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March 24, 2017 News Headlines

Exercise can improve health in older patients with heart disease
Source: NBC News TODAY
March 23, 2017
… In an older person, it affects not only the heart, but many other systems in the body, said Dr. Daniel Forman, the lead researcher and chair of geriatric cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Age shouldn't be barrier to exercise for heart patients, experts say
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 23, 2017
… How patients function is traditionally measured by how well the heart and lungs work to supply oxygen to the body’s muscles during physical activity. But in older adults other factors are involved, said geriatric cardiologist Daniel E. Forman at UPMC, who chaired the panel that wrote the scientific statement. …

The heart disease workout: Brisk walks, tai chi and doing the housework can keep you from suffering a heart attack
Source: Daily Mail
March 23, 2017
… Dr Daniel Forman, a geriatric cardiologist and chair of the American Heart Association, which drafted the new guidance, said doctors are too focused on using drugs - and instead should prioritise exercise. …

Exercise a Great Prescription to Help Older Hearts
Source: Associated Press via Sioux City Journal
March 23, 2017
… Yet, after a heart attack or other cardiac event, patients need to gain strength. Their independence may require the ability "to lift a grocery bag and to carry it to their car," said Forman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. …

AHA: Physical activity benefits older adults’ heart health
Source: Healio
March 23, 2017
… “Whereas most major randomized controlled trials of therapies for CVD are usually oriented to outcomes metrics of mortality, morbidity (clinical events) and hospitalizations, they rarely address the associated risks of functional loss that can occur even if the initial therapies seem to go well,” Daniel E. Forman, MD, FAHA, professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, and colleagues wrote. …

Palliative care linked to fewer repeat hospitalizations
Source: Reuters
March 23, 2017
… Still, the results suggest it is possible to make palliative care a more routine part of the hospital experience for people with serious illness, said Dio Kavalieratos, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who wasn’t involved in the study. …

CVS, Pitt launch new initiative to fight youth drug abuse
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
March 23, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, Pittsburgh Public Schools and CVS Health on Thursday launched an initiative to bring a drug prevention program to the school system. …

CVS Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Pittsburgh Public Schools Announce Joint Effort to Prevent Youth Drug Abuse
Source: Yahoo! Finance
March 23, 2017
… Pitt Pharmacy is also CVS Health's first university partner in delivering these presentations. Teachers and school administrators in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas are invited to reach out to CVS Health to schedule a presentation. …

What could the PinnacleHealth deal mean for employers?
Source: Central Penn Business Journal
March 23, 2017
… Diane Hess, the executive director for the Central Penn Business Group on Health, sees the UPMC/PinnacleHealth affiliation as an opportunity to bring wider efficiencies to the local market, and thinks it could increase price competition. …

Firefighter recovering from 2nd heart transplant going to concert with surgeon
Source: WPXI 
March 23, 2017
… However, it was another shirt that prompted his friendship with his surgeon, Dr. Christopher Sciortino. Sciortino was wearing a Green Day sweatshirt when he told Card he would be getting a new heart. …

Panelists talk productivity, design in attracting and retaining workers
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
March 23, 2017
… Panelist Allison Robinson, director of environmental initiatives at UPMC, said the health care giant has sought LEED certification in spaces at five of its facilities, including UPMC East, UPMC Passavant, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and several floors of the U.S. Steel Tower. …

Simple ways to lose 5 pounds
Source: WTAJ TV
March 23, 2017
… Former Bedford County Dairy Princess Kristin Wilkins loves to talk about healthy nutrition. Now, a clinical dietitian at UPMC Bedford, Wilkins recently shared her message at a health and wellness seminar hosted by the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. …

Stop the Bleed training gives responders life-saving instruction
Source: The Jewish Chronicle
March 23, 2017
… [Dr. Matthew] Neal is one of several UPMC physicians involved in Stop the Bleed, an initiative designed to provide the general public with the knowledge and tools to become first responders. …

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Goes Blue To Raise Awareness
Source:  Dunkirk Observer
March 24, 2017
UPMC Chautauqua WCA joined area health officials to “Turn Chautauqua County Blue,” by lighting the hospital blue in March to raise awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening and early detection. …

Expert Shares Tips On Getting Infants To Sleep
Source: KDKA-TV
March 23, 2017
… On Thursday, a leading pediatrician and expert on sleep came to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to share some of his secrets. …

Confirmed: Aggressive Septic Shock Protocol Does Not Reduce Deaths
Source: MedPage Today
March 23, 2017
… Derek C. Angus, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, told MedPage Today that EGDT remains the subject of great controversy within emergency medicine. He said some large, academic centers continue to use it, while others either never did or have abandoned EGDT. …

South Fayette planners approve measure to pave the way for UPMC hospital
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 23, 2017
… The approval was unanimous at Thursday’s meeting, where it was also officially announced that UPMC intends to build a hospital with an emergency room and other medical offices on about 16 acres along Presto Sygan Road. …

New Smartphone-Enabled UPMC AnywhereCare Provides 24/7 Care
Source: Yahoo! Finance
March 23, 2017
... UPMC Health Plan recently launched the new smartphone-enabled UPMC AnywhereCare, an easy-to-use platform that allows patients to receive high-quality care from emergency room professionals 24 hours a day and with reduced copays…

Costa Introduces Bill To Combat The Opioid Crisis By Sending Users To Involuntary Treatment
Source: 90.5 WESA
March 24, 2017
… Officials with UPMC and Highmark said the insurance companies would cover the treatment at in-network facilities as if it were a voluntary commitment. …

North Carolina Students Learn About Perfusion at Procirca
Source: Inside Life Changing Medicine (blog)
March 23, 2017
… Twenty students from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NC A&T) who are  enrolled in University of Pittsburgh engineering professor Dr. Harvey Borovetz’s distance learning class, “Artificial Organs,” recently made a seven-hour trek from their university to visit the Procirca Perfusion Simulation and Education Center at UPMC Shadyside. …

Helomics, Pitt reach collaboration agreement
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
March 23, 2017
Helomics Corp. and the University of Pittsburgh have reached a five-year research and collaboration agreement. The Pittsburgh-based biotech firm said it would work with Pitt's Innovation Institute on the development of intellectual property and commercializing property and technology. …

School board revisits drug test policy
Source: The Sun-Gazette
March 24, 2017
… The middle and high schools are able to test student athletes, student drivers and students who participate in other extracurricular activities in grades 6-12. The district works with UPMC Susquehanna to test students several times per school year. …

Dentists work to ease patients' pain with fewer opioids
Source: The Gazette
March 23, 2017
… Dr. Paul Moore, a dentist and pharmacologist at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Dental Medicine, studies the relative usefulness of ibuprofen and other NSAIDs in acute pain management, and worked on a recent update of the American Dental Association’s prescribing guidelines for opioids. …

Experts not surprised that EHR patient safety issues top ECRI report
Source: TechTarget
March 23, 2017
… When Karen Clark, CIO at OrthoTennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., reviewed the report, she said, "I didn't find anything particularly surprising about it." And Tami Minnier, chief quality officer at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania, agreed. ...

Minority college students are more likely to face sexual assault, study finds
Source: The Daily Free Press
March 22, 2017
On Friday, two studies were released by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health about sexual assault and minorities on college campuses. …

Listen: When Technology Can Reduce — Not Cause — Clinician Burnout
Source: Diagnostic Imaging
March 23, 2017
For this week's Physicians Practice Pearls podcast, we spoke with Rasu Shrestha, MD, the chief innovation officer at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). …

Nuance, Epic partner to deliver AI-assisted clinical documentation
Source: Healthcare Dive
March 23, 2017
… AI technologies have allowed providers to focus more on what’s best for the patient, Dr. Rasu Shrestha, UPMC chief innovation officer and executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, told Healthcare Dive. …

A Matter of Time
Source: Healio
March 23, 2017
… “The major issue in ischemic stroke intervention is total procedure time,” Cardiology Today’s Intervention Editorial Board member Mark H. Wholey, MD, emeritus chairman of the department of radiology and interventional radiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Shadyside, said in an interview. …

Positive Immunotherapy Signals in TNBC Need Further Study
Source: OncLive
March 23, 2017
… Brufsky, a professor of medicine and co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Center at the University of Pittsburgh, reviewed recently completed and ongoing studies. …

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