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July 1, 2016 News Headlines

Unproven Stem Cell Clinics Proliferate in the U.S.
Source: Scientific American
June 30, 2016
… “This all should still be in the research phase without question,” says Peter Rubin, a stem cell researcher who chairs the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and runs a clinical trial to test the use of stem cells to repair severe facial wounds and limb injuries in soldiers. “We need to establish credible data around these therapies before bringing them to patients,” he adds. …

More Americans try acupuncture for pain relief
Source: NBC News TODAY
June 30, 2016
… Overall, acupuncture has become more of an accepted therapy, rather than being viewed as an "out-there treatment used by hippies," said Dr. Ronald Glick, an assistant professor of psychiatry and physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  …

AOSSM adds Dr. Freddie Fu to Hall of Fame: Five takeways
Source: Becker’s Orthopedic Review
June 30, 2016
...AOSSM will add Dr. Fu to the Hall of Fame on July 8 during AOSSM's annual meeting in Colorado Springs.

Hospitals & Blood Bank Prepare for July 4th Holiday Spike
Source: WICU TV
June 30, 2016
From fireworks injuries, to more car accidents, their emergency department is expected to be busy this weekend, "In the emergency departments we typically get busier," said Dr. Fred Mirarchi, Medical Director of UPMC Hamot's Department of Emergency Medicine.

More effective, less expensive cancer care
Source: WTAJ-TV
June 30, 2016
… UPMC's cancer specialists and health plan have been selected for a federal  project aimed at making  cancer care more effective and efficient, and less expensive.The program, overseen by Medicare and Medicaid, is designed to reduce unnecessary hospital stays and emergency room visits, by helping patients with better coordination and access to key services. …

UPMC, AHN oncology centers to pilot new payment model
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 30, 2016
… Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter and its UPMC Health Plan are among the 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies selected to pilot the federal Oncology Care Model, which launches Friday. …

There’s A Deadly Problem With Our Water Hardly Anyone’s Talking About
Source: Huffington Post
June 30, 2016
… Dr. Janet Stout, the director of the Special Pathogens Laboratory and a research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has been studying Legionella for more than 30 years. She believes many other factors explain the uptick in cases, including: climate change, aging water infrastructure and improved ability to diagnosis the disease. …

Pitt researchers land $1.54M NIH grant for stem cell research
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 30, 2016
… A team of University of Pittsburgh researchers won $1.54 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for their work studying artificial stem cells in developing vascular grafts. …

Best brain training: get moving
Source: Idaho Statesman
June 30, 2016
… Gardening, dancing and other fun stuff: In a new University of Pittsburgh study, scans of the 876 volunteers revealed that the more activity the better it was for the brain. …

Study finds no link to low nicotine cigarettes, higher alcohol use
Source: Winston-Salem Journal
June 30, 2016
… Psychology researchers from the University of Pittsburgh conducted a clinical trial of 403 individuals who smoke daily between June 2013 and July 2014. …

Deaths of Children During Dental Procedures Raise Safety Concerns
Source: Anesthesiology News
June 30, 2016
… Dr. Herlich, a physician anesthesiologist and dentist, as well as a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said the specialty of oral surgery “has incredibly high standards and follows the same guidelines as ASA, step by step.” …

Malaria Vaccine Protection Short-Lived in Young Children
Source: HealthDay
June 30, 2016
… There are about 20 different malaria vaccine candidates under investigation right now, said Dr. Amesh Adalja. He's a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh's UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore. … 

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