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Correcting Metabolic Deficiencies May Improve Depression Symptoms

Identifying and treating metabolic deficiencies in patients with treatment-resistant depression can improve symptoms and in some cases even lead to remission, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine published online today in the American Journal of Psychiatry. 

Pitt Public Health Walking Advocate Receives National Award from America Walks

America Walks, a national advocacy organization that promotes walking and walkable communities, announced Wednesday that Carol Reichbaum, M.S.L., M.S.P.A., of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded a Walking College Fellowship. 

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women. 

There's No Vaccine Yet for CMV

Work on a vaccine for CMV has been going on for many years, said microbiologist Charles Rinaldo, PhD, an expert in cytomegalovirus in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at Pitt Public Health. 

Bukowski receives award for groundbreaking LGBT/HIV research Study

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For Leigh Bukowski, MPH, having the opportunity to present her LGBT-related research at the 2016 AIDS International Conference in South Africa was a dream come true.A few short hours after her presentation, the experience was made even more special when she was awarded the 2016 Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators for Track D, Social and Political Research, Law, Policy and Human Rights. Her abstract, “Physical ass... 

Newman Named as GSA’s Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

The GSA has named Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, as the next medical sciences editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 

Most powerful obesity gene yet boosts risk by 40 per cent

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NEW SCIENTIST - It could be in your DNA. A gene variant that increases a person’s obesity risk by 30 to 40 per cent is the strongest genetic predictor of body weight discovered in humans so far. Having just one copy of a particular variant of a gene called CREBRF is associated with a 1.5 increase in BMI... The genetic variant was uncovered during a genomic analysis of more than 5000 people in Samoa, where obesity rates are among the highest in t... 

Revolutionary Acts: How the discussion of HIV risk matters for the health of Black men who have sex with men

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Derrick D. Matthews, assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, focuses his research upon the disproportionate burden the HIV epidemic has on black gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S....  

10 Cities that Give you the Best Bang for your Buck

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FORBES - In a look at the cities with the best cost/benefit, Forbes magazine cites Pittsburgh's low cost of living (-4% below national average) and median household income of $52, 293.    

Pitt researchers taking new approach on opioid epidemic

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Christina Mair has a question: What causes addiction? Studying alcohol and marijuana use in California, Ms. Mair focused on the social determinants that might lead to dependency. While genetics play a role, she learned, it’s often environmental factors that lead a user to take his first hit (or sip). Everything from a community’s demographics to the presence of liquor stores on its streets can impact levels of addictio... 

Birmingham Free Clinic Community Fellowship Application

Now accepting applications for Fellowships for the Fall Session. Applications due July 29, 2015 by 5:00 pm 

Recent Cancer Patient Urges HPV Vaccine for All Children

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Dr. Steve Wilson, a pathologist in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, discusses how he discovered his human papillomavirus-linked throat cancer, and the treatment he received at the UPMC CancerCenter. Even though the Allegheny County Board of Health’s HPV vaccine requirement did not passed, Dr. Wilson and the UPMC CancerCenter urge parents to get their children vaccinated by middle school to prevent this devastating cancer. 

Explaining the Importance of Vaccinating Children for HPV Virus

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To show support of the Allegheny County Board of Health’s vote on whether to mandate the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, UPMC oncologists this week held a press briefing to share facts about the lifesaving vaccine. UPMC’s experts explained the importance of vaccinating children to protect against HPV-related cancers, including cervical, oropharyngeal and cancers of other reproductive organs. The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective in p... 

amFAR/Pitt Scholars Study HIV Health Disparities

The current cohort of amfAR fellows, who hail from Paraguay, South Africa, Indonesia, and Brazil, are developing public health responses to HIV health disparities.  

15 best cities in the U.S. for apartment living

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APARTMENT ADVISOR - Pittsburgh, the famed “Steel City”, boasts a thriving downtown area that’s home to retirees, millennials, families, and all sorts of different folks who revel in its green spaces, riverfront trails, professional sports, and affordable and booming apartment housing. The pride people feel for living in Pittsburgh is palpable throughout the city, and this town really shines when fans are rooting loudly for the Steelers, Penguins,... 

Congratulations Don Jones!

Don Jones has accepted a position as Project Manager at AHN Revenue Cycle. 

Scott Becker Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-2017

HPM is pleased to announce that Scott Becker, CEO, Conemaugh Health System (bio attached) will be the Executive-In-Residence for AY 2016-20 

BCHS Doctoral Student Doing Research in Brazil this Summer

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Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann's research is titled "The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A study with low income community dwelling seniors in Brazil." 

Funding opportunities for Year of Diversity announced by Provost's Office

Provost Beeson announces matching funds of up to $ 5000 to support lectures, workshops, and other events as part of lively year of student, faculty, and staff discussions around the topic of diversity. Apply online at pitt.edu/year-of-diversity . 

Older adults addressing obesity in Pitt research study

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE -  “The goal (of Pitt’s MOVE UP study) is for people to lose weight in as healthy a way a possible. So it’s not simply about not eating — It’s about a healthy lifestyle,” said Anne Newman , an epidemiologist who is director of Pitt’s Center for Aging and Population Health and principal investigator for the study. “Studies that have been done on weight management over the long term have shown [there to be] good health an... 

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University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions 

University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions

PITTWIRE - The new Healthcare Advisory Group, headed by Anantha Shekhar, new senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of Pitt Med, will monitor the health status of the campus and ensure compliance with legal regulations. Members, including HPM’s Mark Roberts, EPI’s Anne Newman, EOH’... (06/17/2020)
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O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role 

O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health staff member Scott O'Neal recently took center stage to sing the title role in the world premiere of "Satan's Fall," composed by Steward Copeland, founder of the iconic New Wave band The Police. The metal opera, based on "Paradise Lost", was co-commissioned by the Mend... (02/24/2020)
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Parker elected Hastings Center fellow 

Parker elected Hastings Center fellow

PITTWIRE - HUGEN's Lisa Parker was recently elected fellow to The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars studying ethical questions in medicine, science and technology that help inform policy, practice and public understanding. Parker, along with Robert Arnold o... (02/05/2020)


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Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care 

Telemedicine is booming — but Roberts says many still face huge barriers to virtual care

STAT - “The temporary reform due to Covid allowed telemedicine visits from a patient’s home, but it presumed that patients had access to the technology to engage in those visits,” said HPM’s Eric Roberts, paper co-author. “We’re showing that there’s a substantial number of Medicare beneficiaries wh... (08/05/2020)