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Archive for September, 2014

Lung Cancer Advocacy Group Tours UPCI Labs

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Cancer survivors, family members and other advocates of lung cancer awareness and research recently visited the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter, as part of the Free to Breathe Action Summit.

The group, which advocates for more awareness of and funding for lung cancer research, toured the UPCI labs and spoke to researchers who are working to understand more about this disease and ways to treat it. The group of about 70 people from all over the U.S. came to Pittsburgh for its annual meeting. The group’s ultimate goal is to double lung cancer survival by 2022. (more…)

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Volunteers Bring Free Hip, Knee Surgeries to Those in Need

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A group of 60 volunteers from western Pennsylvania, including 31 who work for UPMC, traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, earlier in September for Operation Walk Pittsburgh. An initiative of the AMD3 Foundation and Tony DiGioia, M.D., of the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Operation Walk Pittsburgh provides free hip and knee replacement surgeries in developing countries for patients who otherwise have little or no access to this life-changing care. (more…)

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Pitt Public Health Epidemiologists Walk to Cure Diabetes

Eight years ago, Nancy Glynn received news that changed her life.

Her daughter, Alix, an 11-year-old who had just started middle school, had type 1 diabetes.

“Honestly, since then, not a day goes by that I don’t worry about her,” said Dr. Glynn of Wilkins, an assistant professor of epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “But, I can’t dwell on that. As a mother, I did what moms everywhere would do for their child– spring into action.” (more…)

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