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Volume 40 Issue 23

UPCI head issues cell phone warning >

July 24th, 2008

The director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute this week issued a warning about a possible connection between long-term cell phone use and adverse health effects, including cancer. In a July 22 memorandum to UPMC Cancer Centers faculty and staff, UPCI director Ronald Herberman stated: “An international expert panel of pathologists, oncologists and public […]

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Debit cards to replace cash for research subjects >

July 24th, 2008

Petty cash accounts soon will disappear for researchers who compensate research participants at Pitt and UPMC. A new debit card system designed to streamline payment, tighten fiscal controls and improve compliance with Internal Revenue Service requirements is being rolled out across the University and UPMC. WePay cards already are in the hands of research subjects […]

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Fall break added to academic calendar >

July 24th, 2008

A one-day fall break for students is being added to Pitt’s academic calendar this year. The University’s campuses will remain open and staffed on Oct. 13, but no classes will be held. Student Government Board President Sumter Link said, “It’s something that other universities have that Pitt students have wanted.” Link, who took office in […]

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Forbes Ave. lane restrictions to be lifted >

July 24th, 2008

Lane restrictions for Forbes Avenue traffic entering Oakland tentatively are scheduled to end Aug. 18 — nearly a week earlier than originally planned. Since late April, traffic had been reduced to one lane between Moultrie Street and McDevitt Place as part of the $29 million project to replace the crumbling Boulevard of the Allies Bridge […]

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Center for Health and Care Work established >

July 24th, 2008

Pitt’s new Center for Health and Care Work (CHCW) seeks to inform the national discourse centered on how to better legitimize, compensate, develop and regulate direct care work in health care and other industries. The center will facilitate interdisciplinary research to address economic and workforce opportunities in the direct-care sectors; heighten the profile of the […]

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Magee recognized for breast cancer diagnosis improvements >

July 24th, 2008

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC has been honored by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania for its Breast Cancer Diagnostic Process Improvement. This is a multidisciplinary effort to reduce wait times for patients significantly between suspicious findings in screening or diagnostic mammography, biopsy and diagnosis. Nationally, the average wait time between an abnormal screening result and follow-up […]

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