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Volume 41 Issue 4

EU Center renewed >

October 9th, 2008

Pitt’s European Union Center of Excellence (EUCE) has been re-designated as a European Union Center of Excellence. In recognition of the award, the Delegation of the European Commission recently presented grants totaling 3.42 million euros (about $4.7 million) to 11 EU centers at U.S. universities. The grants will fund center activities from 2008 to 2011. […]

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Investigations into lab incident underway >

October 9th, 2008

Pitt and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are investigating a Sept. 24 incident in a University laboratory. John Fedele, Pitt associate director of news, said, “The University is investigating an incident involving a laboratory animal.” Fedele declined to confirm any details of the incident. Stories in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said a […]

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Heart assist device approved for non-transplant cases >

October 9th, 2008

UPMC has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for ventricular assist device (VAD) support for destination therapy, which is heart support for patients with end-stage heart disease who are not candidates for heart transplantation. Previously, VADs primarily were used as a bridge to heart transplant, but as clinical experience has demonstrated, they have […]

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One on One: Center for Health and Care Work director Carrie Leana >

October 9th, 2008

Carrie R. Leana was bartending in a Texas country and western bar after earning her BA in English when she realized she’d better get on with her life’s work. It’s just that she didn’t know what that was. “My career path was not linear,” Leana said, in a recent conversation with University Times staff writer […]

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No-incision surgery treats acid reflux >

October 9th, 2008

People with severe, chronic heartburn that does not respond to medication have a new surgical treatment option at UPMC that does not require any incisions. Heartburn, which also is known as acid reflux disease, is a condition in which acid from the stomach creeps up into the esophagus and causes a burning sensation in the […]

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Lessons learned in the battle against smallpox >

October 9th, 2008

While the international effort to eradicate smallpox ranks among the 20th century’s greatest health achievements, the road to success was quite bumpy, according to the global health expert who led the campaign. “This was a program that almost wasn’t launched, it was soundly forecasted to fail, but it miraculously succeeded. It was a remarkable victory […]

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Flu shot clinics set >

October 9th, 2008

Flu shots will be provided on various dates through Nov. 25 at select Pittsburgh campus locations and at Falk Pharmacy. Pitt faculty and staff with UPMC Health Plan coverage can receive a flu shot at no out-of-pocket cost; however, they must show their valid University and UPMC Health Plan ID cards. The claim for the […]

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Science 2008: Scanning the brain >

October 9th, 2008

Can magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the brain aid in developing instructional techniques? Can they teach us why adolescents engage in high-risk behavior? What do they reveal about the highly evolved human ability to recognize faces? These were some of the questions that researchers addressed at “Brain Functional Evidence of Normative and Impaired Behavior,” […]

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