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Gellad: A unique voice in the drug pricing debate

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GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS - Health Policy and Management’s WALID GELLAD is a policy researcher, primary care physician, director of Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, music composer(!), and all-around truth-seeker. His broad expertise has made him a go-to resource on the latest health issues. 

University of Pittsburgh architects a versatile HPC system to facilitate breakthrough research

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SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING - With the assistance of Pitt’s high-performance computing (HPC) system, EPI’s ASHLEY NAIMI conducts a randomized trial of 1,200 volunteers to determine if a small, daily dose of aspirin may help women to more easily achieve pregnancy and to carry a baby to term. “Our data-intensive research relies on machine learning algorithms to interpret the data we collect.... With the new processors in place, we can obtain meaningful in... 

Van Nostrand presents big data resources at APHA

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Although studies show that using information technology to analyze big health datasets and guide public health decisions can improve health equity, most community health center staff report receiving little to no training in health informatics. At the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017 annual meeting, HPM’s ELIZABETH (BJERKE) VAN NOSTRAND shared four free, open-access public health informatics tools to aid public health workers prepar... 

Alumna Shirlene Tolbert-Moten appointed medical director in NJ

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CAPE MAY COUNTY HERALD — SHIRLENE TOLBERT MOTEN, MD, MPH ('93), has been appointed  medical  director for outpatient physician practice at Cape Regional Physicians Associates, a medical group of primary care physicians and specialists serving 13 locations in southern New Jersey. Dr. Moten earned her MPH from the Graduate School of Public Health and her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School.   

Jalal forecast: No end in sight to rising overdose deaths

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GO ERIE - The ultimate goal of the research, says PHDL's HAWRE JALAL, is to be able to recommend solutions to communities — such as making treatment more available or distributing naloxone, an opioid-overdose reversal drug — based on localized data. 

Mailliard presents research on improving HIV “kick and kill” strategies to IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris (Video)

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YOUTUBE - IDM's Mailliard presents his research on “kick and kill” strategies at the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science, the world's largest open scientific conference on HIV and AIDS-related issues. The work demonstrates that naïve T cells have the ability to effectively target the HIV-1 reservoir, highlighting the importance of directing HIV-1 curative strategies towards the induction of de novo rather than memory HIV-1-specific CTL responses.  

Gellad thinks there's reason that Medicaid can't get VA drug pricing

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NPR - “You can't get the VA prices if you don’t do VA things,” said HPM’s WALID GELLAD, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. “To just say, ‘We’re not going to pay more than the VA’ is difficult.” But those are nuances that are tough to explain in a radio spot or on a mailed flyer. 

Breast cancer is serious. Pink is not.

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NEW YORK TIMES - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I have breast cancer...Pink is not a serious color, though cancer is a very serious disease. 

Mair Facing overdoses, neighborhoods not giving up

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “The fact that they are recognizing the challenge before them, coming together and collaborating to solve this problem, is hopeful,” said KAREN HACKER, HPM faculty and Allegheny County Health Department director. “It’s a very clear signal that’s emerging” from data on drug use, said CHRISTINA MAIR, BCHS associate professor. She has pored over hospitalization data statewide and, along with colleague JESSICA BURKE, probed ... 

Parker on whether genome sequencing should be part of a normal health screening?

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MIMS TODAY - “Treatability may not be the only consideration people have regarding such information,” says LISA PARKER, a HUGEN researcher who directs Pitt’s Centre for Bioethics and Health Law. 

Salcido's Pulse Point app alerts citizens to cardiac arrent patients in need (video)

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CBS PITTSBURGH - Alumnus DAVID SALCIDO (EPI ’08), resuscitation specialist and assistant professor in Pitt’s Department of Emergency Medicine, is hoping his app can help save lives in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The free app, called Pulse Point, is connected to the Allegheny County 911 system, so that those who know CPR to get to those in need before paramedics arrive. Listen to the interview and learn more about the app. 

Stall’s research helps to “Kick ASS”

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY TIMES - The reality of AIDS Survivor Syndrome (ASS) is now being confirmed by empirical research. On November 3, 2017, BCHS Associate Chair for Science RON STALL presented his findings on the subject in San Francisco at a provider and community town hall entitled “Research on the AIDS Survivor Syndrome: New Data from The Multi-Center AIDS Cohort Study and Voices of Survivors Themselves.” 

Burke on Riding OD Road

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POST-GAZETTE - The country, state, and county are seeing an exponential spike in drug deaths, and it may have roots in economics and attitudes, says DONALD S. BURKE, Pitt Public Health dean. “The price of heroin as a drug has fallen about fivefold” in recent decades. And fentanyl is cheaper to produce than heroin.” He adds that studies suggest that “lack of sense of purpose” in a community is also tied to overdoses. 

Why the CDC needs number crunchers on the front lines of the opioid epidemic

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90.5 WESA - Who’s needed to fight the battle? At the October 2, 2017, conference sponsored by the PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LABORATORY and CTSI, CDC’s Sarah Bacon said an essential group of people must crunch the numbers to better understand the hows and the whys of the crisis: mathematicians, epidemiologists, data scientists, and statisticians. 

OBOC: Colors of Support

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COLORS OF SUPPORT! Our One Book, One Community program presents cancer-awareness memorabilia of students, faculty, and staff in a special November display, part of this year’s communal read of Pulitzer Prize winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 

Pitt Public Health and League of Women Voters hold shale gas and public health conference

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TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT - The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania will present its fifth annual Shale and Public Health Conference on November 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., hosted by Pitt Public Health at the University Club, 123 University Place, Pittsburgh. 

Gary-Webb receives mentoring award from SAAPHI

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB of BCHS received a mentoring award from the Society of Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). She was honored for her work with students and early career professionals.   

Thurston research says being sexually harassed may have long-term physical consequences

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FORBES - The past several weeks have seen a regular flow of sexual harassment allegations against high profile individuals and a flood of heartfelt stories on the Internet in response to the #MeToo social media hashtag. But as epidemiologist REBECCA THURSTON has found, traumatic experiences such as sexual harassment may affect your blood vessels, your blood flow, and potentially your heart. “We found that a history of more traumatic experiences w... 

Marques: While Zika hasn’t been in the news much, that doesn’t mean it’s gone

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WASHINGTON POST - Local transmission seems to have come to a standstill, with one suspected case in Texas and one case confirmed in Florida. Herd immunity may be preventing more big outbreaks. But if Zika behaves like other arboviruses, it will probably stick around. They tend to be cyclical, says Pitt Public Health researcher ERNESTO MARQUES. “You have big booms, then they drop. Then a few years later, they come back again.” 

Zimmerman: Four vaccines older adults need to protect their health

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POST-GAZETTE - Vaccine expert, BCHS’s RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, recently explained some of the key reasons why people need the vaccines. As a director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Vaccination Research Group, he’s part of the team that evaluates the flu vaccine every year. He is also a member of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. 

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Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony 

Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony

PITT WIRE - In Pitt's graduate student address, EPI doctoral graduate LARA  SIMINERIO LEMON told the audience: "You only have one life. So do what you choose with it but remember: it's the only chance you'll get ... Please do not lose the momentum that Pitt has provided to each one of us ... g... (04/26/2018)
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The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25 

The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25

PITT WIRE - Led by IDM's TONY SILVESTRE, the Pitt Public Health project serves as the facilitator of the HIV prevention and care community planning process in Pennsylvania. With initiatives like Acceptance Journeys and Project SILK, the work has received recognition from multiple federal health bod... (04/26/2018)
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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)

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Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador  

Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Thirty-five new ambassadors, including KYANNA WILLIAMS-PATE (BCHS ’19), are joining the program, representing the This Is Public Health brand and 23 ASPPH member institutions. Throughout the year, ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with p... (05/21/2018)

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990 

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - The past quarter century has brought a striking decline in earlier-than-expected deaths among blacks in the U.S. “We were surprised by these findings because they demonstrated such dramatic improvement,” said DEAN DONALD BURKE. “Our study shows that racial disparity in health ... (05/07/2018)

ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh 

ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Last Thursday, ASPPH Data Center staff visited Pitt Public Health, meeting with administrators, staff, and the university-wide Tableau business intelligence user group. The consultation focused on upcoming ASPPH Annual Data Reporting, ASPPH resources for diversity studies, usi... (04/23/2018)
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