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February 19, 2018 News Headlines

 Health-care job opportunities continue in Erie
Source: Erie Times-News
February 18, 2018
… The UPMC Operations Center opened in the fall at 380 E. Bayfront Parkway and currently employs 57 full-time workers. …

Erie: Reinvention in progress
Source: Erie Times-News
February 18, 2018
… Other efforts are dramatic, like the half-billion dollars being invested collectively by UPMC Hamot, Erie Insurance, Saint Vincent Hospital and Scott Enterprises in their four respective building projects, two of which are underway and two of which are likely to begin sometime this year. …

Patients reunite with caregivers during annual UPMC Mercy Burn Survivor Sunday
Source: Tribune-Review
February 18, 2018
UPMC Mercy Burn Center held its annual Burn Survivor Sunday on Feb. 18. During the “Under the Sea”-themed event, patients got the chance to reunite with their doctors and nurses, and were visited by therapy dogs, a balloon artist and Peters Township Fire Department's Sparky the Firedog.

Burn Victims, Caregivers Reunite For Annual UPMC Mercy Burn Center Event
Source: KDKA-TV
February 19, 2018
… The UPMC Mercy Burn Center has been hosting the annual get-together for the last 23 years. ...

The Pitts­burgh Promise reaches into the fu­ture
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 18, 2018
… In 2007, UPMC announced its remarkable commitment to seed the program with a $100 million pledge payable over 10 years. Staff was hired in 2008 and a top priority was raising the remaining $150 million. …

Some question whether U.S. has the workforce for Trump's infrastructure plan
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 17, 2018
… Major construction projects such as the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County, the Southern Beltway on the Allegheny-Washington county border and UPMC’s multiple hospital projects have created a strong market for skilled laborers in this region, Mr. Broadbent said.

Florida School Shooting Renews Debate Over Gun Access and Mental Health
Source: Wall Street Journal
February 16, 2018
… Sweeping restrictions based on a psychiatric diagnosis risk depriving hundred of thousands of law-abiding people of their gun rights, said John Rozel, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. …

Hearing loss can be very isolating, hurting relationships with family and friends
Source: Washington Post
February 17, 2018
…  “Hearing loss is a family issue, not just an individual one,” explains Catherine Palmer, director of audiology and hearing aids at the University of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in the British research. …

Other viruses cause Zika-like damage to fetuses, study finds
Source: CNN
February 18, 2018
… Carolyn Coyne, co-author of the new study and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said the researchers' next series of experiments were based on the fact that "a virus must first cross the placenta, which forms the sole barrier between maternal and fetal blood," to reach a human fetus. …

Health systems hire, invest in Health Catalyst's data skills
Source: Modern Healthcare
February 17, 2018
When UPMC wanted to commercialize its cost-management system, it turned to Health Catalyst, a company known for data warehousing. …

In-person license renewal may reduce crashes involving people with dementia
Source: Reuters
February 18, 2018
… “In-person renewals and vision testing offered the most significant safety benefit,” said lead author Yll Agimi, who conducted the research while at the University of Pittsburgh. …

FDA is offering a new approach for developing Alzheimer’s drugs. What could that mean? (Subscriber Content)
Source: STAT News
February 16, 2018
… “The FDA recognized that the field is moving to looking at very early stages of the disease and that we are learning it’s a very long process,” said Dr. Oscar Lopez, the director of the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. ...

Nurse Leaders: Get to Know Trio of Reimbursement Models
Source: Medpage Today
February 18, 2018
… The study's lead author Eric Roberts, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said that if changes aren't made, value-based payment models will continue to foster this inequity. …

David Bruce: Observation care can add thousands to your hospital bill
Source: Erie Times-News
February 18, 2018
… Patients with private health insurances, like Highmark and UPMC Health Plan, are affected in many of the same ways, though it depends on the type of plan they have, DeSantis said. …

What's New in Aging: State officials, but not everyone, praise Community HealthChoices rollout
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
February 16, 2018
… Ms. Probst said her daughter was among the thousands mandated to pick one of the three managed care organizations to help coordinate her services, and she chose UPMC Community HealthChoices. …

Pitt's Innovation Institute breaks record for spinouts
Source: Pittsburgh Business Times
February 16, 2018
With about four months left in its fiscal 2018, the University of Pittsburgh’s Innovation Institute has already broken its record for university spinouts. …

Meet the Woman bringing Dignity and Diversity to Twitter
Source: Pittsburgh Magazine
February 16, 2018
… Castleberry Singleton, who splits her time between Pittsburgh and San Francisco, says her seven years working as the chief inclusion & diversity officer for UPMC gave her a greater degree of understanding for people who don’t consider themselves part of the diversity and inclusion conversation. …

Firefighters and medics face challenges in work schedules, pay across South Carolina
Source: Post and Courier
February 18, 2018
… What's common among many emergency services, however, is a high attrition rate, said Daniel Patterson, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Redskins' Hall: Cravens has a lot to prove
Source: UPI
February 17, 2018
… "My client suffered from Post Concussion Syndrome and, under the care of Dr. Michael Collins at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Su'a has undergone targeted treatment and rehabilitation," Mikhail said in the statement. …

Number Of Doctors Concerning For Senior Population
Source: Post-Journal
February 18, 2018
… However, Sluga said the new ties to UPMC through UPMC Chautauqua WCA are heartening. …

Motivational Interviewing to Increase Outpatient Attendance for Adolescent Psychiatric Patients
Source: Healio
February 16, 2018
… Authors Ms. Chiappetta is Statistician, and Ms. Stark is Magnet Project Coordinator, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, …

Why did U.S. diplomats in Havana suffer brain injuries? Experts stumped
Source: The Star
February 16, 2018
… “The study was conducted by the top concussion research team in the world utilizing state-of-the-art methods,” said C. Edward Dixon, a professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, who was not involved in the research. The findings suggest “a significant brain insult,” he said. …

Vedolizumab Emerges as Option in IBD After Anti-TNF Failure
Source: Medscape
February 16, 2018
… The findings are "surprising, exciting, and interesting," said Miguel Regueiro, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

You might be lonely — but social media isn’t the reason why
Source: Moneyish
February 18, 2018
…  Still, previous studies have found the opposite: For instance, a study out just last year from the University of Pittsburgh found that people who spent over two hours a day on social media had twice the odds of feeling social isolated, as compared to those who spent just 30 minutes a day or less. …

MONALEESA-7 Trial in Premenopausal HR+ Breast Cancer
Source: ONC Live
February 16, 2018
… I am Dr. Adam Brufsky, and I am a professor of medicine and associate division chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. …

TAVR Outcomes Worse When the Right Ventricle Is Dysfunctional
Source: TCTMD
February 16, 2018
… Commenting for TCTMD, João Cavalcante, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA), said clinicians in the TAVR community are starting to pay more attention to RV dysfunction but are still not focusing on the issue as much as they should. …

FDA: Trevo clot remover OK up to 24 hours after stroke
Source: Cardiovascular Business
February 16, 2018
… “Every minute still matters because in each individual patient, the earlier the blood flow is restored to the brain, the lower the resultant burden of permanent brain damage,” said Jovin, co-director of endovascular therapy at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

The Quintuple is the Almost-Impossible Future of Figure Skating
Source: Inverse
February 17, 2018
… The way University of Pittsburgh physicist Eric Swanson, Ph.D. sees it, these skaters are optimizing two important elements of physics: rotation speed and hang time. …

How to manage wandering for dementia patients
Source: iAdvantage Senior Care
February 16, 2018
The Inquirer recently spoke with Betty Robison, gerontology educator for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; …

Could gene editing fight the AIDS crisis?
Source: Infosurhoy
February 17, 2018
… Scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and the University of Pittsburgh were able to remove HIV DNA from three different animal models, including a mouse that was transplanted with a ‘humanized’ immune system. …

Fred Rogers' lasting legacy, continuing ties to his Latrobe home
Source: Tribune-Review
February 17, 2018
… When he was 18, Okonak had knee surgery at what is now UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. While he recovered in the hospital, Rogers visited. …

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