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Pittsburgh teen girls take barely half the steps recommended for health

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MEDICAL XPRESS - "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 (EPI), director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. "Girls who were obese or had given birth in the last year were even less likely to achieve adequate levels of physical activity.... 

Pittsburgh Teen Girls Take Barely Half the Steps Recommended for Health

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Teenage girls in Pittsburgh lag far behind the expected levels of physical activity for U.S. adolescent females, according to a new analysis based on a representative sample of that population. This study was led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health.  

Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months

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WESA 90.5 FM - The Department of Health Policy and Management's Public Health Leader in Residence, LAUREN HUGHES, weighs in on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She serves as deputy secretary for health innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Congratulations to Cura Zika's Celina Martelli Turchi on being named a "scientist who mattered" in 2016

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NATURE - In its " Nature' s 10" list of ten scientists who mattered this year, the international weekly journal of science recognized Cura Zika advisor, CELINA MARTELLI TURCHI for her work as the 'Zika detective' who raced to make sense of a medical mystery in northeast Brazil.  

Using multiple social media sites more linked to depression than total time spent digitally socializing

Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found in a national survey. 

CMS Drops Medicare Part B Drug Payment Pilot

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REGULATORY AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS SOCIETY - … Walid Gellad, co-director of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, told Focus: "If doctors had been adamantly supporting this pilot, I think it could have materialized despite pharma opposition. But organized medicine (the AMA, every specialty society impacted by reduced revenue) was opposed, and I think that is an important part of this story. We also just ran o... 

Congratulations Yara Elbeshbishi

HPM is pleased to announce that Dec 2016 MPH Candidate, Yara Elbeshbishi, will be a Project Analyst in the Marketplace Operations Department at the UPMC Health Plan. 

Extensive Brain Defects Seen in Babies of Mothers With Zika

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THE NEW YORK TIMES - … Dr. Ernesto T. A. Marques Jr., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, said that study was consistent with what he had seen in Recife, Brazil. …  

Fresh Take: Trump Dominated the Vote in States with the Highest Mortality Rates

STAT NEWS -- There’s no shortage of explanations for Donald Trump’s victory, but one possibility is that Trump voters viewed the election as a life-or-death matter. Using data from Pitt Public Health’s   Mortality and Population Data System   (MOIRA), researchers found that Trump swept the 16 states with the highest mortality rates, while people in 15 of the 18 states with lowest mortality voted for Clinton...  

Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may have killed 35 over 5 days

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THE INQUIRER / PHILLY.COM - Last weekend's frightening and widely reported string of overdoses in Philadelphia —  nine deaths in 36 hours , according to police — was just part of what officials  suspect was a devastating five days that left 35 people dead. It started Dec. 1, when 12 people died between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  [Pitt Public Health's Jeanine Buchanich responds to Philadelphia's disturbing spike in overdose deaths.]  

Tracking Diesel Pollution In Downtown Pittsburgh

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WESA - The Allegheny County Health Department enlisted the help of a University of Pittsburgh professor to study the concentrations of diesel pollution Downtown. 

NSF: Pitt among top 25 universities for R&D at No. 18

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES  - The University of Pittsburgh is again among the nation's top 25 higher education institutions in terms of total research and development expenditures, coming in at No. 18 in 2015, according to the National Science Foundation . Pitt reported $866.6 million in total R&D expenditures in 2015, up from the $856.8 million in 2014. Pitt receives the majority of its research funding from the federal government. In fact, ... 

Congratulations Radhika Parekh!

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Radhika Parekh has accepted a Consultant position with McKinnis Consulting Services, part of Navigant Consulting in Chicago. 

Pitt study supports aggressive use of blood-thinners after bleeding to reduce stroke risk

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - … Doctors often face a difficult choice after a patient who is taking the drugs bleeds: Should the patient resume taking the drugs and risk more bleeding or stop taking them and face a higher risk of stroke, said Dr. Samir Saba, a co-author of the study and associate chief of cardiology at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. ... 

Dabigatran Superior to Warfarin When Anticoagulation is Resumed After Bleeding

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - In the first analysis of how to treat patients on anticoagulants who suffer a major bleeding event, a clinical practice that routinely gives doctors pause, while also evaluating a new drug, University of Pittsburgh researchers lead by Pitt Public Health alumna INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16)aim to provide much-needed guidance to clinicians trying to balance the risks of stroke versus bleeding when determining the best ... 

Hepatitis C cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania skyrocket over 10 years

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - … Donald Burke, dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, was involved in AIDs surveillance in the early years of that epidemic. Today, the infectious disease specialist worries about the impact of the opioid epidemic 

Prominent Pittsburghers in video to raise awareness for HIV testing

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - … AIDS Free Pittsburgh is managed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and financial supported by the Allegheny Singer Research Institute and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.  

#ItsGoodToGive: Kate Fletcher

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE profiles Pitt Public Health alumna Kate Fletcher (HSA ‘80) as part of the #ItsGoodToGive series. After serving as a nun, primary school teacher, nursing home manager, and then adjunct professor, Fletcher decided at age 64 to follow destiny’s call to Kenya. In response to the plight of millions of orphans in sub-Sahara Africa, she has dedicated the last 14 years to establishing Hekima Place, a children’s home in Kenya f... 

Spring Practica/Internships at ACHD

Check out the opportunities for spring term practica and internships with the Allegheny County Health Department. Apply at pittbridges.pitt.edu by December 4.  

Myths and truths about gun violence in Pennsylvania

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PUBLICSOURCE via NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER - … A recent study by ANTHONY FABIO, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, found that nearly 80 percent of guns obtained by Pittsburgh police in 2008 were not held by their original owner. 

Microcephaly Found in Babies of Zika-Infected Mothers Months After Birth

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NEW YORK TIMES - Dr. Ernesto T. A. Marques Jr., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Recife, who was not involved in either study, said it could be that because of the initial fetal brain damage, “the necessary pathways and hormones that organize growth of the neonatal brain are not there anymore and the brain doesn’t grow.” 

To disrupt cancer growth, 2 Pittsburgh labs try cutting its fuel

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - Patricia Opresko , associate professor of environmental and occupational health  at Pitt Public Health, studies stopping telomere growth by bombarding parts of cells with free radicals, the harmful atoms that can be generated from smoking, stress and other environmental factors. The results of her work--published this month in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology-- suggest that oxidative stress, if d... 

Are Children Growing Up Near Highways More Likely to Be Asthmatic?

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MD Magazine - The study was conducted by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (PA), the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR), and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 

Alumnus Chaves-Gnecco Awarded 2016 FUERZA Award

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Diego Chaves-Gnecco (MMPH '00) was recently awarded the 2016 FUERZA Award by Cafe Con Leche for his work with Salud Para Niños and service to Pittsburgh's Latino community. “The FUERZA Awards celebrate local Latinx talent and the contributions they have made to the Pittsburgh region,” said founder, Tara Sherry-Torres. 

Mayo Clinic, Regeneron Genetics Center Join Accelerator in Sequencing Project for PSC

GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS - … Dr. Boyette co-founded Curable in 2014 with younger brother Jon, who has PSC, and Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and former executive director of the Gene Partnership at Children’s Hospital Boston–Harvard Medical School. 

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