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Archive for March, 2014

Pitt’s Agewise Insomnia Research Program Nears 100 Patient Milestone

Insomia can be more than just a nuisance for as many as 30 percent of older adults suffering from it.

The inability to sleep is associated with a number of health problems ranging from depression to diabetes, resulting in many people turning to medicine or spending more time in bed trying to catch up on missed sleep. This spring, the AgeWise sleep research study at the University of Pittsburgh, led by Daniel Buysse, M.D., and Timothy Monk, Ph.D., will treat its 100th older adult insomnia patient using therapies which do not involve sleeping pills. (more…)

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UPMC Physicians, Nurses Bring Concerns to Harrisburg

As her bus crossed the Susquehanna River, Malissa Guzik made one last review of her notes and braced for a hectic day in the state Capitol.
I’m very concerned,” said the unit director at UPMC McKeesport. “We provide excellent care and help our community in so many ways. But a major reduction in our admissions could undo the good we do.”

To address that issue and others, Guzik and about 40 other UPMC employees from across the health system traveled to Harrisburg on Tuesday to take part in UPMC Health Care Professionals’ Advocacy Day.

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Bet To Go Bald Turns Into Annual Cancer Fundraiser for Kids

It all started with a bet to go bald.  That’s what motivated Sam Kane, a retail manager at UPMC Presbyterian, to shave his head with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation nearly seven years ago.
After running into a high school friend who lost his younger brother to a pediatric cancer, Kane was challenged to join him at the foundation’s annual event.
“I got my head shaved and fell in love with the cause and the people involved,” says Kane, who goes bald every March in solidarity with children fighting cancer. “You’re making a small sacrifice by changing your appearance—it’s something that I can easily do to generate funds.”

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UPMC to Celebrate World Kidney Day on March 13

Kidney disease kills more people each year than breast and prostate cancer combined. But while the majority of Americans can recite the common tests for breast and prostate cancer, many do not know the steps they can take to prevent kidney disease.

“That’s the driving reason behind why UPMC and the Department of Nephrology are teaming up with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to provide free kidney disease screenings and education on World Kidney Day,” says Beth Piraino, M.D., of the UPMC Kidney Clinic, Renal-Electrolyte Division and current national president of the NKF. (more…)

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Pitt Prof Provides Guidance to City for Ongoing ‘Drug Crisis’

Pittsburgh City Council recently convened a panel of experts to provide guidance on solutions to a rash of heroin-related overdose deaths in Allegheny County.

Antoine B. Douaihy, M.D., medical director of Addiction Medicine Services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, participated in the panel and echoed many panelists when he noted that increased collaboration among law enforcement officers, city and county officials, advocacy groups and addiction care organizations is critical to avoiding more deaths. (more…)

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