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July 31, 2015 News Headlines

Burning stomach? How to know when to call the doctor
July 30, 2015
… There are a number of things you can do on your own to improve the situation, says Dr. Greg Thorkelson, an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh. …

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation board
Source: WTAE-TV
July 30, 2015
… McMahon, the WWE's chief brand officer, has been named to the board of trustees at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. …

Doctors Warn Of Dangers Of Children And Folding Chairs
Source: KDKA-TV
July 30, 2015
… Dr. Petitti is the Associate Chief of Children’s Hospital ER and says the doctors there have become pretty adept at reattaching finger pieces with good results. And they say yes, folding chairs are often the culprits. …

Prager recovering after lung transplant
Source: Ledger Independent
July 30, 2015
… UPMC is one of only two hospitals in the country that will perform a lung transplant on a patient in Prager's circumstances. …

Health Beat: Save your heart through your wrist
Source: WFMZ TV
July 29, 2015
… Dr. Krishna Tummalapalli, an interventional cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, found Whipkey had severe blockages in the arteries around her heart. …

UPMC Altoona recognized (Subscriber Content)
Source: Altoona Mirror
July 31, 2015
… UPMC Altoona has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. …

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 31, 2015
… UPMC spokesman Paul Wood said single-payer concepts like universal Medicare lost out to the Affordable Care Act, which grants commercial insurers a key role in structuring coverage. …

WWE’s Stephanie McMahon joins Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation Board of Trustees
Source: Miami Herald
July 30, 2015
… McMahon, her family, WWE, and its fans have been strong supporters of pediatric cancer care and research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC over the past two years. …

Newsmaker: Stephanie McMahon
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 30, 2015
… “I'm extremely humbled and privileged to join Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation's board of trustees and help play a role in their continued efforts to further pediatric cancer research. …

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 31, 2015
… WWE announced Thursday that Ms. McMahon, the company's chief brand officer and a part-time on-air television character, has been named to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation board of trustees. …

In this corner at Children’s Hospital…
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
July 31, 2015
… World Wrestling Entertainment Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon is the newest trustee of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation.  …

Young people with terminal illnesses fight harder to stay alive and also feel a greater sense of loss.
Source: Healthline
July 30, 2015
… “This doesn’t surprise me. Sometimes in a young person, if they know they are dying, they may think adding months of life are important,” said Dr. Robert M. Arnold, medical director of the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute and professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Derry boy recovering at home after high-profile intestinal transplant
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 30, 2015
… That Angelo can eat is remarkable enough. On July 1, the Derry boy underwent a high-profile intestinal transplant in Children's Hospital of UPMC of Pittsburgh. …

Little Girl In Need Of Liver Transplant Doing Well In Recovery
Source: KDKA-TV
July 30, 2015
… It’s been a long road for the 4-year-old from Ohio. She has gone from near death to a liver transplant on Children’s Hospital to rehab at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. …

Trumbull County foster child continues transplant recovery
Source:  WFMJ-TV
July 30, 2015
… Having undergone such a long hospitalization at Children's Hospital, there is, she is still weak and trying to get to go through that recovery.  So, that can create some medical difficulties just in terms of overall weakness," said Dr. Rachna Kapoor with The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh …

8-year-old Zion Harvey just became the first kid in the world to get a double hand transplant
Source: Business Insider
July 30, 2015
… The first double hand transplants on adults were performed in 2000 by surgeons in Austria, and the first one in the US was done at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2009. …

UT chooses executive for merged position
Source: The Toledo Blade
July 30, 2015
… Samuel McCrimmon, 38, will leave his position as a fund-raising executive at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System for a role at UT including fund-raising, alumni relations, marketing, and communications. …

West school news: Montour, Moon Area, South Fayette, Sto-Rox
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 31, 2015
… Worker’s compensation insurance at a cost of $164,092 from UPMC Health Benefits, Inc., was approved. …

Medicare March Wants Program to Continue, Expand
Source: WESA-FM
July 31, 2015
… outside the UPMC headquarters Downtown as older people, representatives of labor and advocates for single-payer health plans rallied for support of Medicare on Thursday. …

HPV Persistence Predicts Poor Prognosis in Head/Neck Cancer (Subscriber Content)
Source: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
July 30, 2015
… In an accompanying editorial, Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, and Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, both of the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, point out that HPV-specific biomarkers in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) may be used to improve clinical outcomes …

Study Finds Oral Cancer Prognostic Clues From Spit Samples With Persistent HPV16 DNA (Subscriber Content)
Source: Genome Web
… In a JAMA Oncology commentary, University of Pittsburgh researchers Julie Bauman and Robert Ferris also highlighted the importance of not only improving the test's sensitivity, but also refining its positive predictive value and demonstrating that it picks up surgically treatable tumors. …

Smithsonian to host innovation festival at National Museum of American History
Source: E-Turbo News
July 30, 2015
… University of Pittsburgh's Human Engineering Research Laboratories will showcase the technology used to design, manufacture and operate advanced wheelchairs. …

Pa. wells won't travel well
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
July 31, 2015
… While a University of Pittsburgh study was cited as suggesting fracking can be blamed for low birth weights, the researchers stated in a press release that the "study does not say that these pollutants caused the lower birth weights." …

Defending champion Passion confident heading into title game
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 25, 2015
… Conn said the most significant difference between this year and last year is the emotional element of playing to honor Tanya Hagen, the team’s doctor who passed away in June. ...

Motorcyclists Pay Tribute To Boy, 2, Recovering From Liver Transplant
Source: KDKA-TV
July 30, 2015
… Lucas Goeller, 2, is recovering at Children’s Hospital following a life-saving liver transplant. …

Washington Township firefighters make child's dream come true
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 31, 2015
… After being in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, his grandmother Terry Halinka, reached out to Unity, A Journey of Hope, in an effort to give her grandson a sense of normalcy. …

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