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October 17, 2017 News Headlines

UPMC test detects dangerous pancreatic cysts without surgery
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 17, 2017
… UPMC’s genetic test, PancreaSeq, already fueled excitement through nonsurgical identification of molecular biomarkers — genetic mutations — in cyst fluids indicating a higher risk for cancer, allowing for earlier treatment. …

New gene therapy treatment could hit $1M per patient because of additional costs
Source: Kaiser Health News via USA Today
October 16, 2017
… Kymriah’s sticker price is especially “outrageous” given its relatively low manufacturing costs, said Walid Gellad, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Sweat it out
Source: Tribune-Review
October 16, 2017
… “It's definitely an interesting study,” says Dr. Matthew Muldoon, clinical director of the Heart and Vascular Institute of UPMC. “It suggests that repeated heat exposure in a sauna might have lasting benefits.” …

PANDAS and PANS: No easy answers for severe disorders in children
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 16, 2017
… “This is definitely an evolving field,” said Abigail Schlesinger, clinical director of the behavioral science division at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

U.S. News Announces the 2018 Best Medicare Plans
Source: U.S. News & World Report
October 16, 2017
… Companies that consistently offer highly rated Medicare Advantage plans in multiple states include ... UPMC Health Plan. …

Hospital’s partnership with Tanzania mission shines light on end-of-life care
Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette
October 14, 2017
… A ray of light has been seen in Shirati through the Shirati Palliative Care program and its now six-year partnership with UPMC Susquehanna Home Care and Hospice. …

UPMC's Donald Yealy elected to National Academy of Medicine
Source: Tribune-Review
October 16, 2017
Dr. Donald M. Yealy, chair of emergency medicine at UPMC and professor of emergency medicine and clinical and translational sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. …

Millcreek girl with arthritis is champion gymnast
Source: Erie Times-News
October 16, 2017
… “The immune system attacks the joints like there is an infection in there,” said Elaine Cassidy, M.D., Catie’s pediatric rheumatologist at Children’s Hospital. “Swelling occurs in the lining of the joint, the nerves get pinched and that causes pain.” ...

Criminals are stealing more firearms than ever — and KC gun owners are making it too easy
Source: Kansas City Star
October 15, 2017
… A 2016 study by the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health determined that in violent crimes where guns were recovered, the perpetrator carried a gun owned by someone else 8 out of 10 times. …

Kansas City sees unprecedented increase in firearm thefts
Source: Associated Press via Southeast Missourian
October 16, 2017
… A 2016 study by the University of Pittsburgh found that in violent crimes where guns were recovered, the suspect carried a weapon owned by someone else 80 percent of the time. …

Wolf Blames Trump, Congress For Spiking Health Coverage Cost
Source: WESA-FM
October 16, 2017
… Caleb Wallace, senior director of health policy and assistant counsel at UPMC Health Plan, said the company aims to maintain stability for consumers. …

Cost of Obamacare plans spike in Erie, Crawford counties
Source: Erie Times-News
October 16, 2017
… “The cost of these plans will be significantly lower (off the exchange) because they aren’t subjected to the increase,” said Adam Pittler, director of consumer products for UPMC Health Plan. “The exact amount will depend on the person’s age, where they live, and other factors.” …

Individual Obamacare rates set to increase by 30 percent in Pa.
Source: Tribune-Review
October 16, 2017
… While the increase for UPMC Health plan appears to be high, it mainly applies to the “silver” health plans on the market, said Adam Pittler, director of product development at UPMC Health Plan. …

Pa. insurance department says Obamacare rates to rise 30.6 percent
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
October 17, 2017
… UPMC Health Options Inc., the dominant Affordable Care Act insurer in Western Pennsylvania, was approved for a 41.1 percent rate hike following a request for a 7.99 percent rate increase. Highmark had sought a 20 percent rate hike, but was approved for a 25.2 percent increase. …

Lack of cost sharing funds force rate increases
Source: Beaver County Times
… The lowest rates for a silver-level plan under UPMC Health Options next year will be $287.86 per month for a 21-year-old nonsmoker. …

Ratings fall for 2018 Medicare Advantage options in Lancaster County
Source: Lancaster Online
October 16, 2017
… 4 stars: ... UPMC plans. …

Lice outbreak hits second Harrisburg School District elementary school
Source: WPMT-TV
October 16, 2017
... “To address this issue on a broader scale, and to better understand the origin and scope of this unprecedented lice outbreak, the District is in communication with key community stakeholders holders such as the Harrisburg Housing Authority, the PA Department of Health, UPMC Pinnacle, Hamilton Health Center and others.” …

79 students return to Harrisburg school after lice outbreak; dozens still have nits, absent
Source: Penn Live
October 16, 2017
… The district has also partnered with University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pinnacle and Harrisburg Pharmacy to provide free lice treatment kits for students and their families. …

Concussion Confusion
Source: Healthy Magazine
October 16, 2017
… According to the same poll by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 87 percent of adults did not know that mood changes are a symptom of a concussion. …

Important takeaways from North American Menopause Society meeting
Source: Healio
October 16, 2017
… In this video exclusive, Thurston, who is professor of psychiatry, clinical and translational science, epidemiology and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she runs the women’s biobehavioral health laboratory, reviews strategies for managing weight in midlife. …

Social Media: Is it affecting our mental health?
Source: The Standard
October 16, 2017
… Recent studies funded by the National Institutes of Health at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have said the more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to be depressed. …

Will Copycats Seek to Match, or Surpass, Las Vegas Shooter? Psychiatrist says news reports contribute to risk
Source: Medpage Today
October 16, 2017
… Jack Rozel, MD, MSL, University of Pittsburgh and president-elect of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry: "Dr. Pies has brought attention to an issue that the fields of threat management and journalism have struggled with for years. …

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Nerve Blocks Under General Anesthesia: A New Standard of Care?
Source: Pain Medicine News
October 17, 2017
… Dr. Chacon, who has accepted a position at UPMC Altoona, in Pennsylvania, noted that his future anesthesia department has agreed to adopt a similar multidisciplinary approach. …

Rocky S. Tuan to Share Research in Stem Cells, Skeletal Tissue Engineering and Regeneration
Source: Berea Online
October 16, 2017
Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to this week’s convocation featuring Berea alumnus Dr. Rocky S. Tuan, a prominent biomedical scientist who will discuss using adult stem cells, 3D printing, and nanomaterial technologies. …

Abemaciclib With Hormone Therapy for HR+ mBC
Source: OncLive
October 16, 2017
Panel discussion featuring Adam M. Brufsky, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

The Case for Eliminating the Neutropenic Diet
Source: The American Journal of Managed Care
October 16, 2017
… Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) presented findings from a literature review and the results of their facility eliminating the neutropenic diet in patients with cancer. …

Sewickley hospital plans to address cigarette smoking near homes
Source: Tribune-Review
October 16, 2017
… In 2013, UPMC implemented a rule prohibiting employees to smoke anywhere during their workday.

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