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Volume 41 Issue 4

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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Children's named among top hospitals >

October 9th, 2008

Children’s Hospital is one of 33 hospitals — seven of them children’s hospitals — selected as a 2008 Top Hospital by a national organization that evaluates patient safety at more than 1,220 hospitals. Children’s recognition was based on the results of the 2008 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which is the nation’s primary hospital patient safety evaluation […]

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Science 2008: Responsible research series launched >

October 9th, 2008

Science 2008 marked the launch of a new preview event aimed at fostering the responsible conduct of research among early-career investigators. The first of five annual workshops, held Oct. 1, focused on conflict of interest and relations with industry. In it, Pitt post-docs pondered a theoretical conflict of interest case and heard from experts on […]

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