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Pitt researchers unveil potential COVID-19 vaccine

PittCoVacc, the potential vaccine against COVID-19. Photo via UPMC

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

April 2, 2020

Pitt School of Medicine scientists announced Thursday that they had developed a potential vaccine against COVID-19.

Pitt study: Gifts from pharma lead to more opioid prescriptions

A Pitt Graduate School of Public Health study found that physicians who received gifts from pharmaceutical companies related to opioid medications were more likely to prescribe opioids to their patients.

By Emily Wolfe, News Editor

November 7, 2019

A new Pitt Public Health study found a connection between the gifts physicians receive from pharmaceutical companies and the amount of opioids they prescribe.

Gillibrand discusses health care, labor rights in Oakland

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stands for a picture with supporters at a roundtable discussion on healthcare in Oakland July 11. | Janine Faust, contributing editor

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

July 11, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), another Democratic presidential hopeful, came to Oakland for a roundtable discussion with several UPMC and Allegheny Health network employees and union organizers.

State officials attempt to avert UPMC, Highmark breakup

UPMC and Highmark have begun a coverage split that will be effective July 1.

By Jon Moss, Contributing Editor

February 11, 2019

UPMC and Highmark have a long history of conflict, and this came to a head when UPMC refused to sign a consent decree in late 2018 that would allow Highmark insurance to be used at UPMC hospitals.

Breast cancer researchers continue innovating

Magee-Womens Research Institute is the largest independent women’s research institute in the country with a focus on women’s health.

By Sid Lingala, Staff Writer

February 7, 2019

Innovations in technology for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment bring hope to patients and exciting discoveries to researchers.

Pitt medical school dean steps down

Dr. Arthur Levine worked as senior vice chancellor for the health sciences for more than 20 years.

By Brian Gentry, Assistant News Editor

January 24, 2019

Dr. Arthur Levine, senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine, announced Wednesday that he will soon step down from those positions, according to a press release.

UPMC Mercy expansion approved after community voices opposition

A Pittsburgh resident speaks against the UPMC Mercy Expansion at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Council passed a motion to let the hospital expand shortly afterwards.

By Kieran Mclean, Staff Writer

August 9, 2018

UPMC Mercy's controversial expansion plan will proceed, after a 7-2 vote and more than two hours of public opposition to the plan.

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