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Opioid memorial brings attention to epidemic

Opioid memorial brings attention to epidemic

By Mackenzie Rodrigues and Salina Pressimone | News Editors

January 30, 2018

Covered in 22,000 small white pills, each engraved with the face of an opioid overdose victim, the opioid memorial stood behind Monday afternoon’s speakers. Their solemn voices drifted out to an audience who sat listening in silence for the many young lives lost. The press event marked the beginning of the ...

Students learn to administer Narcan

Students learn to administer Narcan

By Anish Salvi | Staff Writer

January 24, 2018

As an Emergency Medical Technician of four years, Anthony Lupinacci is no stranger to administering Narcan — and knows the difference the drug can make. “Especially when I have worked in this area, out in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, we see overdoses fairly often,” Lupinacci said. “I can say that Na...

Pitt Dems and Libertarians debate health care

Pitt Dems and Libertarians debate health care

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 23, 2018

Char Goldbach recounted leaving school early one semester because she could not get proper health care for her depression. “There are millions of Americans like me who suffer from depression and don’t get the care they deserve,” Goldbach said. “I am not afraid to share my story because I want peo...

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

Pitt, community push opioid crisis solutions

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018

Nearly 3,000 Pennsylvanians died of opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the Pitt Public Health Dynamics Lab. But researchers at Pitt are working to change that statistic. Michael Mallon, the project coordinator for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health’s Opioid Initiatives, helps arrange ...

Strongr, Fastr and individualized: Pitt alums develop fitness app

Strongr, Fastr and individualized: Pitt alums develop fitness app

By Sid Lingala | Staff Writer

January 18, 2018

As a person without a strong interest in fitness, Eric Lutz had trouble figuring out what constituted a good workout and a healthy meal — and sticking with the exercise and diet plans he came up with. “I would try to go the gym, but would eventually end up not going,” Lutz said. “I really ...

Physicians at play: Pitt professor seeks to improve responsiveness through video game

Physicians at play: Pitt professor seeks to improve responsiveness through video game

By Remy Samuels | Staff Writer

January 9, 2018

Imagine you are 80 years old and fall down a flight of stairs, fracturing many ribs. The doctor says your condition isn’t critical and sends you home with medication, but hours later you’re back at the hospital with respiratory failure and a life-threatening case of pneumonia. This scenario is...

Latino youth well-being lacking in Pennsylvania, study finds

Latino youth well-being lacking in Pennsylvania, study finds

By Lauren Forsythe | Staff Writer

November 27, 2017

Monica Ruiz said people are often unwilling to give funding to help the Latino community — which can include undocumented immigrants. “I say it’s easier to find funding for a box of puppies who are left on the street corner to help them than it is to find funding to help undocumented folks,”...

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

Pitt alum potential CNN Hero of the Year for humanitarianism efforts

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

November 13, 2017

At the age of 22, Samir Lakhani spent several long and laborious days cleaning, sanitizing and compressing used bars of soap with one young Cambodian woman. The woman, Prornh Thearang, spoke no English, but the duo sat side-by-side for hours, listening to Cambodian folk music as they worked. Lakhan...

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

Students Cope with Invisible Illnesses

By Amanda Finney | Staff Writer

October 11, 2017

Most people wouldn’t say walking with a cane is glamorous. But to Pitt grad student Jessica Benham, “it’s a fashion statement.” Sporting her bedazzled cane — black with sparkly rhinestones — Benham shows she is not ashamed of her connective tissue disorder. But she is quick to point o...

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

Pharmacy students told to the break rules

By Amanda Finney | For The Pitt News

October 2, 2017

Students gathered in a lecture hall Monday night to hear a health care professional tell them to defy authority. Looking out at about 30 students assembled before her, Jesabel Rivera-Guerra summarized her entire talk in six words. “Life is short. Break the rules,” Rivera-Guerra said. Phi Lambda Sigma, Pitt...

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