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Short-Term Survival Benefit Found in Hospitals with Higher-Intensity Approaches to End-of-Life Care

Patients admitted to hospitals with higher-intensity end-of-life care live longer than those admitted to hospitals with low-intensity approaches, according to a University of Pittsburgh study available online and published in the February issue of the journal Medical Care . Higher-intensity care refers to greater use of life-sustaining measures such as ICU admission, intubation or mechanical ventilation, kidney dialysis and feeding tubes. 

Leading Expert in Health Care Decision-Making Appointed Chair of Health Policy and Management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3 – Mark S. Roberts, M.D., M.P.P., has been recruited by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) to lead the school’s Department of Health Policy and Management. 

Dementia in Older Women Linked to High Blood Pressure Years Earlier

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 12 – High blood pressure may put women at greater risk for dementia later in life by increasing white matter abnormalities in the brain, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 

Protecting the Heart at Menopause

It has long been known that a woman's risk for heart disease rises after the onset of menopause. But is that the result of falling levels of the hormone estrogen that accompany menopause or actually a consequence of aging? 

Short-Term School Closures May Worsen Flu Pandemics, Pitt Study Finds

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 30 – Closing schools for less than two weeks during a flu pandemic may increase infection rates and prolong an epidemic, say University of Pittsburgh researchers in a study published ahead-of-print and online in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. The findings, developed from a series of computer simulations based on U.S. census data, indicate that schools may need to be closed for at least eight weeks in order ... 

Center for Healthy Aging Launches “10 Keys”™ to Healthy Aging Online Educational Program

The “10 Keys”™ to Healthy Aging online interactive educational program is now available free to all on the world-wide web. 

Pitt Receives $7.2 Million to Develop Microbicides Against HIV/AIDS

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 9 – The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has received a five-year, $7.2 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop microbicides against HIV transmission. The grant will allow Pitt to test two microbicide formulations – a film and ring that release the active ingredient over time. 

Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health to Evaluate Environmental Threats in Southwestern Pennsylvania


Donald S. Burke, M.D., Honored with Election to Institute of Medicine


Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., to Give Talk on Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease


Epidemiology Student Reception


It’s never too late to learn to use the Internet


Fall 2009 Newsletter - Center for Healthy Aging


NIDDK LABS study finds low short-term risks after obesity surgery

In the July issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM 361(5):445-454; July 30, 2009), a study coordinated in the Epidemiology Data Center indicates that weight loss surgery is safer than once believed. 

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