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September 21, 2018


Cocaine, Meth, Opioids All Fuel Rise in Drug-Overdose Deaths (Subscriber Content)
Source: Wall Street Journal
September 20, 2018
… When use of one drug has declined, another has moved in to fill the void, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health found in the analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science. …

 

Over four decades, an 'inexorable' epidemic of drug overdoses reveals its inner secrets
Source: Los Angeles Times
September 20, 2018
… “Inexorable,” Dr. Donald Burke, the study’s senior author, called the trend. And frightening, too, since it appears that drug overdose deaths will continue unabated. That a single, regular pattern of exponential growth would emerge from the combined death tolls of so many distinct drugs was an “aha moment,” said Burke, who studies global public health issues at the University of Pittsburgh. ...

 

Opioid crisis started 40 years ago, report argues
Source: NBC News
September 20, 2018
… But if the conclusions of the Pitt team are right, the epidemic will continue to worsen. “If we try to address the opioid epidemic, we can probably make a difference for a while,” Dr. Donald Burke, dean of Pitt’s school of public health, told NBC News. …

 

Study provides new context for overdose epidemic: deeper social issues
Source: ABC News
September 20, 2018
… “This smooth, exponential growth pattern caught us by surprise,” Dr. Donald S. Burke, the study’s senior author and dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said in an interview with ABC News. “It can be hard to grasp what exponential growth really means, but you can think of it as a nuclear explosion: you start with 2 [deaths due to drug overdose], then 4, then 8, then 16, and so on.”

 

Why there’s an overdose epidemic — in two graphs
Source: STAT News
September 20, 2018
… Hawre Jalal, M.D., is an assistant professor of health policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a researcher in the Public Health Dynamic Laboratory, both at the University of Pittsburgh. Donald S. Burke, M.D., is dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health …

 

Opioid Epidemic Part of Decades-Long Rise in Drug Overdoses
Source: Discover Magazine
September 20, 2018
… Donald Burke, an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, uses data and modeling for public health policy development. ...

 

The nonsensical madness of the opioid epidemic: Most comprehensive analysis ever made
Source: The Daily Mail
September 20, 2018
… Dr Burke's new data mapping with his team at Pitt Public Health, at the University of Pittsburgh, provide the most detailed explanation as to why: while the arc of general 'addiction' has rocketed uniformly in 40 years, it is not driven by one drug. ...

 

US Overdose Deaths Will Double Again In 8 Years, Scientists Predict
Source: BuzzFeed News
September 20, 2018
… “I’m concerned that economic collapse and disparity has reached the point where a sense of community has disappeared in many places,” spurring drug use, the study’s senior author, Donald Burke of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, told BuzzFeed News. “I think it is all connected.” …

 

Opioid Overdose Crisis May Have Begun Decades Ago
Source: HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
September 20, 2018
… "We found the epidemic has been continually growing in a predictable pattern for almost four decades now," said senior study author Dr. Donald Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. …

 

U.S. drug overdose deaths grew exponentially in 38 years
Source: Axios
September 20, 2018
… Study author Donald Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, says they examined patterns of “unintentional drug poisoning” from death certificates during the period from 1979-2016 in the National Vitals Statistics System. ...

 

The Current U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis Began in the Late 1970s, Study Finds
Source: Gizmodo
September 20, 2018
… Hoping to better understand the opioid crisis, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh looked at the annual overdose deaths reported to the federal government from 1979 to 2016 (excluding deaths thought to be intentional). …

 

Drug overdose deaths in America are rising exponentially
Source: Science News
September 20, 2018
… “We need to focus on the entire epidemic,” not just a particular drug, to understand what’s driving the continued growth in drug overdose deaths, says coauthor Hawre Jalal, a health policy researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. “Without looking at the entire picture, we might not be hitting the root causes.” …

 

Drug overdose deaths have been rising for 40 years, and opioids aren't the only problem
Source: WITF-FM
September 20, 2018
A study from University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health shows drug overdose deaths have steadily increased over the past four decades, years before prescription opioids first flooded the streets. … 

 

Study of 600,000 drug deaths since 1979 upends what we think about the opioid crisis
Source: McClatchy News Service via Kansas City Star
September 20, 2018
… Despite shifting geographic epicenters and ever-changing drugs of choice, researchers said one thing connects fatal overdoses over the last 40 years: The death rate has grown exponentially and relatively smoothly, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. …

 

The Opioid Epidemic Rises
Source: KDKA-AM
September 20, 2018
Dr. Donald Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, discusses his team’s recent analysis of the drug epidemic. 

 

Epidemic of drug overdose deaths shows steady growth over decades
Source: Healio
September 20, 2018
… "The current epidemic of overdose deaths due to prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl appears to be the most recent manifestation of a more fundamental, longer-term process," Donald S. Burke, MD, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, said … 

 

Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades
Source: MedicalXpress
September 20, 2018
… Death rates from drug overdoses in the U.S. have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis published today in Science. … 

 

Drug overdose epidemic has been growing exponentially for decades
Source: Science Daily
September 20, 2018
… Death rates from drug overdoses in the U.S. have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis published today in Science. ...

 

Overdose Crisis Began 40 Years Ago
Source: Pain News Network
September 20, 2018
… Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health looked at nearly 600,000 poisoning deaths in the U.S. from 1979 to 2016 and found a steadily rising number of overdoses caused by “subepidemics” of different drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, illicit fentanyl, methamphetamine and prescription opioids. …

 

Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells
Source: NPR
September 20, 2018 
… "It's the beginning of a paradigm change," says Kyle Orwig, a professor in the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. …

 

Cancer center partnership links IRMC, UPMC, Punxs'y
Source: Indiana Gazette 
September 20, 2018 
… It is the latest chapter in an association the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, or UPMC, started 20 years ago with Indiana Hospital and continued with what today is Indiana Regional Medical Center. …

 

UPMC Hamot, Larry’s Central Market win CTE Awards
Source: Erie Times-News
September 20, 2018 
Larry’s Central Market and UPMC Hamot would seem to be as different as two organizations could be. …

 

Our view: Awards shine spotlight on Erie businesses
Source: Erie Times-News 
September 21, 2018 
… The other Commitment to Erie Award winner, UPMC Hamot, is not just a historic medical facility, but one that is investing in the region’s future viability on a grand, diverse and transformative scale. …

 

Organ donation from stranger saves local man's life
Source: WTAJ-TV
September 20, 2018 
… He says he quit alcohol, right then, but it was too late for his liver. Dean ended up at UPMC  in Pittsburgh, where this January he was put on the transplant list. …

 

Dr. Ronen Elefant joins UPMC trauma program
Source: Lock Haven Express 
September 21, 2018 
Ronen Elefant, MD, Is the new medical director for UPMC Susquehanna’s Acute Care Surgery and Trauma Program. …

 

OPED: Bi-partisan effort on medical marijuana research
Source: York Dispatch 
September 20, 2018 
Under these provisions, eight of Pennsylvania’s nine medical schools were previously approved to conduct medical cannabis research as Academic Clinical Research Centers: … University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine …

 

White matter repair and traumatic brain injury
Source: Medical Xpress 
September 20, 2018 
… Seeking to better understand the role of white matter, and particularly axonal injury and regeneration in TBI, a group of investigators from the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Veterans Administration undertook a study involving tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in a murine model of TBI. …

 

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