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Archive for February, 2014

Donation Benefits Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program

A Glimmer of Hope Foundation founder Diana Napper visited Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC yesterday to deliver a $132,775 check to the leaders, staff and physicians of the hospital’s Breast Cancer Program. But the moment revolved around so much more than the piece of paper.

Nearly half of the 2014 Glimmer funds will be dedicated to a pilot program for a Multi-disciplinary Pre-menopausal Breast Cancer Consultation Center, an initiative that Napper has been dreaming about for years.

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UPMC Doctor Calls Radio Station After Scaling Kilimanjaro

On the seventh day of their ascent, an unprecedented group of climbers reached the 3.6-mile-high summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
And the medical director for this expedition of people with disabilities, UPMC neurosurgeon and longtime Steelers team physician and triathlete Joseph Maroon, M.D., promptly reached for the satellite phone. Time to phone home.
Dr. Maroon celebrated Wednesday by calling KDKA-AM friends Larry Richert and John Shumway on the air. It was 6:58 a.m. Pittsburgh time, 2:58 p.m. in Africa.

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In the News: Acetaminophen Use in Pregnancy Linked to ADHD?

A large, but mostly preliminary, study released last night in JAMA Pediatrics seems to contradict conventional wisdom regarding an over-the-counter pain reliever and its safety for pregnant women.
Researchers from the University of Aarhus in Denmark looked for a link between acetaminophen and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) because they believed the medication might act as a hormone “disruptor”- and affect fetal brain development.

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