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Pitt Forms Zika Research Team

Pitt Forms Zika Research Team

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

May 10, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

As potential Olympians get ready to compete in Brazil this summer, they’re also preparing to head into the heart of the Zika outbreak. In early 2016, amidst an increasing number of reported infections across the Americas, the World Health Organization officially declared the Zika virus — a disea...

Pitt collects drugs for disposal

Pitt collects drugs for disposal

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

April 22, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt pharmacy students reversed their traditional roles Thursday and collected drugs rather than distributing them. Aiming to reduce drug misuse, members of Generation Rx — a student group within the American Pharmacists Association — collected unwanted and unused drugs from Pitt students, facul...

Pitt vice chancellor named president of AACR

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

April 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new president of the American Association of Cancer Research hailing from Pitt, the University is proving instrumental in the fight to cure cancer. The AACR appointed Nancy E. Davidson, director of University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, as its new president at the New Orleans conference o...

Pitt, UPMC to open wellness center for faculty and staff

Pitt, UPMC to open wellness center for faculty and staff

By Alexa Bakalarski and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

April 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News, Top Stories

At the end of the month, UPMC will open a free health clinic explicitly for Pitt faculty and staff. A UPMC nurse practitioner, nurse, medical assistant and practicing physician will staff the center, MyHealth@Work, which will treat common conditions, such as allergies, fevers, minor cuts or vaccinati...

Peduto, Humphrey, researchers release report on race and education

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 15, 2016


Filed under City, Health, News

Mayor Bill Peduto wants to give every child in Pittsburgh access to pre-K education. “If I had a magic wand and I could give one thing to the city right now, it would be pre-K education for every child, so that by the time they start kindergarten, they all start along together,” Peduto said Thursd...

Study calls for expanded caregiver support

Study calls for expanded caregiver support

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Although retired, Edward Petrisek has not taken a day off in four years. In 2011, Petrisek moved his parents, both in their 90s, into his third floor Pittsburgh walk-up, where he cared for his father until he passed away in 2014 and still cares for his now 98-year-old mother. Petrisek’s work, comb...

Study details how heart disease affects black women

Study details how heart disease affects black women

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

April 12, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When it comes to heart disease, a Pitt study has found race and sex play a significant role. On March 30, Pitt researchers published a study that has the potential to lead to a new method of screening for cardiovascular disease in middle-aged black women. The study, which compared menopausal black...

Suicide survivor talks awareness

Suicide survivor talks awareness

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

April 10, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Less than 1 percent of people who jump off the Golden Gate Bridge survive. Kevin Hines is part of that 1 percent. On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., about 220 members of the Pitt community gathered in the O’Hara Student Center Ballroom to hear Hines speak about his suicide attempt and ensuing mental health ac...

Doctors, professors consider the humanities in healthcare

By Albert Giovanazzi / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News

Therapists aren’t the only medical professionals who should know how to talk about feelings. According to Amy Kennedy, an internal medicine resident in Pittsburgh, compassion is a skill all doctors need in order to best serve their patients. “By using stories, we have a better way to empathize ...

Pitt develops new epilepsy drug

Pitt develops new epilepsy drug

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

April 7, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers are developing a drug that may help people with epilepsy see fewer medication side effects, according to a recent report. Epilepsy researchers have spent the past two-and-a-half years redesigning Retigabine, a commonly prescribed epilepsy drug, to increase effectiveness and decreas...

Researchers develop portable cell model

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 3, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Remote communities often lack the kind of medical labs necessary for accurate diagnoses and treatments, but new lab-on-a-chip technology from Pitt may make these devices like these portable.  Pitt researchers have created a model that explains how enzymes can move around cells — either engineered mi...

Magee to study pregnancy, heart disease connection

Magee to study pregnancy, heart disease connection

By Erin Hare / Staff Writer

April 1, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Starting today, Pitt researchers will begin to pull at the strings potentially linking pregnancy complications and heart disease. The Magee-Womens Research Institute, along with researchers from four other universities and medical centers, will study the link between certain pregnancy complications —...

Pitt Pantry simulates hunger

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Darius Bittle-Dockery munched on rice for dinner, but he wasn’t nursing Sushi Fuku chirashi. He sat cross-legged on the floor, rationing out miniscule portions from a communal bowl. Bittle-Dockery, a second-year Pitt grad student pursuing a dual master’s degree in public health and Ph.D. in anthropology, ate ...

New placenta model uses space-age technology

New placenta model uses space-age technology

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 24, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Channeling outer space, researchers at Magee-Womens Hospital have grown cells resembling those in the human placenta in March to study how infectious diseases lead to birth defects, especially the Zika virus. The team, which also includes researchers from Johns Hopkins and Arizona State University, fo...

Study finds exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Study finds exercise can prevent Alzheimer’s disease

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 23, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A little sweat and exercise can preserve brain tissue and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new Pitt study. UPMC and the University of California, Los Angeles, co-published research last week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that claimed exercise can protect against cognitiv...

Pitt helps to redefine sepsis

Pitt helps to redefine sepsis

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Seeking earlier recognition and treatment of hospital patients, Pitt researchers joined an international task force in January 2014 to redefine sepsis, a disease where the immune system damages its own organs and tissues in response to infection. After analyzing 800,000 hospital records, the task forc...

Cancer researcher wins millions

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 16, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

With a new, multi-million dollar grant awarded Tuesday, a Pitt cancer researcher’s work into the link between viruses and cancer just got a bit easier. The National Cancer Institute chose Patrick Moore, the leader of Pitt’s Cancer Institute Cancer Virology Program, for its Outstanding Investigato...

SIDEBAR: Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Erin Hare / For The Pitt News

March 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Mindful meditation can relieve chronic, debilitating pain in older adults, according to a new study from Pitt researchers. Researchers from UPMC published the study, which showed the effects of meditation on chronic pain, in the American Medical Association’s journal of internal medicine in March 2...

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

Breathe in, breathe out: Mindfulness practices find focus at Pitt

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

March 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Cross your T’s, dot your I’s, mind your manners as well as your inner self — or so says a wave of recent research and an increased focus on being present. In the midst of some 28,000 students with racing, cluttered thoughts, the Center for Mindfulness and Consciousness Studies opened last semeste...

Pitt study finds overdose deaths rise in Pa.

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News, Top Stories

As the country sees a nationwide rise in heroin use, as well as deaths and legal issues surrounding the drug, Pitt researchers found the rate of overdose deaths in the state has increased since 1979. Drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania increased 14-fold over the last four decades, according to a study Pitt ...

Pennsylvania researchers find benefits to testosterone treatments

Pennsylvania researchers find benefits to testosterone treatments

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

March 4, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pennsylvania researchers found that testosterone gel — especially for retirement-age men — can make life a little funkier. University of Pennsylvania researchers in February found for the first time that men over the age of 65 who use testosterone gels improved their mood, sexual function and abili...

Pitt adds environmental science major

Pitt adds environmental science major

By Lianna Rana / For the Pitt News

March 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt students can now study the environment through the lens of human influence on the earth. Starting this semester, students can officially declare environmental science as their major after the Department of Geology and Environmental Science announced the new major in a release Feb. 17. The progr...

Dove model brings ‘real beauty’ to Pitt

Dove model brings ‘real beauty’ to Pitt

By Danni Zhou / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Former Dove Real Beauty Campaign model Stacy Nadeau was shocked when a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times wrote in reference to her body that “the only time I want to see thigh that big is in a bucket with bread crumbs on it.” After he called all six Dove models “fat and ugly,” he received ...

Pitt researchers map Huntington’s protein

Pitt researchers map Huntington’s protein

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

February 24, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt researchers are closer to curing a nerve cell disease after creating a new protein model. For the first time, a team of 10 Pitt researchers from the School of Medicine mapped the tiny fibers of the huntingtin protein, a single mutated protein on the fourth chromosome that causes Huntington’s dise...

Students text and drive in simulator

Students text and drive in simulator

By Andrew O'Brien / For The Pitt News

February 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Students rolled through stop signs and nearly hit bicyclists in an indoor texting-and-driving simulation Friday in Posvar Hall for AT&T’s It Can Wait campaign. The company partnered with the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity to bring a virtual reality texting-and-driving simulator to the first floor of...

Pitt releases fossil fuel investments, students call for divestment

By Zoë Hannah, Dale Shoemaker and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

February 17, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Nine months after they promised to do so, Pitt administrators have revealed that the school invests $26 million in the fossil fuel industry, information requested by a student group that wants Pitt to divest such holdings. The group, the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition, requested the information last year and w...

Study pitches customized medication

Study pitches customized medication

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

February 17, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Instead of prescribing drugs based solely off patients’ medical records, Pitt’s Philip Empey is looking into a new tactic — basing prescriptions on patients’ DNA. Empey, assistant professor of pharmacy and therapeutics at Pitt’s school of pharmacy, is heading a UPMC initiative to start a la...

Students learn about consent

Students learn about consent

By Andrew O'Brien

February 16, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

College students are drilled on the definition of consent over and over — but many of them don’t understand how to apply these lessons to their daily lives. On Monday, Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project — an organization that dedicates itself to educating people about consent as well as suppo...

Simpler labels make for healthier choices

Simpler labels make for healthier choices

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

February 16, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

After four years of clinical nutrition and dietetics classes, Pitt student Julia Cohen doesn’t take grocery shopping lightly. “I pay attention to serving size, to if there’s anything hidden — a lot of times there’s a lot of sodium added or sugar added,” Cohen said. “I pay attention to...

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

Trans students outsourcing for healthcare

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 12, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Sex Edition 2016, Specials

Rather than get trans health care on campus, Pitt students travel to Edgewood Every morning and night, Summer Wright takes two pills. The first is her daily dose of estrogen. The second blocks the testosterone her body produces. When her insurance plan expires in a few months, Wright, a transgender woman and...

Pitt to study Alzheimer’s outside of the brain

Pitt to study Alzheimer’s outside of the brain

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

February 9, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

By examining protein structures, Pitt researcher Rena Robinson aims to shift the focus of Alzheimer’s research from the brain to the body. The National Institutes of Health recently granted Robinson $1.7 million over the next five years to study proteins affected by Alzheimer’s disease outside o...

Clitoris Talk: Pitt hears history of female sexuality

Clitoris Talk: Pitt hears history of female sexuality

By Emily Migdal / Staff Writer

February 8, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News

With a discussion on sex and anatomy, Susan Wells documented the history of female empowerment in a lecture this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 5, about 75 students, graduates and faculty members gathered in the lower lounge of the William Pitt Union to hear Wells’ “In Search of the Clitoris.” Well...

Pitt med student graces Forbes’ ’30 under 30′

Pitt med student graces Forbes’ ’30 under 30′

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

February 5, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When Chris Murawski injured his ankle playing baseball in high school, he didn’t know the subsequent surgery would lead him to a career in orthopedic surgery — and to a spot on Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list. By his senior year of high school, Murawski knew he wanted to go into medic...

Bullying hurts LGBTQ+ youth, study finds

Bullying hurts LGBTQ+ youth, study finds

By Saskia Berrios-Thomas / For The Pitt News

February 4, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

Alexander McCarthy can still feel his palms sweat and his chest clench when he recalls the rumors about his relationship with another student at his all-girls Catholic high school. McCarthy, a transgender man and former president of Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ+ student group at Pitt, did not experien...

Study links social media, sleep troubles

Study links social media, sleep troubles

By Josh Ye / Staff Writer

February 3, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

With fewer and fewer hours until she has to be up and studying, Emily Jones often lies awake in bed, scrolling through her phone instead of counting sheep. “Sometimes, when I have trouble falling asleep, instead of reading a book or something to make myself tired, I go on social media,” Jones, ...

Pitt researchers link obesity and sedentary lifestyle

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

February 1, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

A new Pitt study suggests health researchers should study not only an obese person’s physical activity but also their downtime. Wendy King, a researcher in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, measured sedentary behavior in severely obese adults. King found that researchers can most accurately...

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

Pitt forms consent, sexuality group

By Danni Zhou / For The Pitt News

January 26, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Jillian Bunis wasn’t satisfied after she heard Pitt’s Greek Life lecture on consent and sexual misconduct. Bunis, a junior studying nursing, wanted every student — not just those in Greek Life — to have a more personal sexual assault education. She felt that a more intimate setting would yi...

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

Filmmaker, students talk poverty

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

.After watching “Poverty, Inc.,” a group of Pitt students learned their charitable efforts may not be as helpful as presented. More than 150 students gathered in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium for a screening of “Poverty, Inc.,” a film that critiques aid initiatives that neglect the complexities of i...

Food Committee announces new snacks for spring

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

January 25, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Students and Sodexo employees celebrated new installments in Pitt’s dining experience — a new Market Central executive chef and Starbucks vending machines — at the first Food Committee meeting of the semester. The Student Government Board’s Food Committee met in the William Pitt Union Lower ...

UPMC, Wyndham commit to healthy options

By Alexa Bakalarski / Staff Writer

January 22, 2016


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Four UPMC hospitals and one hotel are pledging to slim portion sizes and eliminate tobacco from their establishments. On Thursday morning, Dr. Karen Hacker, the Allegheny County Health Department director, announced that five Oakland eating establishments — four cafeterias within UPMC hospital branches ...

Pitt study explains sleep cycles for the elderly

Pitt study explains sleep cycles for the elderly

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

January 15, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Robert Winston has slept through flood sirens, earthquakes, tornadoes and even an emergency plane landing. Now, at age 88, Winston’s continued ability to sleep well makes him an exception among senior citizens. Pitt psychiatry researchers Colleen McClung and Etienne Sibille studied the genes fro...

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

Meatless Monday coming to Oakland

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

January 13, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Health, News

A neighborhood group in Oakland is going green this Monday to draw vegetarian diners. Though Oakland Business Improvement District’s Restaurant Week is semiannual, the community group in Oakland is introducing “Meatless Monday” as part of its first Restaurant Week of 2016, which runs from Jan. 18 to...

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

Pitt, UPMC name new pediatric chair

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

January 13, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt and the Children’s Hospital of UPMC are getting new perspective with a researcher and leader focused on curing disease and increasing life expectancy. On Jan. 11, officials of Children’s Hospital of UPMC announced that Terence S. Dermody will serve as the new chair of Pediatrics at Pitt and...

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

New hookah study aims to educate young smokers

By Zoë Hannah / Assistant News Editor

January 12, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Young people are putting out their cigarettes in favor of hookah, but a new Pitt study has found that the latter may be much more harmful. According to the study, which Pitt’s School of Medicine published online Monday, a single hookah session delivers nearly 125 times more smoke, 25 times more t...

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

Donors fund cardiac arrest support

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

January 7, 2016


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt sociology professor Mike Epitropoulos expected to see bright lights or feel pain before he suffered cardiac arrest in the University Club gym five years ago. But the only thing he felt before waking up in the hospital in April 2010 was slight frustration — he had dropped his iPod and was be...

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

Kickin’ it with martial arts club

By Alexa Bakalarski / For The Pitt News

January 6, 2016


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

On the ground floor of Trees Hall, students dressed in a mishmash of karate uniforms, T-shirts and multi-colored belts kick furiously into a punching bag without breaking concentration. Smack! Whop! The blow of the kicks hitting the bags disrupts the fast-paced pop music pulsing through the room. O...

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

The Pitt News’ 2015 Year in Review

By The Pitt News Staff

December 31, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

A crackdown on overcrowding, the Student Government Board president's resignation, and pushes for bike lanes and a professors union — it's been a busy year for Pitt, and The Pitt News has been there for it all. While we have been making our New Year's resolutions to make your student newspaper even...

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

Pitt first partner in ‘Concussion’ foundation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 16, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, City, Health, News

Thirteen years after Bennet Omalu first pioneered research on brain damage, he’s got a book, a movie and a nonprofit in honor of his work. At a panel Tuesday evening at the Southside Works Theater, Pitt announced it will be the first academic partner of the Bennet Omalu Foundation, a nonprofit...

Tired of taking it easy

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 10, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Most students take time over school breaks to recover from the high-stress of a chaotic semester — but Christine Chau often finds herself fending off a fever in bed. “Getting out of bed when I’m sick is the hardest thing to do. I feel like there’s a huge brick on my body preventing me from...

SGB reflects on fall term

SGB reflects on fall term

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Student Government, Tech Science, Top Stories

With one new board member and a handful of new committee members joining Student Government Board, the Board took on projects as small as sandwiches and as big as mental illness. From food, laundry and public health to human rights, diversity and transparency, the nine members of SGB faced the semest...

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

Goodbye, Dorothy the falcon

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

December 9, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, City, Health, News, Top Stories

Dorothy, a peregrine falcon, caught the city’s attention when it lost sight of her wings threading through the clouds above the Cathedral of Learning in November. Now, a month later, the skies are still bare. Through a webcam focused on her nest, Pitt students could watch Dorothy, the female ha...

‘Innovation Challenge’ teams win cash

‘Innovation Challenge’ teams win cash

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

December 7, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

For Chelsea Stowell, an innovation grant may be the push she and her team of bioengineers need to start making prosthetic arteries. Stowell, a Pitt graduate student, works as part of the Phoenix team — the name given to their prosthetic artery project during the third Pitt Innovation Challenge. Th...

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

The male brain on porn: Wheaton researcher speaks at Pitt

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Tech Science

William Struthers left the rat race of rodent research and started studying the brains of male porn addicts in 2004, delivering his findings to students Thursday night in the William Pitt Union.  Struthers, a psychology professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, was initially an animal researcher, stud...

Marijuana decriminalization vote pending: City Council will decide later this month

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

December 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Pittsburgh City Council will consider decriminalizing marijuana in Pittsburgh later this month, possibly giving residents the gift of lesser charges for future drug violations. On Dec. 21, City Council will vote on a proposed city ordinance that would direct police to confiscate drugs and issue a $1...

Pitt names SHARE coordinator

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

December 4, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

After a month-and-a-half-long search, Student Affairs has installed a new coordinator for its Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Education office. Michele Welker, who took over 47 days after former coordinator Mary Koch Ruiz retired on Sept. 30, will head the SHARE office. Welker started in ...

Researcher texts to curb drinking

Researcher texts to curb drinking

By Zoe Hannah / Staff Writer

December 3, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

To recover from the stress of a busy week, Shaina Pomerantz and her friends let loose on the weekends, beginning at home and ending the night at an Oakland bar. Pomerantz, a 22-year-old senior sociology major, said she knows binge drinking is unhealthy, but that it’s an inherent part of the college e...

Study links obesity and infant death

Study links obesity and infant death

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

December 2, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

According to new research from two Pitt professors, eating for two means extra responsibility, not just extra calories. In a study published in the Wiley Online Library on Nov. 17, Pitt professors Lisa Bodnar and Katherine Himes examined infant mortality rates alongside the mother’s obesity and ...

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

Pitt partners with pharma despite criticism

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

December 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Health, News

Despite criticism that Pitt’s partnership with a pharmaceutical company is ethically unjust, Pitt says the research has lifesaving potential. Pitt announced in early November that it will begin research this spring to develop new drugs for rare diseases through a collaboration with Shire Plc, a ph...

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

Veteran serves and studies in Pittsburgh

By Elli Warsh / Staff Writer

November 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

James Matthew Landis, a Pitt student and veteran with a disability, has always had a hefty sense of responsibility and isn’t ready to relax his helping hands. He left college to join the Army as a 19-year-old in the ’90s to pay off his mother’s medical bills after she died from cancer. As an A...

Study tracks results of weight loss surgery

Study tracks results of weight loss surgery

By Dylan Shaffer / Staff Writer

November 23, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

Weight loss surgeries don’t cure obesity, but according to research from Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, they might contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Researchers at the School of Public Health spent three years monitoring 2,221 morbidly obese patients who underwent bariatric surgeri...

Student Health to distribute free condoms

Student Health to distribute free condoms

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, Health, News

Falling in line with the Centers for Disease Control and its partners in the ACC, Pitt said it will offer its students free condoms in the Student Health Center by the end of the semester. Pitt’s Student Health Center told Student Government Board’s Wellness Committee on Oct. 27, that it hopes to inc...

Maggot video prompts investigation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 19, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories, Uncategorized

What started out as a 10-second video of an insect larva allegedly crawling through a plate of Market Central pasta has sparked a week and a half-long investigation by the police, the county and Sodexo. A Pitt senior, Chad Stein, said he shot the video Friday, Nov. 6, when he was eating lunch with a f...

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

Soft support system: Pitt’s emotional support pet

By Casey Schmauder / Staff Writer

November 13, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Jen Crook isn’t the only Pitt student with a roommate — but she is the only Pitt student whose roommate is a kitten. For the first time, Pitt has allowed an emotional support animal — a pet that’s also a form of therapy — in a dorm room. The three-month-old Pickles, a 6-pound white Persian...

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

UPMC researcher advocates for radiation therapy

By Priya Chandrasekaran / For The Pitt News

November 10, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network paints a straightforward picture of the best lymphoma treatments, but recent UPMC research found that reality doesn’t reflect this depiction. Dr. John Austin Vargo, a UPMC radiation oncologist, led a study investigating what he calls one of the “shortcom...

Student finds insect in Market food

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

November 9, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Sodexo and Pitt are investigating how a maggot-like insect infected a plate of pasta Friday at Market Central. Pitt student John Buchner, under the handle @Johnny_JBe, tweeted out a video at 1:58 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, that shows a close-up of a dish of pasta with meat sauce, with an insect that looks...

Deans say no set date on new certificate

Deans say no set date on new certificate

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

November 6, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

Ten months into her project to launch a new undergraduate certificate program, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose said introductory courses should be tentatively ready by 2017. The University said otherwise. When Petrose was sworn into office in January, she began working to bring public heal...

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

Students, White House prep for Week of Action

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Top Stories

One day after Pitt launched a sexual violence awareness month, the White House It’s On Us campaign unrolled plans for next week’s national Week of Action. During a White House press call Nov. 5, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett spoke about nationwide plans involving the It’s On Us campaign and the Week of Action, which begins Nov. 8. Next week, Jarrett said colleges will host...

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

Risking change: When competition or controversy strikes, yoga studios change their names

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Assistant News Editor

November 4, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Yoga is about focusing on the moment, the pose and the current breath. But for some yoga enthusiasts, accepting the history behind a certain yoga brand is too big of a stretch. When five women accused Bikram Choudhury — founder of the extremely popular branch of yoga, Bikram Yoga — of several inst...

Addiction research hits home

Addiction research hits home

By Shumeng Yang / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Top Stories

Yan Dong’s research on illicit drugs’ movement through the brain has been a work in progress since 2006. Now, he is learning how to use that movement to reverse the negative effects of addiction. Dong , an associate professor of neuroscience at Pitt and head of a neurosciene lab in Crawford Hall, ...

Students train for mass emergency

Students train for mass emergency

By Emily Brindley / Staff Writer

November 2, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

After she said the building had collapsed, Lily Roth shouted through a microphone Sunday in the William Pitt Union, directing other students to search for dead or injured people. “Guys, this person is freaking out,” Roth said. “I think this one might be dead. We have patients who haven’t been h...

Living, aging with HIV

Living, aging with HIV

By Dylan Shaffer / For The Pitt News

October 29, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

Following the results of a new study, a Pitt researcher will begin to look at ways people with HIV can live healthy lives well into old age — a prognosis that was unthinkable when the epidemic began in the 1980s. “Because HIV was such bad medical news, nobody really prepared for the question of HI...

Public health program closer

Public health program closer

By Lauren Wilson / Staff Writer

October 28, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, City, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

After 10 months of work, Student Government Board member Lia Petrose now has a potential starting date for a public health certificate for undergraduate students. At SGB’s weekly public meeting Tuesday, Petrose said introductory courses for the certificate will be “tentatively available for the fall 2017 sem...

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

Testing treatment: A new look at less common cancer

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

When it comes to treating breast cancer, Pitt researchers say there won’t be a one size fits all solution. Physicians at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) are testing the effects the three most common anti-estrogen treatments for breast cancer have on...

Beyond the red

Beyond the red

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

October 20, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News

On fall weekends, while the air is fresh and still invitingly warm, the same scene rolls. Speakers up, drinks poured and best clothes on, Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University students pour into South Oakland homes and bars for evenings of fun. While the music and students’ spirits are up, researc...

Concussion concern: Researchers convene at UPMC

By Mark Pesto / Senior Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Top Stories

When UPMC organized a conference to discuss concussion treatment, its leaders had no idea what to expect from the experts. “It was very unclear to us what the response was going to be among these 37 experts in the field,” David Okonkwo, a neurosurgeon and the clinical director of the Brain Trauma Re...

Pitt researchers propose new stem cell method

Pitt researchers propose new stem cell method

By Annemarie Carr / Staff Writer

October 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News, Tech Science

After six years of collaboration, Pitt researchers Ipsita Banerjee and Prashant Kumta, said  they can now launch a “very easy and cheap” way to grow stem cells to help cure Type 2 diabetes. With current methods, researchers face high costs and waits of several days to several weeks to make eno...

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

Planned Parenthood demonstrations spark debate

By Elizabeth Lepro, Emily Brindley and Mark Pesto / Pitt News Staff

October 8, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, National News, News

Students on both sides of the Planned Parenthood debate demonstrated today on the William Pitt Union lawn. Students for Life of America, a national organization, and Choose Life at Pitt, a Pitt student organization, staged a demonstration calling to defund Planned Parenthood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the l...

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

Give it the sniff test: Pitt to study olfactory senses

By Megan Tingley / For The Pitt News

October 8, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

A rescue dog approaches a building collapsed into a pile of rubble. It has one mission: find a missing person. How does it know where to walk? The goal of a Pitt-led, multi-institutional project is to understand how animals use their sense of smell to recognize and navigate toward odors. On Sept. ...

Baby boomer study makes sense of healthcare research

Baby boomer study makes sense of healthcare research

By Shumeng Yang / For The Pitt News

October 4, 2015


Filed under Health, News, Tech Science, Top Stories

As the baby boomer’s years increase, so will their medical demands. The “boomers,” people born in the United States between 1946 and 1964, outnumber Generation X 77 million to 65 million, according to the Pew Research Center. With the large population of boomers entering retirement, Pitt researche...

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

Analyzing Pittsburgh’s violent crime

By Rina Zhang / For The Pitt News

October 1, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News, Top Stories

While there’s been a decrease in violent crime in Pittsburgh, experts are wary of saying whether it’s a sign of promise — or population change. This August, the Allegheny Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Police, released a statistical snapshot of crime in Pitts...

Hooked on hookah

Hooked on hookah

By Elli Warsh / For The Pitt Study

October 1, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Campus, City, Health, News

Pitt freshman Logan Armstrong knows smoking hookah isn’t good for his lungs — but compared to cigarettes, he doesn’t see a cause for concern. “I smoke hookah much less frequently than the average cigarette smoker,” Armstrong said. “A smoker may consume a pack of cigarettes a day, whereas I may ...

New funding for HIV research

New funding for HIV research

By Rina Zhang / For The Pitt News

September 29, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

With millions of federal funding secured, a team of Pitt researchers has set out to do what has never been done — find a cure for HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first published a report about what would come to be known as the AIDS epidemic in 1981. Thirty-two years later, more t...

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

Pitt releases sexual assault survey results

By Elizabeth Lepro, Lauren Rosenblatt, Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 22, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News

When it comes to sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus, students are afraid to step in, seek help and file reports, according to a survey of the University’s sexual climate. The results of the 2015 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which Pitt released Monday, showed that female students and transgender or non-gen...

Pathway to pathogens: Pitt researchers find way to detect bacteria

Pathway to pathogens: Pitt researchers find way to detect bacteria

By Annemarie Carr / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, Health, News

Pitt researcher Xinyu Liu hopes to someday see a sick person figure out exactly which pathogen is causing their illness just by visiting their local pharmacy. Concluding a two-year study, Xinyu Liu, an assistant professor of chemistry, and Sanford Asher, a distinguished professor of chemistry, have fo...

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

Cheers: Pitt Rowing christens new boat

By Josh Ye / For The Pitt News

September 14, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

On a sunny Saturday afternoon on the Allegheny River, Donald Burke popped a bottle of champagne to honor Jonas Salk, the father of the polio vaccine, as well as the newest addition to Pitt’s rowing team. A seemingly odd juxtaposition, the Pitt scientist and the eight-person heavyweight boat share a name, a...

Training in Thailand: Allison Faust’s internship abroad

Training in Thailand: Allison Faust’s internship abroad

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

September 11, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

For Allison Faust, hands-on job training is important — so much so that she went all the way to Thailand to get it. Faust, a senior biological sciences major who wants to become a veterinarian, spent two and a half weeks last July in Thailand through a summer study abroad program, Loop Abroad. W...

Mental health: breaking the silence

Mental health: breaking the silence

By Elizabeth Lepro / Assistant News Editor

September 10, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Student Government, Top Stories

In 2007, seventh grader Matthew Sykes needed guidance and found it in a friend and fellow Boy Scout — a “man of principle,” as he called him — who he could look up to. Sykes’ friend, who he referred to as “Jack” for privacy, was a 16-year-old Eagle Scout who took Sykes under his wing...

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

Beds and bathrooms: Pitt starts gender-neutral push

By Lauren Rosenblatt and Dale Shoemaker / The Pitt News Staff

September 3, 2015


Filed under 2. Featured, 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

This fall, Pitt is welcoming students, faculty and staff to use any restroom on campus that they desire, corresponding to their gender identity. Next fall, Pitt will open Ruskin Hall as the first gender-neutral dorm on campus. In an interview with The Pitt News, the University said Ruskin Hall will accommoda...

Pill Problem: UPMC leads antibiotic overuse research

By Annemarie Carr / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

You may want to rethink asking your healthcare provider for an antibiotic at the first sniffle. Launched in June, UPMC, the University of Wisconsin and the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) are collaborating to study the overuse of antibiotics in hospitals and doctor’s offi...

In Case You Missed It…

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, Health, National News, News, Student Government, Tech Science

May 12 - Pitt to build Iranian Nationality Room After two unsuccessful attempts dating to 1958, Pitt will transform room 352 of the Cathedral of Learning into an Iranian Nationality Room — once it secures funding.  The total cost of the room will be between $800,000 and $1 million. To fundraise f...

With influx of funding, Pitt will amp up alcohol education

By Amrita Beaudine / For The Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, National News, News

To aid the fight against alcohol abuse on campus, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has awarded a $34,412 grant to Pitt. The Board awards grants to organizations based on their ability to “provide evidence-informed alcohol education and prevention activities and programs,” according to Paul Supowitz...

Pitt student passes away over weekend

By The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, Campus, Health, News

Victor Firman, a Pitt senior from Connecticut, died on Sunday. He was 22. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office, Firman’s roommate called emergency responders to 3614 Bates St. in Oakland at 5:23 p.m.  Medics found Firman unresponsive in his apartment. He was pronounced...

Las Palmas hit with another round of health code violations

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under 3. Breaking, City, Health, News

For the second time this summer, the Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas in Oakland after the restaurant violated health codes Thursday. Las Palmas, the Mexican grocery store and food stand located on Atwood Street, faces three high, three medium, and six l...

Community members support, critique bike lane proposal at public meeting

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

Put Oakland and bike lanes in the same sentence, and some residents are bound to get upset. At the final project presentation for proposed bike lanes in Oakland, some of the more than 50 attendees were concerned that installing bike lanes along the O’Hara, Bigelow, Bayard Street corridor would elimina...

Pittsburgh City Council to refine noise control ordinance

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

August 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

By changing a few words in local legislation, Pittsburgh City Council hopes to make it easier to keep the peace. At a City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Bruce Kraus, City Council president and South Oakland representative, introduced a bill that intends to update and rework Pittsburgh’s Noise Control...

Pitt’s School of Medicine, UPMC launch center for women’s health

By Chidi Nwakpuda / Staff Writer

June 30, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

In an effort to promote women’s health, Pitt and UPMC have launched a new think tank for women’s health research.Pitt’s School of Medicine and UPMC launched The Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI) in June. Sonya Borrero, the director of the CWHRI, said this new group is a...

Las Palmas struck with health code violation

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 30, 2015


Filed under Campus, Health, News

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Las Palmas for violating several health codes.Las Palmas, located on Atwood Street, is facing 19 health code violations after the ACHD inspected the grocery store and restaurant during a routine inspection on June 24. The Health De...

Bombay Curry House reopens after receiving health permit

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 5, 2015


Filed under Campus, City, Health, News

After a brief closure, the Bombay Curry House is open for business — again.The new Indian restaurant in Oakland, which filled Mi Ranchito’s vacancy at 346 Atwood St. on May 29, reopened Friday after the Allegheny County Health Department issued a health permit to the restaurant. The Health Departme...

Health Department shuts down Bombay Curry

By Dale Shoemaker / News Editor

June 4, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

Editor's Note: This story has been updated in a new article, hereCiting health code violations, the Allegheny County Health Department has shut down the Bombay Curry House in Oakland.The Department shut down Bombay Curry, located at 346 Atwood St., on June 2 for multiple infractions, according to a Health Dep...

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

Healthy Ride stations in Oakland

By Alex Ryan / Production Manager

June 2, 2015


Filed under City, Health, News

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