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Archive for October, 2015

Girls on the Run of Magee-Womens Hospital Celebrates 10,000 Girls Served at 2015 Sneaker Bash

GOTRStudies have shown that girls begin to lose confidence at the young age of nine due to societal pressures and media influences. Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is home to a council of Girls on the Run (GOTR), an international organization that works to replace that negativity through running, emphasizing the importance of goal-setting, teamwork, community service and a positive attitude. Third through eighth grade girls receive 24 lessons throughout the school year led by certified coaches, as well as a shirt, water bottle and entry into the GOTR 5k held at the end of the season.

To make such a comprehensive program possible, there is a fee to participate in GOTR. For more than a decade, the GOTR Sneaker Bash has been helping fund scholarships for Magee’s council. All proceeds from the event support girls who would not otherwise have the financial means to participate in the program. (more…)

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Hamot Celebrates Affiliation with UPMC

Last night, UPMC Hamot hosted its annual dinner and community meeting to celebrate its successes and to mark its fifth year of affiliation with UPMC. In attendance were more than 200 individuals, including members of the UPMC Hamot Board of Directors, physicians, staff and volunteers, Hamot Health Foundationtrustees and corporators, regional health care partners, patients and community leaders. Learn more about UPMC Hamot and how it has grown in the last five years in the video above.

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Counterintuitive Research Finding May Lead to New Protection Against Heart Disease

ThinkstockPhotos-504105165Despite a dramatic increase in blood cholesterol levels for the past five decades, a new University of Pittsburgh-led study shows that the Japanese have avoided driving up their heart disease-related death rates—contrary to expectations.

In fact, there’s actually been a continuous decline in mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD) in the Japanese since the 1970s.

“This is a perplexing discovery,” said Akira Sekikawa, M.D., Ph.D., the epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health who led the study. “You’d expect to see an increase in heart disease, so there must be something unique about the Japanese that is protecting them. And perhaps it’s something the rest of us can learn from.” (more…)

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New CPR Guidelines Emphasize Immediate Action, Frequent Training To Save Lives


More than 326,000 people have heart attacks each year at homes, workplaces and other settings, and nearly 90 percent die, often because bystanders don’t know how to perform CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

The 2015 Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, encourage people to act fast to get help, perform CPR if they have been trained and use automatic external defibrillators (AED) when available to help rescue sudden cardiac arrest victims. (more…)

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