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September 30, 2016 News Headlines

Children's Hospital receives $5M from CDC
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
September 29, 2016
… Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has received a $5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine vaccine effectiveness and track communicable disease in children. …

Children's Hospital receives $5M CDC grant for disease, vaccine study
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 29, 2016
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been awarded a $5 million federal grant for its participation in a nationwide effort to determine trends in communicable disease outbreaks and vaccine effectiveness among children, according to an announcement today. …

Children's Hospital receives $5M from CDC
Source: Big News Network
September 29, 2016
… Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has received a $5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine vaccine effectiveness and track communicable disease in children. …

A Practical To-Do List For Family Caregivers
Source: Associated Press via Kaiser Health News
September 29, 2016
… “Caregivers are, on the one hand, heavily relied upon but on the other hand overlooked,” said Richard Schulz, chair of the 19-member expert panel that crafted the report and a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Time to get a flu shot, health officials say
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 29, 2016
… Dr. Richard Zimmerman, professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, runs the Pittsburgh arm of a group that studies flu vaccine effectiveness for the CDC. ...

Health officials make it clear: Get a flu shot
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 30, 2016
… Upping that percentage among children poses a greater challenge this year with the nasal mist known as the live-attenuated influenza vaccine deemed ineffective, based in part on results from children flu victims at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

Washington Mayor: New position allows for aggressive revitalization
Source: Observer-Reporter
September 29, 2016
… Rowing’s position is funded through a program in which Washington Financial Bank and UPMC Health Plan donated $125,000 through the state Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Partnership program, which provides an 80 percent tax credit. …

Advancing Breast Care Services in Our Region
Source: WKST-FM and WPIC-AM
September 27, 2016
Terri-Anne Gizienski, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, UPMC Jameson & UPMC Passavant, and Dawn Preston, Lead Mammographer, UPMC Jameson discuss advancing breast care services in our region. NEW 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography is a featured topic, along with discussing UPMC’s commitment to accessible and advancing women’s services in Lawrence & Mercer counties.

On the Penguins: Goaltender learning about Pittsburgh, hoping for another win in his life
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
September 30, 2016
… But he also has begun to learn about Austin’s Playroom, the Penguins’ affiliation with UPMC, and franchise co-owner Mario Lemieux’s charity work, through his foundation, raising money for cancer research and patient care. …

ATA: Payment Reform Tops the List of Telemedicine Trends
Source: mHealth Intelligence
September 29, 2016
… “I simply don’t see healthcare working without telemedicine,” Andrew Watson, the ATA’s vice president and UPMC’s medical director of telemedicine, told an audience of roughly 300 attendees. …

Peer review encourages physician compliance with evidence-based cancer treatment plans
Source: Medical Xpress
September 29, 2016
Evidence-based treatment pathways implemented by UPMC 15 years ago to guide cancer care have become integral to ensuring that each patient receives the most up-to-date course of treatment specific to his or her cancer. …

1 in 4 Menopausal Women 'Super Hot Flashers'
Source: Newsmax
September 29, 2016
… “It explodes our typical myth around hot flashes, that they just last for a few years and everyone follows the same pattern,” said Rebecca Thurston, a psychiatry professor and epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh and study author. …

Don’t ignore the signs: Early menopausal symptoms may predict heart disease
Source: Hindustan Times
September 29, 2016
… Up to 80% of women experience menopausal symptoms at some point during the menopause transition, said Professor Rebecca Thurston from the University of Pittsburgh at Pennsylvania, in the US. …

Don't get too excited over smart rooms just so fast: Tech integration – or lack thereof – still key to adoption
Source: Healthcare Dive
September 29, 2016
… IBM and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center pioneered the idea of “smart” patient rooms back in 2005, with the idea that such integrated technology would improve workflow efficiencies, quality of care and patient satisfaction. …

StartUp Health-U. CO team up to create health innovation hub
Source: Healthcare Dive
September 29, 2016
… For example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has a joint venture with IBM Watson aimed at helping hospitals improve supply chain performance. …

Zika funds finally pass amid more Florida cases
Source: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
September 29, 2016
… "We know that when Zika became a top concern for CDC with local transmission with Florida, there was an urgency to act but no dedicated funding stream for Zika virus," said Amesh Adalja, MD, from IDSA's public health committee and senior associate with the UPMC Center for Health Security, in an interview with CIDRAP News. …

The Feds Want To Be Ready For A Terrorist Chlorine Gas Attack
Source: BuzzFeed
September 29, 2016
… “There is concern that groups in Syria such as ISIS have access to chlorine gas,” Amesh Adalja of the UPMC Center for Health Security told BuzzFeed News. “We haven’t had a counter-measure for chlorine gas even after a century, and one is much needed. …

Optimizing Care to Avoid CINV
Source: OncLive
September 29, 2016
Panel discussion featuring James Natale, PharmD, BCOP, UPMC CancerCenter.

UCI to participate in major federal effort to improve childhood health
Source: UCI News
September 29, 2016
… It’s a portion of a seven-year, $18.3 million grant awarded to a consortium of researchers at UCI, the University of Rochester, the University of Pittsburgh and Oregon Health & Science University through the NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative. …

Improving childhood health
Source: University of California
September 29, 2016
… It’s a portion of a seven-year, $18.3 million grant awarded to a consortium of researchers at UC Irvine, the University of Rochester, the University of Pittsburgh and Oregon Health & Science University through the NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, or ECHO, initiative. …

Bidding open for unique Steelers items
Source: Steelers.com
September 29, 2016
… The auction benefits the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Center and the Cancer Caring Center. …

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