previous six months, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center researchers reported recently. …

Put down those devices: Summer Electronics Ban lets kids unplug, get outside
Source: WTAE-TV
August 31, 2015
..."People don't realize just how big the video game market really is, and just how powerful it is," said Dr. Brian Primack, assistant vice chancellor for research on health and society at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Young, picky eaters, parents beware
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 3, 2015
… Jennifer E. Wildes, director of eating disorders research at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, said the study “is the most rigorous out there on selective eating in young children.” …

Sen. Casey pushes for expansion of research into rare pediatric diseases
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 1, 2015
… On Friday, Children's Hospital served as the centerpiece for a news conference by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, about bipartisan legislation he calls the Advancing Hope Act, which would expand and fund more research into rare pediatric diseases. …
Snake bites on the rise in Western Pa.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
August 1, 2015
… Emergency rooms see a spike in snake bites during summer months, but the number this year is “slightly higher than is typical,” said Dr. Michael Lynch, medical director of the Pittsburgh Poison Center at UPMC….

UPMC suggests that non-surgical treatments for severe spinal stenosis can be as effective as surgery
Source: WTAJ TV
July 31, 2015
… “In a study of 169 patients the outcomes were equal, but Anthony Delitto, PhD, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh said, “people don’t exhaust all of their non-surgical options before they consent to surgery.” …

Can seeing a virtual doctor be as good as the real thing? (Subscriber Content)
Source: Business Insurance
August 2, 2015
… This direct-to-consumer model is “where you get the controversy,” said Dr. Lawrence Wechsler, Pittsburgh-based vice president of telemedicine and chairman of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “This system has to be applied where it can be applied effectively.” …

HPV in Oral Rinse May Help Detect Oropharyngeal Cancer
Source: MedPage Today
July 31, 2015
… "Operating characteristics, including low sensitivity, low confidence in the PPV, and high number needed to treat, preclude immediate clinical adoption," said Julie E. Bauman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh. ...

New Research Gives Hope for People Living With HPV and HIV
Source: HIV Equal
July 31, 2015
… Bauman is a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute expert on matters related to the neck and throat. She spoke with HIV Equal Thursday about oral HPV. When HPV develops on the anus and the penis and inside the vagina, it also can be passed into the mouth and throat during oral sex. And in some cases, the HPV can lead to oropharyngeal cancer. …

More Research Links Sedentary Time To Diabetes
Source: Reuters via Medical Daily
August 2, 2015
… “We are beginning to believe that being highly sedentary is something different than not getting exercise,” said lead author Bethany Barone Gibbs, a researcher in health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Erie area hospitals receive low ratings for fighting infections (Subscriber Content)
Source:  Erie Times News
August 1, 2015
...Saint Vincent Hospital and Meadville Medical Center received the second-lowest ratings for avoiding infections, while UPMC Hamot received a middle rating….

Mayor Peduto still at work on agreement to make tax-exempt nonprofits contribute to city services
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 3, 2015
More than a year after Mayor Bill Peduto dropped a lawsuit seeking to strip UPMC of its nonprofit status, his administration is still at work on an agreement that would deliver a financial contribution from the city’s large tax-exempt institutions to government coffers. …

Out-of-state suitors might steer clear of UPMC, Highmark

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 2, 2015
… UPMC Health Plan controls around a quarter of the local commercial market and covers about 2.5 million people …

Court rejects UPMC request for stay in Highmark dispute and more
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 1, 2015
...The state Supreme Court this week rejected another UPMC request for a stay in the hospital system’s dispute with Highmark Health.  ...

Girl battling cancer gets bedroom makeover

Source: WPXI via My Fox Boston
August 2, 2015
… Channel 11 viewers might remember DeLuca from a picture than went viral in May that showed the little girl with her friend Maliyah, both of whom were battling cancer at Children’s Hospital. …

Hike through Pittsburgh's urban wilderness with the WALKATOP event
Source: Pop City
July 29, 2015
… "The foundation has been fortunate to find a partnership at UPMC Mercy in the psychiatry department to help with funding," Kripp says. "We want to make sure they have the resources to help with the areas of suicide prevention and improved mental health. That’s the goal for the work we’re doing." …

Many activities planned during annual Franklin Township Community Day on Tuesday
Source: Ellwood City Ledger
August 2, 2015
… They will also be giving away 108 bicycle helmets to children that were donated by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Kohl’s department store chain. …

It was ladies day at Steelers training camp
August 2, 2015
… That was the case on Sunday when the Steelers Women’s Training Camp, presented by Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, was held at Saint Vincent College, with the event kicking off in the morning and continuing through the team’s practice. …

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