Navigate Up

UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

In The News

December 11, 2017 News Headlines

Effectiveness of Flu Shot Is 60%—in a Good Year
Source: Wall Street Journal
December 8, 2017
… “While it’s imperfect, if you have a common disease with substantial morbidity and mortality, you prevent a lot of cases,” said Richard Zimmerman, a flu epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

‘Treatment is very difficult’: UPMC trying new rehab push
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2017
Every day ambulances carry people just revived from overdoses to UPMC Mercy Hospital, only to have some of them walk out and promptly use heroin or fentanyl again. …

This Is The Healthiest Way To Browse Instagram
Source: Huffington Post
December 8, 2017
… Young adults who use social media more than two hours per day are 2.7 times more likely to be depressed, according to a 2016 study from the University of Pittsburgh. …

UPMC Pinnacle: Taking On Heart Failure
Source: WHTM-TV
December 8, 2017
… We’ll learn from the professionals at UPMC Pinnacle how people suffering from heart failure can reduce stress and boost their health for the holiday season. …

Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Kellie's Chemo Bags
Source: WPXI-TV
December 8, 2017
… "People come in for their first treatment and they're really nervous, you know, for good reasons. It's a new treatment for them, sometimes it's a new diagnosis, and they come in with all their questions ready for us and their fears and they're just really worried and scared and this is like a little bit of comfort for them," said Na'ami Eisenberg, a nurse at UPMC St. Margaret. …

Hospitals for the holidays: Students and nurses help out over break
Source: The Pitt News
December 10, 2017
… The sophomore pre-med student has been a clinical research assistant and on-call research assistant at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Mercy for more than a year. …

An unexpected career resource
Source: Science
December 8, 2017
Aliyah M. Weinstein is a Ph.D. candidate in immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. …

Cover treatments for gender dysphoria (Op-Ed)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2017
Gerald Montano is a pediatrician and adolescent-medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

Setting The Pace
Source: The Post-Journal
December 9, 2017
Familiar names in local running circles are once again atop the final UPMC Chautauqua WCA Runners of the Year Series. …

Generic Viagra to hit the market
Source: Tribune-Review
December 8, 2017
… Dr. Benjamin Davies, a UPMC urologist, said doctors previously helped patients avoid high Viagra prices by prescribing a cheaper pulmonary hypertension drug, known as Revatio. …

Fitzgerald and Peduto throw five-figure PA Society political reception in NYC
Source: Tribune-Review
December 8, 2017
… Topics of conversation ranged from Pittsburgh's chances of landing Amazon's second headquarters and new development at Pittsburgh International Airport to the coming cracker plant in Beaver County and expansions at UPMC and Allegheny Health Network, he said. …

Pet Tales: For the love of Lu-Seal, doctor put her on a diet
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 8, 2017
… In June, she will graduate and move on to UPMC East, where she will be an attending physician. …

Steelers pay tribute to Ryan Shazier, present him with game ball
Source: ESPN
December 11, 2017
… Shazier remains in a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday. …

UPMC Drs. David Okonkwo, Joseph Maroon perform spine surgery on Steelers’ Ryan Shazier: 5 things to know
Source: Becker’s Orthopedic Review
December 8, 2017
… The Steelers' team physicians David Okonkwo, MD, and Joseph Maroon, MD, performed the spinal stabilization surgery. Drs. Okonkwo and Maroon are also neurosurgeons at UPMC. …

Reports: Steelers LB Ryan Shazier showing 'gradual improvement'
Source: WTAE-TV
December 10, 2017
… Dynamic lumbar spine stabilization is "a surgical technique that stabilizes the spine with flexible materials to allow for more mobility in the spine than traditional spinal fusion surgery," according to the UPMC website. …

Former CIA technology officer gives businesses cybersecurity tips
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
December 8, 2017
… Hunt spoke at UPMC on Dec. 7 on healthcare and cybersecurity, in conjunction with the recent study called “Top of Mind for Top U.S. Health Systems 2018”. …

'Promise of a Cure': Gene Therapy for Hemophilia A (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
December 9, 2017
… Moderating the press conference, Margaret Ragni, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ASH expert on hemophilia, said that these patients have the opportunity to be "phenotypically cured." …

Prophylactic Tx Stems Bleeds in Hemophilia A with Inhibitors
Source: MedPage Today
December 10, 2017
… ASH press conference moderator Margaret Ragni, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, said, "This is an exciting time in the management of these patients, not only in dealing with clotting issues but also in improvement of the quality of their life because of these advancements." …

Insomnia May Increase Risk For Mood Disorder In Teenagers
Source: Mental Daily
December 8, 2017
… Peter Franzen and Erika Forbes, both researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, studied 35 participants for two nights; they were aged between 11 to 15. …

Fight Teen Depression By Letting Them Hit the Snooze Button
Source: The Quint
December 9, 2017
… The study, led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, showed that teenagers with sleep deprivation may indulge more in risk-taking behaviour and addictions. …

Sleep well or risk depression
Source: The Hindu
December 9, 2017
… The study, led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, showed that teenagers with sleep deprivation may indulge more in risk-taking behaviour and addictions. …

Lack of sleep linked to teen addiction
Source: Luxora Leader
December 10, 2017
… The study from the University of Pittsburgh tested 35 participants aged 11.5 to 15 years old in a sleep lab for two nights. …

How to keep students in science
Source: Infosurhoy
December 10, 2017
… More than 100 colleges and universities now participate in SEA-PHAGES, which launched at a small cohort of schools in 2008. HHMI’s Science Education team and HHMI Professor Graham Hatfull’s group at the University of Pittsburgh administer the program, training faculty and supporting the network of participants. …

Smart Hospitals to Invest over $11 billion in Cloud Computing and Data Analytics
Source: Iconnect007
December 8, 2017
… IBM is developing, and now marketing, the “SmartRoom” concept along with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Bariatric surgery maintains remission seven years later, study finds
Source: Diabetes
December 8, 2017
… Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre conducted a seven-year annual follow-up of 2,348 people, of whom 1,738 underwent RYGB and 610 underwent LAGB at ten different US hospitals. …

'I Entered Medical School Through a Hunger Strike': What We Heard This Week
Source: MedPage Today
December 8, 2017
… "An important strength of this study is that the data was standardized and prospectively collected with high follow-up rates, especially for weight change." -- Anita P. Courcoulas MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on long term results of bariatric surgery. …

Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care combined would be one of the biggest regional health systems
Source: Modern Healthcare
December 9, 2017
… UPMC, which owns 25 hospitals and a not-for-profit health plan, affiliated with Pinnacle Health. …

Dodge Momentum Index Surges 13.9% in November
Source: forconstructionpros.com
December 8, 2017
… The leading institutional projects were a $200 million UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital in Pittsburgh PA and a $200 million project that will provide additions and alterations for several schools within the Uniondale (NY) School District. …

Pat Bywater: Much to celebrate on lower west side in 2017
Source: Erie Times-News
December 10, 2017
… In addition, significant community institutions stepped forward with funding as UPMC Health Plan, Gannon University, Marquette Savings Bank and Erie Insurance pledged $1.7 million in funding over the next six years. …

Best use of lifesavers: A good step for fairness in liver transplants (Editorial)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 10, 2017
… That includes 60 people on the waiting list at Allegheny Health Network, 110 at UPMC and 63 at the separately counted Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. ...

Pens Support Campaign To Register Organ Donors At Saturday's Game vs. TOR
Source: NHL
December 8, 2017
… The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will make a donation to Play it Forward Pittsburgh to support the Starzl Network for Pediatric Transplantation Excellence (at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC). …

Aspinwall Police aim to deliver 28 cruisers full of toys to Children's Hospital
Source: Tribune-Review
December 8, 2017
… Nemec and other local law enforcement officers from around Pittsburgh are filling their sleighs — or rather their squad cars — with hundreds of toys for kids at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh as part of the annual Presents from Police program. …

UPMC | Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Supplemental content provided by Healthwise, Incorporated. To learn more, visit www.healthwise.org

For help in finding a doctor or health service that suits your needs, call the UPMC Referral Service at 412-647-UPMC (8762) or 1-800-533-UPMC (8762). Select option 1.

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. UPMC policy prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected group status. Further, UPMC will continue to support and promote equal employment opportunity, human dignity, and racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity. This policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in UPMC programs and activities. This commitment is made by UPMC in accordance with federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations.

Medical information made available on UPMC.com is not intended to be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should not rely entirely on this information for your health care needs. Ask your own doctor or health care provider any specific medical questions that you have. Further, UPMC.com is not a tool to be used in the case of an emergency. If an emergency arises, you should seek appropriate emergency medical services.

UPMC
Pittsburgh, PA, USA | UPMC.com