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Newman contributes to discussion on whether Trump’s physical should include a cognitive screen

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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.” 

Wolf’s opioid declaration a step forward, but more help needed, says Burke

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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.” 

Dodson on the importance of fresh data for Peduto's increased transparency

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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.” 

Buzzeli teaching global health at Northhampton Community College

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Alumna MICHELE M. BUZZELI (BCHS ’15) is teaching about global health at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, using her coursework at Pitt Public Health to cover the syllabus. She will also teach a section of College Success, a required first semester course for incoming students, helping them navigate the college environment. 

Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award

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Alumna SUSAN M. MANZI was honored with the 2016 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award during the  Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala , Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Heinz Field. Established in 2012, the award honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians. Manzi is chair of the Department of Medici... 

Moore receives international Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

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The 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of medicine, will be presented to IDM’s PATRICK MOORE and Yuan Chang. Their laboratory is credited with discovering two of the seven known human viruses that directly cause cancer. The award is given annually to researchers who have made significant contributions in the fields of immunology, cancer research, microbiology, and chemotherapy. “Doctor... 

Vockley on UX007 development program in long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorder patients

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STREET INSIDER - Human genetic’s JERRY VOCKLEY, principal investigator on the program, noted, “I am very excited about our Phase 2 and other clinical results showing the near elimination of hypoglycemia and reduction in cardiomyopathy, addressing two of the major life-threatening symptoms in these disorders. A reduction in the frequency of rhabdomyolysis episodes will also greatly improve the lives of our patients. I look forward to continue work... 

Angus: Three ways to improve post-hospitalization sepsis care

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BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW - HPM alumnus and faculty member DEREK C. ANGUS, director of the Clinical Research, Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness laboratory at Pitt’s School of Medicine, has developed an evidence-based approach for managing post-hospitalization sepsis. “We need to focus not only on saving the patient’s life, but on ensuring the patient will have the best possible quality of life after leaving the hospital.” 

Mair on why lower-class drinkers face worse heart health risks

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CNN - The international study, says BCHS’s CHRISTINA MAIR, has a “key strength“ in its “large, population-based database.“ The greater impact of drinking on lower socioeconomic status individuals is “an important health disparity to measure, understand, and seek to reduce.“ Her work focuses on how lower-income neighborhoods have less access to health-protecting resources. “Without addressing disparate environmental conditions...we will not be abl... 

Sabik says Medicaid expansion leads to increase in early cancer detection

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90.5 WESA - Health policy researcher LINDSAY SABIK said that more cancer screenings may be driving these results, but added “there’s also the possibility that people do have symptoms and they go to see their health care provider soon after the symptoms begin, instead of putting off care because of concerns of costs or an inability to get recommended treatment.” Her research should be considered as the country debates the future of the Medicaid an... 

Cauley on FRAX screening's reduction of hip fractures for health older women

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MEDSCAPE - Commenting on the study in an accompanying commentary, EPI’s JANE CAULEY points out that high-risk women in the current study had a 17.9 percent probability of sustaining a hip fracture and a 30 percent probability of sustaining a major osteoporotic fracture at 10 years. “Thus, despite the absence of a positive impact on the primary outcome, the results of the SCOOP study nevertheless have important public health implications.” 

Burke weighs in on future of opioid epidemic

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PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER - Modeling by epidemiologist DONALD BURKE suggests that 150,000 to 200,000 people on pain pills transition to injection drugs every year. “The more people using heroin, the greater the probability that more people will use heroin, just like the spread of an infectious disease.” He wonders whether the kind of response used for epidemics might work: Determine key transition points, like when a painkiller addict is likely to tr... 

States with expanded Medicaid had increased early cancer diagnoses, saving lives and costs

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POST-GAZETTE - “Policymakers considering cuts to or restrictions on public insurance such as Medicaid should take into account the access to important screening and diagnostic health care provided by insurance coverage,”says HPM’s LINDSAY SABIK, co-author of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health . “Our findings suggest that Medicaid coverage can improve early detection of cancer, which may have important benefits for individ... 

Do your ears hang low? (Hugen VIDEO)

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UPMC/PITT HEALTH SCIENCES NEWSROOM - Public health and dental medicine geneticists from the University of Pittsburgh found that at least 49 genes underlie earlobe attachment. What does this research mean and why is it important? 

Goldstein advises Dow Chemical on sustainability

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SUSTAINABLE BRANDS - The Dow Chemical Company counts EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN among its 8-member Sustainability External Advisory Council (SEAC),  the first of its kind in the petrochemical industry. The council has a significant influence on Dow’s approach to sustainability and environment, health and safety issues, providing “an independent, outside-in perspective on critical issues related to sustainability and environmental policy that impact ... 

Stephan leads Oakland startup to battle the invasion of superbugs

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POST-GAZETTE - “We think we have the cure for the looming superbug epidemic,” DIETRICH STEPHAN recalled the 41-year-old entrepreneur saying. “I said, ‘Oh, really. Send us all your stuff.’” The introduction paid off. Steckbeck’s company, Oakland-based Peptilogics Inc., recently closed on a $5.5 million Series A financing round led by Facebook Inc.’s first major investor Peter Thiel. Stephan, a serial entrepreneur and chair of Pitt Public Health’s ... 

Burke’s angry response to the CDC’s seven-word ban

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POST-GAZETTE - Controversy is brewing over the Trump Administration’s reported advisory to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention against using words or terms commonly used to describe health issues and policies. They include: entitlement, science-based, evidence-based, transgender, fetus, diversity and vulnerable. “We were all surprised that these would be words that should be omitted from correspondence with budget documents and th... 

Moore on the infection connection for some skin cancers

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CURE - “New technology is allowing us to find cancers that may have a (previously unknown) infectious origin,” says PATRICK MOORE, professor of infectious diseases, microbiology, molecular genetics, and biochemistry. He is credited with co-discovering viral links to two types of skin cancer: Kaposi sarcoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. 

Kagan helps find mechanism of dendritic cell needed for antitumor immune response

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DRUG TARGET REVIEW - A team including EOH researcher VALERIAN KAGAN has revealed the mechanism causing defective function of tumour-associated dendritic cells, explaining why they’re ineffective in inducing antitumor immune responses and effective cancer treatment. The findings could lead to new strategies for improving the response to immunotherapy. 

Pittsburgh employs FRED for disease modeling as part of DASH grant

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HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS - Pittsburgh is 1of 4 city grantees of Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH). At their 12/14 meeting, KAREN HACKER, ACHD director and HPM faculty, reported on use of the Framework for Reconstructing Epidemic Dynamics (FRED) to predictively model infectious disease outbreaks.  

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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)
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Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment 

Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment

PITTWIRE - New research led by Pitt Public Health affiliates and published in the  American Journal of Human Genetics  reveals that an interplay of at least 49 genes contributes to earlobe attachment inheritance. “Sometimes the genetics of a fairly simple trait are actually quite complex,” said ... (12/06/2017)
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Enigma: Marques worked to pinpoint culprit of mysterious illness in Brazil 

Enigma: Marques worked to pinpoint culprit of mysterious illness in Brazil

PITTWIRE - When a mysterious illness suddenly emerged in his Brazilian hometown, IDM researcher ERNESTO MARQUES mobilized with colleagues to decode its unknowns. The work may help infectious-disease researchers stop or stall new epidemics. His story begins on page 18. (10/24/2017)
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