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May 27, 2016 News Headlines

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.
Source: Washington Post
May, 26, 2016
… It is likely leaping from livestock to humans through food, said Yohei Doi, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Pittsburgh who has studied the problem. …

Doctors find alarming superbug in Pennsylvania woman
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 26, 2016
… “This is highly significant,” said Dr. Yohei Doi, a University of Pittsburgh infectious disease professor who specializes in antimicrobial resistance research. “We knew this was coming. It was only a matter of time.” …

New method for predicting breast cancer risk suggests about 30% of cases could be prevented
Source: LA Times
May 26, 2016
… “This has great potential. It’s what we’ve been waiting for — a way to counsel women specifically,” said Jankowitz, who practices and conducts research at University of Pittsburgh’s Cancer Institute and was not involved in the study. “It’s not ready for prime time but boy, could we use something like this.”

Norfolk girl receives liver transplant in UVA, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh partnership
Source: Agusta Free Press
May 26, 2016
A 13-year-old Norfolk girl is the first patient to receive a transplant in a unique pediatric liver transplant partnership between Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. …

Why dentists write too many scripts
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
May 27, 2016
… Hersh said he has found that Advil is usually at least as effective as Vicodin for dental pain. He and his frequent research collaborator Paul Moore of the University of Pittsburgh are hoping to conduct a larger study to confirm this and similar findings. …

Some Experts Question Extent of Zika Threat to U.S.
Source: HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report
May 26, 2016
… Gulf Coast states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas are most at risk for local Zika outbreaks as this year's mosquito season progresses, agreed Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh's UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore. …

We Asked Some Scientists: Does Pot Do Anything When You Put It On Your Skin?
Source: Vice
May 26, 2016
… "Cannabinoids work through different receptors from opioids, so they may be better than opioids for treating specific types of pain or discomfort," Robert Arnold, chief of palliative care at the University of Pittsburgh, told VICE. …

A night of empowerment
Source: WTAJ-TV
May 26, 2016
… Dr. Linnane Batzel, Chief Medical Officer at UPMC Altoona, said, "I think it's really great that people are thinking about women's health, not just breast cancer or other cancers, but heart disease, which is actually the number one killer.  It's all important but I think its really great to see so many people coming out to support this cause." …

Olean General CEO calls Kaleida affiliation proactive and strategic (Subscriber Content)
Source: Buffalo Business First
May 26, 2016
… That includes both TLC Health and Brooks Memorial, the other hospitals affliating with Kaleida; as well as WCA Hospital in Jamestown, which is becoming part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pennsylvania. …

Report: City’s hospital ran on 11% deficit last year
Source: Titusville Herald
May 27, 2016
… In Seneca, UPMC Northwest had an operating margin of 3.69 percent. …

UPMC settles with family of woman infected by mold
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 26, 2016
The family of one of the four victims of the mold outbreak at UPMC Presbyterian and Montefiore hospitals in 2014 and 2015 has reached an agreement that UPMC will pay $1.35 million to settle the claims that the hospital's negligence led to the woman contracting a mold infection and dying in 2014, according to court records. …

Family agrees to $1.3 million settlement in UPMC mold death
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 26, 2016
UPMC will pay $1.35 million in a settlement with the family of an Erie woman who died during the hospital giant's mold crisis, according to court records. …

Settlement in UPMC mold case
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
May 27, 2016
… The family of a 47-year-old Erie woman who died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital has settled with UPMC for $1.35 million ...

UPMC, family agree to $1.35M settlement in mold death
Source: Associated Press via Lancaster Online
May 26, 2016
Court records indicate that the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center will pay $1.35 million to the family of a woman who died during a mold outbreak. …

Highmark proposes 48% hike on ACA exchange plans
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
May 26, 2016
… UPMC Health Plan asked for premium increases of 16 percent, while Geisinger Health Plan requested average increases of 41 percent. …

Pennsylvania Insurer Is Seeking to Boost Obamacare Rates By 48.1 Percent
Source: The Washington Free Beacon
May 26, 2016
… In addition to Highmark, UPMC Health Plan requested rate increases of 16.2 percent and 0.9 percent for two plans offered on the government exchange. …

Jeremy M. Berg named editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals at AAAS
Source: Science Codex
May 26, 2016
Jeremy Berg, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning in the Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and former director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been named by the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to serve as editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals, beginning 1 July 2016. …

Berg in at Science (Subscriber Content)
Source: Genome Web
May 26, 2016
… Berg, currently an administrator at the University of Pittsburgh, will succeed Marcia McNutt, who has been elected president of the National Academy of Sciences. …

Concussions Tied to More Academic Problems Than Other Injuries
Source: Newsmax
May 26, 2016
… With concussions, students may also have vision problems or difficulties with eye movements that impact school performance, said Anthony Kontos, research director of the sports medicine concussion program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

UPMC researchers shine light on common heart complication after lung transplantation
Source: Science Codex
May 26, 2016
Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers in the largest study of its kind to date. …

Researchers shine light on common heart complication after lung transplantation
Source: Medical Xpress
May 26, 2016
Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers in the largest study of its kind to date. …

Adhering to Patient Preferences Improves Patient Comfort During Skin Cancer Screening
Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor
May 26, 2016
… Giving patients choices that reduce embarrassment during an exam may make a person more likely to get regular skin checks, leading to higher rates of skin cancer detection," said Laura Ferris, MD, PhD, associate professor, Department of Dermatology, Pitt School of Medicine and member of the Melanoma Program, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and lead author of the study. …

Rado Scholarship winners announced
Source: Indiana Gazette
May 26, 2016
… The fund has awarded more than $12,000 in scholarships and contributed $5,000 to the radiation and oncology departments at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in memory of Jonathan Rado, Class of 2003, who died of brain cancer in 2012.

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