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July 16, 2018 News Headlines

When to Get Your Bone Density Tested
Source: The New York Times
July 16, 2018
… Dr. Jane A. Cauley, epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh who also wrote an editorial about the task force report, said in an interview that, in the Women’s Health Initiative Study of women aged 50 through 64, the OST tool identified 80 percent of women who had a bone density reading in the osteoporotic range. …

New device helps stop the snore
Source: WJXT-TV
July 16, 2018
… Ryan Soose, MD, Otolaryngologist and Sleep Medicine Physician at UPMC said, “It allows the patient to breathe in freely, but when they breathe out the valves close, generating extra air pressure back in the breathing passages.” ...

The miracle was close by, just 3 pews behind her
Source: Lancaster Online
July 15, 2018
… On the day of the transplant, April 27, at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg, both women had inner peace knowing God’s hand was blending these two lives together. …

Unhappy end: Highmark, UPMC split needlessly disrupts care
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 16, 2018
Highmark says it’s prepared patients for the coming split with UPMC, and a UPMC spokesman says the market “has pretty much adapted” to the new health care landscape. …

Supervision is key to avoiding playground injuries
Source: Tribune Review
July 13, 2018
… That includes 100 cases seen last year at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. ...

Latrobe ice cream shop helps woman in battle with brain tumor
Source: Tribune Review
July 13, 2018
… Ezykowsky has had to relearn many basic living skills since March 22, 2017, when a medical team at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh required 15 hours to remove her meningioma — a normally slow-growing, noncancerous tumor that, in her atypical case, spread to about a third of her brain. …

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital adds da Vinci surgical system to its lineup
Source: Lancaster Online
July 14, 2018
… Locally, UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster has been using da Vinci since 2005, with Lancaster General Health starting in 2008 and UPMC Pinnacle Lititz in 2011. …

3 ways to cut costs in your benefits plan
Source: Benefits PRO
July 13, 2018
… Simply encouraging or incentivizing the use of health-based apps can help your employees make more informed lifestyle choices, potentially reducing doctor’s visits associated with smoking habits (which can cost employers up to $50 billion annually, according to UPMC), poor diet, and lack of exercise. …

Amazon is reportedly in talks with healthcare startup Xealth
Source: Healthcare Global
July 14, 2018
CNBC has revealed that Amazon is set to partner with digital prescribing and analytics company Xealth, as well as the hospital networks at Seattle's Providence Health Systems and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in a new pilot programme. …

Amazon in Talks with Xealth, Forays in to Medical Supplies
Source: Nasdaq
July 13, 2018
… The pilot project also welcomes the participation of two hospitals namely Providence Health Systems and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Amazon rumored to be in talks to deliver medical products in new pilot
Source: HealthExec
July 13, 2018
… The hospitals involved are Providence Health Systems and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, both of which have invested in Xealth. …

Amazon (AMZN) in Talks With Xealth, Forays Into Medical Supplies
Source: InvestorPlace
July 14, 2018
… The pilot project also welcomes the participation of two hospitals namely Providence Health Systems and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Dr. Bailey on Clinical Needs in Pediatric Patients With Bone Sarcoma
Source: OncLive
July 13, 2018
Kelly Bailey, MD, PhD, physician, department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, discusses clinical needs in pediatric patients with bone sarcoma. …

Can we talk? I'm a millennial and I'm struggling with the poisonous side of social media (opinion)
Source: Fox News
July 16, 2018
… A study from the Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania out this week found that “(e)ach 10 percent increase in a student's negative experiences on social media was associated with a 20 percent increase in the odds of depressive symptoms.” …

Minor Cuts Are Simple to Treat
Source: U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News
July 15, 2018
… "The most important thing to do is to gently wash the cut to prevent an infection," said Dr. Laura Ferris, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. ...

Lancaster City, Pa.: A Great Place to Retire for Your Health
Source: Kiplinger
July 16, 2018
… The largest health care facility is Lancaster General Health, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Pinnacle Health, in Lancaster and Lititz, is part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical System. …

State of Immunotherapy Continues to Shift in NSCLC
Source: OncLive
July 13, 2018
… In an interview at the 2018 OncLive® State of the Science Summit™ on Lung Cancer, Villaruz, assistant professor of medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of Pittsburgh, addressed the immunotherapy clinical trials that have informed the treatment of patients with NSCLC and the current state of biomarkers in the field. …

OGH employee finds new kidney close to home
Source: Olean Times Herald
July 15, 2018
… Haines, 39, had learned of Nolan’s struggles and felt compelled to help by a marketing campaign launched by OGH and Nolan’s doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to find her a donor for another transplant. …

Insights From The Geographic Spread Of The Lyme Disease Epidemic
Source: ProHealth
July 15, 2018
… The electronic medical records of all patients with an ICD9 diagnosis of Lyme disease between 2003-2013 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh were individually reviewed for cases meeting the 2011 CDC case definition for Lyme disease. ...

Cases of Lyme disease up in western Pa., doctors say it's part of decade-long surge
Source: WPXI-TV
July 13, 2018
… “You really have to be bitten by a deer tick and the tick needs to be attached for hours,” said Dr.  Brian Campfield, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. …

Lyme disease cases continue to climb throughout region
Source: The Daily Item
July 13, 2018
… According to infectious disease specialist Dr. Rutul Dalal with UPMC Susquehanna, the numbers locally are trending toward an even bigger jump in 2018. …

Magee-Womens Hospital Pilot Program Aims To Help Most Innocent Victims Of Drug Addiction
Source: KDKA-TV
July 13, 2018
… For that reason, Magee has created a new unit called the ParentPartnership Unit. …

Healthcare AI struggles with funding and data quality
Source: TechTarget
July 13, 2018
… For Srinivasan Suresh, the promise of machine learning became evident when Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC used the technology to analyze nearly 100,000 inpatient encounters spanning five years to predict 30-day, all-cause readmissions. …

Digital transformation in healthcare boosts patient engagement (opinion)
Source: TechTarget
July 13, 2018
… Atlanta's Grady Health System is using AI to identify patients who have a high risk for readmission, and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is using machine learning to better analyze data stored in EHRs. ...

Pa. economic development leaders tour Erie's state-funded projects
Source: Erie News Now
July 13, 2018
… The partnerships aid the city's comprehensive and strategic plans, and supplement more than a half-billion dollars of private investment in the downtown corridor through ongoing construction projects by Erie Insurance and UPMC Hamot. …

Major push on to increase access to addiction medication
Source: WITF via PennLive
July 14, 2018
… The goal is for the centers, run by big health care systems including UPMC, Geisinger and WellSpan, to become regional "hubs." …

Clinic deepens global push with recent foray in China
Source: Cleveland Business
July 15, 2018
… Through various sorts of arrangements, Pittsburgh-based UPMC has a presence in places such as China, Italy, Ireland and others. …

Digital docs: GCC healthcare’s embrace of AI physicians
Source: tahawultech.com
July 15, 2018
… And Project EmpowerMD, is a collaboration with UPMC to create a system that monitors doctors and learns from what they say and do, dramatically reducing the burden of note-taking for physicians. …

More women may be experiencing depression during pregnancy
Source: Reuters Health
July 13, 2018
… While postpartum depression is a well-known problem, in the past decade there’s been a paradigm shift to recognizing that symptoms usually appear before the baby is born, said Dr. Priya Gopalan, chief of psychiatry at Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. …

Chuck Norris blasts drug overdoses: Worse than we think
Source: WND
July 13, 2018
… Recent research by a team at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health revealed that many drug overdoses are so broadly classified that they are not being counted properly as opioid-related. …

Before Parents Day: What the Experts Say About Raising a Child who Doesn’t Bully
Source: The Good Men Project (blog)
July 16, 2018
… Another study by the University of Pittsburgh has recently found a link between parental aggression and the kid’s bad grades. …

C-FORCE: Opioid overdose deaths and sky-high deductibles
Source: The Eagle
July 16, 2018
… Recent research by a team at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health revealed that many drug overdoses are so broadly classified that they are not being counted properly as opioid-related. …

AHA Hosts Forum on Addressing Affordability Through the Lens of Value
Source: AHA.org
July 12, 2018
… Another panel featuring AHA Board Member Steven Johnson, president and CEO of UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport, PA…

Erie slashing victim recalls attack, thanks helpers
Source: Erie Times News
July 13, 2018
... The wounds had cut deep through her muscles and nerves all the way to the bone, said Hamot plastic surgeon Ajaipal Kang, M.D. …

Former WCA Announces Name Change To UPMC Chautauqua
Source: The Post-Journal
July 14, 2018
Jamestown’s longtime hospital, which finalized an integration with the Pittsburgh-based UPMC health organization in December 2016, has altered its name. …

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