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Pittsburgh finds in-person license renewal, not physician reporting, associated with fewer crash hospitalizations among drivers with dementia

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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.”  

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.  

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.   

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.   

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

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.  ... (02/05/2018)

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

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

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 ... (02/05/2018)

Newman gives her take on aging 

Newman gives her take on aging

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. “... (02/05/2018)

Pitt Public Health recognized for increased focus on LGBTQ community in research 

Pitt Public Health recognized for increased focus on LGBTQ community in research

INSIGHT INTO DIVERSITY - The school began to seriously investigate LGBTQ health topics in the early 2000s, according to BCHS's RON STALL. “In terms of sexual minority health, a majority of public funding has always gone to HIV/AIDS research, and other disparities for [gay men] were relatively unadd... (02/05/2018)

Gellad speaks on Trumps abandonment of promise to lower drug prices during the state of the union address 

Gellad speaks on Trumps abandonment of promise to lower drug prices during the state of the union address

VOX – In his first State of the Union address, Donald Trump abandoned his pledges to bring down the cost of America’s medicines. Lowering the out-of-pocket costs that normal people feel is worthwhile but that won’t bring down the gross costs of prescription drugs. “They’re just going to raise premi... (02/01/2018)

Goldstein on the EU's distortion of public health and effects on US agricultural produce 

Goldstein on the EU's distortion of public health and effects on US agricultural produce

THE HILL - The European Union's unclear definitions of the Precautionary Principles allows them to ban trade of goods such as beef previously treated with growth hormones and GMO grains without demonstration that such goods cause any health risks. EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN says, "The US is not withou... (01/31/2018)

Roberts analyzes Maryland's global budget program 

Roberts analyzes Maryland's global budget program

THE COMMONWEALTH FUND - HPM'S ERIC ROBERTS examined changes in hospital and primary care utilization among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in Maryland and control counties outside the state. The researchers aimed to pinpoint utilization changes linked solely to the global budget intervention... (01/29/2018)

Amid opioid crisis, Frank addresses Titusville community 

Amid opioid crisis, Frank addresses Titusville community

TITUSVILLE HERALD - Community members and students from Pitt's Titusville campus gathered to hear IDM's LINDA FRANK discuss drug misuse versus drug abuse, the opioid epidemic's relation to to the spread of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C, available prevention and treatment strategies, and the implications... (01/29/2018)

Gellad on why drug prices haven't lowered yet 

Gellad on why drug prices haven't lowered yet

STAT - Congressional efforts to lower drug prices are at a standstill. Powerful health industry players disagree about how to move forward. Every group pushes it's own agenda and strategies, making it unlikely that crushing drug prices will change any time soon. "It is correct that one of the reaso... (01/29/2018)

Lee looks to genes to develop more targeted breast cancer therapies 

Lee looks to genes to develop more targeted breast cancer therapies

HEALTH NEWS DIGEST - The current movement in breast cancer research is matching DNA with targeted therapies and HUGEN's ADRIAN LEE is at the forefront. "We know now that no two cancers are alike...the concept is, with our ability to more comprehensively understand the genetic basis of the disease, ... (01/25/2018)

Gellad on Trump’s failure to attack drug prices as promised 

Gellad on Trump’s failure to attack drug prices as promised

CNBC - “The administration has not lived up to the hype I think people expected around drug prices,” said HPM’s WALID GELLAD of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at the University of Pittsburgh. “They’ve done a few things, but it hasn’t lived up to the hype.” (01/19/2018)

EPI's Adibi to address 2018 One Health One Community Symposium at Phipps 

EPI's Adibi to address 2018 One Health One Community Symposium at Phipps

EPI's JENNIFER ADIBI has been announced as a featured speaker for the 2018 One Health One Community Symposium at Phipps Conservatory.  Taking Place on March 7 & 8, this year's event will center on the theme "Health Impacts: Chemicals of Concern in the Environment," with a special focus on endocrine... (01/19/2018)

Gellad on formation of hospital generic drug maker to manage capricious pricing practices 

Gellad on formation of hospital generic drug maker to manage capricious pricing practices

STAT - “The market has spoken,” said WALID GELLAD of HPM and Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. “The key issue for success and sustainability will be how the generic manufacturers and trade groups respond, and also how other hospital groups might respond. It’s a new world. Insu... (01/18/2018)

Swasey finds long-term adherence to LDL targets lacking in type 1 diabetes 

Swasey finds long-term adherence to LDL targets lacking in type 1 diabetes

HELIO - Research from epidemiologist KRYSTAL K. SWASEY and colleagues has found that high rates of cardiovascular disease for those managing type1 diabetes with childhood onset may indicate that current recommendations for blood pressure and triglyceride levels may be too lax. (01/17/2018)

Roberts shows Maryland meets goals of cutting health care costs without achieving changes in care delivery 

Roberts shows Maryland meets goals of cutting health care costs without achieving changes in care delivery

BALTIMORE SUN - “The takeaway so far may be that when hospitals change the way the health care delivery system works, you don’t necessarily get a broader transformation that people had hoped for,” said lead author, HPM’s ERIC ROBERTS. There may be several reasons, including that doctors are not yet ... (01/16/2018)

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