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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. 

The OjO Latino Photo-project: What does it mean to be Latino in Pittsburgh?

What does it mean to be Latino in Pittsburgh? Through the OjO Latino  project, twelve Latino community members will explore answers through photography and collective discussion highlighting the daily struggles, fears, and desires of immigrants in Pittsburgh. 

Additives like fentanyl are making the opioid epidemic deadlier in Pittsburgh

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PUBLIC SOURCE profiles how Pitt Public Health alumnus AARON ARNOLD (BCHS '12) is working to limit overdose deaths from fentanyl-laced opioids as executive director of  PREVENTION POINT PITTSBURGH . Read the full story. 

Rivera-Guerra (IDM ‘13) Wins YWCA Racial Justice Award

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Congratulations to Jesabel I. Rivera-Guerra (IDM ‘13) on winning the 2016 Racial Justice Award for Community Engagement by the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh.  A native of Puerto Rico, Rivera-Guerra volunteers as president of the Pittsburgh Latin American Cultural Union, the oldest Latino organization in our area. Says Patricia Documet, associate professor and scientific director of the Center for Health Equity, “Jesabel is passionate about worki... 

International Team Decodes Cellular Death Signals

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PHYS.ORG - A multidisciplinary international team of scientists solved the mystery of a recently discovered type of controlled cell death, mapping the path to potential therapies for conditions ranging from radiation injury to cancer. The study, led in part by the University of Pittsburgh, is reported today in two papers in Nature Chemical Biology.. .  “Our team successfully decoded the signaling language that cells use to trigger ferroptosis,” ... 

Momentum To Regulate Drug Prices Uncertain After Prop 61 Defeat, Republican Victories

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CALIFORNIA HEALTHLINE - “The prospect for a broad measure at the federal level for doing something about pricing is probably zero,” said Dr. Walid Gellad associate professor of medicine and director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. . 

To Keep the Weight Off, Keep Tracking Your Diet

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YAHOO NEWS - The researchers found that people tended to stop dietary monitoring after about four months, and that this was followed by regaining weight, said Qianheng Ma, a public health researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and the lead author of the study. 

Access Hours to Parran and Crabtree Halls

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Due to construction, access hours to the building are in flux. Current hours are as follows, but check here for future updates:  5th Avenue Entrance : 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.;  DeSoto Street Entrance : 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.;  Loading Dock : 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Crabtree Parking Garage (1st floor): 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.;  Crabtree Parking Garage (3rd floor): 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Support new energy plan

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MISSOULIAN - It wasn’t until the early 1970s when the city of Pittsburgh, in cooperation with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and others, embarked on an ambitious 20-year plan to clean the air and water.    

Pennsylvania has 1M in path of Obamacare repeal

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW -  “I don't think we've seen anything on this scale,” said Julie Donohue , an associate professor of health policy and management in the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. “... It would be unprecedented.” 

What is public health? (Global Health with Greg Martin | VIDEO)

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YOUTUBE  -  Take a look at the question, "What is public heath?" and consider what it is that public health professionals do: from research and surveillance to actions to prevent disease and improve access to care and treatment. If you're considering a career in public health and want to know a little more about what a job in public health might look like, take a look.  You can find related videos on the Global Health with Greg Martin YouTube cha... 

This Is Public Health - Cause and Effect (VIDEO)

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APHA - Showcasing real people who use their degrees and experience to protect and promote the health of us all, "CAUSE | EFFECT" video builds awareness about careers and degree programs in public health. This APHA video describes public health in action by interviewing current public health students and professionals and asking them to describe the passion that drives their work and the impact/effect they have on the world we live in. 

Donald S. Burke addresses "Forecasting the opioid epidemic" in Science

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SCIENCE - Since 2000, almost half a million Americans have died from drug overdoses. This modern plague—largely driven by opioid addiction—degrades health, saps productivity, spawns crime, and devastates families, all at enormous societal cost. How did we get here, and what do we do now? Dean Donald S. Burke , MD, of Pitt Public Health advocates in the November 4, 2016 issue of Science that "a new, public health–oriented approach is neede... 

Wendy King Receives Prestigious Award for Bariatric Surgery Research

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INSIDE UPMC - Wendy King, Ph.D., of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The award was recently presented at the group’s annual conference luncheon to recognize and honor a member who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to the Integrated Health Sciences Se... 

In Menopausal Women, Carotid Plaque Buildup Shown to Increase as Sleep Decreases

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SLEEP REVIEW … “We found that shorter objective sleep time was associated with significantly higher odds of carotid plaque,” says Rebecca Thurston , PhD, director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, in a release. …  

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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TRAVEL+LEISURE - Its comeback from postindustrial malaise was already one of the best stories in the annals of American urbanism. Now something even more unlikely is happening: the Steel City is turning into Cool Town, U.S.A.   

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