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June 28, 2016 News Headlines

Help for Middle-of-the Night Insomnia
Source: The Wall Street Journal
June 27, 2016
… Light at night can also throw off the circadian time system, says Daniel J. Buysse, a professor of psychiatry and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

Preschoolers' cognitive skills may be tied to timing of their motor milestones
Source: Fox News
June 27, 2016
… Children will not necessarily develop more quickly or be smarter if they achieve motor milestones at younger ages, noted Jana Iverson, a psychology researcher at the University of Pittsburgh who wasn't involved in the study. …

UPMC breaks ground on Hampton outpatient center
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 27, 2016
…UPMC will break ground Tuesday on a new outpatient center in Hampton Township, according to a press release.  …

UPMC uses Gamma Knife for brain tumors, says it's first in region
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
June 27, 2016
… UPMC says it's the first hospital system in the region and third in the nation to use the Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, which allows doctors to perform bloodless brain surgeries to treat patients with brain tumors and other disorders. …

Pitt Cancer Institute hopes to play key role in Moonshot initiative
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 27, 2016
When Vice President Joe Biden hosts a national cancer research summit on Wednesday, one of the key participants will be Dr. Nancy Davidson, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. …

New choices in colorectal cancer screening could improve survival
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 28, 2016
… Robert E. Schoen, professor of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said screening is one reason why deaths and diagnoses for colorectal cancer are in steady decline, with about a 3 percent decline annually for the past 15 years. …

Pharmacy Managers Unleash Big Data
Source: Bloomberg
June 27, 2016
… “Lowering costs now means having to make really difficult decisions about having to cover one drug vs. another,” says Walid Gellad, who heads the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. …

The Many Benefits of Going for a Walk
Source: Huffington Post
June 27, 2016
… Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 50 percent. Kirk Erickson, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh, has spent decades researching the brain and published his findings in in 2012. …

If You’re Trying To Lose Weight, Walk Away From The Standing Desk
Source: Huffington Post
June 27, 2016
… “Brief periods of walking can add up to make a big difference,” said Seth Creasy, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh and lead author of the new study. …

Standing desks making big difference for the well-being of many workers
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 28, 2016
… “We were put on this earth to be hunters and gatherers,” said Ron DeAngelo, director of sports performance training at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side. “But now we’re hunters and gatherers of information on a computer.” …

Dr. Howard Gupstein on the study of opiates and cannabis
Source: WTAE-TV
June 27, 2016
Dr. Howard Gupstein, head of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh, is currently doing research on opiates and their use in pain treatment. He draws comparisons between the study of opiates and cannabis.

Business health group backs its executive director (Second brief)
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 28, 2016
The Pittsburgh Group on Health board of directors backed executive director Jessica Brooks in a disagreement with Pittsburgh health system UPMC that grew out of its acquisition of a New York hospital. …

AHN open to direct contracting offers for medical services for employers
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
June 28, 2016
… Allegheny Health Network is the second-largest integrated health care delivery system in the Pittsburgh region, trailing hospital giant UPMC. …

Allegheny Health Network CEO embraces challenges of hospital system management
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
June 27, 2016
… “This has been new and difficult because I am new to Pittsburgh, new to the health care delivery systems in Pittsburgh and new to all of the competitive issues that go on here that I didn't really have a lot of exposure to,” she said, referencing the rivalry with health care giant UPMC. …

WWE's chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon tells us the 3 magic qualities of a superstar and reveals her favorite wrestler of all time
Source: Yahoo! Finance
… Cancer awareness has become a huge focus for WWE and now, we were originally founded with Children's Hospital Pittsburgh Foundation, where Connor was treated and now we are amplifying that partnership with V Foundation. …

Survivors and their support systems raise funds for ACS (Subscriber Content)
Source: Sharon Herald
June 27, 2016
… She was one of the lucky ones, her cancer was caught quickly, and doctors at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh were able to save her breast. …

DPP: Physical Activity, Apart From Weight Loss, May Stop Diabetes (Subscriber Content)
Source: Medscape
June 27, 2016
… Thus, clinicians and diabetes researchers "need to start paying more attention to physical activity," Andrea M Kriska, PhD, professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pennsylvania, said during a press briefing on June 14 prior to presenting the study at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2016 Scientific Sessions. …

Unrestricted Medicaid Access to Novel Hepatitis C Therapies May Reduce Overall Costs
Source: Infection Control Today
June 27, 2016
… “Two recently approved interferon-free drug regimens for patients with hepatitis C genotype 1 disease—sofosbuvir/ledipasvir (or ombitasvir, paritaprevir) and ritonavir with dasabuvir—are more than 94 percent effective in as few as eight weeks for many patient subgroups, but most state Medicaid programs restrict their use due to cost,” said corresponding author Alexis P. Chidi, PhD, MSPH, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. …

Tele Intensive Care Unit Market To Gain From Enhanced Demand In Remote Patient Monitoring Applications Till 2024: Grand View Research, Inc.
Source: Consumer Electronics Net
June 28, 2016
… Some key vendors of tele-ICU ... UPMC Italy … Partnerships with hospitals and collaborations with software and hardware vendors are the notable initiatives in this market. …

This Health Study Exposes a Big Problem for the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Community
Source: Inverse
June 27, 2016
… A 2013 study by the University of Pittsburgh found that in a survey of 1,500 heterosexual and LGB adults, 15 percent didn’t consider bisexuality to be a “legitimate sexual orientation.” Heterosexual men where three times more likely than gay men to not consider bisexuality an actual orientation. …

No Flu Nasal Spray Next Season: It's Not Working
Source: Seeker
June 27, 2016
… "We have to go with what the data says," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease specialist and a senior associate at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Health Security, who wasn't involved with the CDC decision, but supports the recommendation. …

Today in History - June 28
Source: MySask
June 28, 2016
… In 1992, a 35-year-old man at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre became the first recipient of a baboon liver transplant. He lived 10 more weeks. …

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