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January 13, 2017 News Headlines

Marijuana can help some patients, landmark report says
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
January 12, 2017
… Dr. Antoine Douaihy, a professor of psychiatry and medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said he found the report to be fascinating and objective. …

Trump's Drug-Price Stance Puts Pharma on Notice
Source: Bloomberg
January 12, 2017
… ‘‘It may just be setting a starting point for negotiations and then using that for negotiations later in the ACA,” Walid Gellad, who heads the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh, said in an interview. “You’re not going to get the support of the pharmaceutical industry if you’re talking about reducing their revenue.” …

Flu cases down in Lawrence County
Source: New Castle News
January 12, 2017
… At UPMC Jameson Hospital, the volume of patients arriving at the emergency department and who are being treated for flu is consistent with typical influenza seasons of recent years …

Gut check: Change is coming, and healthcare executives don't necessarily think it's a bad thing
Source: Healthcare Finance News
January 12, 2017
… For Karen Shaffer-Platt, UPMC's vice president of revenue cycle and access, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect. …

UPMC HealthTALK: UPMC Jameson & UPMC Horizon Wellness Programs
Source: Source: WKST-AM and WPIC-AM
January 10, 2017
Rochelle Rashid-Nebel, MS, RD, LDN, discusses UPMC Jameson & UPMC Horizon Wellness Programs available in the region. Guidelines for dietary considerations for diabetes and weight loss are detailed.

3 WNY treatment facilities receive $4.4 million for opioid programs
Source: Buffalo Business First
January 13, 2017
.. .UPMC Chautauqua at WCA will receive $700,000 for 20 additional beds at its Jamestown hospital unit. …

Year In Review: Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Source: Medpage Today
January 12, 2017
… Rachel Givelber, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, presents an overview of pulmonary and sleep medicine, including key elements of several recent studies, and discusses the results and their significance. …

mHealth roundup: Health apps to cut costs, improve care
Source: Fierce Healthcare
January 12, 2017
… A University of Pittsburgh dental student conceived the DentaCom app, which promises to spur faster dental care and reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. …

Metabolic Disorders Linked to Severe, Refractory Depression (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
January 12, 2017
… "Our findings, if replicated, suggest that neurometabolic disorders may contribute to treatment-refractory psychiatric disorders even without other systemic illness," the authors, led by Lisa A. Pan, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, write. …

Is Social Media Making you Depressed?
Source: Net News Ledger
January 12, 2017
… However the latest research suggests the more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, according to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Sushi lovers, beware: Tapeworm now found in U.S. salmon
Source: HealthDay News via Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2017
… "When you're eating uncooked fish — or other raw foods, like unpasteurized milk — there is some inherent risk," said Adalja, who's also a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Health Security. …

Pennsylvania to try new payment model for rural hospitals
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
January 12, 2017
… Some rural hospitals, such as UPMC Jameson in Lawrence County, have been acquired by larger health systems. …

Veliparib Facing Phase III Test in BRCA-Positive Breast Cancer
Source: OncLive
January 12, 2017
“What we’re hoping to learn is whether, irrespective of hormonal status, the BRCA mutation is driving the response, as opposed to other factors,” said [Shannon] Puhalla, who is director of the breast cancer clinical research program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

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