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Archive for February, 2015

Contest Aims to Improve Medication Adherence

Nearly three out of four patients in the U.S. put their health and futures in jeopardy by not taking their medication as directed, often resulting in serious health consequences. In an effort to curb this serious public health issue, the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy and Pitt School of Medicine have joined health professions students across the country in Script Your Future’s fourth annual Medication Adherence Challenge. (more…)

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Electronic Cigarettes: Valuable Harm Reduction Tool or New Threat?


A top tobacco use expert at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine applauds a recent advisory issued by the California Department of Public Health to address the growing use of electronic cigarettes.

But, he says, addressing the public health concerns with vaping may not be as simple as issuing warnings.

Brian Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt’s Center for Research on dia, Technology, and Health, notes that e-cigarettes are promoted as a tool to help smokers kick the habit, which is a good thing. However, their alternative uses are, unfortunately, creating potential health problems. (more…)

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