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Archive for December, 2014

Magee Volunteers Spread Christmas Joy to Hospital’s Newest Additions



Babies born at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC who are in the hospital Christmas Day get a special memento to mark their holiday births – a stocking big enough to hold them and a hand-knit red-and-green cap made by knitters on UPMC’s Volunteer Services team.

Nurses at Magee have been organizing the annual event and giving away dozens of tiny hats for several years in an effort to bring holiday cheer to the families who celebrate their baby’s first Christmas with UPMC.

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Learning From Our Elders to Fight Flu

Reba Roberts, 99, and Dolores Spragale, 84, have learned a few things in their combined 183 years.

One of the top pieces of advice that they pass along to their friends is to get the flu shot. And now that a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study has shown that a type of flu vaccine designed for people 65 and older works well in the particularly vulnerable elderly population living in long-term care facilities, they’re being even more vocal. (more…)

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Athletes of All Ages, Skill Levels to Use UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex


Opening summer 2015 in Cranberry Township, Pa., the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will serve as a comprehensive outpatient facility for UPMC Sports Medicine and will also be the primary training center for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. This first-of-its-kind facility in our area will feature 185,000 square feet of total space, with 54,000 square feet dedicated to UPMC Sports Medicine’s orthopaedic, physical therapy, concussion, imaging, and sports performance services. (more…)

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In the News: Treatment of Some Severe Strokes On Verge of Big Change

Treatment of most severe strokes, those caused by blockage of a large vessel in the brain, is on the verge of changing in fundamental ways, says Dr. Tudor Jovin, director of UPMC Stroke Institute and director of UPMC Center for Neuroendovascular Therapy.  In addition to administering clot busting drugs, doctors could soon be routinely using a catheter to grab and remove clots blocking large brain blood vessels, restoring blood flow and preventing further stroke damage. (more…)

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