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Archive for July, 2013

UPMC’s Wright Joins Tomlin, Morehouse, Ganassi in Sports Panel Discussion

Vonda Wright, M.D., knows sports.
True, she grew up a fan and participant of classical ballet – and ultimately followed Freddie Fuas the primary, everyday orthopaedic physician for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. But she also directs the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine programs for mobility and mature athletes, performs orthopaedic surgery on athletes and non-athletes alike, and also serves as the head team physician for a variety of athletic teams, working over the years with the University of Pittsburgh, the Steelers and more. (more…)

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Uncovering the Molecular Mechanisms of Tinnitus

As recently as 20 years ago, tinnitus – a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other noise that afflicts people who have been exposed to loud sounds – was thought to be an affliction of the ear, but imaging studies eventually proved its source is in the brain. 

Recently, University of Pittsburgh investigator Thanos Tzounopoulos, an expert in brain plasticity, uncovered the molecular mechanisms of this long-misunderstood condition, now the most common service-associated disability for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: When hearing is lost, the central nervous system tries to adapt and maintain a certain level of activity, filling the void with these phantom sounds.

This Pitt Medcast was inspired by “Static,” a feature story from the Winter 2011 issue of Pitt Med magazine. Special thanks to the Pittsburgh-based band Onodrim for the music.


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Summer Tips: How to Choose Sunscreen


Have you ever stopped to pick up some sunscreen and stood confused in front of a store shelf overflowing with lotions of varying SPFs and ingredients? What’s a sun-exposed shopper to do?
Consider these tips next time you buy sunscreen: (more…)

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Getting a Better Night’s Sleep While Pregnant

According to a new study in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine, poor sleep quality and quantity during pregnancy can disrupt normal immune processes and lead to lower birth weights and other complications.
Women with depressionare also more likely than non-depressed women to suffer from disturbed sleep and to experience adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth and low birth weights. (more…)

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UPMC’s Harner Ends Term as Head of American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Giving an impassioned, education-themed speech before some 1,300 sports medicine surgeons, physicians, physical therapists and more, Christopher Harner, M.D.,  of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, bade farewell to his one-year term as the president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at its Chicago convention Friday. But he isn’t leaving them behind completely.

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