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April 29, 2016 News Headlines

Fighting sepsis with cancer drugs
Source: Science Magazine
April 28, 2016
… The findings are encouraging, says molecular biologist Murat Kaynar of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. However, he cautions that many potential sepsis treatments that were promising in animal studies haven’t panned out in human studies. “We’ve had a lot of failed trials,” he says. …

Maps predict possible Zika hot spots
Source: USA TODAY
April 28, 2016
… It's no surprise South Florida and and the Texas-Mexico border ranked as the areas with the highest risk of Zika, said Amesh Adalja, a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security. …

Pittsburgh Buildings On Track To Reach Sustainability Goals Early
Source: WESA-FM
April 29, 2016
… Drew Chidester, senior director of energy and environmental engineering and affairs at UPMC, said hospitals use a large amount of energy and water per square foot… UPMC facilities have cut energy usage by about 10 percent through changes to lighting and HVAC systems, Chidester said. ...

Vonda Wright: Orthopedic surgeon, fitness writer offers guidance on getting in shape
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 29, 2016
… She is medical director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry and founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes within the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. …

When You Go To The Doctor, What Are The Chances You Will Actually See An MD?
Source: WESA-FM
April 29, 2016
… UPMC has become the second largest employer of physician assistants and nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Ben Reynolds who directs UPMC’s Office of Advance Practice Providers. …

UPMC hosts Drug Take-Back Day events Friday
Source: WTAE-TV
April 28, 2016
UPMC is partnering with local security forces and the Drug Enforcement Administration to host Drug Take-Back Day. …

Drop off locations available for unwanted medications
Source: WJET-TV
April 28, 2016
… On Friday UPMC Hamot is collecting unwanted medication in the lobby of Magee-Women's Hospital between 10 am and 2 pm. …

Health risks from fracking outlined for Murrysville Council
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 28, 2016
… McCawley, along with Dr. Marsha Haley, a UPMC CancerCenter oncologist, spoke at Murrysville council's third fracking education session. …

No violations found in probe of CMU eatery
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
April 29, 2016
… Dr. Amesh Adalja, a UPMC infectious disease specialist, said the students possibly contracted norovirus, which is highly contagious and causes inflammation of the stomach and intestines. …

How 40 Harvard Students Got The Mumps—Despite Being Vaccinated
Source: SELF
April 28, 2016
… “In a population like that when you’re very close, there can be a lot of exposure pressure,” board-certified infectious disease specialist Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells SELF. …

Alternative ASP model significantly reduces pediatric antibiotic use
Source: Healio
April 28, 2016
Recent findings published in Pediatrics showed that an alternative antibiotic stewardship program that shares responsibilities between ID physicians and pharmacists at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh significantly reduced antibiotic use. …

Heading in New Directions: How to Better Treat Concussions in Defenders
Source: Football.com
April 28, 2016
… The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center held its annual concussion conference last year during which 37 leading concussion experts from a myriad of different medical fields pushed the envelope of treatment to a whole new level. …

Set-shifting performance indicates aripiprazole response in treatment-resistant depression
Source: Healio
April 28, 2016
… “Over half of older adults with major depressive disorder fail to respond adequately to first-line pharmacotherapy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors,” ShriyaH. Kaneriya, BA, of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote.  …

Angiogenesis in Tumor Growth and Metastasis
Source: OncLive
April 28, 2016
Panel discussion featuring Mark A. Socinski, M.D., University of Pittsburgh professor of medicine and thoracic surgery.

Four people, a dozen pharmacy careers
Source: Drug Topics
April 28, 2016
Exactly two years ago, Drug Topics published Pete Kreckel’s account of the many pathways in pharmacy his family has followed. His generosity in giving back to the profession has brought him much recognition, including ... the 2015 Alumni of the Year award from the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. …

Zika Outbreak In Large 50 US States: South Florida, Texas-Mexico Border At High Risk!
Source: Morning News USA
April 29, 2016
… Amesh Adalja, senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Health Security, said, “We have long known where Aedes mosquitos flourish in the U.S.” …

Scientists Discover Shared Genes in COPD and IPF, Pointing to Potential Drug Development
Source: Lung Disease News
April 28, 2016
… The study, the first large-scale transcriptomic research comparing lung diseases, was conducted as part of a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic, Yale, Harvard, Boston, University of Michigan, University of Colorado-Denver, and the University of Pittsburgh. …

Putting antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the immune system under 'surveillance'
Source: Phys.org
April 28, 2016
… Van Opijnen, an assistant professor of biology and the principal investigator on the project will team up with BC computer scientist José Bento and researchers at Tufts Medical School, St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis and the Pittsburgh School of Medicine. ...

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