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Out-of-pocket drug costs still murky, Gellad underscores

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BIOPHARMA DIVE -  Since 2007, invoice spending has grown 60%, yet net spending rose 36%. Less clear, however, is how those dynamics weigh on patients' wallets. "This does not help us figure out what's affecting out-of-pocket costs," WALID GELLAD, HPM professor.  

Miller among panelists at Penn Hills' High School's safety talk

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TRIBE LIVE - Penn Hills School District will host a safety discussion for eighth grade and high school students and families. There will be a panel of student athletes and coaches, representatives from the municipal police department, United Way, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and BCHS's LIZ MILLER. It's a great opportunity to see what resources are available at the high school, everything from social to physical safety.   

Celebrate 70: Research and practice showcase

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An update on Pitt Public Health work making headlines around the world.   

Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

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Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at the individual level and the systems level to help lessen negative effects of climate change.  

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

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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.  

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video) 

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

“It’s not about doing the cool work. It’s about doing the work that is necessary for that community,” says RUTH MODZELEWSKI (HUGEN '96) in a discussion featuring faculty and alumni about their impact on local communities, including collaboration between the private and public sector, the value of c... (04/16/2018)

Celedon tells working parents, take a deep breath: preschool, daycare do not raise asthma risk 

Celedon tells working parents, take a deep breath: preschool, daycare do not raise asthma risk

UCSF NEWS - A study that involved combing through more than 50 years of data to assess the link between asthma and daycare and preschool attendance may provide welcome reassurance to working parents. Early child care does not boost children’s risk for developing this common respiratory disease, acc... (04/11/2018)

Nimgaonkar's research sheds light on the risks and causes of schizophrenia 

Nimgaonkar's research sheds light on the risks and causes of schizophrenia

WKSU-FM - No one knows what causes schizophrenia. It’s a devastating mental disorder that affects more than 3 million Americans. And while most people with schizophrenia can be treated, many don’t respond to medications. New research may find ways to help them. HUGEN’s VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR heads a t... (04/09/2018)

Would Americans accept putting health care on a budget? 

Would Americans accept putting health care on a budget?

NEW YORK TIMES - The intuitive appeal of such a system is growing, and it’s getting a test in Maryland. However, capping hospital spending raises concerns about harming quality and access. Hospital executives and patient advocates might strongly resist spending constraints. A study by HPM's ERIC RO... (04/09/2018)

Goldstein on memories of the EPA’s most tumultuous era. But there’s a key difference now 

Goldstein on memories of the EPA’s most tumultuous era. But there’s a key difference now

THE WASHINGTON POST - Observers of both the Reagan administration and the current one say there are several reasons to think Pruitt may not share Gorsuch’s fate. Reagan appears to have made a calculation that he needed to tack to the political center on the environment later in his first term, and ... (04/09/2018)

Parker praises Personal Genetics Education Project 

Parker praises Personal Genetics Education Project

GENOME - "The project [tries to] present that there's a blending of genetics and environmental factors responsible for most anything we care about," HUGEN'S LISA PARKER says of the fact that the project aims to see a broader picture of how genes and environment can interact.  (04/05/2018)

Catov among scientists researching heart disease link to pre-eclampsia 

Catov among scientists researching heart disease link to pre-eclampsia

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - While her baby is still a toddler, a woman who had pre-eclampsia during her pregnancy might already be on the path to heart disease and not getting the care she needs. EPI's Janet Catov is among those researchers examining what pregnancy-related signals identify women at t... (04/04/2018)

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns 

Richard Garland: A few wrong turns

THE PITT NEWS – BCHS’ RICHARD GARLAND is now one of the most well-known and respected anti-violence experts in the area, said Lee Davis. But he was once just like the at-risk young people he seeks to help. He became involved in gangs while living in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood, landing him... (04/04/2018)

Matthews says having friends during childhood can abate health problems 

Matthews says having friends during childhood can abate health problems

ECONOMIC TIMES – Researchers, including BCHS's KAREN MATTHEWS, examined data from the Pittsburgh Youth Study, a longitudinal study following cohorts of boys. Specifically, they examined data from the youngest cohort, most of whom were Black (56%) or White (41%). Analyses revealed that boys who spen... (04/02/2018)

PA aims to fight drug addiction with data, partnering with Pitt and Aetna 

PA aims to fight drug addiction with data, partnering with Pitt and Aetna

WITF - The state has partnered with Pitt Public Health and the Aetna Foundation to combat the crisis. Aetna Chief Medical Officer Harold Paz says the goal of the partnership is to make sense of data more quickly so the state can give the right resources to each community. Pitt's role is to help int... (03/28/2018)

State to use PHDL lab for data-driven approach to opioid crisis  

State to use PHDL lab for data-driven approach to opioid crisis

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - "This is an area where the approach of data-driven analytics and modeling expertise can make a significant difference," said Dean DONALD BURKE. "The ultimate goal is to allow officials to target the best resources to save as many lives as possible. A lot of data is there a... (03/28/2018)

Pitt Public Health study finds that death rates rise for white, middle-class Virginians 

Pitt Public Health study finds that death rates rise for white, middle-class Virginians

THE ROANOKE TIMES - A team including Virginia Commonwealth University Pitt Public Health researchers looked at 20 years of deaths for each of Virginia’s cities and counties and found that overall, in the white population, death rates decreased by 16 percent. However, death rates rose dramatically a... (03/22/2018)

Traveling to Brazil? Get a yellow fever vaccination first says Marques 

Traveling to Brazil? Get a yellow fever vaccination first says Marques

WASHINGTON POST - Travelers headed to Brazil should make an appointment for a yellow fever vaccination. “If you are going for tourism, you should definitely get the vaccine,” said EPI’s ERNESTO MARQUES. The CDC recently raised the level of concern in response to a yellow fever outbreak. The agency e... (03/22/2018)

Opioid epidemic could spark HIV outbreak, health experts fear 

Opioid epidemic could spark HIV outbreak, health experts fear

TRIB LIVE - Public health leaders, including DEAN DONALD BURKE, urged Gov. Tom Wolf to decriminalize syringe and needle exchanges. Evidence has shown that needle exchanges staunched the rapid rise of HIV cases in Pittsburgh. Burke said Wolf has the power to prevent widespread outbreaks of viruses b... (03/19/2018)

Osteoporosis as serious, but less understood in men than women says Cauley 

Osteoporosis as serious, but less understood in men than women says Cauley

HEALIO - In 1998, researchers submitted the initial NIH grant for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study, designed to examine bone loss and fracture risk factors in older men. Much less is known about fractures and osteoporosis in men than in women. Although osteoporosis is still considered a woman... (03/19/2018)

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