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Access to room A115

During the construction on the first floor (see "First floor Parran Hall construction"), access to room A115 will be via the Crabtree elevator or the stairwell from the parking garage. Note that there will be no handicapped emergency egress from A115 during this time (i.e. during an emergency in which the elevator is shut down). Because of this, it is preferred that events not be scheduled in the room during this time; for scheduling questions, c... 

First floor Parran Hall construction

The first floor hallway between Parran and Crabtree will be under construction during the month of March. During that time, access between Parran and Crabtree will be via the second floor. As a part of that work, the Crabtree first floor restrooms will be demolished. Vending machine will move to the second floor of Crabtree.  

Coffee shop

Due to change in the construction scheduling, the coffee shop will not open until sometime this summer.  

General construction update

The North Parran renovation project is on schedule, and should be completed in November 2017. Framing of office walls is well underway on the upper floors, and demolition is almost complete on the lower floors. Student work and collaboration spaces in North Parran is in the design phase.  

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people

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KNOWRIDGE - “Adults with severe obesity often have difficultly following national guidelines to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health benefits,” says lead author WENDY C. KING, associate professor of epidemiology.  

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER

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PASTE - According to EPI Data Center's ANTHONY FABIO, lead researcher on the study, TV programs that show risk taking, violence or using alcohol or drugs seem to increase risk of injury in people predisposed to hostility. 

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality

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U.S.NEWS - Speaking from experience, HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS says there are lots of things doctors can do beside taking care of patients. A nonclinical route as medical researcher allows those with a passion for innovation to have enormous influence on the future by discovering a drug or increasing understanding of a disease. 

AJPH focuses on academic public health and the firearm crisis

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AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH -  In its March 2017 edition, AJPH takes a closer look at academic public health and the firearm crisis. Click to view featured articles and plan to attend the Food for Thought screening and discussion of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA   on Thursday, 2/23. 

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit

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NEW YORK TIMES - Work of epidemiology and biostatistics researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE contributed to the IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial cited by the New York Times today.  

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016

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ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure to arsenic might alter the ability of muscles to regenerate after injury, and that NF kappa B, a protein involved in tissue repair, might play a role. 

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 3 (video)

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NPR - For most of human history, we had a lot of bad ideas about how we were getting sick and how to prevent it. Things started changing only about 200 years ago when an English doctor invented vaccination, our first safe and effective way to fight disease. So what did that do for us? Consider that in 1900, the average person lived only about 30 years. Today, most of us live to seventy. Have we closed the book on infectious disease? If only! 

Zimmerman’s CDC report: Flu shot is 48 percent effective

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TRIB LIVE - This year's flu vaccine cut infection risk by less than half, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-authored by RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, associate professor in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Zimmerman runs the Pittsburgh arm of a group that studies flu vaccine effectiveness for the CDC.  

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Selected for this award in recognition of his “pioneering efforts in the field of HIV pre-vention and LGBT health,” RON STALL is praised as a leader in the development of behavioral risk reduction interventions because he has “directed the field to look at HIV from a new angle, setting today’s standard.” The highly competitive Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award is given to Pitt faculty with an outstanding and continuin... 

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

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PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going home with an opioid prescription." 

EOH's Bernard Goldstein receives 2017 Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, dean emeritus, on receiving the Society of Toxicology's 2017 Public Communications Award! 

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Access to room A115 

Access to room A115

During the construction on the first floor (see "First floor Parran Hall construction"), access to room A115 will be via the Crabtree elevator or the stairwell from the parking garage. Note that there will be no handicapped emergency egress from A115 during this time (i.e. during an emergency in whi... (02/24/2017)

First floor Parran Hall construction 

First floor Parran Hall construction

The first floor hallway between Parran and Crabtree will be under construction during the month of March. During that time, access between Parran and Crabtree will be via the second floor. As a part of that work, the Crabtree first floor restrooms will be demolished. Vending machine will move to the... (02/24/2017)

Coffee shop 

Coffee shop

Due to change in the construction scheduling, the coffee shop will not open until sometime this summer.  (02/24/2017)

General construction update 

General construction update

The North Parran renovation project is on schedule, and should be completed in November 2017. Framing of office walls is well underway on the upper floors, and demolition is almost complete on the lower floors. Student work and collaboration spaces in North Parran is in the design phase.  (02/24/2017)

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people 

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people

KNOWRIDGE - “Adults with severe obesity often have difficultly following national guidelines to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health benefits,” says lead author WENDY C. KING, associate professor of epidemiology. (02/24/2017)

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER 

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER

PASTE - According to EPI Data Center's ANTHONY FABIO, lead researcher on the study, TV programs that show risk taking, violence or using alcohol or drugs seem to increase risk of injury in people predisposed to hostility. (02/21/2017)

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality 

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality

U.S.NEWS - Speaking from experience, HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS says there are lots of things doctors can do beside taking care of patients. A nonclinical route as medical researcher allows those with a passion for innovation to have enormous influence on the future by discovering a drug or increasing u... (02/21/2017)

AJPH focuses on academic public health and the firearm crisis 

AJPH focuses on academic public health and the firearm crisis

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH -  In its March 2017 edition, AJPH takes a closer look at academic public health and the firearm crisis. Click to view featured articles and plan to attend the Food for Thought screening and discussion of Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA   on Thursday, 2... (02/20/2017)

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit 

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit

NEW YORK TIMES - Work of epidemiology and biostatistics researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE contributed to the IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial cited by the New York Times today. (02/20/2017)

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016 

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure ... (02/16/2017)
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