Late last month, Johnson & Johnson suspended sales of power morcellators, tools used for uterine fibroid surgery, because of a potential risk of spreading uterine cancer. Since the FDA advisory and subsequent action by Johnson & Johnson, several prominent hospitals have announced they will stop utilizing power morcellators until further review is conducted.
W. Allen Hogge, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, answers questions about power morcellators, and explains why UPMC hasn’t suspended use of the tools. (more…)
The announcement today of a second U.S. case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a healthcare worker who had traveled to Florida from the Middle East has caused understandable worry given its many similarities with the 2003 pandemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). (more…)
More than 500 health-care professionals, the majority of them from UPMC, donated their time to assist the 30,000 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon runners through 16 aid stations along the course and the field hospital at the finish line – where Aaron Mares, M.D., of UPMC Sports Medicine directs a tour in the above video. (more…)
The grounds crew from UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside planted 10 trees Monday in Frick Park in celebration of Arbor Day.
UPMC collaborated with the park manager and a city forester to complete the project. The trees, which UPMC Engineering and Maintenance donated to the city, were planted in a section of the park where a large number of oaks were removed due to disease. (more…)