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May 5, 2016 News Headlines

Robot stitches tissue by itself, a step to more automated OR
Source: Associated Press via The Washington Post
May 4, 2016
… Wednesday’s project is “the first baby step toward true autonomy,” said Umamaheswar Duvvuri of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a head and neck surgeon and robotic specialist who wasn’t involved with new work. …

10 Zika Facts You Need to Know Now
Source: TIME Magazine
May 4, 2016
… “The question of ‘Should I consider an abortion because of the potential effects on a baby from a variety of exposures’ is not new, but I think this outbreak is re-raising it,” says Dr. Richard Beigi, chief medical officer at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Puerto Rico irked by likely loss of Pirates-Marlins series
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 4, 2016
… “The odds for them to contract Zika are less than them hitting 20 home runs in a game,” said University of Pittsburgh professor Ernesto Marques, a physician and microbiologist who has been immersed in the fight against Zika for a year. …

Allegheny County Considers Adding E-Cigarettes To Indoor Smoking Ban
Source: WESA-FM
May 4, 2016
… University of Pittsburgh Health Policy Institute researcher Megan Tulikangas said there is very little regulation or oversight of the e-cigarette and vaping industry, “so it’s really hard to make generalizations of what is in an e-cigarette.” …

Antonio Brown’s Charity Softball Game To Benefit Children’s Hospital Foundation
Source: KDKA-TV
May 4, 2016
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown greeted young fans during a visit at Children’s Hospital  on Wednesday to drum up support for a celebrity softball game. …

Steelers All-Pro WR, 'DWTS' contestant Brown keeps busy with celebrity softball game
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 4, 2016
Antonio Brown talked about how much giving back means to him, posed for photos with Children's Hospital patients and flashed his ubiquitous smile when listing who he's inviting to the celebrity softball game he's throwing next month. …

Date changed for Brown’s celebrity softball game
Source: Observer-Reporter
May 4, 2016
… “I know how important kids are,” Brown said Wednesday at a news conference at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. “I have four of my own. Anything I can do to make a positive impact on kids, I’m all for it, especially in the city of Pittsburgh. I want to be a contributor off the field and in the community. It starts right here with the Children’s Hospital Foundation.” …

Antonio Brown's inaugural celebrity softball game to benefit Children's Hospital
Source: WPXI-TV
May 4, 2016
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown visited Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Wednesday to announce the date of his inaugural celebrity softball game. …

Pedal power: Bradford native biking 100 miles for leukemia, lymphoma
Source: Bradford Era
May 4, 2016
… Graves, a collaborative practice nurse at the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh, will join 13 medical professionals and patients in making the trek on June 5 for research and, ultimately, a cure. …

Way Too Many People Are Taking Antibiotics They Don’t Need
Source: SELF Magazine
May 4, 2016
… Doctors may also write an antibiotic prescription “just in case” if they’re not totally sure whether the cause of a patient’s illness is viral (which antibiotics won’t help) or bacterial, board-certified infectious disease specialist Amesh A. Adalja, M.D., an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells SELF. …

One-third of antibiotic prescriptions unnecessary, CDC says
Source: McKnight’s
May 4, 2016
… The issue of overprescribing in post-acute and long-term care facilities is currently under scrutiny in a $1.5 million, three-year national trial led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh.

Is the CQO Position Needed?
Source: Health Leaders Media
May 4, 2016
… At UPMC, the Pittsburgh-based health system with 20-plus hospitals and 5,100 licensed beds, CQO Tami Minnier, RN, MSN, FACHE, considers relationship-building a key factor in the success she's had in the role over the past decade. "You have to be able to motivate those around you to seek change and do change with the patient as the center of your work," she says. …

Grads who are noted physicians to receive North Hills alumni awards
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
May 4, 2016
… Weiss, who is an orthopedic oncology surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and serves as is an assistant professor in the division of musculoskeletal oncology and the director of the cancer stem cell laboratory in UPMC's Orthopedic Surgery Stem Cell Research Center, also credits North Hills for providing him with a solid academic foundation. …

Seminar at Chatham explores mysticism and altruism
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 4, 2016
… Dr. Spiegel, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said there’s evolutionary evidence that members of many different species benefit from working together. …

Patient Awaits State’s First Intestine Transplant
Source: Mumbai Mirror
May 5, 2016
… Dr Kumaran has significant training and experience in conducting intestinal transplants - he carried out over 100 procedures in a span of three years at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Foot Fat Transplant
Source: Ivanhoe via KFSN-TV
May 4, 2016
Podiatrist Beth Gusenoff and plastic surgeon Jeffrey Gusenoff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh are married and blending their expertise to test a new procedure for foot fat atrophy using liposuction cells from a patient's abdomen. …

Some teen girls coerced into pregnancy, study says
Source: UPI
May 4, 2016
… Dr. Elizabeth Miller, chief of adolescent and young adult medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, agreed. "Health care providers need to be considering the possibility of reproductive coercion with adolescent and young adult patients …

Organ Donation and How it Touches Orange County Lives
Source: The Epoch Times
May 4, 2016
… This organization helped her afford to be with her son when he was taken to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for his transplant. “Without those kinds of donations and that kind of organization, it just wouldn’t have happened,” Cheryl said.

Promising specialty medical home approach to patient-centered, cost-effective care for IBD patients
Source: News Medical
May 5, 2016
… The inflammatory bowel diseases specialty medical home (IBD SMH) is "a new model of care that places the patient at the center of the medical universe," write Dr. Miguel D. Regueiro and colleagues of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and UPMC Health Plan. …

Radiation therapy more effective than chemotherapy in treating early stage IIa testicular cancer
Source: International Business Times
May 5, 2016
… Results of the research, made by scientists at the University  of Pittsburg, show better five-year survival for stage IIa patients who had radiotherapy compared with multi-agent chemotherapy with 99 and 93 percent survival rates …

Light Therapy Prior to Surgery Reduces Organ Damage
Source: Hospimedica
May 4, 2016
… Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Central South University, and other institutions conducted a study to compare outcomes when mice were exposed to red light, an ambient white fluorescent light, and high-intensity (1,400 lux) blue spectrum (at peak 442 nm bandwidth) light for 24 hours prior to surgical procedures characterized by a period of blood restriction, such as liver resection or organ transplantation. …

‘Get ready to eat it’: As Trump clinches the nomination, it’s time to dine on my words
Source: Washington Post
May 4, 2016
… And though I appreciate all the Hannibal Lecter references, I won’t be eating the column with fava beans and a nice Chianti, nor will I be eating it with crow (it’s out of season), although Robert Howland, a psychiatry professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, suggested a crow-free crow pie that sounds tasty. …

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