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Volume 32 Issue 14

Excimer laser used to extract pacemaker wires >

March 16th, 2000

Cardiologists at UPMC Health System are using an excimer laser to extract old cardiac pacemakers and implantable defibrillator wires from the heart, making it an easier and potentially less dangerous procedure for patients. The laser device is called the Spectranetics Laser Sheath and is approved by the FDA. A recent study found that complete wire […]

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Common Pleas Court decision awaited in same-sex benefits case >

March 16th, 2000

Acknowledging his de- cision would not be easy, a judge delayed ruling on a motion by Pitt's attorneys to dismiss a 4-year-old civil suit filed against the University. "I'm bouncing around here, one side to the other," Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert C. Gallo told lawyers at an oral arguments hearing March […]

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How to contact prostate cancer program >

March 16th, 2000

UPMC Health System, in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and Pitt urology department, has developed a comprehensive prostate cancer awareness program. An incorrect telephone number was distributed with information about the new program. Information can be obtained by calling 1-800/234-4724.

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Tuition exchange program an option for college-bound dependents of employees >

March 16th, 2000

The national Tuition Exchange (TE) Pro- gram offers dependent children of Pitt employees the opportunity to attend some 450 participating colleges and universities at reduced tuition or no charge. A Pitt medical professor recently called Suzanne McColloch, the University's tuition exchange liaison, to see whether his son, a sophomore at Duquesne University, would qualify for […]

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WPIC gets $6.9 million NIMH grant >

March 16th, 2000

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has awarded a five-year, $6.9 million grant to the Intervention Center for Late-Life Mood Disorders at UPMC Health System's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC). The WPIC center is recognized as one of only three NIMH centers of excellence for research and treatment of elderly depression. The grant […]

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Dental dean need not be dentist, search group told >

March 16th, 2000

The next dean of Pitt's School of Dental Medicine won't necessarily be a dentist. Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Arthur S. Levine has told the dean search committee to consider candidates from outside the dental profession, as long as they are accomplished administrators and/or educators who are familiar with emerging trends in dental science. […]

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