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One Book, One Community: an interdisciplinary cancer collaboration

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Faculty, students, and staff are paying particularly close attention to cancer and working to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations to fight the disease. Each of Pitt Public Health's seven departments employs its own critical lens for exploring how to prevent disease and promote population health.   

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal, not physician reporting, associated with fewer crash hospitalizations among drivers with dementia

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Health data scientist Yll Agimi, and BCHS’s Steven Albert interprets interesting link, or lack thereof, between mandated licensing procedures and motor vehicle accidents by those afflicted with dementia. “Laws requiring physicians to report dementia patients to licensing authorities not necessarily mean fewer hospitalizations.”  

Analyzing street drugs an early warning system in opioid crisis

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Findings published in the journal Public Health Reports suggest that real-time information about stamp bags can be used to supplement current public health surveillance measures and could serve as an early warning of new illegal drugs of high lethality available at the local level. It is the first robust and detailed public health report of a stamp bag surveillance system.  

Lee discovers breast cancer mutation

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“We think we now have tools to measure changes to tumors that have become resistant to therapy,” says HUGEN’s ADRIAN LEE, who identified a new genetic change in the estrogen receptor that hinders treatment of breast cancer in some patients, uncovering new clues for potential improved treatments for breast cancer patients.  

Thurston study reveals sexual harassment can make victims physically sick

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THE WASHINGTON POST - “People need to understand that trauma is not just something that happens in the mind,” said EPI's REBECCA THURSTON, who has spent the past four years studying women who have suffered sexual abuse and harassment. Over time, she discovered, sexual harassment can work like a poison, stiffening women’s blood vessels, worsening blood flow, and harming the inner lining of their hearts.   

Pittsburgh praised as “already a decade ahead” by Mayor

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CITY LAB - “Universities are key drivers of the knowledge economy. And I know firsthand that Pittsburgh has great ones. Could the city have turned around without these institutions?” There is no question that what sets Pittsburgh apart from our Rust Belt brothers and sisters is the fact so much investment has come out of our “eds and meds” [educational and medical institutions]."   

Novel assay reveals a large inducible replication competent HIV-1 reservoir in resting CD4+ T cells

NATURE MEDICINE - Gupta, Sanyal, Ratner, Ding, Zerbato, Giacobbi, Venkatachari, Patterson, Chargin, Chen, Mailliard, Rinaldo, and Sluis-Cremer found that the size of the inducible latent HIV-1 reservoir in aviremic subjects on ART is approximately 70-fold larger than previous estimates.   

156 things to do in Pittsburgh to stay busy every month of the year

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DISCOVER THE BURGH - There is so much going on in and around Pittsburgh's 90 neighborhoods. Discover the Burgh has covered quite a bit - with no end in sight!  

Stephan's LifeX incubator initiative to combat global diseases (video)

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NASDAQ SUNDAY BUSINESS - Pitt’s LifeX initiative, founded by HUGEN's DIETRICH STEPHAN, will fight large unmet health needs by translating research into new companies offering new solutions for patients. LifeX brings together a combination of resources that young companies need to grow to scale, lab space, co-working office, mentorship, legal and venture capital advice.  

Roberts' article named in Health Affairs "Top Ten"

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HEALTH AFFAIRS - Alan Weil, Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief, shares his “Top Ten” favorite articles for 2017. HPM's ERIC ROBERTS' study addressed proposed mergers among large US health insurers and growing consolidation among providers, which have renewed concerns about the effects of market concentration on commercial health care prices.   

Lee and Moon featured in Pitt Magazine as Change Agents

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PITT MAGAZINE - Two of Pitt’s featured “change agents” are Pitt Public Health grads. SEUNG WOOK LEE (BIOS '79, '82) and HYUN KYUNG MOON (EPI '86) were pioneers and trailblazers in their fields whose careers were made possible by degrees from Pitt. “Everything I’ve done is possible because of Pitt,” says Moon. “It gave me the credentials to be in the room."  

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

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PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English literature. “This ceremony was satisfying.”  

Dudley finds mutations in individuals with pancreatic cancer and history of other cancers

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MEDICAL X-PRESS - "At least 18 percent of individuals with pancreatic cancer and a personal history of other HBOC- or LS-related cancers carry mutations in a pancreatic cancer susceptibility gene based on our data, suggesting that criteria for genetic testing in individuals with pancreatic cancer should include consideration of previous cancer history," concludes HUGEN's BETH DUDLEY and colleagues.  

Kuller endorses statement warning breast cancer patients may be at increased risk for heart disease

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CNN - The American Heart Association released a scientific statement, published in Circulation, warning that breast cancer patients may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases and could benefit from discussing those risks with their doctors. The statement is "long overdue," said EPI's LEWIS KULLER who also has studied cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.   

Public Health Dynamics Lab on Opioid Crisis

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THE PITT NEWS – Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Public Health Dynamic's Laboratory. But researchers like MICHAEL MALLON (BCHS '13), the project coordinator for Pitt Public Health's Opioid Initiatives, are working to change that statistic. "Pennsylvania is one state that is being hit harder than others. the number of overdoses almost doubles every eight or nine years," Mallon said.   

Pitt Public Health partner SisterFriend featured for #LetsMakeASEEN

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Menstruation is a suppressed topic in our society, it is usually a subject whispered about in school hallways, complained about in the bathroom or completely ignored in the workplace. Tamara Whiting has set out to normalize it with SisterFriend Inc., dedicated specifically to menstrual advocacy and product distribution. "Pitt Public Health has been an outstanding partner to SisterFriend" says Whiting, and will host a SisterFriend author presenta... 

Creppage says real-time information about stamp bags could serve as early warning of new illegal drugs

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MEDICAL LIFE SCIENCES NEWS - In two years, fentanyl went from nonexistent to found in more than 1 in 7 stamp bags. This new information "could be used to inform educational campaigns, allocate limited resources and devise prevention strategies," says KATHLEEN CREPPAGE (EPI '18) while EPI's ANTHONY FABIO added that the work "is an important step in developing multi-disciplinary tools to quickly identify current and future sources of new drugs tha... 

Dean Burke on drug abuse trends

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THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION - The United States is the only developed nation in the word in which life spans are declining, in large part due to the scourge of overdose deaths. The last time life expectancy declined for two straight years was 1962 and 1963 during a flu epidemic. The drug abuse trends didn’t start yesterday. Drug fatalities had been doubling every eight years from 1979 to 2015, reported Dean DONALD BURKE. The U.S. has 5 percent of th... 

Newman gives her take on aging

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KAISER HEALTH NEWS - At a time when women increasingly live into their 90s and more men reach their 80s, the art of aging requires work, thought, planning, and, yes, spontaneity. “I don’t think we give enough respect to what it takes to age well — until it happens to you,” said EPI's ANNE NEWMAN. “It’s a balance between fighting it and accepting it that requires a great deal of grace and courage.”  

Albert and Agimi find in-person license renewal helps reduce dementia-related motor vehicle crashes

TRIB LIVE - Analyzing motor-vehicle-related hospital admissions, in-person license renewal laws and vision testing were found to dramatically reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents by drivers with dementia, according to BCHS' STEVEN ALBERT and YLL AGIMI (EPI '12) as published in Neurology.  

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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)
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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)

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ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh 

ASPPH data center visits Pittsburgh

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Last Thursday, ASPPH Data Center staff visited Pitt Public Health, meeting with administrators, staff, and the university-wide Tableau business intelligence user group. The consultation focused on upcoming ASPPH Annual Data Reporting, ASPPH resources for diversity studies, usi... (04/23/2018)
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Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard 

Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - "In as near-real time as possible, this dashboard will give health officials, policymakers, law enforcement and the public a more complete, dynamic picture of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania," Dean Burke said. "This should allow us to maximize limited resources to stem thi... (04/04/2018)
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Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs 

Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Pennsylvania leaders of ASPPH member schools issued a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to remove barriers to syringe service programs in the Commonwealth. DEAN DONALD BURKE was among the signers. Syringe service programs are among responses the opioid crisis recom... (03/14/2018)
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