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Archive for October, 2015

Experts Agree ‘Concussion is Treatable’ After Important Pittsburgh Meeting

A group of 37 concussion experts from around the United States gathered in Pittsburgh this week and agreed unanimously on an important message: Concussions are treatable.

The message they delivered at a news conference today seems simple but doctors say it’s also powerful. For too long, concussions have been treated in a one-size-fits-all way, with prolonged rest prescribed as the perfect antidote. But the experts in sports medicine, neurology and emergency medicine who participated in the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) conference say the injuries are much more variable and require specialized, active treatment by patients and their care team.

Watch above and listen to Michael “Micky” Collins, Ph.D., executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, and David O. Okonkwo, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurological surgery and clinical director of the Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, talk about the conference and the important takeaways.

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Is This Postpartum Depression or The ‘Baby Blues’?

ThinkstockPhotos-523710937Actress Hayden Panettiere recently checked into a treatment center to combat postpartum depression, a condition she’s spoken openly about since the birth of her daughter in December 2014. Her brave choice to speak publicly brings attention to postpartum depression, which affects nearly 22 percent of women after giving birth.

“Postpartum depression is a significant public health problem given the profound impact of a mother’s depression on her child’s physical and emotional well-being,” says Dr. Priya Gopalan, chief of Psychiatry, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. “Often times, it can be hard to detect because the symptoms of postpartum depression are similar to the typical ‘baby blues’ that often occur due to hormonal changes after birth. With postpartum depression, the lows are more profound and symptoms rarely go away without treatment.” (more…)

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Pitt Researchers Investigate Strategies to “Move More” in New Research Study

dv1525016A new National Institutes of Health-funded research study called GLB Moves is about to begin at the University of Pittsburgh. Andrea Kriska, Ph.D., M.S.; Kaye Kramer, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., R.N., C.C.R.C., and their team will research different strategies to increase movement and achieve weight loss as part of a healthy lifestyle program called Group Lifestyle Balance (GLB).

The GLB program was originally adapted from a successful, nationally funded clinical research study that showed that diabetes could be prevented or delayed by decreasing weight and increasing physical activity. The Pitt investigators modified the national intervention program for use in the community setting and have shown it to be very effective in helping people lose weight, increase physical activity and reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. (more…)

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UPMC Senior Residents Go Hollywood to Raise Funds


Every year, the UPMC Senior Communities release a calendar to raise funds for the Benevolent Care Program. This fundraiser helps eligible residents living in one of UPMC’s senior communities who are outliving their financial resources and need charitable assistance. This year’s calendar features more than 100 residents from 19 locations in Western Pennsylvania.

Checkout the video and get a behind the scenes look at The Stars Among Us calendar. Each calendar costs $10 for the general public, and $7 for UPMC employees. Discounts are available for quantity purchases.

To order calendars, please contact:
Debra Panei, Director of Development, UPMC Senior Services at 412-864-3524 or

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Magee, Pens Celebrate Littlest Fans Through ‘It’s a Great Day for a New Baby’ Campaign


To kick off an exciting yearlong program, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis and the team’s mascot, Iceburgh, came to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC this week to visit moms and deliver a special gift to welcome their newest fans into the world. Magee, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Penguins, started the “It’s a Great Day for a New Baby” program to celebrate the 11,000 babies born each year at Magee. Over the next year, every Magee baby will receive a gift box that includes a Penguins onesie, washcloth, bib, baby-on-board sign and a commemorative keepsake with fun facts about the Penguins, as well as health and wellness tips from Magee.

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