Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pitt Public Health Hosts 3rd Annual Shale Gas Conference>

National and local experts will discuss the latest scientific findings and explore new approaches to understanding the environmental health impacts associated with increasing development of natural gas extraction from shale deposits.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Changes in Carotid Artery During Menopausal Transition May Predispose Older Women to Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease>

Substantial changes in the diameter and thickness of a section of carotid artery in perimenopausal women may indicate a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Off-Label Antipsychotic Use Common in VA Nursing Home Residents, Pitt Study Finds>

More than one in four older veterans residing in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Living Centers received antipsychotic medications, and more than 40 percent of those veterans had no documented evidence-based reason for use.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

School Children Wear Proximity Sensors to Help Pitt Researchers Fight Flu>

Hundreds of school children on Election Day – a scheduled day off from school – will wear proximity sensors to help University of Pittsburgh researchers learn more about the spread of influenza and the impact of school closures on slowing epidemics.

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.