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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mounting the Attack on Lou Gehrig's Disease>

A study for a promising drug for the treatment of ALS called dexpramipexole is now under way. The drug won't cure patients of ALS, but there is some suggestion it could slow the progression of the disease. The Phase III study involving 943 ALS patients in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia is being conducted by Weston, Mass.-based company Biogen Idec and will conclude in the fall.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chiropractics Target of Pitt Study>

University of Pittsburgh medical researchers are poking into a painful subject: low back pain and the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments versus traditional medicine.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Weight Loss Surgery May Increase Risk of Alcohol Abuse >

The risk of alcohol problems goes up somewhat in patients who have undergone weight-loss surgery, but not until more than a year after undergoing the procedure, new research finds.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Popular Weight-loss Surgery Increases Risk of Alcohol Use Disorders, Study Finds>

People who receive the most popular weight-loss surgical procedure are at increased risk of developing symptoms of alcohol use disorders, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) researchers have discovered.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Sleep Linked to CRP Levels in Teens>

Adolescents appear to have higher levels of the cardiovascular risk marker C-reactive protein during the school week than over the weekend, Pitt researchers reported at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Boston.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Chief Appointed President of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology>

A. Kim Ritchey, M.D., chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been named president of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO).

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Parkinson's Disease: Reasons for Hope>

Parkinson's disease research has exploded in recent years, with each new finding giving patients renewed hope. Harvard theologian Peter Gomes once wrote, “Hope doesn’t get you out, but it does get you through. To be without hope, is to be without a future.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Talking LGBT Health>

LGBT people face the same health concerns as anyone else, but in some cases, they face greater risk for problems such as breast cancer, HIV, hepatitis, and stress-related conditions. Dr. Ronald Stall talks to Essential Public Radio.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Pitt Scientists Find Treatment Doubles Survival in Patients with Skin Cancer That Has Spread to Brain ​>

In the largest study of its kind, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) scientists have presented work of an international trial that shows that an oral molecular inhibitor therapy more than doubles survival in people who have melanoma that has progressed to the brain.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

What's Different About the Brains of People with Autism?>

Nancy Minshew, professor of psychiatry and neurology and the director of the Center for Excellence in Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and Marcel Just, a professor at Carnegie Mellon’s psychology department, discuss their autism research on Pittsburgh's Essential Public Radio station.