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October 8, 2015 News Headlines

Flu and whooping cough vaccine combo safe for pregnant women
Source: CBS News
October 7, 2015
… Dr. Richard Beigi, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Magee-Womens Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told CBS News there was no reason to believe getting the two vaccines together would be unsafe in pregnant women, but it had never been addressed before in research. …

Newsmaker: Dr. Wendie Berg
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Reivew
October 7, 2015
… Radiologist, specializing in breast imaging at Magee-Womens Hospital; professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Harris Poll Finds Misconceptions About Concussions
Source: WESA-FM
October 7, 2015
… Most Penguins’ fans would be aware Sidney Crosby missed 46 games in 2013 due to a concussion, but a recent Harris poll conducted for UPMC found that the vast majority of American adults are unaware of the definition of a concussion and that it is a treatable injury. ..

Affordable Care Act aid could take years to reach insurers
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 8, 2015
Downtown-based UPMC Health Plan, the No. 2 health insurer in Western Pennsylvania, had a “very small” marketplace business last year and expects “an immaterial” risk-corridor payment, spokeswoman Gina Pferdehirt said in a statement. ...

University of Pittsburgh's diabetes treatment technology licensed
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
October 7, 2015
… A California company has licensed University of Pittsburgh technology, which could become the first effective treatment for a form of diabetes called Type I. …

Supreme Court hears UPMC's appeal of Medicare ruling
Source: Sharon Herald
October 7, 2015
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to vacate a lower court's order forcing UPMC to maintain in-network rates for Highmark Inc.'s 182,000 Medicare Advantage customers. …

Penn Township woman's 'son' steps up to donate kidney
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
October 7, 2015
… The process of reviewing Richardson as a donor option took about two months. He and Harkins had surgery Tuesday, Sept. 1, at UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood. ...

Wilmerding council unsure whether business needs occupancy permit
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
October 8, 2015
… Council vice president Stephen Shurgot announced Eastern Area Prehospital Services, in conjunction with UPMC, will offer free flu shots for adults from 3-7 p.m. …

Good for seniors
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune Review
October 7, 2015
… Local seniors deserve access to the services of their choice, and the UnitedHealthcare-UPMC collaboration puts them closer to that goal.

Skipping pain killers and technology, more moms choosing midwife delivery
Source: Longview News Journal
October 8, 2015
… Rival Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC already offers an in-house midwife practice that assisted about 700 deliveries last year, not including births that involved Caesarian sections or visiting midwives, said chief nursing officer Maribeth McLaughlin. ...

Things to know for Wednesday in Pennsylvania
Source: WJAC-TV
Ocober 7, 2015
… UPMC wants the court to throw out a lower court's order forcing UPMC to maintain cheaper, in-network rates for Highmark Inc.'s 182,000 Medicare Advantage customers. ...

Pa. will require parity for 3D breast cancer exams
Source: Dispatch Times
October 8, 2015
… UPMC Health Plan’s vice president of medical affairs, Stephen E. Perkins, said his company “supports this expanded coverage requirement and will continue to support research not only into 3-D tomosynthesis but also into a wide range of services created to assist women to be as healthy as they can be”. …

Clinical trial opens to examine therapies on invasive lobular breast cancer
Source: Medical Xpress
October 7, 2015
Physicians at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) have opened a clinical trial to learn more about how three commonly prescribed anti-estrogen therapies affect the tumor tissue of patients diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer …

Team hopes to sniff out the basics of our mysterious sense of smell
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via Gazette Xtra
October 7, 2015
… Leading the University of Pittsburgh arm of a multi-institution effort to explore olfaction by studying animal scent-detecting abilities are Nathan Urban, medical school professor and associate director of Pitt's Brain Institute, and noted mathematician Bard Ermentrout. …

Low-nicotine cigarettes cut use, dependence, study finds
Source: Lompoc Record
October 8, 2015
… "We wanted to see how much lower it would need to be to see that effect," where dependence did not happen or was diminished, said another study leader, Dr. Eric Donny, a University of Pittsburgh psychologist. …

Lessons Learned From Ebola Epidemic Discussed At San Diego Conference
Source: KPBS
October 7, 2015
… Amesh Adalja, a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America and senior associate with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said a lot has been learned about Ebola from the outbreak. …

Meds, Parent Coaching Quell Hyperactivity in Autism
Source: Medpage Today
October 7, 2015
… The new approaches point to more palatable alternatives, said lead investigator Benjamin Handen, PhD, professor of psychiatry, pediatrics, and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. ...

Researchers question benefit of colectomy for refractory slow transit constipation
Source: Healio
October 7, 2015
… Our study clearly shows that the simple increase in stool frequency is not enough to decrease the need for ongoing and often costly care,” Klaus Bielefeldt, MD, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University, …

Oxacillin Safer than Nafcillin, Study Finds
Source: MD Magazine
October 7, 2015
… A University of Pittsburgh team however found that there is a significant difference in the risks of hypokalemia and acute kidney injury involved when patients get one or the other of these two drugs. …

El Nino season connected to dengue fever epidemic
Source: Vaccine News Daily
October 7, 2015
New research from an international team at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health shows that high temperatures in strong El Nino seasons are connected to dengue epidemics. …

Source: Futurity
October 7, 2015
… “Large dengue epidemics occur unexpectedly, which can overburden the health care systems,” says lead author Willem G. van Panhuis, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Public Health. …

Source: Gracious Column
October 7, 2015
… Study’s lead researcher Dr. David A. Brent of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said that they have already proved that intervention is more effective than normal care. ...

Interacting Face-to-face Helps Ward Off Depression
Source: Daily Press
October 7, 2015
… Dr. Holly Swartz, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, says the findings are “very interesting” and “novel”. …

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees are a feel-good story? Right?
Source: Forex Report Daily
October 7, 2015
Drew was examined by Dr. Michael Collins, a neurologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, on Wednesday, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said an impact test revealed the concussion.

Source: World Report Now
October 7, 2015
… “This is the question people are asking: Are e-cigarettes helpful for people as a gateway out of cigarette smoking, or might they also be a gateway in?,” noted Brian A. Primack, head of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, who was partially involved in the study. …

Tips for local boy help with hospital expenses
Source: WVVA-TV
October 7, 2015
… Janson sees 15 specialists at the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. multiple times a month. …

SFU Hosting Hunter Health Fair (registration required)
Source: Altoona Mirror
October 8, 2015
… Groups including the Johnstown Free Medical Clinic, Carrolltown Family Vision, Lemme Audiology Associates and UPMC Altoona are participating, as well as more than 20 health students from the university's exercise physiology, occupational therapy and physician assistant programs. …

Healthy Living Club Sets October Classes (registration required)
Source: Altoona Mirror
October 8, 2015
UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for October. …

Reduced-Cost Blood Screenings Offered
October 7, 2015
UPMC Bedford Memorial is offering a series of blood tests at a discounted rate to help area residents. ...

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