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Volume 39 Issue 7

What's the Rx for America's public health system? >

November 22nd, 2006

Those in public health are well aware that the United States has widespread health disparities and inequitable and inadequate health insurance coverage and that money is being poured into treatment instead of prevention. But the question remains: Is anyone else paying attention? “Recently, I was asked to talk about the American system of public health […]

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UPMC on U.S. News honor roll >

November 22nd, 2006

A report from U.S. News & World Report and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has placed UPMC Health Plan on the “honor roll” of the top 10 health plans in the country. The report, “America’s Best Health Plans,” also shows that the health plan is the highest ranked plan in Pennsylvania for the […]

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Casinos: Will the state be the biggest loser? >

November 22nd, 2006

$hould politicians depend on gambling revenues to provide public services? What happens when government begins to rely on money from so-called “sin” taxes on tobacco or gambling? And what are the economic, social and political impacts? Author and researcher Robert Goodman, a professor of architecture at Hampshire College, addressed those issues and offered his insights […]

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Family Hospice, UPMC join forces >

November 22nd, 2006

UPMC Senior Living has teamed up with Family Hospice and Palliative Care to help end-of-life patients make better, informed decisions. The circle of life program, recently introduced in the UPMC Senior Living skilled nursing facilities, combines traditional care along with specialized expertise of the Family Hospice and Palliative Care staff. Pittsburgh has one of the […]

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Philosophical Gourmet Report puts Pitt at No. 5 >

November 22nd, 2006

The top five philosophy departments in the nation haven’t changed in recent Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings, and Pitt remains among them, holding the No. 5 slot in the most recent report, released this month. According to the report, which is based on a survey of philosophers in the English-speaking world, New York University maintains its […]

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New UPMC system likely to reduce errors >

November 22nd, 2006

A new system that empowers patients and their families at UPMC Shadyside to call for help from rapid response teams is reducing the likelihood of medical errors and maximizing patient safety, according to an article in the November issue of the American Journal of Nursing. Many hospitals, including UPMC Shadyside, have been responding to in-hospital […]

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Tips on teaching: Teaching portfolios >

November 22nd, 2006

Pitt’s sixth annual Teaching Excellence Fair, held Nov. 8, included summaries from winners of 2005-2006 innovation in education grants and conversations on teaching methods and techniques with faculty, as well as workshops and technology demonstrations led by Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) staff. *********** Teachers, how do you demonstrate that your students […]

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