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July 22, 2016 News Headlines

UPMC investing in stroke treatment: Hospital will invest $5.5 million on improvements (Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
As it marks the three-year anniversary of its acquisition by UPMC, the area's largest hospital is planning to spend $5.5 million on renovations and equipment within its Howard Avenue tower to enhance treatments for stroke and aneurysm patients.

Pitt's Innovation Institute helps create 13 startup companies this year
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 22, 2016
… Among the companies formed during the past year were Ocugenix, which licensed Pitt technology to treat glaucoma and macular degeneration …

Why are our young people taking their own lives?
Source: Public Source
July 21, 2016
… When it’s already too late, people tend to look for quick answers regarding suicide, particularly when it comes to youth, said Dr. Lisa Pan, an attending physician at UPMC’s Services for Teens at Risk Center [STAR]. …

Nursing shortage reaches critical condition (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
July 22, 2016
… The potential for shortages could vary depending on the specific health care specialty, notes Holly Lorenz, chief nursing officer for UPMC. …

Regenerative Medicine May Help Improve Strength and Function in Severe Muscle Injuries
Source: Physical Therapy Products
July 21, 2016
… The Muscle Tendon Tissue Unit Repair and Reinforcement Reconstructive Surgery Research Study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC) and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and sponsored by the US Department of Defense, was published recently in Regenerative Medicine. …

How do trauma center patient volumes influence outcomes?
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
July 21, 2016
… the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that in trauma centers, changes in patient volumes can affect the probability of injured patients living or dying. …

Cost Considerations in Breast Cancer Genetic Testing
Source: OncLive
July 21, 2016
Video featuring insights from Adam M. Brufsky, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Docetaxel plus cyclophosphamide fails to meet non-inferiority vs. anthracycline/taxane chemotherapy
Source: Healio
July 21, 2016
At the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting, Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD, professor of medicine, associate chief of hematology/oncology and co-director of the comprehensive breast cancer center at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke with HemOnc Today about the data from adjuvant trials presented during the Breast Cancer — Triple-Negative/Cytotoxics/Local Therapy oral abstract session. …

Training Primary Care Providers to Screen for Melanoma Increases Diagnoses
Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor
July 21, 2016
… To address these questions, a team of researchers studied what happened when a cadre of primary care providers in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system gained online training in melanoma screening and began looking for the skin cancers in 2014. …

Obama administration moves to block health insurance mega-mergers
Source: Duluth News Tribune
July 21, 2016
… Around Pittsburgh, for example, UPMC, which began as the local university hospital, now owns 20 hospitals and accounts for nearly two-thirds of the medical-surgical market in Allegheny County, according to the medical system. …

How the RNC Would Handle a Worst-Case Scenario Like a Bio or Chemical Attack
Source: Wired
July 21, 2016
… “There are much easier ways to kill people, or injure them,” says Dr. Eric Toner, Senior Associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, who specializes in catastrophic event preparedness. …

Top Tennis Players Back Out From Rio Olympics over Zika Fear
Source: Northern California News
July 21, 2016
… "It was only a matter of time before the right mosquito found the right person," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security. …

Macy's Taps IBM, Satisfi for In-Store Shopping Companion
Source: Eweek
July 21, 2016
… IBM teamed with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to form an independent supply chain company, Pensiamo, with Watson at the core of it. …

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