HPC WIRE - Alum JONATHAN RAVIOTTA (BCHS '18) and BCHS's RICHARD ZIMMERMAN are members of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center that received the Hyperion Research Award on High Performance Computing (HPC) Innovation Excellence for their papers using agent-based modeling to examine the effect of choice of influenza vaccine types on vaccine uptake.
KELSEA LASORDA (EPI) received the James W. Knox Memorial Scholarship, Nationality Room Scholarship, to participate in research on preventing mother to child transmission of HIV in Cape Town, South Africa in summer 2017. The purpose of Nationality Room Scholarship awards is to enable Pitt students to have an in-depth immersion in another culture for at least five weeks. Lasorda will receive $3,500 to supplement her trip to South Africa.
EPI's SHERYL KELSEY was recognized for being a role model for women pursuing public health careers in statistics and epidemiology. Kelsey dedicated her career to the research and design of clinical trials and registries in the field of cardiology, diabetes, women’s health, neurology, and ophthalmology, demonstrating the highest standards of scientific inquiry in a truly collaborative spirit.
WESA-FM – “Prescribed to Death: A Memorial to the Victims of the Opioid Crisis” has arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in the William
Pitt Student Union. A machine carves a new pill on site every 24 minutes to represent the frequency of fatal overdoses. The wall will include up to 22,000 pills—each engraved with the face of someone who died of an opioid overdose. It will be open to the public on Tuesday 2/6.
VOX – In his first State of the Union address, Donald Trump abandoned his pledges to bring down the cost of America’s medicines. Lowering the out-of-pocket costs that normal people feel is worthwhile but that won’t bring down the gross costs of prescription drugs. “They’re just going to raise premiums, or try to offset it another way,” HPM’s WALID GELLAD said of insurance plans. “Someone’s gonna pay the price if the price doesn’t come down.”
THE HILL - The European Union's unclear definitions of the Precautionary Principles allows them to ban trade of goods such as beef previously treated with growth hormones and GMO grains without demonstration that such goods cause any health risks. EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN says, "The US is not without unfair trade practices. But, in contrast to the EU, we do not rely on distorting public health science as a means to wrap greed in a green flag."
THE COMMONWEALTH FUND - HPM'S ERIC ROBERTS examined changes in hospital and primary care utilization among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland and control counties outside the state. The researchers aimed to pinpoint utilization changes linked solely to the global budget intervention and not related to prior trends. To this end, the authors compared utilization before Maryland launched the program and during the first two years of...
TITUSVILLE HERALD - Community members and students from Pitt's Titusville campus gathered to hear IDM's LINDA FRANK discuss drug misuse versus drug abuse, the opioid epidemic's relation to to the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, available prevention and treatment strategies, and the implications for health professionals, families, community members, and local organizations.
“It’s a different world. UPMC, CMU, and University of Pittsburgh changed everything,” said Mark Cuban, referring to Pittsburgh’s marquee institutions like a native. “It went from Rust Belt to AI and Med Belt. I’m so proud of what has happened. Now it’s a young vibrant city that has an amazing workforce.”
GEEKWIRE - is putting it's own HQ2 in Pittsburgh for the month of February - reporting on the people, technologies, and ideas transforming the industrial city into an innovation powerhouse. Pittsburgh is poised to become a global tech hub in one of the country's most livable metropolitan areas.
STAT - Congressional efforts to lower drug prices are at a standstill. Powerful health industry players disagree about how to move forward. Every group pushes it's own agenda and strategies, making it unlikely that crushing drug prices will change any time soon. "It is correct that one of the reasons patients are feeling such high prices is because they have to pay coinsurance and deductibles, says HPM's WALID GELLAD. "And it's true that pharma ...
HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - The current movement in breast cancer research is matching DNA with targeted therapies and HUGEN's ADRIAN LEE is at the forefront. "We know now that no two cancers are alike...the concept is, with our ability to more comprehensively understand the genetic basis of the disease, we can more precisely understand the disease, and then treat the disease and/or predict risk."
CNBC - “The administration has not lived up to the hype I think people expected around drug prices,” said HPM’s WALID GELLAD of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. “They’ve done a few things, but it hasn’t lived up to the hype.”
EPI's JENNIFER ADIBI has been announced as a featured speaker for the 2018 One Health One Community Symposium at Phipps Conservatory. Taking Place on March 7 & 8, this year's event will center on the theme "Health Impacts: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment," with a special focus on endocrine disruptors. Take advantage of early-bird registration through Fri., Jan. 26, including both opening reception and symposium.
STAT - “The market has spoken,” said WALID GELLAD of HPM and Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. “The key issue for success and sustainability will be how the generic manufacturers and trade groups respond, and also how other hospital groups might respond. It’s a new world. Insurers become hospitals. Hospitals become pharmaceutical manufacturers. At some point, manufacturers will become insurers and providers.”
HELIO - Research from epidemiologist KRYSTAL K. SWASEY and colleagues has found that high rates of cardiovascular disease for those managing type1 diabetes with childhood onset may indicate that current recommendations for blood pressure and triglyceride levels may be too lax.
BALTIMORE SUN - “The takeaway so far may be that when hospitals change the way the health care delivery system works, you don’t necessarily get a broader transformation that people had hoped for,” said lead author, HPM’s ERIC ROBERTS. There may be several reasons, including that doctors are not yet widely provided incentives to participate in Maryland’s program.
MEDPAGE TODAY - Epidemiology chair ANNE NEWMAN says, "“It is reasonable to test anyone with concerns about change in cognitive ability, especially after age 80. There are numerous screening tests that tap the main cognitive abilities such as the mini-mental status exam, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and informant questionnaires. These tests focus on short-term memory and language.”
POST-GAZETTE - If the declaration allows the free flow of medical data, it could help researchers come up with plans to control the epidemic, said Dean DONALD S. BURKE. “There’s currently substantial data on the opioid epidemic that is either hidden or lazy, meaning not being used,” he said. “We could turn that into active data. This would be one of the least expensive ways to get the most bang for the buck.”
PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER - There are a number of areas statistics are being used for actual changes on the ground. One example is related to the opioid crisis. HPM’s ZAN DODSON, a postdoctoral researcher with the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, used data on the concentration of opioid-related arrests to see which areas could use more “clean needle exchanges, Narcan kits, and readily available medical aid.”