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Archive for October, 2013

Integrative Wellness Fair Brings Yoga, Music, Wellness Services to Cancer Patients

LanieFrancis, M.D., a hematologist and medical oncologist at Hillman Cancer Center, was searching for ways to further support her patients through what can sometimes be a long and complex cancer journey. Many of her patients asked how they could help themselves, which sparked her interest in integrative cancer care, a comprehensive approach addressing both the body and the mind.

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UPMC CancerCenter SPORE Grant to Focus on Ovarian Cancer

More than 14,000 women in the U.S., including 800 from Pennsylvania, died last year from ovarian cancer, a disease that often isn’t detected until later stages when it is significantly more difficult to treat. Now, the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) will join forces thanks to an $11 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop deeper understanding of the disease, and identify ways to prevent and cure it. (more…)

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In the News: A Peanut Butter Smell Test for Alzheimer’s?

Although we take it for granted, our sense of smell relies on an impressive level of complexity that not only allows us to experience the world around us, but also puts it at risk for injury through a number of different ways. Most of us are familiar with the incredible experience of being immediately transported back to a previous place or time after smelling a special scent. Researchers in Alzheimer’sdementia and other related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease have  found that our sense of smell might be helpful in detecting brain changes associated with these and other illnesses. (more…)

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Role Playing to Improve the Patient Experience

Mindy is a University of Pittsburgh music student with an important audition the next day. By the time she walks into the emergency department of this make-believe hospital setting, she has a suspected mass on her trachea, her frantic mother arrives without gleaning much information from staff, and it all takes both way too long and too many twists. (more…)

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