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Volume 35 Issue 13

DEPRESSION >

March 6th, 2003

Based on the way depression currently is being diagnosed and treated, it will rank second only to heart disease as a global health burden by the year 2020, researchers warned the World Bank several years ago. More than 20 percent of depressed people will attempt suicide at least once during their lifetimes and about 6 […]

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A rapidly growing health problem >

March 6th, 2003

“How many of you have a family member or a close friend who, at some point in the last 10 to 15 years, has suffered from depression?” David J. Kupfer asked Pitt trustees during their Feb. 20 meeting. Nearly all of the 42 people at the meeting table raised their hands. As recently as a […]

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Physicians’ group urges surveillance instead of war >

March 6th, 2003

A war with Iraq would create a medical and public health disaster and could trigger massive terrorist retaliation against the United States and any allies, local members of Physicians for Social Responsibility said during a rally March 4 on the steps of Pitt’s Parran Hall. The physicians urged intensified surveillance and inspections to contain Saddam […]

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Symptoms of depression >

March 6th, 2003

• Loss of energy and interest. • Diminished ability to enjoy oneself. • Decreased — or increased — sleeping or appetite. • Difficulty in concentrating; indecisiveness; slowed or fuzzy thinking. • Exaggerated feelings of sadness, hopelessness or anxiety. • Feelings of worthlessness. • Recurring thoughts about death and suicide. If most of these symptoms last […]

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Governor's budget cuts Pitt 5% >

March 6th, 2003

Gov. Ed Rendell’s proposal to cut Pitt’s state appropriation for next year by 5 percent would reduce the University’s state funding to $14 million less than it was two years ago. Combined with $8.8 million in mid-year reductions in approved state funding that Pitt has absorbed during the last two fiscal years, Rendell’s recommended 5 […]

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How to cope with depression >

March 6th, 2003

• Recognize that there may be certain times of the day when you feel better, and use that to your advantage. • Break large tasks into smaller ones; set priorities and take things one at a time; avoid taking on too much responsibility and setting overly difficult goals. • Activities such as exercise, attending sports […]

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Staff pay ranges expected to expand >

March 6th, 2003

Maximum pay ranges for staff job classifications probably will be raised in the coming fiscal year, according to the head of Human Resources. “We anticipate that the maximums of the salary ranges will increase this year, reflecting the local economy and the local competitive job market,” said Ronald Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources. “It […]

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Engineering program aims at minority, disadvantaged students >

March 6th, 2003

To help acclimate qualified minority and disadvantaged students to college life, Pitt’s School of Engineering is implementing a program that will help students attain a stronger educational background and provide them with positive role models. Sylvanus Nwosu, assistant dean for diversity at the engineering school, created the Pitt Engineering Career Access Program (PECAP). Beginning this […]

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It's Bircher vs. Metzger again in Senate election >

March 6th, 2003

The medical school’s Nicholas G. Bircher and Thomas A. Metzger of the mathematics department are going head to head again in a University Senate election. This time, the professors are running against each other for president of the Senate. Last spring, they competed for the Senate vice presidency. That election resulted in an unprecedented tie […]

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