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Archive for July, 2015

Promising New Antibiotic in Use at UPMC

A new antibiotic created to treat some of the very worst “superbug” infections is saving the lives of UPMC patients with no options left.

Called ceftazidime-avibactam, or Avycaz, the drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year, and UPMC has used it in more than 20 patients since May. (more…)

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UPCI Research Rated ‘Outstanding,’ NCI-Designation Renewed

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute has been rated “outstanding” and renewed as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, an award that recognizes the world-class research that sets the center among an elite group nationwide. The five-year grant is for $25.6 million and comes as UPCI celebrates its 30th year as a leader in working to reduce the burden of cancer. (more…)

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Pediatric Burn Patients at UPMC Mercy Benefit From Support of LHAS


The UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center has been treating burn patients of all ages since 1967, becoming the first burn center of its kind in Pennsylvania and one of the first in the United States. Victims of all ages have been seeking care from UPMC Mercy’s state-of-the-art facilities and expert physicians for decades.

A unique aspect of the UPMC Mercy Burn Center is its specialized treatment for pediatric burn patients. An area called the “Enchanted Forest” is a whimsical play area that discretely doubles as a rehabilitation area. Children who have suffered burn injuries can divert their attention from pain and focus on having fun, allowing them to undergo rehabilitation in a kid-friendly environment. Thanks to a recent gift from the Ladies Hospital Aid Society (LHAS), the burn center now has significant funds to continue improving the quality of pediatric rehabilitation care available through the purchase of interactive toys. (more…)

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UPMC and Xiangya Hospital Open International Medical Center in China

Less than a year after signing an agreement with Xiangya Hospital in China to establish an international medical center, UPMC and its partner on July 21 completed the first phase of this effort to introduce the highest standards of health care to Hunan Province.

Since the collaboration was announced in August 2014, UPMC has worked closely with staff at Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, to extensively renovate four floors of an existing 14-story tower, including 36 beds and two floors of outpatient clinics. (more…)

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UPMC’s Molinero Competes in Grueling Handcycling Race


Ashli Molinero was born with a tiny opening at the bottom of her spine. After being diagnosed with spina bifida, her parents were told she might never walk. But Ashli had different plans.

At the age of two, she learned to walk with crutches. In 2002, she began to handcycle recreationally and ten years later challenged herself to compete in the Pittsburgh Marathon.Molinero is now pushing even further. On July 21, she will be one of only two women competing in the Alaska Challenge, a grueling, 240 mile, eight-stage handcycling race considered to be the toughest course in the world. She will face elite competition, including a paralympian, but Molinero welcomes the daunting challenge with a smile. (more…)

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