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January 20, 2017 News Headlines

RMU basketball coach signs one-year extension through 2020-21
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 19, 2017‎
… Jeffrey Romoff, president and CEO of UPMC, said the “comprehensive, strategic collaboration” between Robert Morris and UPMC “is a visionary move to drive the airport corridor.” … “What the President didn’t say and what we know today more than ever,” he added, “is the spirit of Western Pennsylvania is its sports. That was there with the smokestack industries. That will be there after the meds and eds. … This collaboration, the UPMC Events Center, captures all three prongs.”

RMU partners with UPMC on new Events Center for basketball and ...
Source: NEXTPittsburgh
January 20, 2017
… Robert Morris University has announced the creation of a new, 140,000 square foot complex for their Division One basketball and volleyball teams: the UPMC Events Center. ...

Robert Morris eyes larger regional, national profile with new events center
January 19, 2017‎
… The university officially announced Thursday its plan to build the UPMC Events Center as part of a 20-year partnership with UPMC. The facility will replace the 30-year-old Charles L. Sewall Center as the university's home for men's and women's basketball, women’s volleyball, conferences, events and more. ...

Seeing e-cigarettes may boost desire to smoke
Source: Reuters
January 19, 2017
… Still, the findings suggest being around vapers may make it harder for smokers to quit, said Dr. Brian Primack, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who wasn’t involved in the study. ...

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Expands Outpatient Capabilities
Source:  The Post-Journal
January 20, 2017
… Andy O’Brien, director of chemical dependency and mental health services at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, said the segment of patients that fall in between counseling and inpatient services represent a missing piece of the hospital’s substance abuse treatment system. …

January is the peak month for many viruses, including the Norovirus.
Source: WJET-TV
January 19, 2017
… UPMC Pediatrician Dr. Robert Burns says the most important thing for those suffering with the virus is to maintain your usual diet and stay hydrated. …

Cardiologists discuss advances in technology
Source: Wellsboro Gazette
January 14, 2017
… The scope of these emerging technologies is amazing, says Dr. Mike Mathier, director of the heart failure and pulmonary hypertension section of the UPMC Heart Transplant Team.…

Mortality Rates Predict Presidential Voting Patterns
Source: Inside Life Changing Medicine (blog)
January 20, 2017
… In an analysis of mortality rates and the presidential election, Pitt scientists found that all 16 states with the highest death rates voted for Trump. …

UPMC Reaches Lung Transplant Milestone
Source: Inside Life Changing Medicine (blog)
January 18, 2017
… The successful procedure marks a major milestone for the UPMC Lung Transplant Program, which was established in 1982 and has become one of the largest and most experienced centers in the world for lung and combined heart-lung transplantation. …

How Tattoo Artists Could Help Reduce Skin Cancer
Source: Yahoo! News
January 19, 2017
"Our study highlights an opportunity for dermatologists to educate tattoo artists about skin cancer, particularly melanoma, to help reduce the incidence of skin cancers hidden in tattoos," the researchers, from the University of Pittsburgh, wrote in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal JAMA Dermatology. …

Can fitness tracking devices lower your health care costs?
Source: Medill Reports: Chicago
January 19, 2017
… Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that adults using wearable fitness tracking devices in addition to dieting and exercising lost an average of about 7.7 pounds over the course of two years. But adults who did not use such a device lost about 13 pounds over the same period of time. ...

Genital herpes vaccine shows promise in animal trials
Source: HealthDay News via UPI
January 19, 2017
… Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said the "new work from the University of Pennsylvania is very significant. The next step for this promising vaccine will be to establish its [effectiveness] and safety in humans. If successful, the prospect of controlling herpes simplex virus 2 will become very real." …

Your blood gives insight on how well you are aging
Source: North Dallas Gazette
January 19, 2017
… Researchers have identified a set of biomarker signatures that suggest how well a person is aging and the risk for aging-related diseases … Other coauthors are from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, ...

Think employers must protect workers' personal info? Think again
Source: Networks Asia
January 20, 2017
… Even though the stolen data was used to file phony tax returns in order to get the refunds, the workers at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) had no reasonable expectation that the data would be safe, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruled recently. …

Woman instrumental in founding library, ministry
Source: Tribune-Review
January 19, 2017
… She became deeply grateful to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh after one of their daughters, Janet, was born with a heart condition and underwent treatment there until her passing. …

Boston vs. Pittsburgh — a classic matchup that goes beyond football
Source: The Boston Globe
January 20, 2017
… A collision for the ages. A trip to the Super Bowl at stake. A cultural clash: MIT versus Carnegie Mellon. Mass. General versus UPMC. Clam chowda at Legal’s versus chicken pastina soup at Legends. ...

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