Geisinger and Highmark Reach Agreement on Five-Year Contract

DANVILLE and CAMP HILL – Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. have announced their agreement on a five-year contract extension through 2019. Under the new contract, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Clinic physicians will remain network providers for...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014

Telemedicine Effective in Delivering International Cardiac Care, Children’s Hospital Study Shows

PITTSBURGH – After studying more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with Children’s service and believed...
Posted On 23 Jul 2014

BOT Leadership Changes at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and its Foundation

PITTSBURGH – The boards of trustees at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation are announcing new leadership this month. Mary Jo Dively, chair of the Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, has stepped down from that role after 15...
Posted On 22 Jul 2014

Immune Cell Role in Intestinal Movement May Lead to Better Understanding of IBS

HERSHEY — Learning the role of immune-system cells in healthy digestive tracts and how they interact with neighboring nerve cells may lead to new treatments for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, in collaboration with other...
Posted On 21 Jul 2014

Red Cross Plans Campus Blood Drives in August

UNIVERSITY PARK – The American Red Cross Centre Communities Chapter will host several blood drives at Penn State in August. HUB-Robeson Center, Alumni Hall 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 4 Pollock Commons Lobby 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5 Re...
Posted On 20 Jul 2014

The Medical Minute: Don’t Skimp on Shades this Summer

Sunscreen and sunglasses top the list of summertime must-haves for most people. But just as skin can burn on an overcast or chilly day, eyes can sustain damage anytime you’re outdoors without sunglasses. Although it’s fashionable to slip on a sleek pair of shades, Tara O’Rourke,...
Posted On 19 Jul 2014

Kenya to pilot community-wide malaria treatments

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – Kenya is experimenting with unconventional methods to tackle high malaria rates through the piloting of mass drug administration (MDA) – treating entire communities with anti-malarial drugs, regardless of...
Posted On 18 Jul 2014
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Pitt-led Study Suggests Cystic Fibrosis is Two Diseases, One Doesn’t Affect Lungs

PITTSBURGH – Cystic fibrosis (CF) could be considered two diseases, one that affects multiple organs including the lungs, and one that doesn’t affect the lungs at all, according to a multicenter team led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The...
Posted On 18 Jul 2014

Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D., Will Receive Pitt’s Dickson Prize at Science 2014—Sustain It!

PITTSBURGH – A scientist who has explored how the tens of trillions of microbes that live in the gastrointestinal tract and their genes influence human physiology, metabolism and nutritional status will receive the University of Pittsburgh’s 2014 Dickson Prize in Medicine....
Posted On 18 Jul 2014

UPMC Presbyterian Receives Highest National Honor for Organ Donor Enrollment Efforts

PITTSBURGH – UPMC Presbyterian was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the gold level of achievement, the highest possible, for conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospital’s efforts...
Posted On 17 Jul 2014