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March 1, 2017 News Headlines

Should You Fill That Opioid Prescription?
Source: U.S. News & World Report
February 28, 2017
… The NEJM study suggests that if patients fill the opioid prescription, they’re more likely to continue to be prescribed opioids, says Dr. Ajay Wasan, vice chair for pain medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

For this UPMC surgeon, music is an important prescription for a successful procedure
Source: Pittsburgh City Paper
March 1, 2017
… But if your doctor is David Okonkwo, it’s all part of the routine. The UPMC neurosurgeon and his staff listen to a variety of music while performing surgeries. …

New Drug for Devastating Genetic Disorder
Source: WTAJ-TV
February 28, 2017
… She quickly reached out to her neurologist at UPMC Altoona, Dr.  Joseph Clark.
"Some of the studies have actually been pretty remarkable," he says. "They've actually had babies start to crawl, after giving this medication." ...

Fluorescence Imaging Assisting Surgeons With Robotic Surgery
Source: The Post-Journal
March 1, 2017
Indocyanine green water-soluble, tricarbocyanine dye is the newest weapon for robotic surgeons to use at UPMC Chautauqua WCA to improve the ease and efficiency of surgery. …

Gibbons starts as UPMC Hamot CEO
Source: Erie Times-News
March 1, 2017
David Gibbons officially begins his new job Wednesday as president of UPMC Hamot. …

Thyroid Cancer Pitt Study Finds Potential Marker of Drug Response in Many Cancer Types
Source: The Cancer Letter
February 28, 2017
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have uncovered a novel genetic mechanism of thyroid cancer, as well as a marker that may predict response to a particular class of drugs, not just in patients with thyroid cancer, but in those with many other types of cancer as well. …

23 ideas to boost cybersecurity at your hospital in the next 60 minutes
Source: Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review
February 28, 2017
… Ed McCallister, Senior Vice President and CIO of UPMC (Pittsburgh): "Educate your employees. We do that through internal phishing exercises. We send an email out asking you to download information, then we follow-up with those who download the file. …”

Health insurance division drives growth at UPMC
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 1, 2017
Revenue from core health care and insurance services at UPMC, the dominant health care system in Western Pennsylvania, rose 8.9 percent to $6.8 billion for the six months ending Dec. 31. …

Vaginal Microbiota May Affect Tenofovir Applied Intravaginally
Source: Infectious Disease Advisor
February 28, 2017
… “We are only beginning to understand the impact of the vaginal microbiome on human health, but it is clear that the microbiome can impact drug delivery,” said Sharon Hillier, PhD, professor and vice chair for faculty affairs, and director of reproductive infectious disease research, department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania. …

New Data Standards Can Help Extend Electronic Health Records (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
February 28, 2017
… A short list of the institutions using FHIR APIs would include the Geisinger Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, Duke Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Boston Children's Hospital. …

Exercise Promotes Cognitive Recovery After Stroke (Subscriber Content)

Source: Medscape
February 28, 2017
… "We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvement in their cognition with an exercise intervention," lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, said in a statement. …

At Excela, your doctor's appointment is a text away
Source: Tribune-Review
February 27, 2017
… UPMC has a smartphone app that lets people with non-life-threatening conditions schedule virtual appointments with doctors …

Want to Be Happy? Stop Doing These 10 Things.
Source: Entrepreneur
February 28, 2017
… 3. Spending hours on social media | Recent research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine concluded that social media usage and depression have a symbiotic relationship. …

More employers look to outsource leave management services
Source: Smart Business
March 1, 2017
… Smart Business spoke with Linda Croushore, senior director of Disability Services for UPMC WorkPartners, about how to navigate the challenging proposition of managing absence. …

UNH researchers ID bacterial pathogen contaminating seafood
Source: Wisconsin State Farmer
February 28, 2017
… This latest research represents an initial step to study Vibrio populations at this more detailed scale within a shellfish harvest area-sized study area to help inform larger regional efforts to develop risk forecasting tools for the region. … Researchers partnered with scientists with… University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Penn. ...


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