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Human genetics research to understand craniofacial birth defects

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A facial shape genetics paper from a research team including HUGEN's JOHN SHAFFER, ELEANOR FEINGOLD, and student EKATERINA ORLOVA, was among the top 50 most downloaded "PLoS Genetics" open-access journal papers in 2016. 

IDM's Gupta team develops improved test to detect hidden HIV virus

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TRIBUNE REVIEW - “This will be extremely useful for clinical trials and people doing the basic science on the latency,” said PHALGUNI GUPTA, senior author and IDM vice-chair. In addition to being more sensitive, the new test is cheaper, easier, faster, and requires less blood than the test commonly used now. This means it can safely be used in babies. 

Van Panhuis explains why gaps in immunization coverage are troubling

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STAR TRIBUNE - “That is the herd immunity,” said WILBERT VAN PANUIS, Pitt Public Health epidemiologist and affiliated faculty of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory. Measles is less likely to turn into an outbreak if at least 95 percent of the population has immunity protection. ldquo;If the number drops below 95, the chance of measles infection is going up,” he said. “Children who can’t be vaccinated will be at an extreme risk.” 

Mixed wisdom on the first use of purpose-built crematory on U.S. soil

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POST-GAZETTE - An early  motive for promoting cremation — to prevent contamination — appears overstated. Poorly buried corpses of people who died of infectious diseases in the 1800s could contaminate a nearby water supply, but there would have been no general risk of contamination from those who die of trauma or non-contagious diseases, commented EOH's JAMES FABISIAK.  

Alumna Johnson: CDC/CSTE Allplied Epidemiology Fellow

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Alumna STEPHANIE JOHNSON (EPI '16) has been accepted into the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship. The mission of this national fellowship-training program is to meet the nation's ongoing need for applied epidemiology workforce capacity in state and local health departments. Johnson will be serving at the Puerto Rico Department of Health and the CDC-Dengue branch in San Juan, starting this summer. 

New walking route, thanks to WalkWorks

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ENDEAVOR NEWS - A walking route in Emporium will be inaugurated as part of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 3. Cameron County Chamber of Commerce has teamed with the Pa. Dept. of Health and Pitt Public Health's WALKWORKS program to create a 1.67-mile walking loop through the county seat marked with green circles featuring an arrow. Learn more about this health initiative directed by CAROL REICHBAUM at bit.ly/2rHofch. 

Epidemiologists' SWAN Study "Change" data

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PITT MED - A team of researchers, including epidemiology's REBECCA THURSTON, SAMAR EL KHOUDARY, and KAREN MATTHEWS, recruited about 400 premenopausal women for a multi-institutional study in 1996. They were asking a lot: an extra doctor’s visit once a year, forever. Yet about 400 from Pittsburgh volunteered, and at last count, 90 percent were still in. Though most women now live at least a third of their lives after menopause, its long-term effec... 

Accelerated approval and expensive drugs — a challenging combination says HPM's Gellad

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NEJM - Despite the uncertain evidence of clinical benefit, drugs receiving accelerated approval enter the market as FDA-approved products, and insurers must decide whether and how to pay for them. Those decisions are becoming increasingly complex in light of the rising prices of new drugs. Read about suggestions by HPM's WALID GELLAD and listen to his interview. 

Sushi doughnuts in the shadow of Pitt Public Health

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POST-GAZETTE - We have two words for you — sushi doughnut. That’s as fair a place to start as any in the discussion of Mount Everest Sushi, a tiny little takeout shop with a few dine-in tables in the shadow of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health building in Oakland. Rest assured that the sushi doughnut is not some sort of a weird bastardization of raw fish, glaze, jelly and jimmies… Rather, it's simply a clever and eye-p... 

Pitt Public Health's Evaluation Institute data informs Allegheny County health survey

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ACTION NEWS 4 - A random telephone survey of 9000 residents conducted by BCHS' EVALUATION INSTITUTE spotlights trends in important public health topics such as obesity, smoking, insurance access, chronic disease status, and the utilization of health care resources. “This is fantastic data to have at our fingertips,” said County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “Having data that not only provides us with information on the health and health concerns o... 

Will the ACHA take away career flexibility, asks HPM's Donahue

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90.5 WESA - “So in effect, the people with preexisting conditions could find coverage so unaffordable that they don't have access to the market even though the guaranteed issue rule is still in place,” said JULIE DONAHUE, professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh. Donahue said that could lead to a phenomenon called job lock, where people stay in jobs simply for the health insurance. She said the ACA was designed, i... 

HPM's Hershey and Kahn offer perspective on state sepsis mandates and regulation of hospital quality

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NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE - In an editorial on “Rory’s Regulations” requiring hospitals follow a protocol to quickly identify and treat sepsis, Pitt Public Health’s TINA BATRA HERSHEY and JEREMY M. KAHN examine the potential of additional state sepsis mandates, noting this represented a major shift in the use of health policy to improve the quality of health care, rather than using market-based incentives and reimbursement penalties. “Sepsi... 

HPM's Tomko: How ride-sharing services leave people with disabilities behind

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POST-GAZZETTE - In an editorial, HPM's HEATHER TOMKO wrote: During a recent browse of my Twitter feed, a quotation from Mayor Bill Peduto jumped out at me. At the National Summit on Design and Urban Mobility earlier this month, he said, “If it’s not for all, it’s not for us,” referring to ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, as well as Uber's self-driving cars. But as I continued to browse, I saw a glaring omission: a group of the “all” who ... 

Howard recognized for service

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Diane Howard will honored at the 2017 Alumni Awards Ceremony for her contributions to the school. She is associate professor and director of student development in the Department of Health Systems Management (HSM) at Rush University Medical Center, where she teaches courses in managed care, health care in America, and professionalism. She serves on the HSM career services, chairman’s council, curriculum, faculty appointments and promotions, recr... 

Eric Hulsey: 2017 Dinstinguished Alumni Award for Practice

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Eric Hulsey is manager of behavioral health analytics in the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation. In this role, he is responsible for working with key partners to evaluate behavioral health services administered by DHS and find practical applications for research, as well as for managing all research activities, implementation, and reporting efforts; designing and developing quanti... 

Michael Walsh: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Practice

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Michael T. Walsh Jr. is founder and principal of 25 Strategies, a consulting firm focused on creating and deploying impact strategy for foundations, health systems, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and social impact ventures that address public health challenges, strengthen health systems, and build resilient communities. Walsh is also interim chief of strategy and programs for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’... 

Mary Ganguli: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

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Mary Ganguli is professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental disorders, particularly neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. She is the principal investigator of several National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded, population-based investigations in the area of dementia and Al... 

Tammy Haley: 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Tammy Haley is director of nursing and radiological sciences, associate professor of nursing, and coordinator of the RN-BSN program in the Division of Biological and Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where she has been a member of the nursing faculty since 2003. She teaches Physical Examination and Health Promotion and Community Health Nursing at the BSN level and teaches at all levels of the ASN program, in both the c... 

Annette Fetchko: 2017 Gloninger Service Award

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Annette Fetchko currently serves as the regional manager for the Center for Inclusion Health (CIH), a division of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny Health Network (AHN), with a mission to provide outstanding health care to all people in the region served by AHN, especially socially marginalized and vulnerable populations. Fetchko oversees the operational and strategic development of the programs within CIH. Prior to her role at CIH, Fet... 

Laura Gieraltowski: 2017 Early Career Excellence Award

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Laura B. Gieraltowski is serving as a lieutenant commander with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) for which she is a epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases, Division of the Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases’ Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch (ORPB). She regularly leads teams of public health professiona... 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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