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Archive for August, 2015

UPMC Senior Community Resident Celebrates 100 Years of Independence, Adventure

When asked how to spell her last name, Marian Cunnings replied, “Like a cunning fox.”

Cunnings was all smiles at her centennial birthday celebration Aug. 24 at Hampton Fields Village, the UPMC Senior Community where she has lived since 2009. Amid hugs, kisses and well wishes from her fellow residents, she wore a birthday tiara and laughed as she recalled some of her life’s most exciting moments.

Originally from Wilkinsburg, Cunnings graduated from Verona High School and then studied at the Moody Bible Institute. Following a few years of traveling in the United States, she became a bank teller at the Bloomfield branch of Pittsburgh National Bank, where she worked for 30 years. (more…)

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Women Working Long Hours May Have Difficult Time Conceiving

Nurses who consistently work long hours and lift heavy loads may have a harder time getting pregnant,  according to new study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

A team of researchers followed more than 1,700 nurses who were trying to conceive from 2010-2014 and assessed participants every six months to determine how long it was taking them to get pregnant. (more…)

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New Bariatric Procedure Offered at Magee to Combat Obesity

After receiving FDA approval, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC will begin offering an intra-gastric balloon procedure to help patients combat obesity. Anita Courcoulas, M.D., explains the procedure, utilizing an ORBERA intragastric balloon. Andrew Griffin, a clinical trial participant, explains how the device worked for him.

For more information on the ORBERA procedure at Magee, call: (412) 641-3632

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Penguins Coaching Staff, Iceburgh Give Hats to Patients at Hillman Cancer Center

HILLMAN_CC_PENS_150824_5V3A2326smallA unique visitor sat inside the Hillman Cancer Center front entrance Monday, greeting patients and their families as they came in through the revolving door. He even spent some time in the revolving door – going around and around and around.

Iceburgh, the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was at the center along with coach Mike Johnston and assistant coaches Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew to meet patients. But despite Iceburgh’s antics, the visit also had a serious mission: to distribute hats to patients, especially men who don’t have as many options for head coverings if they lose their hair during treatment. (more…)

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Making Wedding Day Dreams Come True

Tears of joy started to well up in the eyes of Thomas Pipchok, a double-organ transplant recipient, as he described the extraordinary steps taken by nurses and other staff to create a “fairytale wedding” at UPMC Montefiore.

A resident of Baden, Pipchok had planned to wed his fiancée, Sherry, on Aug. 15 at a park in Beaver County. However, several days before the wedding, a liver and kidney became available, and Pipchok, who suffered from hypertension and cirrhosis, received his new organs during a 12-hour operation. (more…)

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