Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pitt School of Pharmacy Students Participate in 11th Annual White Coat Ceremony>

At this year’s ceremony, 111 students will receive their white coats. The ceremony is named for Gordon J. Vanscoy, PharmD, associate dean for business innovation and associate professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at Pitt’s School of Pharmacy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Return-to-Play Decisions Should Commonly Follow Post-Exertion Neurocognitive Testing, Researchers Find>

Too many athletes may be going back onto the field, court or rink too soon after a concussion, according to a new study that recommends athletes undergo post-exertion neurocognitive testing before being cleared to return to play.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Physical Activity Counseling Can Result in Better Outcomes for Bariatric Surgery Patients >

People who lose weight with bariatric surgery may have better results if they receive counseling about increasing physical activity before and after surgery.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Violence by Mentally Ill Rare, but More Frequent than in Others>

Schizophrenia patients often feel that some outside power or person is controlling their thoughts. "Most patients who believe they can be influenced by others find that frightening. I think an ordinary person would find that frightening."

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

UPMC Offers Cardiovascular Screenings for National Wear Red Day>

UPMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute and the American Heart Association will offer free heart screenings, including blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and blood glucose testing, at various locations in recognition of National Wear Red Day.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pitt Researchers Probe Schizophrenia's Depths>

Even though most people associate schizophrenia with hearing voices and being afflicted with paranoid thoughts, many researchers believe the most important symptom to tackle is the cognitive challenges people with the disease face.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pitt Team Finds ‘Achilles Heel’ of Key HIV Replication Protein>

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine may have found an “Achilles heel” in a key HIV protein.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UPMC CancerCenter Now Largest Accredited Cancer Network in U.S. For Radiation Oncology>

UPMC CancerCenter has received accreditation by the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), making it the largest comprehensive cancer network in the country to be accredited in radiation oncology.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Inaccurate Diagnoses of Melanoma by Smartphone Apps Could Delay Doctor Visits, Life-Saving Treatment>

Smartphone applications that claim to evaluate a user’s photographs of skin lesions for the likelihood of cancer instead returned highly variable and often inaccurate feedback, according to a study led by researchers at Pitt.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Improved Physician-Patient Communication Could Influence Pregnant Women to Quit Smoking>

Many obstetric care providers could benefit from additional communication training to effectively address smoking cessation with their pregnant patients, according to new research.