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Archive for February, 2014

In the News: What is Multiple Myeloma?

NBC newsman Tom Brokaw announced this week that he is being treated for multiple myeloma, a form of cancer that affects the plasma cells in bone marrow. Mutiple myeloma is the most common type of plasma cell cancer and Brokaw says he is optimistic about his prognosis.

Mounzer Agha, M.D., director of the Mario Lemieux Center for BloodCancers and clinical director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, answers some questions about multiple myeloma:

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UPMC Joins Pittsburgh Ballet’s Swan Lake Dancers to Promote a Healthy Heart

As part of a campaign to promote heart health throughout February, PittsburghBallet Theatre performer Julia Erickson agreed to have her heart checked throughout rehearsals for the production of Swan Lake.
Michael Mathier, M.D., a cardiologist with the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute and medical director of the UPMC Community Outreach and Cardiovascular Health Program, took readings of Ms. Erickson’s heart rate each time she completed a routine in order to demonstrate the benefits of exercise to cardiac health.

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On Your Mark: 2nd Marathon Seminar Focuses on Training Despite Injuries

Tara Ridge opened with a question to the crowd of Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon entrants Saturday: “How many of you are injured?”
One of every 10 raised a hand. And it was still 84 days until the race. Far more training left to do. Hundreds of miles yet to go.
Interesting thing about pain in runners: It often causes them to change their stride or gait, resulting in even more injuries, so Ridge, M.S., P.T., counseled the runners attending the second UPMC Sports Medicine seminar for 2014 marathon and half-marathon registrants.

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