Thursday, November 1, 2012

International Team Identifies Genomic Regions Associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease>

In one of the largest genetic studies ever conducted, an international team that includes researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has uncovered 71 genomic regions associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pitt Research: Viral Treatment for Acne?>

Good viruses known as P. acne phages that kill the acne-causing bacterium (Propionibacterium acnes) keep the bacteria in check. But the bacterium, a normal resident of the skin, increases substantially at puberty, outpacing the virus and often resulting in an inflammatory response that causes the red bumps of acne.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stephen Badylak, PhD, Talks to NPR's Science Friday about Advances in Regenerative Medicine >

Spray-on skin, made-to-order muscle, and print-out kidneys aren't just science fiction anymore. Dr. Anthony Atala and Dr. Stephen Badylak, two pioneers of regenerative medicine, talk about the latest methods for building new body parts, and the challenge of growing complex organs like the heart, liver or brain.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pitt Research Results: Human Muscle, Regrown on Animal Scaffolding>

In the months after a roadside bomb in Afghanistan blew off part of his left thigh, Sgt. Ron Strang wondered if he would ever be able to walk normally again. Pitt researchers have helped him to run and think of a future career in law enforcement.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Commercializing medical research: Pitt building a bridge to the investment community>

University of Pittsburgh biomedical engineer George Stetten once described his inspiration as "just a silly idea I had one day." Dr. Stetten's silly idea was to create a device that combines a small sonogram and a mirror to effectively give surgeons a real-time, seemingly direct view through a patient's skin.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pitt's Bea Luna and Colleagues Peer into What Goes On in a 20-Something's Brain>

New studies suggest structural changes into our third decade, but it may be too soon to tell.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Five Things You Should Know About West Nile Virus>

As of last Tuesday, 693 cases of West Nile virus have been reported from 43 states to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease is hitting the country early this year, with the CDC reporting the highest number of cases in the second week of August since the virus was first detected in 1999.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Pitt Researchers Link Heat and Increased Stroke Risk>

A University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study has found a 12 percent increase in hospitalizations for cerebrovascular stroke when temperatures reach 87 degrees or higher.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Doctor Warns About Dangers of High Heat>

Mother Nature is continuing to turn up the heat on the Pittsburgh region, which makes it very important to take precautions to stay safe.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Medicare Coverage Gap May Cause Seniors to Forgo Antidepressants>

When some older Americans with Medicare drug coverage reach the point where they have to pay full price for medications, many just stop taking their antidepressants - raising their risk of depression relapses - according to a Pitt study.