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Chase Brexton Health Care picks HPM alumnus Patrick Mutch as new CEO

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OUTLOUD - Chase Brexton Health Care’s board announced the hiring of PATRICK MUTCH (HADM '78) as the organization’s new president and CEO. “We were impressed by Patrick’s deep understanding of our welcoming, affirming, patient-focused care,” said board chair Carolyn Kennedy. “He possesses a wealth of experience in both non-profit and for-profit health care systems, and understands how to lead and develop integrated care models.”  

Poor odor identification may be early warning for dementia

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HEALTH CANAL - Research from co-author ANDREA ROSSO of Pitt Public Health's epidemiology department published in 'Neurology' finds that poor odor identificaiton may be an early warning sign for dementia. This study is the first to look at that association in both black and white older adults over a long follow up of nearly 12 years.  

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 1 (VIDEO)

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NPR - Humans get along pretty well with most microbes. Which is lucky, because there are a lot more of them in the world than there are of us. This is a series is about where germs come from. In this first of three episodes, we see what our early encounters with germs may have been like, and how germs initially got an upper hand. 

Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants

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NEW YORK TIMES - “I don’t think public health officials should be alarming people,” said MARIAN JARLENSKI, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health. “They just have to say, ‘There have been studies done, and there is some risk.’” 

Find out about "Cool Pittsburgh"

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Take a look at what makes Pittsburgh great, through the eyes of Pitt grad students. 

Emily Robbins (IDM '16) joins Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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Congratulations to EMILY ROBBINS (IDM '16)  on her new position with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). She will work as an epidemiology program associate in waterborne diseases with an initial primary focus on Legionella prevention within the community.  

An open letter to the Allegheny County Council regarding e-cigarettes

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In advance of Monday’s Allegheny County Council Committee on Health and Human Services’ consideration of a proposed regulation to bring laws regarding e-cigarettes in line with traditional smoking laws, the 39-member UPMC CancerCenter and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council show strong support of the regulation. 

Walid Gellad on accusations of price fixing by drugmakers of insulin

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MARKETPLACE - In a Marketplace interview about insulin drugmakers accused of price fixing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) said, “They’re competing on the price that the pharmacy benefit manager and the insurer pays. They're not competing on the price that the patient pays." 

Meryl Karol receives 2017 SOT Founders Award

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SOCIETY OF TOXICOLOGY - In a career spanning almost four decades, MERYL KAROL has been actively engaged in research that has advanced the role of toxicology in safety decision-making. She has published extensively on chemically induced allergy and asthma and individual susceptibility to allergic diseases (holding patents related to this research) and is published widely on improving indoor air quality to sustain public health. 

Cauley's SWAN data results in surprising correlation between bone traits and future bone fragility

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NEWS MEDICAL - Jane Cauley (EPI) shared years of data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), enabling fellow researchers to  identify women who will experience bone fragility well in advance of a fracture.  

Biostats student Zhe Sun awarded 2-year fellowship by Children's Hospital

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Doctoral student ZHE SUN (BIOS '19), co-advised by WEI CHEN and YING DING, has been awarded a 2-year Research Advisory Committee fellowship for 2017-18 supported by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Congratulations Zhe! 

How to train yourself to need less sleep

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TIME - “There are far more people who would like to need less sleep than who actually need less sleep,” says DANIEL BUYSSE, Pitt professor of psychiatry and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. …  

El Khoudary finds that certain fat around the heart increases risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women

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JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - Findings by epidemiology's SAMAR R. EL KHOUDARY reveal a previously unknown, menopause-specific indicator of heart disease risk, pointing to potential strategies to reduce that risk. " For the first time, we’ve pinpointed the type of heart fat, linked it to a risk factor for heart disease, and shown that menopausal status and estrogen levels are critical modifying factors of its associated risk in women... 

New clinic aims to remove barriers to immunization

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TRIB LIVE - HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS was asked to weigh in on the tremendous economic benefits to a community when public health clinics offer vaccinations. In a city such as Pittsburgh, where there are no public hospitals, public clinics become even more crucial.  

Jennifer Jones

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JENNIFER JONES (BCHS ’11) is the community engagement coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In this role, she acts as a bridge between community and academia, creating capacity and partnerships. 

Melissa Knorr

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MELISSA KNORR (BCHS ’16) is the operations manager at The Open Door, Inc. She was first introduced to the organization as a social work intern in 2014, and stayed connected as a board member for the next two years. 

TaylorDaphne Morsillo

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TAYLORDAPHNE MORSILLO (BCHS ’16), while working to obtain her Master of Public Health and global health certificate, began her employment at the Allegheny County Health Department as a program coordinator for the Plan for a Healthier Allegheny. 

Elana Barkowitz

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ELANA R. BARKOWITZ (BCHS ’11) works as a senior telephonic health coach for UPMC Health Plan. 

Katharine Horowitz

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KATHARINE HOROWITZ (BCHS ’12) is vice president for education at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. 

Mara Leff

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MARA LEFF (BCHS ’15) is a program associate for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation working on planning and implementation across projects, including support for the foundation’s Aging Agenda. 

Why you could lose more weight WITHOUT using pedometers to hit your targets

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MIRROR - Pitt Public Health researchers Candy Kammerer (HUGEN), Ryan Minster (HUGEN), Trevor Orchard (EPI), Chip Reynolds (BCHS), Akira Sekikawa (EPI), and Jian-Min Yuan (EPI) have discovered that apps for weight loss may not be the dieting aid you were hoping for. 

Nursing home residents gain new protections

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NEW YORK TIMES - When interviewed, HPM's NICHOLAS CASTLE voices concern about staff turnover and chronic underfunding. 

Pittsburgh urban teens get less physical activity than the national average

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UPMC NEWS BLOG - “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies,” said lead author Bonny Rockette-Wagner, director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. 

Donohue voices concern about Trump's HHS pick

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KAISER HEALTH NEWS - Co-director of the Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE said Medicare’s use of step therapy is one of the few tools it has to contain soaring drug costs. “Unfortunately, unfettered choice of medicines … leads to higher drug spending and higher cost for taxpayers, so you have to strike the right balance.” 

BCHS's Garland in documentary on community violence

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YOU TUBE - In a short documentary for the Integrated Design Lab, RICHARD GARLAND, director of the BCHS Center for Health Equity's Violence Prevention Project, shares his thoughts on community violence. 

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