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August 26, 2016 News Headlines

'Stop the Bleed': Schools learn life-saving technique for mass casualty situation
Source: WTAE-TV
August 24, 2016
… UPMC is committing over 1.3 million and training people in three states over the next three years to Stop the Bleed. …

Conemaugh hospital to offer training to stop life-threatening bleeding (Subscriber content)
Source: Daily American
August 25, 2016
… UPMC, Pennsylvania's largest trauma system, is committing $1.3 million over three years for a community outreach program …

Why baking soda can be essential for rescuing earthquake survivors
Source: STAT
August 25, 2016
… “This is a major, major complication,” said Dr. Dan Hanfling, a contributing scholar at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore, who has helped manage response teams after earthquakes in Turkey, Haiti, and Nepal. …

Sharing kidneys is all in the family
Source: York Daily Record
August 25, 2016
… So finally, on Thursday, Heather and her father will check into the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the surgeons will remove one of her kidneys and give it to Larry. …

Hospital Property Donated
Source: WTAJ-TV
August 25, 2016
UPMC Altoona  has donated for $1 a portion of the former Bon Secours Hospital property to the Altoona Blair County Development (ABCD) Corp. to oversee its metamorphosis to benefit the community. …

New study links gas drilling to migraines, fatigue and chronic sinus symptoms
Source: NPR’s State Impact
August 25, 2016
… Dr. Bernard Goldstein, emeritus dean of environmental and occupational health at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Health Sciences, says he wishes a study like this had been conducted sooner. …

Pitt will cover workers' costs for transgender-related services
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 25, 2016
… Employees were told that services are subject to member eligibility for coverage on the date of service and other particulars of the members’ plan, as well as UPMC Health Plan’s policies and procedures.

Top heart surgeon leaving UPMC (Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
August 25, 2016
After 27 years as head of the heart surgery program he started here, Dr. John Anastasi is leaving the hospital now known as UPMC Altoona. …

Noted area doctor resigns
Source: WTAJ-TV
August 24, 2016
The doctor who brought open heart surgery to the Altoona area is no longer with the program. In a statement, UPMC Altoona said Dr. John Anastasi made a personal choice to resign. …

This Lucky Teenager Actually Survived A Brain-Eating Amoeba
Source: SELF
August 25, 2016
… As seen in DeLeon’s case, although it can take a while to get a proper diagnosis, time is crucial when it comes to treating PAM, board-certified infectious disease specialist Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells SELF. …

Face shape is in the genes
Source: Science Daily
August 25, 2016
Many of the characteristics that make up a person's face, such as nose size and face width, stem from specific genetic variations, reports John Shaffer of the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, and colleagues, in a study published on Aug. 25 in PLOS Genetics. …

New Facial Feature Loci Found Through GWAS Meta-Analysis (Subscriber Content)
Source: Genome Web
August 25, 2016
… Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and elsewhere did a meta-analysis of genome-wide association data from more than 3,100 health individuals, searching for genetic factors related to 20 facial measurements — from the distance between a person's eyes to the length and width of his or her nose. …

Thrifty gene leads to higher obesity rates in Samoan populations
Source: Yale Daily News
August 26, 2016
… “We plan to expand our work in humans to see whether and how the metabolism and body composition differs in individuals with each of the three genotypes,” said Ryan Minster, study co-author and human genetics professor at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. …

Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 10 questions about the future of NASCAR's most popular driver
Source: UPI
August 25, 2016
… There's reason to believe, according to the head injury specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, that his therapy will resolve the gaze stabilization issue that prevents him from moving his head and maintaining focus. …

Kosher caterer puts hospital food in a new light
Source: The Jewish Chronicle
August 25, 2016
… The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is hoping to change that paradigm with the introduction of meals provided by a local kosher caterer at several of its facilities. …

Quilt Shop volunteers sew pillowcases for children in hospital
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 26, 2016
… This week, Quilter’s Corner quilt shop in Finleyville is donating 2,749 whimsical cases – stitched in just two weeks by volunteers – to patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

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