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June 24, 2016 News Headlines

How Pitt's James Conner exercised his way through cancer
Source: USA Today
June 24, 2016
… “The day after, many patients spend it taking it easy,” said Dr. Stanley Marks, who treated Conner at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “He would go and workout. I emphasized to him the importance of staying active and working out with obviously limitations based on his fatigue, but he took it to an extreme.” …

People previously infected with dengue may be more vulnerable to Zika virus
Source: USA Today
June 23, 2016
… To really understand whether dengue antibodies exacerbate Zika infections, researchers will need to study pregnant women, said Ernesto Marques, scientific director of Cura Zika, an international alliance between the University of Pittsburgh and Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as Fiocruz. …

Zika infection may be worse in people already exposed to a common virus
Source: Science Magazine
June 23, 2016
… The data are persuasive, says Ernesto Marques, a public health expert at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. But clinical and epidemiology studies need to confirm that the effect plays a role in patients. …

New look at LGBT ‘health disparities’ (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 23, 2016
…“These health disparities are really serious,” says Ron Stall, director of the Center for LGBT Health Research at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. “They’re life threatening in many cases, and they cost our health system a lot of money.” …

Local Doctor Plays Role at US Open (Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
June 24, 2016
… (Dr. George Zlupko, director of the Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania) ... was due to Zlupko's professional association with UPMC, which partnered with the USGA to provide tournament medical services.

Deciding Between Sugar And Sugar Substitutes For Kids
Source: KDKA-TV
June 23, 2016
… “Often parents ask, what about a sugar substitute? And our answer is because the ones on the market are FDA approved, we would not tell you not to use them, but we would tell you to use them in moderation,” said Children’s Hospital dietitian Ann Condon Meyers. …

Free Mammograms and Pap Smears
Source: WTAJ-TV
June 23, 2016
… Aubree Miller is a physician assistant with the center. She says, "it's important that women,  at least,  have the first step and get the screening done and the screening will tell us,  yes or no,  is anything abnormal? …

Broken handcycle setback for paralyzed cyclist in world record hunt
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 23, 2016
… A good Samaritan and passing pulmonologist, Dr. Peter Kochupura of UPMC Passavant, helped solve Domos' immediate problem by getting him and his broken bike home. …

CDC says nasal spray flu vaccine is ineffective
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 24, 2016
… The CDC had a national team of experts — including researchers at the University of Pittsburgh — review data from the last three years and they found FluMist was less and less effective, and did not work at all last flu season. …

Cranberry Study Shows Flaws in Research Papers
Source: Huffington Post
June 23, 2016
… Amesh A. Adalja, an infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says he doesn’t automatically discount industry-funded research, but it is something to keep in mind when evaluating studies. …

Life on the waiting list: The struggle to receive intellectual disability services in Pennsylvania
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 23, 2016
Photo caption: Tejus Sharathchandra, 20, reacts as he folds letters at the Vocational Training Center of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC on the South Side.

Making a difference
Source: The Jewish Chronicle
June 24, 2016
At 25, Sidney Kushner has discovered a way to improve the life of a child fighting cancer. And Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Children’s Hospital) has taken notice. …

UPMC program recognized (Subscriber Content)
Source: Bedford Gazette
June 24, 2016
The UPMC Altoona Stroke Program has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite.

Spiritual Care Volunteers (Subscriber Content)
Source: Bedford Gazette
June 24, 2016
The UPMC Altoona Pastoral Care Department has commissioned eight volunteers to enhance the spiritual care given to inpatients. …

Healthcare Innovation: How 2016 trends are already evolving
Source: Healthcare IT News
June 23, 2016
… More providers are beginning to offer premium or high deductible health plans to patients. Kaiser, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Intermountain Healthcare all provide primary health plans that cover tens of millions of lives. …

UPMC challenges comments by nonprofit business group
Source: Health Leaders Media
June 24, 2016
UPMC has taken on a business advocacy group over comments made to state regulators about the Pittsburgh health system’s acquisition of a 317-bed hospital in Jamestown, N.Y. …

Broccoli sprout extract may protect against oral cancer recurrence
Source: Science Daily
June 23, 2016
Potent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a "detoxification" gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to a trial by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, partner with UPMC CancerCenter, confirming preliminary results presented last year at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting. …

Assessing Breast Cancer Risk: Rationale for Multi-Gene Panel Use
Source: OncLive
June 23, 2016
Video featuring Dr. Adam Brufsky of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

ESR Mutations and Resistance to Endocrine Therapy in Breast Cancer
Source: OncLive
June 23, 2016
Panel discussion featuring Dr. Adam Brufsky of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Healthcast, Possible Gender Gap In Cardiac Arrest Care
Source: Everything Lubbock
June 23, 2016
… Black people who have heart rhythm problems have nearly double the risk of stroke and heart failure than people of other races, according to new research at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Banner center boosts level of concussion care
Source: Ahwatukee Foothills News
June 23, 2016
… The methodology that Erickson and his staff use is based on impact testing developed at the University of Pittsburgh. … 

This Is How Worried You Should Actually Be About Brain-Eating Amoebas
Source: SELF
June 23, 2016
… “It’s a fairly rare occurrence,” board-certified infectious disease specialist Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells SELF. …

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