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October 21, 2016 News Headlines

UPMC Hamot celebrates with community
Source: JET TV
October 20, 2016
… UPMC Hamot has been in partnership together for 5 years.  The administration came together with the community Thursday night to highlight some of it's accomplishments. …

UPMC Health Plan honored for philanthropic work
Source: JET TV
October 20, 2016
UPMC Health Plan is recognized as Erie's 2016 outstanding philanthropic organization after being nominated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. ...

UPMC Hamot hosts annual dinner
Source: WICU TV
October 20, 2016
UPMC Hamot hosted their annual dinner and community meeting Thursday evening. ...

New program at Hamot aims to get kids reading at early age
Source: JET TV
October 20, 2016
It's never too early to learn a love for reading. That's the thinking behind a new program at Magee Women's Hospital at UPMC Hamot. ...

Hooked on Books Helping Erie County Babies Get a Jump Start onHook Literacy
Source: WICU TV
October 20, 2016
A long-time local group, trying to improve literacy in Erie County, is kicking off a program at UPMC Hamot's Magee Women's Hospital. "Hooked on Books" is partnering with the Erie Kiwanis Club, to deliver books to the babies, and flowers to mom's of preemies, in the neo-natal intensive care unit. ...

Data shows drug prices spiked seven percent last year
Source: Marketplace (NPR)
October 18, 2016
… Dr. Walid Gellad at the University of Pittsburgh sees a connection between those scandals and a political shift. …

Pediatricians urge new guidelines for screen time
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 20, 2016
... Given the current levels of media consumption, parents may find even the new recommendations to be unrealistic, said Brian Primack, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. ...

How to save a life: Use PulsePoint app, Pittsburgh public safety says
Source: The Incline
October 20, 2016
… During cardiac arrest, “the heart stops and the brain starts dying,” said Leonard Weiss, an emergency physician at the University of Pittsburgh. ...

Susquehanna Health, UPMC merge
Source: Lock Haven Express
October 21, 2016
… At a special ceremony this week, executives with SH and UPMC gathered at Williamsport Hospital – joined by several hundred staff and others – marked the affiliation and talked of an improved model of health care services for this region. ...

UPMC Hamot opens new OB-GYN practice (Subscriber Content)
Source: Erie TImes
October 20, 2016
UPMC Hamot has opened a new obstetrics-gynecology practice and hired eight physicians to deliver babies and perform surgeries at the Erie hospital. …

Smokers face challenges as they try to quit
Source: New Castle News
October 20, 2016
… Two members of a smoking cessation class at UPMC Jameson Hospital shared the ups and downs of their first week after the first class Wednesday. ...

News to follow smokers on journey to kick the habit
Source: New Castle News
October 21, 2016
… They are determined to quit smoking with the help of "Kick the Habit and Kick-start Your Life, " a series of classes that started last week at UPMC Jameson Hospital. The class is provided through Northwest PA Tobacco Control Program and the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission. ...

Pitt Urology Department Opens Cooperative Research Center
Source: Executive Insight
October 21, 2016
… The Department of Urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has been awarded more than $7.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create an O’Brien Urology Cooperative Research Center, ...

2014-2015 influenza vaccine 'ineffective' against A/H3N2, effective against influenza B
Source: Healio
October 21, 2016
... “The 2014-2015 season was characterized by the emergence of an A/H3N2 drifted virus that was associated with low [vaccine-effectiveness (VE)] in an early season estimate and an earlier-than-normal peak in influenza cases occurring in late December,” Richard K. Zimmerman, MD, MPH, professor in the department of family medicine and clinical epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. ...

How well do hospitals treat major medical problems?
Source: WTAJ
October 20, 2016
… The report shows that UPMC Altoona had a significantly higher than expected death rate for 7 conditions: abnormal heartbeat, congestive heart failure (CHF), ... "While UPMC Altoona supports healthcare quality and reporting initiatives, this PHC4 data, which is more than a year old, does not reflect our improvements in all areas of care …

Deceased MMA fighter Jordan Parsons diagnosed with CTE
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 21, 2016
… He reviewed and endorsed the work of Dr. Julia K. Kofler, a neuropathologist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian, which is affiliated with Omalu’s foundation. CTE can only be diagnosed through brain autopsies. ...

Jordan Parsons, Axl Rotten, Balls Mahoney Posthumously Diagnosed with CTE
Source: Bleacher Report
October 21, 2016
… According to Hohler, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian's Dr. Julia K. Kofler performed the autopsies on Parsons, Jon Rechner (Mahoney) and Brian Knighton (Rotten). …

Community rallies around Mt. Pleasant Township teen with cancer
Source: Tribune-Review
October 20, 2016
… They have been making regular trips to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for treatment of Ewing's sarcoma. Events planned for this weekend and in November — a talent show and two spaghetti dinners — are dedicated to offsetting some of the travel expenses and medical bills. ...

'Kids for Kids' fundraiser at Rockwood Mill Shoppes
Source: Daily American Online
October 20, 2016
... The third annual “Kids for Kids” pumpkin decorating contest is underway at Rockwood Mill Shoppes in Rockwood. Sixteen children from Rockwood Area Elementary School preschool through sixth grade have entered decorated pumpkins to be voted on for the benefit of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation ...

Part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Source: YourErie
October 21, 2016
… UPMC Hamot will collect unwanted, unused or expired medication today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot lobby on 118 East 2nd Street. ...

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