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Archive for December, 2015

Santas in Leather Visit UPMC Mercy Burn Center

Santa typically wears a bright red suit, but the Santas that delivered toys to the UPMC Mercy Burn Center chose leather instead.

Members of the Renegade Pigs Motorcycle Club, a nonprofit organization made up of active and retired public safety officers, made their fourth annual holiday donation to the UPMC Mercy Burn Center. Fundraising efforts allowed the group to provide toys and clothing for children receiving both inpatient and outpatient burn care.

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The Cutest Stocking Stuffers

UPMC stocking stuffers - large fileMany families across western Pennsylvania are celebrating their newest additions this Christmas.  Special babies born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at UPMC hospitals received a festive stocking to keep them warm while they nap in the nursery. At Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, volunteers from the Magee Volunteer Knitters group continued a popular tradition of hand-knitting red and green caps for all the babies in the hospital born on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Thanks to a generous donation from Panera, all babies born in the month of December at Magee, UPMC Altoona, UPMC Bedford Memorial, UPMC Hamot, UPMC Horizon, UPMC Mercy and UPMC Northwest will also take home a copy of the board book I Love You Snow Much by Sandra Magsamen and a Panera coupon.

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Pitt Public Health-led study finds HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

Public Health faculty and staffMen with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. The results are published in the journal AIDS.

“Taken together, these findings underscore the potential importance for smoking cessation and interventions to improve insulin resistance among HIV-infected men,” wrote lead author Lawrence A. Kingsley, Dr.P.H., professor in Pitt Public Health’s departments of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, and Epidemiology.

The study looked at 825 men (541 HIV-infected and 284 HIV-uninfected) enrolled in the cardiovascular sub-study of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The men underwent regular cardiac CT imaging during a follow-up period averaging five years.


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