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Recent US Pediatric Heart Transplant Waitlist Policy Change Falls Short of Intended Benefits

In March 2016, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network revised its criteria for prioritizing children awaiting heart transplantation in the U.S. with the intention of reducing the number of deaths on the waitlist, but a new study suggests...
16-Sep-2019 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

High Social Support Associated with Less Violence Among Male Teens in Urban Neighborhoods

UPMC Children's Hospital researchers find that the presence of adult social support is linked to less violence among at-risk teen boys.
10-Sep-2019 12:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Telemedicine Engages Newly Postpartum Women in Cardiovascular Monitoring

America has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. Since cardiovascular disease is the primary cause, researchers have created a blood pressure home-monitoring system to rapidly detect concerning trends in postpartum women...
9-Sep-2019 11:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Tweets Indicate Nicotine Dependence, Withdrawal Symptoms of JUUL Users

One out of every five tweets mentioning JUUL indentified for a new analysis also references addiction-related themes.
9-Sep-2019 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in Cells

Targeted damage to mitochondria produces a "Chernobyl effect" inside cells, pelting the nucleus with harmful reactive oxygen species and causing chromosomal damage.
21-Aug-2019 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Medicare Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Bear the Burden of Rising Drug Prices

In a decade, Medicare recipients saw a sevenfold increase in out of pocket costs for multiple sclerosis drugs. Spending on these drugs by Medicare itself increased by tenfold.
23-Aug-2019 7:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Physicians Slow to Use Effective New Antibiotics Against Superbugs

New, more effective antibiotics are being prescribed in only about a quarter of infections by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a family of the world’s most intractable drug-resistant bacteria.
26-Aug-2019 8:30 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Death Rate of Critically Ill Children Linked to Hospital Preparedness for Pediatric Emergencies

Critically ill children brought to hospital emergency departments that are ill-prepared to care for pediatric emergencies have more than three times the odds of dying compared to those brought to hospitals well-equipped to care for them.
19-Aug-2019 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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A $19 billion world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. UPMC provides more than $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 87,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.5 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. As UPMC works in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside on its annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC, and UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners around the world. For more information, go to


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