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April 25, 2017 News Headlines

Charles Reynolds III: Pitt psychiatrist explains geriatric mental health issues
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
April 25, 2017
… Dr. Reynolds, 69, a University of Pittsburgh distinguished professor of psychiatry and UPMC endowed professor in geriatric psychiatry, is winding down a local career that began at Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in 1974. …

How to identify and treat sleep apnea
Source: Tribune-Review
April 24, 2017
… Dr. Deepa Burman, medical director of UPMC McKeesport's Portable Sleep Study Program, discusses symptoms and treatment methods for the condition. …

Therapy for autoimmune disease
Source: WTAJ-TV
April 24, 2017
… UPMC is also one of nine research hospitals in the U.S participating in this trial. Phase III will include a larger group of patients and will probably measure additional outcomes like improved lung function. …

City reveals more details of plan for free water filters, as county health director and county controller speak out on lead concerns
Source: WTAE-TV
April 24, 2017
… "I have not seen -- and have looked for -- water as the source. But it has not been there, at least in the reports I've read of children with elevated lead levels," said Dr. Deborah Moss, a UPMC Children's Hospital pediatrician who took part in the health department news conference. …

Audit to assess how Health Department monitors lead levels in children
Source: WPXI-TV
April 24, 2017
… “I'm even more hyperaware than usual, but I have not seen an uptick in elevated lead levels,” Dr. Deborah Moss, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, said. …

Audit Of Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announced Regarding Blood Lead Levels
Source: KDKA-TV
April 24, 2017
… After the problems in Flint, pediatricians have been vigilant about watching for a spike in Pittsburgh. “I am even more hyper-aware than usual, but I have not seen an uptick in elevated lead levels,” Children’s Hospital Dr. Deborah Moss said. …

Pitt board approves $27M in renovation projects
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
April 24, 2017
… The board also greenlit a lease agreement on behalf of the School of Medicine’s Aging Institute that will generate $44,300 annual in property taxes for local government. …

Video: Lifetime asthmatic woman’s research will help children cope
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel
April 24, 2017
… Lead researcher Dr. Christian Pulcini said the findings suggest that family income and access to health insurance play a large role in a child's physical and mental health. Pulcini is a pediatrics resident with the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. …

Innovative program aids older adults with mild memory loss
Source: NJ.com
April 24, 2017
… Research has shown music can be instrumental (pun intended) in keeping our mind sharp as we age. So when scientists at the University of Pittsburgh set out to create a program aimed specifically at people with MCI, the idea of including a marimba class struck the right chord. …

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® cTAKES™ v4.0
Source: Yahoo! Finance
April 25, 2017
… “We are using cTAKES to help identify people with multiple sclerosis from the electronic health records and investigate disease trajectory and treatment response in this chronic neurological disorder”, said Zongqi Xia, MD, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Informatics at University of Pittsburgh. …

Summer Can Be The Coldest Season For Lonely Canadians
Source: Huffington Post
April 24, 2017
… In fact, a University of Pittsburgh study published last year indicated that heavy users of social media are 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than other people. …

Snoring is not healthy
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer
April 25, 2017
… In a study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, 800 people between the ages 45 and 74 were surveyed about the quality of their sleep. Three years later, the researchers found out that the people who reported loud snoring were more than twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome, than quiet sleepers. …

Inovio Initiates Phase 2 Efficacy Trial with VGX-3100 For HPV-Related Vulvar Pre-Cancers
Source: Yahoo! Finance
April 24, 2017
… Dr. Robert Edwards, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine at Magee-Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, said, “HPV-induced VIN is one of the major causes of morbidity for young and middle-aged women with HPV-induced pre-cancer. It is associated with repetitive need for surgery, multiple biopsies, and a major cause of pain and sexual dysfunction." …

Trump’s actions and rhetoric threatened to crush my spirit, but Muslim Girl excellence in Pittsburgh persists
Source: PublicSource
April 24, 2017
… Within my own program at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, I’ve seen a swell of young Muslim women moving forward in researching health equity, infectious disease and community health. …

Whelehans Pharmacy: Can regular walking reduce dementia risk?
Source: Westmeath Examiner
April 25, 2017
… Professor Kirk Erickson, a neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh explains that while a 2 to 3% increase may sound like a small, actually an increase of this size is “like reversing the age clock by about one to two years”. …

Disposing of unwanted prescription drugs will help prevent drug abuse
Source: South Pittsburgh Reporter
April 25, 2017
… Pills will be accepted for disposal at several locations in and near South Pittsburgh including: Hilltop Pharmacy, 818 E. Warrington, Ave ., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at: UPMC Mercy South Side, Main Lobby, 2000 Mary Street; UPMC Mercy, Cafeteria, 1400 Locust Street;...

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