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Archive for February, 2014

The Proper Altitude: UPMC Doctor Joins Special Expedition

Between 70 triathlons and eight Ironman triathlons, the man has covered far more than 3,000 race miles by swimming, biking and running the equivalent of coast to coast America. . . and countless more training miles.
But 3.66 miles straight up Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro?
Leave it to Joseph C. Maroon, M.D., to utilize this newfound attempt at, well, upward mobility to strengthen his knowledge base as both a man of medicine and science.

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Magee Experts Say Mammograms Save Lives

Doctors at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC have a message for women who might be confused about the latest headlines about breast cancer screenings: Don’t cancel your appointment for a mammogram.
A widely publicized study last week claimed that women who had mammograms and those who didn’t had the same death rates from breast cancer, and that having mammograms increased the chance of overdiagnosis and unneeded treatments. But breast cancer experts at UPMC are urging women not to give up on getting mammograms, which they say absolutely save lives.

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LHAS Grants to Support UPMC Presbyterian, Community Projects

The purpose of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS) is clear and succinct.
“The money we raise in our gift shops at UPMC Montefiore and UPMC Presbyterian, in the LHAS Café on Seventh, and at the various sales we conduct is dedicated to one purpose — to help our patients and support programs that improve lives in our communities,” said Dee Dee Troutman, executive director, LHAS.
That sense of helping others in need and shaping lives for the better resonates in the projects that were recently selected to receive LHAS 2013-14 Grant Program funding.  The LHAS has awarded more than $50,000 in grants for the following projects:

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Running With Cupid in the Cold for a Good Cause

A few years ago, I found myself in a rather pleasant situation. I was visiting Los Angeles for the first time, joined by one of my college roommates, who I haven’t seen in years, to visit a friend who moved out to California a number of years previous. We would eat, drink and be merry, (to some excess at times) and visit other friends who moved out west as well.  (more…)

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