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December 6, 2016 News Headlines

Alerts remind people to stock up on medications before storms
Source: Reuters via Fox News
December 5, 2016
… "At a time when there is increased risk due to a natural disaster, how do you identify those people most at risk and get them the medications they need to stay at home," said senior author Dr. William Shrank, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Studies find new details about telomeres
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 6, 2016
… Now two University of Pittsburgh researchers — biochemist Patricia Opresko and cell biologist Roderick O’Sullivan — have published studies that explain more about how damage and disease interfere with the normal shortening of telomeres each time a cell divides as a person gets older. …

UPMC: Kidney transplant program approved at Erie hospital
Source: Associated Press via The Daily Progress
December 5, 2016
… UPMC Hamot in Erie has received final approval from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and from United Network for Organ Sharing, the nonprofit that oversees America's transplant system. …

UPMC expands footprint into NY
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
December 5, 2016
WCA Hospital in Jamestown, N.Y., has become the first hospital outside of Pennsylvania to integrate with Pittsburgh-based UPMC. …

NIH $1.7M Grant to Aid Creation of Models That May Personalize Care of Lung Diseases
Source: Lung Disease News
December 5, 2016
A research collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh’s schools of Engineering and Medicine has been awarded a $1.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop new mathematical models that can evaluate personalized approaches in treating cystic fibrosis (CF) and other lung diseases. …

Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Hemophilia B
Source: Medpage Today
December 5, 2016
… The preliminary success with the gene therapy continues the recent emergence and expansion of novel therapies for hemophilia, said Margaret Ragni, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Some Medicare prescription plans come with unwelcome change
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 6, 2016
… Highmark and UPMC Health Plan, the Pittsburgh area’s two largest insurers, say they have not repositioned commonly used medications to non-preferred tiers for the coming year. But both said they would consider such a move if there’s a lower-cost, equally effective drug available. …

UPMC, Highmark Should Arbitrate Cancer Treatment Costs, Appeals Court Says (Subscriber Content)
Source: The Legal Intelligencer
December 5, 2016
A dispute between Highmark and UPMC over the pricing of cancer treatment services should be heard in court and should not be sent to arbitration, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled. …

Morgan Yoney admitted to ICU
Source: Observer-Reporter
December 5, 2016
… The 22-year-old Spraggs woman was admitted to the transplant intensive care unit at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh Saturday because her kidneys are functioning under 30 percent. …

This Program Has Turned 6,000 Newborns into Art Collectors
Source: Artsy
December 5, 2016
… Each month, after running off some 275 to 350 prints at his studio (with a printer donated from Epson), he delivers them to three area hospitals: Midwife Center for Birth & Women’s Health, St. Clair Hospital, and UPMC Mercy. …

Firefighters aid center (Photo)
Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
December 5, 2016
Since 2014, local firefighters and police have donated more than $7,250 in support of UPMC Susquehanna’s Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center generated through annual T-shirt sales during October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. …

Mittens & Mingles, a South Side success
Source: South Pittsburgh Reporter
December 6, 2016
… UPMC supported the holiday mingle as the presenting sponsor. …

Trooper toy drive under way again
Source: Herald-Star
December 5, 2016
Retired Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Ed Weigand and retired patrol dispatcher Diane Holubeck again are collecting toys that will be given this Christmas to patients at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. …

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