University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine http://wesa.fm en Can Texting Lead To Better Concussion Treatments? http://wesa.fm/post/can-texting-lead-better-concussion-treatments <p>Text messaging can serve a variety of purposes, from casually chatting with friends to ordering a pizza, but what about monitoring concussion symptoms?</p><p>Some, like researcher Stephanie Huang think it could be a tool for providing more personalized health care.</p><p>Thanks to a grant from the Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation, the first-year student from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is coming to Pittsburgh to see if texting is a more effective way of getting patients to monitor their own concussion treatments.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:17:41 +0000 Michael Lynch 26367 at http://wesa.fm Healthy Competition: Pitt Launches Healthcare Video Challenge http://wesa.fm/post/healthy-competition-pitt-launches-healthcare-video-challenge <p>Healthcare providers often urge patients to be more involved in their own care, and now the University of Pittsburgh has begun a $300,000 competition to encourage people to show how they take charge.</p><p>Pitt Innovation Challenge, PInCh, would like people from all over to submit a two-minute video, by March 2, citing a health problem, such as high blood pressure, and create a solution that challenges people to take control of their healthcare.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 23816 at http://wesa.fm Study: Uninsured Patients and Women Less Likely to be Transferred Between Hospitals http://wesa.fm/post/study-uninsured-patients-and-women-less-likely-be-transferred-between-hospitals <p>A recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that uninsured patients with a variety of common medical diagnoses were less likely to be transferred between hospitals for treatment.</p><p>The study came about because an “urban myth” that uninsured patients were more likely to be transferred persisted, yet there was no hard data to back it up.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:38:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 23156 at http://wesa.fm New Cancer Test Could Save Patients From Diagnostic Surgeries http://wesa.fm/post/new-cancer-test-could-save-patients-diagnostic-surgeries <p>ThyroSeq, a new way of genetically testing thyroid nodules for cancer, could save patients an extra procedure.</p><p>Developed at the University of Pittsburgh, ThyroSeq is a genetic sequencing test that allows researchers to accurately diagnose a thyroid growth for cancer.</p><p>Dr. Yuri Nikiforov, director of thyroid molecular diagnostics at the Pitt School of Medicine, said thyroid nodules typically appear as a lump on the neck close to the &ldquo;Adam&rsquo;s apple.&rdquo; He said they are more common in women and the elderly.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 17641 at http://wesa.fm Study: Black Women Less Likely to Get HPV Vaccination http://wesa.fm/post/study-black-women-less-likely-get-hpv-vaccination <p>Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines are one of the only vaccinations that can prevent cancer, but most women, especially black women, are still unlikely to get the shots. This is according to Sonya Borrero, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.</p><p>A study from Borrero and researchers at the School of Medicine found black women are significantly less likely to receive human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines than white women.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 15616 at http://wesa.fm UPMC to Spend $30 million on New Institute http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-spend-30-million-new-institute <p>The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine plan to expand their Vascular Medicine Institute over the next five years, by creating the Heart, Lung Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute, or <a href="http://vmi.pitt.edu">VMI</a>.</p><p>Dr. Mark Gladwin, co-director of VMI, said it will be a hub for research.</p><p>"This will be the research home for scientists and physicians and physician scientists that have primary appointments within cardiology, pulmonary and hematology," he said.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:40:31 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15738 at http://wesa.fm Researchers Find Placenta Blocks Viruses between Mother and Unborn Baby http://wesa.fm/post/researchers-find-placenta-blocks-viruses-between-mother-and-unborn-baby <p>When virologist and mother-to-be Carol Coyne was working in her lab four years ago, she began wondering how her placenta was protecting her unborn baby from the viruses she worked with.</p><p>At that time, placenta was seen as a passive barrier between a mother and her unborn child, but four years later, Coyne and director of Magee Woman’s Research Institute Yoel Sadovsky have uncovered a new purpose for it.</p><p>Sadovsky and Coyne have found that the cells in placenta, called trophoblasts, actually block viruses from crossing from the mother to her baby.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:23:02 +0000 Jessica Nath 12404 at http://wesa.fm Can Plasma on MedEvac Helicopters Save Lives? http://wesa.fm/post/can-plasma-medevac-helicopters-save-lives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It is well known that uncontrolled bleeding can cause multiple organ failure and death.&nbsp; It is also known that plasma reduces bleeding, so some are wondering if administering it early--while a patient is being transported to a hospital would lower mortality.&nbsp; </span></p> Mon, 06 May 2013 16:53:55 +0000 Charlee Song 9060 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Study Finds Perceptions of Fracking Linked with Higher Stress Levels http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-study-finds-perceptions-fracking-linked-higher-stress-levels <p>A small sampling of people living near Marcellus Shale development sites were found to have higher rates of perceived health problems and stress levels.</p><p>That’s according to a study done by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. This was not a clinical study, but researchers said it could provide insight into effects of stress.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8757 at http://wesa.fm Pitt Research Finds New Protein, Could Lead to New Drug to Fight Inflammation http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-research-finds-new-protein-could-lead-new-drug-fight-inflammation <p>Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have discovered a new biological pathway, or protein, that ramps up inflammation. They also have identified agents that can block it.</p><p>This could be effective in fighting the damaging inflammation that results from conditions such and pneumonia.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:29:43 +0000 Deanna Garcia 7107 at http://wesa.fm