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Volume 35 Issue 12

Radio program aimed at senior citizens >

February 20th, 2003

Local senior citizens can learn how to improve their health by tuning in to a new radio program featuring health care professionals affiliated with the University’s Center for Healthy Aging. The 20-minute radio program, “Healthier Tomorrows,” airs on WEDO-AM 810 each Thursday at 2:30 p.m., as part of the “Gary G Variety Show.” Topics include […]

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Pitt at the Pole >

February 20th, 2003

It was during an otherwise routine faculty meeting two years ago that Bret Goodpaster learned he might be traveling to the South Pole. Andrew Stewart, chief of the Pitt medical school’s Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, where Goodpaster is an assistant professor, surprised everyone in the meeting room — including Goodpaster — when he said: […]

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UPMC launches diabetes awareness campaign >

February 20th, 2003

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) last month rolled out a public health education and awareness campaign on diabetes in western Pennsylvania. “Diabetes is a devastating disease, affecting some 17 million Americans, with an estimated 183,000, including some 60,000 who don’t even know it, in western Pennsylvania,” said Linda Siminerio, director of the University […]

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Pitt files friend of court brief in support of Michigan >

February 20th, 2003

Pitt has filed an amicus curia (friend of the court) brief, joined by several other public research universities, in support of the University of Michigan in two lawsuits involving affirmative action. Pitt announced its action in a statement yesterday, Feb. 19. Both University of Michigan lawsuits, set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court […]

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UPMC performs largest number of organ transplants world-wide >

February 20th, 2003

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) surgeons report they performed a total of 566 organ transplants last year at UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, pushing the total transplants performed at the Pittsburgh program since 1979 to more than 12,000. No other center in the world comes close […]

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Another 1% of Pitt's state funds frozen >

February 20th, 2003

Gov. Ed Rendell last week ordered a second round of budget cuts that included freezing 1 percent of the state’s appropriations for Pitt and Pennsylvania’s three other state-related universities (Penn State, Temple and Lincoln). If it becomes permanent, Rendell’s freeze would cut state funding of Pitt by an additional $1.77 million for the fiscal year […]

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Pitt's complementary medicine center joins national consortium >

February 20th, 2003

Pitt has been accepted into the 18-member Association of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (AAHCIM), positioning the University’s Center for Complementary Medicine (CCM) among the top programs in the nation that have an interest in determining the scientific basis of therapeutic approaches that may be complementary to established medical treatments. The AAHCIM is a […]

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Staff angry at having to report when classes canceled >

February 20th, 2003

When Monday’s blizzard dumped 13.1 inches of snow in the Pittsburgh area and up to twice that in surrounding communities, Pitt’s administration canceled classes but kept the University open. Since then, complaints from staff required to report to work — or else take a vacation or personal day — also have been piling up. “We […]

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Pitt blood drive donors eligible for prizes >

February 20th, 2003

Pitt and the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh have launched the faculty and staff “Pitt 4 Life” 2003 blood drives. Participants who donate blood five times during calendar year 2003 are eligible to win raffle prizes as part of the blood bank’s corporate frequent donor plan. Donors who register under the University’s assigned group number […]

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