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March 28, 2017 News Headlines

What can we blame for the surge in Lyme disease?
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 28, 2017
… “We already are seeing cases of Lyme disease, which is a bit unusual. Usually we see more in the late spring and summer,” said Neel Shah, a UPMC infectious disease physician and clinical assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

UPMC partnering with Boston-based cancer support services company (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
March 27, 2017
… In December, Wellist went live at UPMC, and is now available to cancer patients at 21 sites across Allegheny County. …

How to effectively read nutrition labels
Source: Tribune-Review
March 27, 2017
… We asked Laura Edwards, dietitian manager at UPMC McKeesport, for some tips on understanding nutrition labels. …

Hospital opens distraction therapy rooms for children
Source: WJET-TV
March 24, 2017
… This literally mirrors the exam rooms that are in children's hospital in Pittsburgh,” Boo Hagerty, chief development officer at UPMC Hamot, said. …

Distraction Therapy Rooms Unveiled
Source: WICU TV
March 24, 2017
Patient rooms have a new look to make them less scary at the Children's Specialty Care Center at Magee Women's at UPMC Hamot. …

'One Health, One Planet' symposium at Phipps to explore environmental impact on human health
Source: Tribune-Review
March 27, 2017
… Richard Piacentini, executive director at Phipps, says he approached Dr. Michael Lotze, vice chairman of research, department of surgery and assistant vice chancellor, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, last fall about organizing a symposium to deal with environmental issues focused on the connection between human health and the environment. …

UPMC launches app-based ER telemedicine program for health plan members statewide
Source: Healthcare IT News
March 27, 2017
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health Plan has launched an app-based, 24/7 telemedicine service for its members across Pennsylvania, offering video visits from UPMC emergency room clinicians. …

UPMC Health Plan telemedicine platform gives patients 24/7 access to care
Source: MedCityNews
March 27, 2017
UPMC Health Plan has unveiled UPMC AnywhereCare, a telemedicine platform that allows patients to receive care from UPMC professionals at any time and from any location. …

UPMC ramps up its telemedicine consultation service
Source: Health Data Management
March 27, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center continues to promote its service that offers patients consultations with physicians or nurse practitioners via secure electronic messaging technology. …

UPMC Rolls out Telemedicine App for Pennsylvania Patients with 24/7 Service
Source: Healthcare Informatics
March 27, 2017
UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) Health Plan recently launched a new smartphone-enabled UPMC AnywhereCare platform that allows patients to receive remote care from emergency room professionals 24 hours a day and with reduced copays. …

'Human-on-a-chip' could end animal testing
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 28, 2017
… Mr. Vernetti, who is also director of early drug safety for Pitt’s Drug Discovery Institute, has been working for six years making a liver-on-a-chip. It uses human liver cells taken during medical procedures involving a living patient’s liver, or from bodies donated to science, or livers originally intended for organ donation but were not used — all of them with approval of the patient or deceased. …

Many heart patients not getting rehab despite the benefits
Source: Sun-Gazette
March 28, 2017
… Cardiac rehab can benefit patients who are relatively fit, as well as older patients with complex health issues, even if they think rehab is not for them, said Forman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania. …

Old age and the new rage
Source: Gulf Times
March 27, 2017
… “We have to think about it holistically,” said Forman, chair of geriatric cardiology at UPMC and director of cardiac rehabilitation at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. “It’s a growing area. Issues of function, frailty — all of these complexities are very challenging to cardiologists.” …

Hospital Merger Enforcement Is a Uniting Issue at FTC
Source: Bloomberg BNA
March 28, 2017
… University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and PinnacleHealth said March 14 they have signed a “letter of affiliation.” …

University of Pittsburgh study says too much social media is a recipe for depression
Source: KDVR-TV
March 27, 2017
… That is not the case according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that claims those who spend more than 2 hours a day on social media were twice as likely to feel socially isolated. …

Lab Researchers Create Possible Antidote for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Source: American Heart Association News
March 27, 2017
… At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, critical care doctor and the study’s senior author Mark T. Gladwin, M.D., has seen what severe carbon monoxide poisoning can do. …

AADE survey: Medicare competitive bidding system limits access, choice of diabetes test supplies
Source: Healio Endocrinology
March 27, 2017
… “Evidence continues to show that the competitive bidding process is failing people with diabetes and putting them at unnecessary risk,” Kellie Antinori-Lent, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, BC-ADM, CDE, a diabetes clinical nurse specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in a press release. …

Expert Discusses State of Bone-Targeted Therapy in Breast Cancer
Source: OncLive
March 27, 2017
… Given the damage that adjuvant endocrine therapy can do to bone health in breast cancer patients, these findings may change clinical practice, said Brufsky, associate chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center, University of Pittsburgh. …

Artificial backpack lungs designed (First brief)
Source: The Mancunion
March 27, 2017
A team at the University of Pittsburgh have developed an artificial lung machine that is small and light enough to be carried in a backpack, allowing patients more freedom. …

Bowel disease program Tuesday (First brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 27, 2017
A free gastroenterology program for young adults with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is being held Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 4401 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. …

Bulletin Board (Subscriber Content)
Source: Butler Eagle
March 27, 2017
… Head and Neck Cancer Support Group,10:30 a.m. to noon, Butler Health System Radiation Oncology and UPMC Cancer Center, 102 Technology Drive, Suite 250. For more information, call 724-482-2679. …

UPMC Bedford to Host Health Fair (Subscriber Content)
Source: Bedford Gazette
March 28, 2017
UPMC Bedford Memorial Community Health and Wellness Fair will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. April 8 on the ground floor at the hospital. ...

Fanfare: UPMC Children's Ball - Dino Bash
Source: Tribune-Review
March 27, 2017
The UPMC Children's Ball - Dino Bash was held at Heinz Field on the North Shore on Saturday, March 25, 2017. … 

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