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February 5, 2016 News Headlines

Blood banks limit donations due to Zika virus
Source: CBS News
February 4, 2016
… "The deferral will take care of the great majority of the risk, so I think by far the benefits of transfusion would outweigh the very small risks of an infected (blood) unit," Dr. Darrell Triulzi, the director of transfusion medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told CBS News. …

Questioning an Approach to Zika Control: Delaying Pregnancy
Source: New York Times
February 4, 2016
… “Telling people, ‘Next year might be better,’ might be good advice or it might be misleading, because we don’t know how safe it will be,” said Dr. Ernesto T.A. Marques Jr., a Brazilian vaccine researcher based at the University of Pittsburgh. …

CTE puzzle far from being solved
Source: USA Today
February 4, 2016
… “A big source of frustration is that we can’t say whether somebody who has suffered an injury will have long-term consequences,” Nathan Urban, associate director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, told USA TODAY Sports. …

Survey shows drug price hikes widespread in industry
Source: NPR’s Marketplace
February 4, 2016
… Walid Gellad is associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He said companies raise prices because they can, and good luck to consumers trying to understand how any of this works. …

UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre creates "Talking Hands" Wall for World Cancer Day
Source: Waterford Today
February 4, 2016
… According to Catriona McDonald, Director of Operations at UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre, the wall of "talking hands" combines photos, sketches, and messages from patients and staff about their cancer experiences. …

Nottingham's John van Geest Cancer Research Centre expanding links across the globe
Source: Nottingham Post
February 4, 2016
… Since its launch in 2010, the John van Geest Centre has become an international organisation with links including University of Pittsburgh, USA, University of Napoli, Italy, and Hôpital européen Georges-Pompidou (HEGP) in Paris. …

Vitamin D and a Healthy Heart Research Study Opportunity
Source: New Pittsburgh Courier
February 4, 2016
… Dr. Kumaravel Rajakumar, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, is conducting a NIH-funded research study to see if increasing the vitamin D levels of vitamin D-deficient children with obesity can improve their heart-health. …

Newborns support healthy heart month
Source: WJET TV
February 4, 2016
… Babies at the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Hamot are going home wearing beanies to remind moms to keep an eye out for heart disease. ...

Erie’s K2 problem under control
Source: WICU TV
February 4, 2016
… Doctors at UPMC Hamot say, it's the good work of our law enforcement that has led to the reduction. …

Academic Medical Centers — Strategies, Mergers, Goals and Affiliations
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
February 4, 2016
… A dominant market position — somewhat like Baylor Scott & White Health in Texas (49 hospitals), UPMC in Pittsburgh (ranked No. 13 nationally by U.S. News & World Report — 21 hospitals) … …allows an AMC to avoid being a commodity participant and allows it to be in a spot where it is needed by payers. …

Concussion Recovery: Cognitive And Physical Rest Is ‘Critical’ After Traumatic Brain Injury
Source: Medical Daily 
February 4, 2016
… “People may underestimate the impact of this, but on a global basis, every single person who sustains a concussion is told prolonged rest,” Dr. David Okonkwo of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said at the conference. …

Florida Declares Zika Public Health Emergency: What Does That Mean, Exactly?
Source: Yahoo
February 4, 2016
… While Florida’s public health emergency declaration sounds alarming, board-certified infectious-disease specialist Amesh A. Adalja, MD, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells Yahoo Health that it’s actually a good thing. …

Beware! Chronic viral infections can lead to mental deterioration
Source: IANS via The Health Site
February 5, 2016
… Many cross-sectional studies … have suggested a link between exposure to cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes simplex viruses (HSV) 1 and 2, as well as the protozoa Toxoplasma gondii with decreased cognitive functioning, said lead investigator Vishwajit Nimgaonkar from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the US.  …

The Age You'll Be The Happiest Won't Be Until You're 65, But There Are Plenty Of Ways To Boost Your Mood In The Meantime
Source: Bustle
February 4, 2016
… Another study from the University of Pittsburgh found that having leisure time was heavily connected to health and happiness; indeed, time away from work allowed for greater brain and bodily functioning. …

Ridge: City has assets to help lead cyber fight (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
February 5, 2016
… The Cyburgh, PA event was broken up into three areas of concentration — people, process and technology — and featured panel discussions by local cybersecurity leaders, including Alan Levine, chief information security officer at Alcoa, and Chris Carmody, senior vice president of information technology at UPMC, among others. ...

Whatever cost, price is right in Pleasant Hills for UPMC (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
February 5, 2016
… Plans to build a new UPMC hospital within 3,000 feet of an existing Allegheny Health Network hospital in the South Hills has brought plenty of attention. …

Municipal news: Pleasant Hills
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 5, 2016
A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 9 on UPMC's challenge to the borough’s zoning code so the health system can construct a hospital. …

Gatton Academy students honored with science award
Source: Bowling Green Daily News
February 4, 2016
… Daniels will study with a doctor specializing in breast cancer at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. …

Other business for Feb. 4, 2016
Source: Sharon Herald
February 4, 2016
Commissioners on Jan 27 … Accepted a $1,000 gift from UPMC Horizon to spend as officials see fit. …

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