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Archive for November, 2015

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Expands in the State, Across the Globe

ThinkstockPhotos-154331922Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) has been a practiced model of care in Pennsylvania only since 2010. But in just five short years, this therapy model, aimed at families whose children have challenging behaviors, has grown with more than 270 trained PCIT clinicians from 100 agencies in 60 of 67 Pennsylvania counties.

PCIT is an internationally recognized, evidence-based, parent training program for families who have children with such behaviors as grabbing, being bossy or extremely disobedient. It is also an intervention for families with a history of child physical abuse. Parents are actively supported by a PCIT clinician on how to apply specialized skills so that they can increase appropriate child behaviors such as sharing, using good manners and listening. (more…)

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Sharing the Bounty From a Spectacular Day of Golf

IMG_9217Organizers of the fifth annual UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside Charity Golf Tournament presented two local organizations recently with the bounty from a day on the links, just in time for Thanksgiving day.

Checks of $21,674 each were presented to Community Human Services (CHS) and Peoples Oakland. Representatives of both groups said their organizations have previously received funds from the tournament, and the money has been and will continue to be put to good use helping people in need in Oakland, Shadyside, and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

“Thank you for your faith in us,” said Trevor Smith, director of Community Programs for CHS. (more…)

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Pittsburgh Genome Resource Repository Honored for Big Data Analytics

ThinkstockPhotos-185880629The Pittsburgh Genome Resource Repository (PGRR), a portal that fosters advanced cancer research and personalized medicine, has been named the “Best Use of High Performance Data Analytics” by HPCwire, an online publication that covers high performance and data-intensive computing.

The award was announced Monday at the Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas. The PGRR tied for the Readers’ Choice award with the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge University.

“This is such a tremendous honor for the University of Pittsburgh to be recognized by HPCwire along with our collaborators at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. The work scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute are doing with such large datasets is really transforming research and treatment for cancer patients, and we’re excited to be a part of that future,” said Rebecca Crowley Jacobson, M.D., M.S., professor of biomedical informatics and chief information officer of Pitt’s Institute for Personalized Medicine. (more…)

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UPMC’s Sherwood Oaks Honors Living and Deceased Veteran Residents

VETERANS_DAY_SHERWOOD_OAKS_20151111_34This Veterans Day, residents of Sherwood Oaks attended a ceremony to honor and thank the living and deceased Veterans who call this UPMC Senior Community home. Organized by resident Harriet Burress and a committee of ten other residents, the event is in its third year.

“We are grateful for the service of all American veterans, and we are especially honored to celebrate those veterans who are now residents at Sherwood Oaks,” said Mark Bondi, president and CEO of Sherwood Oaks. “This event allows our community the opportunity to remember the sacrifices they have made and the courage it takes to defend honor, duty and country.” (more…)

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‘Much-Needed Expertise’: Urologist Brings New Treatment Options to Altoona

ChuangDVOCUSEach week, more than five new adult patients suffering from kidney stones come to see the urologists at UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates. And now, thanks to a new urologist at the practice, more treatment options for them are available than ever before.

Debby Chuang, M.D., of UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Urology, brings to the practice new minimally invasive treatment options for men, women and children with urinary tract conditions, such as kidney stones, kidney/bladder/prostate cancers, urination issues, and erectile dysfunction. Dr. Chuang sees patients across the age spectrum and is the first local urologist to treat children with congenital conditions of the kidney, bladder or ureter, as well as other conditions, such as chronic urinary tract infections. She is in practice with Theodore Belis, M.D., who has been a urologist for 33 years and with Blair Medical for nearly three years.

“We are very, very fortunate to have Dr. Chuang with us,” Dr. Belis said. “Urologists are in great demand, not only here but nationwide. It is difficult to recruit urologists, and she brings much-needed expertise in robotic and minimally invasive surgery techniques. For a patient in need of a kidney removal due to cancer, her being here means excellent care without having to travel to Pittsburgh.” (more…)

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