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December 12, 2017 News Headlines

Young adults who use e-cigarettes much more likely to switch to real tobacco cigs
Source: CNBC
December 11, 2017
… Dr. Brian Primack, director of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, said the results were surprising. …

A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the youth raises the risk of their smoking cigarettes later in life.
Source: International Business Times
December 11, 2017
… “Early evidence on the potential value of e-cigarettes for cessation or reduction of cigarette smoking has been mixed," said lead author Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, and dean of Pitt's Honors College, in a press release on the University of Pittsburg webiste.” …

Pitt study: E-cigarette use can lead to smoking in young people
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2017
… That’s the issue tackled by University of Pittsburgh researcher Brian Primack in a research paper published online Sunday in the American Journal of Medicine. …

Vaping increases the risk of smoking cigarettes among young adults, says new study
Source: Men’s Fitness
December 11, 2017
… In the study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh analyzed a survey of American adults (ages 18-30) who were randomly selected in 2013 to complete a questionnaire about their tobacco use.

Pittsburgh-tied study links intense exercise to Parkinson's benefits
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2017
… Intense aerobic exercise in the early stage of Parkinson’s disease can at least temporarily avoid the worsening of motor symptoms commonly associated with the affliction, according to a study that involved Pittsburgh researchers and participants. …

Vaping quadruples chance of smoking cigarettes in young adults, Pitt study says
Source: Tribune-Review
December 11, 2017
… “Early evidence on the potential value of e-cigarettes for cessation or reduction of cigarette smoking has been mixed,” said lead author Dr. Brian A. Primack, director of Pitt's Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health, and dean of Pitt's Honors College. ...

University of Pittsburgh announces new LifeX initiative (Subscriber Content)
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
December 11, 2017
The University of Pittsburgh announced LifeX, a new collaboration between the private sector and life science startups, on Monday. …

Pitt launching life sciences business accelerator in the Strip
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
December 11, 2017
… Dietrich Stephan, a serial entrepreneur and chair of Pitt’s Department of Human Genetics, will serve as LifeX CEO. …

Why Pittsburgh Is the Next Best Startup City in America
Source: Inc.com
December 11, 2017
… I was able to walk from Google across the street to UPMC Enterprises, the venture arm of a $16 billion integrated non-profit health system, one of the largest in the country. …

Dr. Walid Gellad on Proposed CVS-Aetna Merger (Video)
Source: C-SPAN
December 9, 2017
Dr. Walid Gellad, a doctor and professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh, discussed the potential impact of the proposed CVS-Aetna merger.

Editorial: CVS and Aetna say their massive merger is needed to keep prices down. That remains to be seen
Source: Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2017
… Some companies — notably Kaiser Permanente, but also regional powerhouses like the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center — have combined insurers and providers into efficient, high-quality organizations.

UPMC Pinnacle: Nurses Wanted!
Source: WHTM-TV
December 11, 2017
… UPMC Pinnacle has experienced tremendous growth over the past few months and is actively searching for nurses to join the team. …

Ryan Shazier FaceTimes with Steelers from hospital bed after win
Source: NY Daily News
December 11, 2017
… Shazier remains at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery on Wednesday. …

Healthcare Cybersecurity Top Digital Priority for Org Leaders
Source: HeatlhIT Security
December 11, 2017
… “Compared with other IT priorities for 2018, implementation of A.I. solutions are a low or very low priority at nearly two-thirds of responding health systems,” according to a UPMC statement. …

2017’s top mobile devices for healthcare: Mobile innovation improving quality, outcomes and costs
Source: Mobile Business Insights
December 11, 2017 
… An even smarter pump featured at a recent University of Pittsburgh Innovation Challenge represents a new era for disease management wearables in which these devices could significantly reduce certain chronic conditions’ cost and care burdens. …

How To Do A Social Media Detox, According To Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman
Source: Elite Daily
December 11, 2017
… Instagram is literally, and figuratively, a filtered version of someone else’s reality, which Brian Primack, lead author of the University of Pittsburgh's 2016 study on social media and depression, said is important to keep in mind while you scroll away for hours at a time. …

E-cig use increases risk of beginning tobacco cigarette use in young adults
Source: Infosurhoy
December 11, 2017
… The schools serve as the academic partner to the UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). …

E-cigarette use among youth leads to smoking as adults finds study
Source: Medical Life Sciences News
December 11, 2017
… A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the youth raises the risk of their smoking cigarettes later in life. …

High-intensity exercise delays Parkinson’s progression
Source: Northwestern
December 11, 2017
… The randomized clinical trial included 128 participants ages 40 to 80 years old from Northwestern University, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Colorado and the University of Pittsburgh. …

Early intervention may delay symptoms
Source: Medical News Today
December 11, 2017
… The institutions included Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, the University of Colorado in Denver, and the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. …

US pay-for-performance scheme fails to perform
Source: Science for Business
December 11, 2017
… The unintended consequence stemmed from the programme’s failure to properly account for differences across various patient populations in clinical and social risk factors for poor outcomes, according to researchers at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. …

Lack of sleep linked to teen addiction
Source: Infosurhoy
December 11, 2017
… The study from the University of Pittsburgh tested 35 participants aged 11.5 to 15 years old in a sleep lab for two nights. …

Lack of Sleep Raises Risk of Depression
Source: Netral English
December 11, 2017
… A research led by Peter Franzen from the University of Pittsburgh in the US, showed that chronic sleep deprivation reduces the proper functioning of putamen, an area of the brain that plays a role in goal-based movements. …

How to sleep: The FIVE unlikely ways to trick yourself into nodding off FAST
Source: Express
December 11, 2017
… Research by Harvard Medical School discovered that your body heat naturally drops in order to help you drop off, and a study by the University of Pittsburgh revealed that yawning helps your brain get rid of some heat. …

A Fitbit could save your life
Source: Infosurhoy
December 11, 2017
… Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh analyzed 71 patients with an average age of 57 who had advanced peritoneal cancer between July 2014 and October 2016. …

Construction poised for growth in 2018
Source: Construction DIVE
December 11, 2017
… These projects include a $300 million mixed-use hotel complex at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and a $200 million UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Hospital in Pittsburgh. …

A former police chief has a new prosthetic arm, and he wants his old job back — but his town disagrees
Source: Rare
December 12, 2017
… Since the June accident, Diebold has received a prosthetic limb — and he’s worked to earn his right to return to work with the police department, getting all necessary letters and certifications from the District Attorney’s office, the state of Pennsylvania and a clean bill of health from his doctor in the UPMC system. …

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