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July 29, 2016 News Headlines

Florida investigates two more Zika cases in people who haven't traveled
Source: USA Today
July 28, 2016
… Communities in Florida and Texas have been able to control recent outbreaks of dengue, another mosquito-borne tropical disease, by aggressively killing mosquitoes and removing the standing water where they breed, said Amesh Adalja, a senior associate at the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

World-renowned ophthalmologist foresees future in Pittsburgh
Source: The Jewish Chronicle
July 28, 2016
… As chairman of the department of ophthalmology, and the Eye and Ear Foundation Endowed Chair, Sahel will oversee all ophthalmological clinical activities at UPMC hospitals, as well as associated teaching and research responsibilities. …

Power 100 Women: 37 - Betsy Wright, President and CEO, WCA Hospital
Source: Buffalo Business Times
July 28, 2016
… Longtime CEO Wright is leading the charge to bring the $93 million WCA into the $12 billion University of Pittsburgh Medical Center sy stem~. …

Trauma-rama: The ill effect of too many hospital trauma centers (Editorial)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 29, 2016
Pennsylvania officials need to carefully regulate the number of trauma centers popping up statewide. A new University of Pittsburgh study suggests th fewer is better. …

Pitt prof’s cancer treatment spur partnership between Cleveland firm and Pfizer (2nd Brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
July 29, 2016
… Cleveland-region startup Western Oncolytics entered into a developmental collaboration with Pfizer Inc. to advance its cancer fighting treatment WO-12, which was developed by Stephen Thorne, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. …

Pfizer to help Western Oncolytics move gene therapy through Phase I trials
Source: Crain’s Cleveland Business
July 28, 2016
… The drug can be delivered directly into a tumor or intravenously. It was invented by Steve Thorne, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Researchers solve mystery on how regenerative medicine works
Source: Science Daily
July 28, 2016
A study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine identifies a mechanism by which bioscaffolds used in regenerative medicine influence cellular behavior, a question that has remained unanswered since the technology was first developed several decades ago. …

Lifestyle intervention improves health-related quality of life in prediabetes, metabolic syndrome
Source: Healio
July 28, 2016
… “These community-based lifestyle intervention programs have additional valuable benefits, beyond the improvement of risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” Yvonne L. Eaglehouse, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health …

Melanoma screening increases detection with little impact on use of surgery, specialist referrals
Source: Healio
July 28, 2016
… Weinstock and colleagues offered the Internet Course for Melanoma Early Detection (INFORMED) to PCPs at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), which then initiated a melanoma screening program. …

Proposed health insurance hikes
Source: WTAJ-TV
July 28, 2016
… The department is reviewing rates requested by Highmark, UPMC,  AETNA, Geisinger and other companies for plans under the Affordable Care Act. …

Insurers In Maryland, Pennsylvania Seek Rate Increases
Source: Kaiser Health News
July 28, 2016
… The requests before the Insurance Department include proposed average rate increases of 17.2 percent for Aetna Health Inc., 25.4 percent to 48.1 percent for Highmark companies, 0.9 percent to 16.2 percent for UPMC companies, and 19.9 percent to 22.5 percent for Independence Blue Cross companies, according to the department.

Lawsuit alleges overbilling by some at UPMC
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 29, 2016
… A review of two more back operations performed by UPMC neurosurgeon Ghassan Bejjani on another patient yielded the same result, including once when an insurer was billed twice for removal of the same back vertebrae. …

Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania: Employers Should Prepare for Accelerated MMA Program Implementation
Source: National Law Review
July 28, 2016
… These healthcare providers already include participants from Allegheny Health Network, Penn State Health, Temple University Health Systems, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania Medical Society, and several more. …

Clinician Communication, Adherence to Protocols, and Presence of Pharmacists Improve Outcomes in ICUs
Source: Oncology Nurse Advisor
July 28, 2016
… This large study was coordinated by researchers from the D'Or Institute for Research and Education, IDOR (Brazil), in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and several Brazilian institutions. …

Pancreatitis Mortality Prediction Models Lack Evidence (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
July 28, 2016
… In a linked editorial, Chris E. Forsmark, MD, from the University of Florida, Gainesville, and Dhiraj Yadav, MD, MPH, from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, disagreed about the need for further research on prediction models of mortality in acute pancreatitis. …

Pokemon Go players banned from Allegheny Health Network facilities
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 28, 2016
… Officials at UPMC, the largest hospital system in Western Pennsylvania, have not encountered problems related to the app. …

Lemonade Day highlights kids' entrepreneurship efforts at Hoyt
Source: New Castle News
July 28, 2016
… It is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when teams will sell their lemonade and donate part of the proceeds to the American Heart Association and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. …

Benefit planned for Meyersdale teen who may get life-saving surgery (Subscriber content)
Source: Daily American
July 28, 2016
… Physicians at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh said that Tyler would most likely not survive spinal surgery. …

Job fair planned at CCAC (4th Brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
July 28, 2016
…  Friday’s event includes more than 20 employers including People’s Natural Gas, UPMC, Amazon and PNC, plus community-based organizations such as United Way and the county's Department of Human Services. …

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