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June 26, 2017 News Headlines

How AI Is Transforming Drug Creation (Subscriber Content)
Source: Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2017
… “We know that the same disease is not the same in every patient,” says Andrew Stern, director of novel therapeutics at the University of Pittsburgh’s Drug Discovery Institute. …
 
Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?
Source: TIME
June 23, 2017
… "My job is to give guidance; I never tell people what to do," says Dr. Richard Beigi, the chief medical officer of the Magee-Womens Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. " …

Pitt study suggests how organ rejection begins
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 26, 2017
… The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC’s Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, where many transplant breakthroughs have occurred, have explained the initial organ-rejection process in a study published online last week in Science Immunology. …

Researchers Think They've Found The Cause Of Organ Rejection In Transplant Patients
Source: WESA
June 26, 2017
… A new discovery from Pitt, in collaboration with the University of Toronto, could help doctors prevent organ rejection long term. …

Medicaid Cuts Tied to Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnoses
Source: HealthDay News via Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2017
… "We can't say that Medicaid disenrollment was the direct cause," said researcher Lindsay Sabik, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. But, she said, there was clearly a correlation. …

Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik to undergo surgery today
Source: WTAE
June 26, 2017
… The surgery at UPMC Mercy Hospital will repair damaged discs in the bishop’s back. …

Fatty liver disease target of cutting-edge genetic research
Source: Orlando Sentinel
June 23, 2017
… “When you combine the fact that the natural history of the disease is unclear; it’s difficulty to diagnose, treat and stage it; and there’s no FDA-approved medicine, it becomes a huge issue,” said Dr. Jaideep Behari, associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Fatty Liver Clinic. …

Erie woman fights AFib for 20 years
Source: Erie Times News
June 26, 2017
...But the first step is getting diagnosed,” said Kelly Hayes, M.D., a UPMC Hamot cardiologist who treats Carey. “People sometimes don’t realize they have AFib because they don’t have symptoms.”...

The Doctors Gave Us Our Lives Back
Source:  The Post-Journal
Date:  Sunday, June 25, 2017
…Time seemed to stop after the news of the stress test results and I was quickly referred to Dr. Cirbus for a cardiac catherization procedure at UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s Heart Center.  Before I could collect my thoughts and understand the magnitude of what was happening to me, I was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot where I had open heart surgery…

Pitt breaks patent record — again
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 23, 2017
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are having a banner year, receiving 92 patents in the fiscal year. …

UPMC prepares for an expansion
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 24, 2017
… Dan Adamski, managing director of the Jones Lang LaSalle real estate firm, said the increased UPMC footprint will benefit the Golden Triangle. “It’s a lot of positive absorption, which is good for Downtown because there hasn’t been a lot of activity of late,” he said. …
 
Safety is the Goal

Source: The Cranberry Eagle
June 24, 2017
Athletic trainers and EMS personnel hit the ice Wednesday morning at the UPMC Lemiuex Sports Complex to practice on-ice injury management. …
 
Medicaid Changes a Flashpoint in Sen. Pat Toomey's Home State of Pennsylvania
Source: NBC Philadelphia
June 24, 2017
… UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based insurer and hospital system, said it is concerned the legislation could increase the number of uninsured and underinsured people, particularly among the poor and elderly. …
 
In wake of GOP healthcare plan, concerns about Medicaid cuts are raised
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 23, 2017
… Two Pittsburgh-area Medicaid health plan executives, UPMC for You CEO John Lovelace and Gateway Health Plan CEO Patti Darnley, were among 10 insurance executives to sign a June 20 letter first reported by The New York Times. …
 
What's in the Senate's new healthcare bill?
Source: Newburgh Gazette
June 25, 2017
… UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based insurer and hospital system, said it is concerned the legislation could increase the number of uninsured and underinsured people, particularly among the poor and elderly. …
 
Minnesota health care interests cool to Senate health bill
Source: Leicester Post
June 23, 2017
… UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based insurer and hospital system, said it is concerned the legislation could increase the number of uninsured and underinsured people, particularly among the poor and elderly. …
 
Pat Howard: Business leaders stepping up for Erie
Source: Erie Times-News
June 25, 2017
… NeCastro said he’s not worried about raising the money EDDC will need to start transforming Erie’s downtown and complementing the huge investments being made there by Erie Insurance, UPMC Hamot and Scott Enterprises. …

Young cancer survivor hoping for a new heart
Source: WTAJ-TV
June 23, 2017
… Ryder was just turning 3 when we met him and his mother Karrie at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. …

Alice Owens: 9-month-old's rare condition requires liver transplant
Source: Greensboro News & Record
June 26, 2017
… After many prayers, medical consultations and connecting with other families in similar situations, the McKinneys have decided to have Annabelle’s transplant done at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. …

Opioid crisis felt in Cranberry too
Source: The Cranberry Eagle
June 24, 2017
… Sgt. Chuck Mascellino with the Cranberry Township police added that Cranberry has even more overdose patients because some of them drive or get dropped off at UPMC Passavant Hospital’s emergency room. …

Public health expert: $2B not enough funding for opioid crisis
Source: WBIR-TV
June 23, 2017
… On Monday, he and public health experts from four other universities, ... the University of Pittsburgh, briefed federal lawmakers on their efforts address the opioid epidemic. ...

Butler County author's 'The Piper' is a cautionary tale
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 23, 2017
… Ben Miller is a devoted father and a successful pediatrician, a graduate of Yale who earned a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. …

Why Geisinger's health plan stays on the ACA exchange
Source: Becker’s Hospital Review
June 23, 2017
… Ultimately five insurers remained on Pennsylvania's individual ACA exchange for 2017 and will remain in the market for 2018 — Geisinger Health Plan, Pittsburgh-based UPMC Health Plan, Harrisburg, Pa.-based Capital BlueCross, Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross and Pittsburgh-based Highmark. …

Cancer treatment fund strained by co-pay increases (Subscriber Content)
Source: Daily American
June 23, 2017
… Gina Pferdehirt, director of public relations for UPMC Health Plan, said that the company’s plans have not changed since 2015. There are three plans that have a $25 co-pay and three plans that have a $0 co-pay. …

Experts uncover first molecular events of organ rejection
Source: Medical Xpress
June 23, 2017
… UPMC has been a worldwide leader in organ transplantation for more than 35 years. Throughout its history, the University of Pittsburgh Transplantation Institute, renamed the STI in 1996 in honor of liver transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, has been creating innovative transplantation strategies. …

Barriers to HPV vaccine uptake identified, suggestions to overcome such obstacles offered
Source: Healio
June 23, 2017
… “[A] health care provider recommendation strongly influences parental intention and decision making,” Brenda Cassidy, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, assistant professor, health promotion and development, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, and colleagues wrote in their poster. …

How To Improve Sleeping Habits As Study Finds 87% Americans Don't Get Adequate Sleep
Source: IBT Times
June 24, 2017
… Even University of Pittsburgh's Christopher Kline, who studies sleep through the lens of sports medicine, agreed with Baron. …
 
Drug Industry Groups Oppose FDA “Quality Metrics” Plan
Source: P&T Community
June 24, 2017
… Benjamin Davies, MD, Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Chief of the Urology Section at the Shadyside/Hillman Cancer Center, was coauthor of a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) …
 
The FDA Has Never Approved a Drug Like This in Its 111-Year History

Source: The Motley Fool
June 25, 2017
… A little over two weeks ago, a small army of clinical oncology researchers at esteemed institutions including ... the University of Pittsburgh...  published a report on Merck's Keytruda (scientific name pembrolizumab) in the online journal Science. …

A Fifth of Bariatric Surgery Patients Using Opioids 7 Years Later
Source: Clinical Pain Advisor
June 23, 2017
… "Our study does not prove that bariatric surgery causes an increase in opioid use," study coauthor Anita Courcoulas, MD, MPH, chief of minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, said in a center news release. …

Saint Vincent Hospital appoints Jason Roeback COO: 4 things to know
Source: Becker’s Hospitals Review
June 23, 2017
… His previous roles include serving as president of UPMC Northwest Hospital in Seneca, Pa., and president of Erie-based UPMC Hamot's employed physician network. …

Cozen's path to Pittsburgh (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times’
June 23, 2017
… Starting in early 2016, Pittsburgh became “a priority” for Cozen, pushed by perceived opportunities and existing clients including UPMC, People’s Natural Gas and GNC Holdings Inc., said Michael Heller, the firm’s CEO since 2013. …
 
Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students

Source: Faculty Focus
June 26, 2017
… Dr. Marie Norman is an associate professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Innovative Design for Education and Assessment (IDEA) Lab. …

Dance studio hopes to make ballerina dreams come true
Source: WTAJ-TV
June 25, 2017
… Dance Unlimited studio in Windber wants to bring that joy to kids at UPMC Pittsburgh and make them a ballerina for the day. …

Curve slip in rainy loss to Yard Goats
Source: wearecentralpa.com
June 24, 2017
… Saturday is “A Game of Hope,” presented by UPMC Altoona, as the Curve partner with Relay for Life of Central Blair in an effort to raise funds and awareness for combating all forms of cancer. …
 
Jewish Healthcare Foundation spearheading women's health care initiative
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 23, 2017
… Eight organizations, including … Magee Women's Research Institute; the University of Pittsburgh Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation; and the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, will present pitches during the event. ...
 
Answering The Question – Who Can Afford Their Health Services?
Source: Open Minds
June 24, 2017
… James Schuster, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Behavioral Integration, Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services, UPMC Insurance Division, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, will deliver the plenary address for The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute, ‘The Future Role Of Medicare & Medicaid Health Plans: Data Sharing To Enable Population Health Management” on November 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. …

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