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October 25, 2016 News Headlines

Your Voice Can Get Old, Too (Subscriber Content)
Source: Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2016
… Patients are usually encouraged to first try voice therapy. It is a noninvasive treatment in which they are taught how to breathe and use their muscles to best support their voices, says Clark Rosen, professor of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ...

More Kids and Teens Heading to ER With Headaches
Source: U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay
October 21, 2016
… The researchers at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh looked at headache-related visits made to their ER between 2007 and 2014. The children were all between 4 and 20 years old. …

Training after 50: Dan O'Brien dispels the myths about exercise for older adults
Source: Sports Illustrated
October 24, 2016
… “The fact is that there isn’t any age that your body won’t respond positively to an exercise stress,” says Dr. Vonda Wright, medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Lemieux Sports Complex, “Older athletes are still quite capable of competing at a high level and the differences in performance in many endurance events between age groups are actually slight until after the age of 70.” …

Challenges ahead, but precision medicine continues to grow
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 24, 2016
… The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh was selected as one of the first sites in this effort and will enroll 175,000 residents in Western Pennsylvania in the PA CARESforUS program. …

How to empower kids to make informed health decisions
Source: The Globe and Mail
October 21, 2016
…From the start, parents should choose a doctor who talks to their son or daughter as a patient, rather than speaking as if the child is not in the room, said Dr. Aviva Katz, a pediatric surgeon and ethicist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and lead author of the AAP paper. …

GAA to adhere to current concussion protocals
Source: Irish Times
October 25, 2016
… “The two main issues that came out of Croke Park are what happens in terms of the return to play, and the recovery,” says Ryan, that symposium a joint presentation of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC), the world-leader in concussion studies, and the Bon Secours Health System in Ireland. …

Magee Womens UPMC Opening Three Ob/Gyn Locations in Erie County
Source: WICU TV
October 24, 2016
… With only one local practice left, UPMC Hamot saw the need, and is making a major new commitment here. …

New device represents breakthrough in Type 1 diabetes management
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 25, 2016
… “My phone hasn’t stopped ringing, and it’s not even available yet,” said Patrick McCarthy, a diabetes educator at the UPMC Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, who helps people manage their diabetes. “Everyone under the sun has found my phone number.” …

Renovated Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force adds medical clinic to East Liberty space
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 25, 2016
… Dr. McBeth, who also works part time at the UPMC Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, brings her expertise to help HIV patients keep their viral load low and deal with any related health problems. …

Proposition 61 gives California mandate to lower drug prices, not tools
Source: NPR via KPCC-FM
October 24, 2016
… The VA has other advantages when negotiating, says Walid Gellad, director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Tech focus of city-wide safety meeting
Source: South Pittsburgh Reporter
October 25, 2016
… Dr. Leonard Weiss, command physician, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, spoke about the PulsePoint application (app), which provides individuals with the ability to lend life-saving assistance to victims of cardiac arrest before first responders arrive.…

Shaler man honored for commitment to social work
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
October 24, 2016
Rod Rutkowski doesn't want praise for the work he does at UPMC St. Margaret, but his colleagues wanted to recognize him for his tireless commitment to medical social work. …

Nearly 200,000 Pennsylvanians to lose existing ACA coverage in 2017 (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
October 24, 2016
… Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31. Five insurers remain in Pennsylvania's exchange: Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, Capital BlueCross, Independence Blue Cross and Geisinger Health Plan. …

Vaping research suggests e-cigarettes could help fight obesity
Source: Stuff
October 26, 2016
… The study, completed jointly with the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Minnesota, said the potentially "enormous" public health impact of nicotine reduction could help New Zealand achieve its goal of becoming smokefree by 2025. …

New guidelines published for discontinuing mechanical ventilation in ICU
Source: Science Daily
October 24, 2016
… Timothy Girard, MD, co-lead author of the guidelines and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, said the committee hoped the guidelines would help reduce variations in practice that do not benefit patients. …

Mesenchymal Stem Cells Hold Promise as IPF Treatment, but Better Understanding Essential
Source: Pulmonary Fibrosis News
… Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine conducted the study to offer an overview of the possibilities and challenges of using mesenchymal stem cell to treat lung fibrosis. …

Making a difference in so many lives
October 24, 2016
… This is the 15th year for Bid for Hope, an event that has raised more than $1 million, with much of that benefitting the organizations under-40 breast cancer study, 3D mammography and the integrated oncology program at Magee Womens Hospital of UPMC, which treats mind, body and soul, something that helps patients as they go through treatment. …

Penguins notebook: Fleury getting wish of heavy workload
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 24, 2016
… The autographed jerseys will be auctioned off at, with proceeds going to the UPMC Cancer Center and Mario Lemieux Foundation.

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