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Archive for August, 2014

In the News: Understanding Options for Urinary Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse

In recent years, significant attention has been paid to potential complications surrounding surgical mesh and its role in relieving two conditions: pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.  The interest has been fueled by class action lawsuits filed by patients who have suffered from complications of the surgery. There are, however, women for whom this surgery can greatly help; understanding the difference between health conditions and the options to treat them is key.

Jonathan Shepherd, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, answers questions about urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and the treatment options for both conditions. (more…)

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UPMC Fellow Finds Medical Calling in Malawi

A UPMC cardiology fellow has become the only cardiologist in the eighth poorest country in the world.

Anil Purohit, M.D., this week is making his second trip to Malawi, a sub-Saharan African nation that he previously visited during his internal medicine residency. While there the first time, he saw a lack of health care workers, limited access to medical care, a high rate of HIV infections, and a lack of basic necessities like food, clean water and shelter. He was even recruited to help deliver babies in rooms with no electricity.

That trip changed Dr. Purohit’s outlook on health care. (more…)

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UPMC’s Efforts in Kazakhstan Progressing

In July 2013, UPMC announced an exciting partnership in the Eurasian region with Nazarbayev University of Kazakhstan.  UPMC was chosen by the university to help develop a modernized national cancer center. In collaboration with Nazarbayev University, the National Research Oncology Center (NROC) will serve the population of Kazakhstan, a nation with more than 30,000 new cancer cases diagnosed annually. (more…)

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