University of Pittsburgh Medical Center en Pitt Study Explores Treating Depression Over The Phone <p>About 400,000 coronary artery bypass graft surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year, and roughly one in five patients goes on to experience clinical depression. But all that could change because of a telephone.</p><p>According to University of Pittsburgh researchers, monitoring patient depression and administering a nurse-led intervention via a phone call bi-weekly not only improves quality of life and mood, but it’s also cost-effective and cost-saving.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 32306 at Pitt Receives Grant For Schizophrenia Research <p>The University of Pittsburgh has received a $10 million grant to be used to research a new hypothesis on schizophrenia.</p><p>The grant was received from the National Institute of Mental Health and will be distributed to the university over the next five years. The Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research will be established because of the grant and will be directed by David Lewis, the chair of Pitt’s Department for Psychiatry.</p><p>The hypothesis focuses on the structure of the brain as the cause for schizophrenia.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 28961 at Can a Capsule Camera Replace the Colonoscopy? <p>Colon cancer is the second most common cancer-related death in the U.S.</p><p>The FDA has approved a new colonoscopy capsule which is a camera in pill form. There are many advantages to this capsule, but people are wondering if this new colon cancer detection device will replace the colonoscopy.</p><p>Dr. Edward Chu, deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute says that the pill is not a replacement for the colonoscopy. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:29:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25598 at Can a Capsule Camera Replace the Colonoscopy? UPMC Medical Transcriptionists Protest Payment Structure Changes <p>The <a href="">University of Pittsburgh Medical Center</a> is once again facing the ire of some of its employees, but this time it has nothing to do with alleged union-busting tactics at the healthcare giant.</p><p>About 50 people gathered Wednesday outside the Steel Building where UPMC has its corporate offices to protest the outsourcing of the medical transcription department to a Massachusetts company called <a href="">Nuance</a>.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:10:56 +0000 Liz Reid 18984 at UPMC Medical Transcriptionists Protest Payment Structure Changes Pitt Study: Elderly Patients with Infection Have Doubled Risk of Dementia <p>Elderly patients hospitalized with an infection, like pneumonia, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who were not.</p><p>That’s according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that followed 5,888 patients over the age of 65 in four areas across the country: Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Pittsburgh.</p><p>The study was done in conjunction with researchers from the University of Washington, University of California, University of Illinois, John Hopkins University and Columbia Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 15951 at Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC <p></p><p>Hundreds of protestors sat down in the middle of Fifth Avenue in Oakland outside of UPMC Presbyterian Saturday, singing “Amazing Grace” and calling on the healthcare giant to make some major changes.</p><p>Christoria Hughes, 56, works in the dining hall at Presbyterian for $12/hour, and said the rally wasn’t just about the employees of UPMC.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 01:23:59 +0000 Liz Reid 16156 at Hundreds of Protestors Stage Sit-In Outside UPMC Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status <p>Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday the city will embark in a legal battle against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's nonprofit status.<br><br>The Pennsylvania Supreme Court developed a nonprofit test as a result of the case Hospital Utilization Project v. Commonwealth. An organization must act within the following five "HUP" test parameters in order to be considered a purely public charity:<br><br>1. Advances a charitable purpose<br>2. Donates or renders gratuitously a substantial portion of its services Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:15:46 +0000 Emily Farah 4169 at Pittsburgh Starts Legal Battle with UPMC over Nonprofit Status