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Gellad comments on the hype of cancer cure claims

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CNN - Hyping early scientific results based on lab tests or animal studies can attract investors that allow researchers to continue their work. "It's in the interest of almost every stakeholder in the health system to be optimistic about these therapies," said HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Zimmerman and Nowalk suggest there may still be a place for the nasal flu vaccine

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CONTAGION LIVE - A research team including senior author RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, BCHS, and alumna MARY PATRICIA NOWALK (EPI '93), notes that despite its lower efficacy rates, eliminating the nasal influenza vaccine has resulted in a reduced overall rate of flu vaccine uptake in the United States. Thus, eliminating this form of vaccination may lead to more flu-related illnesses. The study finds that it would take only relatively small changes to tip th... 

Bodnar receives outstanding alumnus award from UNC Chapel Hill

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Vice-chair for research in the Department of Epidmiology, Lisa Bodnar is to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

Hear HPM's Gellad interview about President Trump's actual power when it comes to drug pricing

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MPR NEWS - Before he was elected, Donald Trump promised to take on big pharma lobbyists and the prescription drug price-fixing he claimed consumers were paying the price for. But what — if anything — can he do now that he's president? Minnesota Public Radio News host Kerri Miller talked with HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing about drug pricing and what changes we may see to rising drug cost... 

Beaver County residents learn how Shell's ethane cracker may affect air quality

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BEAVER COUNTY TIMES - On the heels of a report released last week that again ranked western PA's air as some of the worst in the country, EOH's JAMES BAFISIAK spoke to a crowd of about 50 Beaver County residents on Monday night. We're committed to sharing our scientific expertise with neighbors concerned about the issues. 

The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age 

The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age

FAST COMPANY - There are massive economic benefits in our environmental regulations. A paper by EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and team members from across the country explores the science of environmental protection, noting that the 1963 Clean Air Act has cut key air pollutants by 70%, even as the U.S. po... (04/21/2017)

Study by IDM's Mellors provides new understanding of HIV infections 

Study by IDM's Mellors provides new understanding of HIV infections

A new study represents an important advance toward better treatments and even a cure. “The immune system stays activated, angry, upset and inflamed despite current treatments, and that’s not good,” said study leader JOHN MELLORS of infectious diseases and microbiology. The research, involving vario... (04/20/2017)

Pitt mourns passing of Nathan Hershey, retired HPM faculty member and health law pioneer 

Pitt mourns passing of Nathan Hershey, retired HPM faculty member and health law pioneer

Health law pioneer and former pillar of the Pitt Public Health faculty, NATHAN (Nat) HERSHEY died on Saturday evening (4/15/17) due to complications from a fall. Nat was an irresistible champion for justice and equity and played an integral role in creating the field of health law, which regulates w... (04/19/2017)

EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report 

EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report

KDKA - Radio afternoon news host Robert Mangino interviewed EOH's JIM FANISIAK about the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report. Even though our Pittsburgh air seems clear, there's a lot more we can do to clear up some of the worst air quality in the country. (04/19/2017)

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics 

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Bra... (04/19/2017)

EPI's Strotmeyer newly elected officer for the Gerontological Society of America 

EPI's Strotmeyer newly elected officer for the Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, announced its newest elected officers, including Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Department of Epidemiology. Officers are chosen by the GSA membership of more than 5,500 researchers, e... (04/18/2017)

Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology 

Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology

On April 13, 2017, TREVOR ORCHARD shared his inaugural lecture as Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology with Chancellor Patrick Gallegher and a throng of well-wishers during an event sponsored by Patricia Beeson, provost, senior vice chancellor, and chief academic officer of the University of Pitt... (04/14/2017)

Early onset hot flashes may signal higher heart risks, says EPI's Thurston 

Early onset hot flashes may signal higher heart risks, says EPI's Thurston

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause -- they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, suggests a team led by REBECCA THURSTON, Department of Epidemiology. The study showed that the association was independent of o... (04/13/2017)

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons 

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons

Epi Gives Back, an organization of students, faculty, and staff led by NANCY GLYNN, volunteered to assist the Allegheny County Health Department with assembling Safe Sex Kits for distribution through regional health clinics. ACHD supplied condoms, lubricant, and informational packets for the service... (04/12/2017)

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits 

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits

Epi Gives Back is a Department of Epidemiology group with a goal of contributing to the Pittsburgh community through volunteer service projects. Students and faculty recently volunteered with the Allegheny County Health Department, packing safe sex kits (comprised of condoms, lubricants, and informa... (04/11/2017)

HPM's Gellad weighs in on how many pills are too many 

HPM's Gellad weighs in on how many pills are too many

NEW YORK TIMES - The idea of dropping unnecessary medications started cropping up in the medical literature a decade ago. In recent years, evidence has mounted about the dangers of taking multiple, perhaps unnecessary, medications. To reduce the chances of adverse drug effects, patients can play an ... (04/10/2017)

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants 

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human genetics and biostatistics DANIEL WEEKS reported that applications for BD2K biomedical training grants submitted by the University were denied because of concerns over future funding for the BD2K Initiative. Short for Big Data to Knowledge, BD2K refers to an NIH-funde... (04/07/2017)

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs 

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs

Medicare beneficiaries with Part D prescription coverage with six or more chronic conditions who were connected to an ACO had the highest savings on medical costs — $966 per patient in 2012, said lead author HPM's YUTING ZHANG upon releasing findings. “This is encouraging because it demonstrates tha... (04/05/2017)

EPI's Yuan discovers telomere length predicts cancer risk 

EPI's Yuan discovers telomere length predicts cancer risk

R&D MAGAZINE - The caps of DNA at the end of our chromosomes known as telomeres are a crucial part of our biology. Their condition has been linked to aging, cancer, and a host of other conditions. The short and long extremes of telomere length significantly increase cancer risk, according to new res... (04/04/2017)

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein 

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein

SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC - The TVA case study fits with many other examples of how coal pollution can harm health, says EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN. “We should get rid of particulates, and coal contributes to that.... If the president gets his way, this would slow [coal’s descent] down,” says Go... (04/04/2017)

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