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Archive for November, 2015

Pitt Research: Chronic Arsenic Exposure Can Impair Ability of Muscle to Heal After Injury

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health have found in an animal model that chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration. More than 140 million people worldwide and 4 million Americans chronically ingest arsenic, which is naturally present in soil and bedrock-walled wells and has no color, odor or taste. Watch this video to learn more about the research, which suggests environmental exposures might explain why some people have a harder time recovering from injury or surgery.


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Pitt Students Learn About Aging During Health Assessment Fairs

assessment1Over the course of three days, nearly 200 students from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences visited nine UPMC Senior Communities for “Pittsburgh High Fives Successful Aging,” a free health assessment fair for senior community residents.

As part of a week-long course in geriatric medicine, taught by Rollin Wright, M.D., M.P.H., health sciences students used newly acquired skills to conduct health assessments and promote healthy aging. Students gained real-world experience, working with residents to assess their sleep, mood, pain, fall risk, physical capabilities and mental health. Residents were encouraged to take the results of the assessment to their primary care physicians to coordinate care in the years to come. (more…)

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To Fight Childhood Obesity, Tackle Maternal Obesity

bodnarLowering a child’s risk of obesity starts before that child is even conceived.

That’s the message that Lisa Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, stressed to an Institute of Medicine committee at a recent workshop in Washington, D.C., to summarize the state of science surrounding childhood obesity.

“Whether or not the mother is obese is the strongest factor in predicting whether or not the child will be obese,” said Dr. Bodnar, whose research focuses on nutritional and behavioral practices for pregnant women and their children. (more…)

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UPMC Hamot Opens New Lobby, Healing Garden

lobby opening 4UPMC Hamot today celebrated the grand opening of its new Suzanne and William Conner Lobby and UPMC Medical Staff and Hamot Aid Society Healing Garden.

The year-long transformation of the main entry to the hospital includes new and renovated lobby space, a patient discharge area, a centralized gift shop, a café, and a seating area with a warming fireplace.  The space provides unprecedented ease of access, welcoming décor and a streamlined registration area.

As former Hamot Board chair Des McDonald noted in his remarks, the lobby is “a true reflection of the world-class health care provided at UPMC Hamot.” (more…)

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UPMC McKeesport Gift Shop Celebrates 80 Years of Volunteerism

MckeesportAbout 30 people gathered in the UPMC McKeesport hospital gift shop last week to celebrate its 80th anniversary. Since its inception, the shop has been staffed by volunteers from the McKeesport Hospital Junior Committee, which consists of a long list of women who have dedicated their lives to raising funds for the McKeesport Hospital Foundation.

Jill Mohlman, president of the Junior Committee, welcomed the crowd and introduced those who were there to recognize the hard work and dedication of the group. Proclamations were presented by Alison Piccolino, representing state Sen. Jim Brewster; Tom Maglicco speaking on behalf of state Rep. Mark Gergely; and McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko. All noted the many years of dedication by the ladies of the Junior Committee who have raised more than $3 million to date. (more…)

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