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Archive for February, 2016

Pitt Public Health Epidemiologist Recognized for Outstanding Research in Cardiovascular Endocrinology

ElKhoudary,Samar[epi]Samar El Khoudary, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, was recently recognized by the Endocrine Society for research published last year in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on cardiovascular fat and menopause.

In “The Best of JCEM 2015,” Dr. El Khoudary’s paper, titled “Cardiovascular Fat, Menopause, and Sex Hormones in Women: The SWAN Cardiovascular Fat Ancillary Study,” topped the journal’s Female Reproduction publications. This means it was among the most highly rated peer reviewed articles on the subject in all of 2015.

The Best of JCEM annually highlights the outstanding progress of scientific research in endocrinology. The compilation features important findings and notable advances encompassing the full range of clinical endocrine science and medicine. (more…)

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Pitt Dental Medicine Gives Kids a Smile


Faculty, residents and students of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine opened the doors to the Salk Hall pediatric dentistry clinic on Friday, Jan. 29 for the 14th annual “Give Kids a Smile” (GKAS) event. Since 2003, Pitt Dental Medicine has been providing thousands of dollars of free care to local uninsured children through GKAS.

GKAS spans two days, with the first day focusing on preventative treatments such as cleanings and x-rays, while the second day focuses on more advanced treatments, GiveKidsaSmile2016-9418such as extractions and fillings. This year’s event was carnival themed, complete
with popcorn and games for patients in the waiting room.

Through participation in GKAS, Pitt Dental Medicine students learn the importance of using their profession to give back. The school’s efforts were recognized this year with the E. “Bud” Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, a grant from the American Dental Association Foundation honoring the significant contributions to the community.

To learn more about GKAS and the Tarrson Award, visit the Pitt Dental Medicine website.


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UPMC Builds Hospitals Where Our Patients Are … Not Where Our Competitors Are

ThinkstockPhotos-462294327UPMC intends to build a modern and technologically state-of-the-art facility – UPMC South – to most conveniently serve patients preferring UPMC’s world-class care closer to their homes. At UPMC South, patients would receive the most appropriate treatment on an ambulatory basis whenever possible. UPMC South would be fully equipped to provide preventive, emergency and intensive care; the latest imaging technology; and inpatient beds for those requiring a hospital stay.

UPMC is seeking site-specific approval from the Zoning Hearing Board of Pleasant Hills Borough. A hearing before the Board will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

We have begun the process of due diligence, including title, survey, environmental and geotechnical considerations. The project, both in its construction phase and once completed, is expected to support hundreds of construction jobs and have a significant positive economic impact on area businesses and ultimately create an estimated 500 permanent jobs. (more…)

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