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September 28, 2016 News Headlines

Why do obese patients get worse medical care? Many doctors don’t see past the fat
Source: The New York Times
September 26, 2016
… But many orthopedists will not offer surgery unless the patients first lose weight, said Dr. Adolph J. Yates Jr., an orthopedics professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "There are offices that will screen by phone," Yates said. "They will ask for weight and height and tell patients before they see them that they can't help them." …

Local black lung clinics help miners
Source: WTAJ-TV
September 27, 2016
… UPMC Altoona Respiratory Therapist Katelynn Grados says, "the most important thing to know about black lung is that it's progressive and it's latent, so it can be in your lungs for years, after you've left the coal mines." …

App Could Ease The Shame And Discomfort Victims Feel When Reporting Abuse   
Source: WESA-FM
September 27, 2016
…  Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital, said she and a team of researchers have developed an app called TIPS, or Trauma Informed Personalized Scrips, to help health care professionals identify women who are victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence …

Number of Pa. newborns addicted to opioids is skyrocketing, report says
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 27, 2016
… “The amount of money being spent to take care of these patients is staggering,” said Dr. Michael England, director of the pregnancy recovery center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “We are still in the thick of the problem. It is an epidemic, and it is finally starting to get a lot of recognition across the country.” …

UPMC Hamot oncology center to hold open house
Source: WJET TV
September 27, 2016
… UPMC Hamot's new outpatient oncology unit is up and running and is seeing between 20 and 30 oncology patients every day. …

Personalities of Pittsburgh: Mary Jo Dively (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
September 27, 2016
… Dively was appointed to now-Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s board in the early 1990s and was its chair for 15 years. ...

WCA Plans Two-Floor Expansion (Subscriber Content)
Source: The Post-Journal
September 27, 2016
… Wright said the integration with UPMC Health Care will not impact the planned expansion. She said UPMC officials approve of the new construction project. ...

Great Racers run to save man's life during Pittsburgh event
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 27, 2016
Pittsburgh EMS, in conjunction with UPMC, offers free, 30-minute CPR courses for community groups. …

State Coroners Association wrangles over organ donor bills
Source: Observer Reporter
September 27, 2016
… UPMC medical ethicist Jason Byron said the bills don’t enforce such draconian measures.
“It just isn’t true (that families) don’t have a say over what happens to their loved ones when they die. …

Rookies bring smiles where needed most
September 27, 2016
At a place where smiles are needed the most, they were delivered in large quantities on Tuesday when the Steelers’ rookie class visited Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

10% of Plans Get Highest NCQA Rating
Source: Managed Care Magazine
September 27, 2016
… Some familiar names in the top finishers in the NCQA report, including ... the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

What are the nation’s best, worst health plans?
Source: Benefit News
September 27, 2016
… The top private (commercial) health plans with a top 5.0 rating are ... UPMC Benefit Management Services Inc.; UPMC Health Coverage Inc.; and UPMC Health Plan Inc. …

NIH Grants $3 Million to Develop New Hepatitis B Treatments
Source: Infection Control Today
September 27, 2016
… The multi-investigator project, “Taking aim at HBV eradication using novel NRTIs and Capsid effectors,” (Grant #1R01AI121315-01A) will be led by Sarafianos and includes researchers from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Total, CVD mortality rates increase in young adults with type 1 diabetes
Source: Healio
September 27, 2016
… Trevor Orchard, MD, professor of epidemiology, medicine and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and medical director of the nutrition lipid program, and colleagues evaluated data from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications (EDC) Study on 502 adults younger than 45 years with long-standing, childhood-onset type 1 diabetes during the 1996 to 2012 follow-up period. … 

Ghana won’t quit bushmeat, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing
Source: Quartz
September 27, 2016
… At the time, strains of HIV had been connected to non-human primates like chimpanzees. But how the virus entered the human population was not known, says Burke, now the dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. “No one had suggested that bushmeat was the source.” …

Whitehall rowers take to North Park Lake for charity effort
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 27, 2016
… Tricia Nowalk recruited several coworkers from the PittVax research team of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Family Medicine. …

Telemedicine solution expands
Source: McKnight’s
September 27, 2016
UPMC Enterprises has started Curavi Health as a company providing a new telemedicine solution and physician care for nursing homes. …

Emerging Approaches in CINV
Source: OncLive
September 27, 2016
Panel discussion featuring James Natale, PharmD, BCOP, UPMC CancerCenter.

Fracture-liaison service increasing outcomes in post-fracture care: 6 takeaways
Source: Becker’s Spine Review
September 27, 2016
… Physicians at Georgetown University Hospital, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Creighton Health all surveyed their patients which "demonstrated how terrible a job we were doing [at treating patients with Osteoporosis]," Dr. Singer said. …

What Consumer Reports says about local hospital acquired infection rates
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
September 27, 2016
… Tami Minnier, UPMC’s chief quality officer, noted that while most UPMC hospitals ranked at or above the national baseline, including UPMC Mercy, UPMC Passavant, and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, the system is still working toward eliminating c. diff infections at all of its facilities. ...

Tom Caltagirone's bill to raise funding for pediatric cancer research clears House committee
Source: WFMZ-TV
September 27, 2016
The money raised would be distributed to four eligible institutions -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Cancer Center; Penn State Hershey Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Abramson Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania; and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Plans in the works for detox center in Farrell
Source: Sharon Herald
September 27, 2016
A Brookfield developer plans to open a million-dollar in-patient detox center on Green Street in Farrell, near the entrance to UPMC Horizon. ...

First drug detox facility planned for Mercer County
Source: WFMJ-TV
September 27, 2016
… The building located on Green Street near the entrance to UPMC Horizon in Farrell has already been purchased and is in the process of being renovated. …

Dorseyville student organizes toy drive at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 27, 2016
…Faced with a rare skeletal disorder, Dorseyville Middle School student Shane Funk gave up playing football and wrestling at age 10 and focused instead on baseball and cross-country.  …

Event provides a ‘Taste of Cranberry’ (Subscriber Content)
Source: Butler Eagle
September 27, 2016
… The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber hosted its annual Taste of Cranberry event in the lobby of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. …

Fired up for black & gold fashion
September 27, 2016
… The rally is just a prelude to Rock Steelers Style, the team’s annual fashion show that will be held on Friday, Oct. 7 at Stage AE to benefit the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center. …

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