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July 25, 2016 News Headlines

Personality Change May Be Early Sign of Dementia, Experts Say
Source: New York Times
July 24, 2016
… Dr. Mary Ganguli, a professor of psychiatry, neurology and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, said people often came in reporting that they or a family member had stopped doing something they always enjoyed, like baking a certain Thanksgiving dessert or tinkering with the lawn mower in springtime. …

Menopause study finds four different patterns of hot flashes
Source: HealthDay via CBS News
July 22, 2016
… "We used to think these symptoms lasted from three to five years, right around the time of the final menstrual period," said senior study author Rebecca Thurston. She is director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Living past 90 doesn't doom you to disease, disability
Source: HealthDay via Chicago Tribune
July 22, 2016
… "A lot of concern is that, well, if you live a long time, you're just going to be bedridden. And what they're showing is that's not true. The people who are living longer are living healthier," said Dr. Anne Newman, director of the Center for Aging and Population Health at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Uncle Sam Wants You — Or at Least Your Genetic and Lifestyle Information
Source: New York Times
July 23, 2016
… People can sign up through academic medical centers at Columbia University, Northwestern University in Illinois, the University of Arizona and the University of Pittsburgh, each of which is working with local partners.  …

Survivor helps groups promote CPR training and organ donation
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 23, 2016
… Unlike traditional CPR, this does not involve mouth-to-mouth resuscitation because it does not give the victim as much oxygen as once thought and is not always necessary, according to Linda Fleming Heath, a retired nurse from the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland.  …

1st baby with Zika-related defect born in NYC, officials say
Source: Newsday
July 22, 2016
… In Pittsburgh, microbiologist Carolyn Coyne is studying how the virus crosses the placenta to cause fetal harm, but to date has no definitive answers.  …

The wrong way to fight disease (Editorial)
Source: Washington Post
July 24, 2016
… Matt Watson, writing for the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, notes that severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), H1N1 influenza, Ebola and Zika “all caught us flat footed.” Haven’t we learned anything? …

Redskins, Inova reach naming rights deal for Redskins Park
Source: The Washington Post
… Many of these deals have involved medical companies: the Steelers train at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Rooney Sports Complex …

Camp inspires Beaver County teens with disabilities
Source: Beaver County Times
July 24, 2016
… A tethered balloon ride was one of many activities scheduled for campers at Camp Inspire, now in its fourth year through a partnership between the Woodlands and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

What's It Like to See Ideas as Shapes?
Source: The Atlantic
July 22, 2016
… Additionally, an add-on called ChoiceMap Medical is now in testing at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s oncology department, inspired by emails Jackson and his team received from doctors using the app to make difficult decisions about their patients’ treatments. …

Scientists make 'ground-breaking' breast cancer genes discovery
Source: The Independent
July 22, 2016
… In one study, scientists at the University of Pittsburgh analysed non-inherited mutations in the ESRI gene across 122 samples of breast cancer tumours. …

Cambria County native leads new physical therapy center in Cresson
Source: Pennsylvania Business Central
July 22, 2016
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services (CRS) welcomes Kimberly Todaro, PT, DPT, OCS, of Salix, as facility director and physical therapist of CRS Cresson, the first CRS location in Cambria County, which opened July 5. …

5-year-old from Edinburg races motocross while battling leukemia
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 24, 2016
… The illness means that Keegan must undergo daily chemotherapy and travel monthly from home in Edinburg, Lawrence County, to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for blood assessment and spinal taps, where doctors extract samples of spinal fluid. …

Dale Earnhardt Jr. sensing 'improvement' from concussion symptoms
Source: ESPN
July 22, 2016
… On the podcast, Earnhardt said his ImPACT test -- a test that measures cognitive function such as memory and reaction time -- matched a previously taken test that is used as a baseline to determine effects of a concussion. Earnhardt is seeing doctors at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. …

Concussion-related lawsuit could influence future insurance policies for NFL players
Source: The Washington Post
July 23, 2016
… Specialist Michael Collins of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center determined Nakamura to be “permanently disabled” due to post-concussion syndrome with the likelihood of “no hope of improvement sufficient” to return to football, the lawsuit says. …

Dissolving Heart Stent Implanted by Cottage Surgeons
Source: Santa Barbara Independent
July 24, 2016
… The device allows the blood vessel walls to return to normal function — to pulse and flex — unlike the metal stents currently in use, according to a report from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Changes in volume of patients in trauma centers can influence patient outcomes
Source: News Medical
July 22, 2016
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers have demonstrated for the first time that changes over time in the volume of patients seen by trauma centers influence the likelihood of seriously injured patients living or dying. …

Outcomes tool reveals trends in assistive devices
Source: HME News
July 22, 2016
… “We’re seeing a trend, but it’s not statistically significant,” said Mark Schmeler, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, atthe RESNA/NCART 2016 Conference in Arlington, Va., in July.  …

Seeking social media 'likes' could cause increased dislike in body image
Source: Deseret News
July 24, 2016
… A study by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine shows that women who consume greater amounts of social media have greater odds of developing an eating disorder. …

Menopausal Weight Gain: What Every Woman Ought To Know
Source: Reliawire
July 22, 2016
… A University of Pittsburgh study found that women who made two simple changes in the way they eat lost dramatically more weight. …

Trade it in (Fourth Brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
July 22, 2016
… The donations will be given to The Clothes Line Resale Shop to benefit Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in memory of Weissburg's friend, Susan Scarton Fuhrer. …

Brian O'Neill: Larry's legacy — a fund for cancer patients in need
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 24, 2016
…Nurses told him there were people who simply couldn’t afford to get to their chemotherapy appointments at the Hillman Cancer Center. They didn’t have a ride or gas money or had other bills to pay. …

Rolling thunder: Kids and Cancer Benefit Motorcycle Run a roaring success
Source: The Bradford Era
July 24, 2016
She said other recipients include ... Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh…

Back-to-school shopping spree benefits hundreds of children
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 25, 2016
… While their children shopped, parents and relatives strolled through the Family Resource Center, where volunteers and staff members from agencies that assist families were on hand to answer questions and distribute information, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Amachi Pittsburgh, Resolve Crisis Network, Tobacco Free Allegheny and UPMC for Kids. …

Rebuilding Together to rehab 150 homes in county this year
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 23, 2016
… Then they had to assure the 80-year old resident, a 1957 immigrant from Italy, that she wouldn’t have to pay for repairs and updates. RTP is funded by the Heinz Endowments, the Home Depot Foundation, McAuley Ministries, UPMC Health Plan and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. …

Development organization to hire director
Source: Observer-Reporter
July 22, 2016
… The CDC received a contribution of $125,000 from Washington Financial Bank and UPMC Health Plan through the state Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Partnership program. …

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