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Volume 41 Issue 4

Studio arts faculty exhibition opens >

October 9th, 2008

Department of Studio Arts faculty members welcomed guests at an Oct. 1 reception celebrating the opening of the department’s annual Faculty Exhibition. Top: Faculty member Sean Derry operates a bellows to inflate a soft sculpture that is part of his work titled, “An Interlude to Stillness.” (A larger installation of the work that includes 35 […]

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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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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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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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