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Wolf’s opioid declaration a step forward, but more help needed, says Burke

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POST-GAZETTE - If the declaration allows the free flow of medical data, it could help researchers come up with plans to control the epidemic, said Dean DONALD S. BURKE. “There’s currently substantial data on the opioid epidemic that is either hidden or lazy, meaning not being used,” he said. “We could turn that into active data. This would be one of the least expensive ways to get the most bang for the buck.” 

Dodson on the importance of fresh data for Peduto's increased transparency

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PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER - There are a number of areas statistics are being used for actual changes on the ground. One example is related to the opioid crisis. HPM’s ZAN DODSON, a postdoctoral researcher with the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, used data on the concentration of opioid-related arrests to see which areas could use more “clean needle exchanges, Narcan kits, and readily available medical aid.” 

Buzzeli teaching global health at Northhampton Community College

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Alumna MICHELE M. BUZZELI (BCHS ’15) is teaching about global health at Northampton Community College’s Monroe Campus in Tannersville, Pennsylvania, using her coursework at Pitt Public Health to cover the syllabus. She will also teach a section of College Success, a required first semester course for incoming students, helping them navigate the college environment. 

Manzi receives Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award

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Alumna SUSAN M. MANZI was honored with the 2016 Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award during the  Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala , Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Heinz Field. Established in 2012, the award honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients by caring for them with integrity, honesty, and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians. Manzi is chair of the Department of Medici... 

Moore receives international Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize

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The 2017 Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the field of medicine, will be presented to IDM’s PATRICK MOORE and Yuan Chang. Their laboratory is credited with discovering two of the seven known human viruses that directly cause cancer. The award is given annually to researchers who have made significant contributions in the fields of immunology, cancer research, microbiology, and chemotherapy. “Doctor... 

Vockley on UX007 development program in long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorder patients

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STREET INSIDER - Human genetic’s JERRY VOCKLEY, principal investigator on the program, noted, “I am very excited about our Phase 2 and other clinical results showing the near elimination of hypoglycemia and reduction in cardiomyopathy, addressing two of the major life-threatening symptoms in these disorders. A reduction in the frequency of rhabdomyolysis episodes will also greatly improve the lives of our patients. I look forward to continue work... 

Angus: Three ways to improve post-hospitalization sepsis care

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BECKER'S HOSPITAL REVIEW - HPM alumnus and faculty member DEREK C. ANGUS, director of the Clinical Research, Investigation and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness laboratory at Pitt’s School of Medicine, has developed an evidence-based approach for managing post-hospitalization sepsis. “We need to focus not only on saving the patient’s life, but on ensuring the patient will have the best possible quality of life after leaving the hospital.” 

Mair on why lower-class drinkers face worse heart health risks

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CNN - The international study, says BCHS’s CHRISTINA MAIR, has a “key strength“ in its “large, population-based database.“ The greater impact of drinking on lower socioeconomic status individuals is “an important health disparity to measure, understand, and seek to reduce.“ Her work focuses on how lower-income neighborhoods have less access to health-protecting resources. “Without addressing disparate environmental conditions...we will not be abl... 

Cauley on FRAX screening's reduction of hip fractures for health older women

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MEDSCAPE - Commenting on the study in an accompanying commentary, EPI’s JANE CAULEY points out that high-risk women in the current study had a 17.9 percent probability of sustaining a hip fracture and a 30 percent probability of sustaining a major osteoporotic fracture at 10 years. “Thus, despite the absence of a positive impact on the primary outcome, the results of the SCOOP study nevertheless have important public health implications.” 

Sabik says Medicaid expansion leads to increase in early cancer detection

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90.5 WESA - Health policy researcher LINDSAY SABIK said that more cancer screenings may be driving these results, but added “there’s also the possibility that people do have symptoms and they go to see their health care provider soon after the symptoms begin, instead of putting off care because of concerns of costs or an inability to get recommended treatment.” Her research should be considered as the country debates the future of the Medicaid an... 

Meet alumna Inmaculada Hernandez from HPM

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INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM ‘16) is working on developing her own independent research program at Pitt's School of Pharmacy, which is built at the intersection of pharmaceutical health services and outcomes research, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical policy.  

Meet HPM alumnus, Tri Le

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TRI LE (HPM '16) is currently a research analyst in the Quality Measurement and Health Policy program at RTI International. He is part of a team that develops, maintains, re-evaluates, and implements outcome, structural, process, and composite quality measures for the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Skilled Nursing Facility (SNFs), and nursing home post-acute care quality programs.  

Meet alumna Carroline Lobo from HPM

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CARROLINE LOBO (HPM '17) joined Cepheid, a bio-molecular diagnostics company located in the heart of Silicon Valley, in December 2017. Carroline reports to the vice president of Cepheid’s Government Affairs division, providing expert analytical support to guide reimbursement and market access related decisions.   

Meet alumna Progovac from HPM

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ANA PROGOVAC (HPM '15) is currently an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at the Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance, which is a health system in Massachusetts serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston's Metro North Region.  

Meet alumnus Razdan from HPM

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MANIK RAZDAN (HPM '14) is currently working at Caring Health Center, Springfield, Massachusetts as a public health dentist. His work entails delivering dental care and oral health education to the underserved including people with limited financial means, African Americans, Hispanics and refugees. Manik also supervises fourth year dental students from Boston University during their externship rotations at the health center.  

Meet Yomei Shaw, HPM alum

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After completing her dissertation about treatment decision making in rheumatoid arthritis, YOMEI SHAW (HPM 16) continues to work in rheumatology research in the context of two rheumatic diseases registries, the NDB in the U.S., and the Swiss Clinical Quality Management in Rheumatic Diseases registry in Switzerland.  

Meet Yan Tang, HPM alum

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YAN TANG (HPM '15) works at RTI International as a health services researcher. Much of her current work focuses on pay for performance initiatives in the U.S. health care system.   

Glynn named GSA Fellow

NANCY W GLYNN – Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Epidemiology Master’s Degree Program – was named a fellow by the The Gerontological Society of America for “outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology”. The status of fellow, the highest class of membership in the Society, recognizes research, teaching, administration and more within the organization. Glynn was chosen from the Health Sciences Section of the Organ... 

Burke weighs in on future of opioid epidemic

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PHILADELPHIA ENQUIRER - Modeling by epidemiologist DONALD BURKE suggests that 150,000 to 200,000 people on pain pills transition to injection drugs every year. “The more people using heroin, the greater the probability that more people will use heroin, just like the spread of an infectious disease.” He wonders whether the kind of response used for epidemics might work: Determine key transition points, like when a painkiller addict is likely to tr... 

States with expanded Medicaid had increased early cancer diagnoses, saving lives and costs

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POST-GAZETTE - “Policymakers considering cuts to or restrictions on public insurance such as Medicaid should take into account the access to important screening and diagnostic health care provided by insurance coverage,”says HPM’s LINDSAY SABIK, co-author of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health . “Our findings suggest that Medicaid coverage can improve early detection of cancer, which may have important benefits for individ... 

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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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