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Archive for January, 2013

UPMC CancerCenter: Leading the Way in Radiation Oncology

In the fight against cancer, radiation is one of the tools often used to treat patients, either alone or in combination with other therapies. Radiation oncology involves specialized skill and knowledge of the latest technology to ensure patients are receiving the highest quality of care. At the UPMCCancerCenter, we’ve been providing that care to patients in and around Pittsburgh at 21 centers dedicated to radiation oncology. (more…)

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Flu Shot for Health Care Workers Means Safer Patients

UPMC has seen a double-digit increase in the number of health care workers receiving the flu shot this season – a finding that’s not just good news for the health system, but also for patients.

So far this flu season, 11.1 percent more UPMC employees have received the flu vaccine compared to the 2011-2012 season, with 39,027 employees vaccinated as of this week. (more…)

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Study: Smartphone Apps Might Miss Melanomas

Smartphone applications that aim to analyze photographs of skin lesions for the likelihood of cancer gave results that were often inaccurate, according to the latest research from the University of Pittsburgh that was published today in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers say patients who rely on these apps and who receive inaccurate “benign” feedback for the image of a melanoma may put off doctor visits and potentially delay life-saving treatment. (more…)

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UPMC Going Green on the Road

A big change on the road is going to save UPMC a lot at the gas pump.
UPMC is replacing 20 diesel-fueled shuttle buses with vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG) and has installed six new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at hospital facilities. By using the CNG vehicles, UPMC is eliminating the consumption of the equivalent of nearly 1,400 barrels of petroleum annually. (more…)

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