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Volume 35 Issue 6

KILLER BACTERIA: 'The ultimate in antibiotic resistance' >

November 7th, 2002

The first two cases of infection caused by vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) in the United States were detected this year — in Pennsylvania and Michigan — according to the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. “VRSA is regarded as the ultimate in antibiotic resistance, a really nasty germ that can kill in its […]

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KILLER BACTERIA: What you and your doctor should know >

November 7th, 2002

With another cold and flu season approaching, many physicians will be prescribing antibiotics to help patients cope with aches, chills, coughs and sniffles. There are two problems with this: • Antibiotics are useless against viral infections such as the common cold, influenza and most sore throats. • Overuse of antibiotics is the leading promoter of […]

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"Who stole my cheese?" program explains how to deal with change >

November 7th, 2002

As an anonymous wag once put it: “The only one who likes change is a wet baby.” But change is a fact of life and we all have to deal with it, according to a Faculty and Staff Assistance Program/EAP Solutions speaker. “There is almost always a duality about change,” Linda Neuenschwander said. “Change means […]

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How to avoid the flu and what to do if you get it >

November 7th, 2002

As soon as the weather changes and the temperatures drop, flu season is not far behind. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention estimate that 35 million-50 million Americans will come down with the flu this season. Of those, more than 20,000 will die from the flu and its complications, according to CDC […]

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Daniel named to new position >

November 7th, 2002

Jack L. Daniel has been named vice provost for undergraduate studies and dean of students, part of a restructuring in the Provost’s office that will reduce the number of vice provost positions from six to five. Daniel has been vice provost for academic affairs since 1992 and has served as interim dean of students since […]

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Chemical library of molecules funded >

November 7th, 2002

One of the more time-consuming tasks scientists face in discovering new pharmaceuticals and other chemicals is creating compounds prior to testing. Pitt will give researchers across the country a head start by creating a chemical library of more than 50,000 molecules through a five-year, $9.6 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences […]

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Interstitial lung disease center dedicated >

November 7th, 2002

The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at Pitt’s School of Medicine dedicated the Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease last month. Made possible through a gift from the Simmons family, the center was established to provide state-of-the-art care for patients with interstitial lung disease, provide leadership in […]

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