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June 30, 2016 News Headlines

It's unclear whether yearly pelvic exam is necessary, task force says
Source: NBC News Today
June 29, 2016
… While the jury is still out on the value of annual pelvic exams in asymptomatic women, "we believe that women should see an ob-gyn for well-woman care once a year," Dr. John Fisch, director of Womancare Associates and an associate clinical professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Magee-Women's Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center …

Pitt Partners With State To Address Opioid Crisis At County Level
Source: WESA-FM
June 30, 2016
The state of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh announced a new partnership aimed at helping stem the tide of opioid addiction, county by county. …

Program to aid county officials addressing opioid epidemic
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 30, 2016
… Mr. Matson spoke Wednesday at a news conference at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. The School of Pharmacy’s Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) has collaborated with county officials in Westmoreland, as well as in Washington and Allegheny, to combat the opioid epidemic. …

Pittsburgh oncologists to take part in cancer initiative
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 30, 2016
… “We need to open the dialogues between patients and physicians for better outcomes, as well as implement services and support to improve the quality of life for patients and families,” said Marina Posvar, a two-time breast cancer survivor and patient navigator at UPMC CancerCenter. …

How to train yourself to become a morning exerciser
Source: CNN
June 29, 2016
… Make it a point to eat lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats so you wake up feeling replenished, not tired and gross. Just be sure to finish up at least 90 minutes before you hit the hay, says Leslie Bonci, RD, founder of Active Eating Advice and the director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

The Next Silicon Valley Won’t Do Silicon
Source: Bloomberg
June 29, 2016
… Pittsburgh, which, once thrived as America’s steel hub, has made a comeback in recent years as a center for the health-care industry. As in Austin, a university -- in this case, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center -- formed the core of the new cluster. …

Stanley Cup Visits Hillman Cancer Center
Source: KDKA-TV
June 29, 2016
Workers and patients at the Hillman Cancer Center got a big thrill Wednesday when the Stanley Cup and its handlers stopped by.

Stanley Cup stops at Trib offices, Hillman Cancer Center
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 29, 2016
The Stanley Cup on Wednesday made a stop at the Tribune-Review offices on the North Shore before heading across town to the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at Hillman Cancer Center in Shadyside. …

AACR president: ‘Full spectrum’ of cancer research must remain priority
Source: Healio
June 29, 2016
Nancy E. Davidson, MD, director of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, took over as president of the American Association for Cancer Research this spring. …

Hampton mother, cancer survivor continues to fight disease
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 29, 2016
While on bed rest at Magee-Womens Hospital as she neared the end of her second pregnancy, Mary Heath decided to have a painful lump under her arm looked at. …

7 Tips for Patient-Centered Care
Source: Diagnostic Imaging
June 29, 2016
There is a lot of hope and a lot of hype in health care, Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, CIO at UPMC, said at SIIM 2016. … Shrestha, a champion for patient-centered care, thrives on innovation and wants radiologists to understand that the patient needs to come first and the culture of treating a series of images needs to change. …

Seven tips to bring patient-centered care into imaging: SIIM opening session
Source: HealthCareBusiness Daily News
June 29, 2016
The call came from Dr. Rasu Shrestha, chief innovation officer at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) in a presentation entitled “Race for the Care" — and it contained actionable advice. …

New Cardiac Facility Planned in Richland Township (Subscriber Content)
Source: Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown
June 30, 2016
… UPMC Altoona has agreed to collaborate and serve as the backup cardiac surgery program for Windber, Kurtz said. That doesn’t mean Windber patients will be required to use Altoona heart surgeons, he stressed. ...

Go Red for Women Honors women, survivors and doctor (Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
June 29, 2016
… The American Heart Association inducted Dr. Matthew Bouchard of UPMC Altoona into its Heart Hall of Fame. …

Stroke Camp (Subscriber Content)
Source: Butler Eagle
June 29, 2016
… This retreat, the first in Pennsylvania, was sponsored by UPMC, according to Jen Shen, a physiatrist with UPMC who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  …

Taking care of an older relative is hard. Will Pennsylvania’s CARE Act make it easier?
Source: PublicSource via Ellwood City Ledger
June 30, 2016
… The overall goal of the CARE Act is to reduce the number of mistakes made at home, thereby reducing hospital readmission rates, which Tami Minnier, the chief quality officer for UPMC, said is something that no one has the magic recipe for. …

Random Acts of Kindness: Saluting the caring people at UPMC St. Margaret (First brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 30, 2016
… I recently spent one week as an inpatient in the 4A Rehab Unit at UPMC St. Margaret. That “place” - of course, meaning the wonderful people who work or volunteer there - is a shining jewel in the medical world. …

Progress Against Heart Deaths Starting to Wane, Report Warns
Source: HealthDay via Bismarck Tribune
June 30, 2016
… "The major benefit of a walking program for people over 70 is in reducing disability and improving mobility," said lead author Dr. Anne Newman. She is chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Bisexual invisibility isn’t just a social problem—it’s a public health issue
Source: Fusion
June 29, 2016
… A 2013 study conducted by a team of researchers at Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh found that 15% of people refused to accept bisexuality as a “legitimate sexual orientation.” …

BPA Free
Source: ABC 30
June 29, 2016
… Jennifer Adibi, ScD, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health said, "There have been some links to breast cancer because it's a hormonal disease." Adibi studies the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals on human development. Adibi says BPA synthetic estrogen can be found in most plastics. …

Adilynn Brown and friends raise money for Kids & Cancer Benefit Run
Source: Bradford Era
June 29, 2016
… The event, which raises funds through registration fees paid by bikers or those who ride the route in vehicles, has donated well over $300,000 to individuals and medical facilities in the area and region. Facilities that have received the funds include ... Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC …

Healthy Living Club Sets July Programs (Source: Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
June 30, 2016
UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club has scheduled the following educational programs and screenings for July as a community service.


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