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Fear and Loathing in Pay-For-Performance Land

KIP SULLIVAN & STEPHEN SOUMERAI Pay for performance, the catchall term for policies that purport to pay doctors and hospitals based on quality and cost measures, has been taking a bashing. Last November, University of Pittsburgh and Harvard researchers published a major study in Annals of Internal Medicine showing that a Medicare pay-for-performance program did not

Fifteen new genes identified that shape our face

(KU Leuven) Researchers from KU Leuven (Belgium) and the universities of Pittsburgh, Stanford, and Penn State (US) have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. The findings were published in Nature Genetics.

New book: The Shale Dilemma A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development

The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development by Gamper-Rabindran, Shanti University of Pittsburgh Press, February 2018, 472 pages The US shale boom and efforts by other countries to exploit their shale resources could reshape energy and environmental landscapes across the world. But how might those landscapes...

Giant Wounded ‘Mouse’ to Protest Pitt’s Horror-Show Sepsis Experiments

What:    Led by a giant “surgically mutilated mouse,” PETA supporters will descend on the University of Pittsburgh’s c meeting on Tuesday to urge Chancellor Patrick Gallagher to end... The post Giant Wounded ‘Mouse’ to Protest Pitt’s Horror-Show Sepsis Experiments appeared first on PETA.

Blood test cuts time to diagnosis for common, deadly yeast infection, national trial shows

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) A new blood test seems to perform as well as, if not better than, traditional blood cultures at detecting candidemia, a type of fungal yeast infection that commonly strikes hospital patients. Quick detection of the infection has the potential to stop its spread and slow drug resistance.

EMS Tips – You Need More Rest – Artificial Intelligence for 911

1. Evidence-based fatigue management guidelines NASEMSO teamed up with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to perform a comprehensive evaluation to provide recommendations on how to fight EMS fatigue, such as napping during shifts and using caffeine. Show More Summary

Cognitive enhancement therapy improves outcomes for adults with autism

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Few research efforts have focused on interventions for adults, but a new six-year collaborative trial tested two treatments for adults with autism -- and found strong, but different, results.

UPMC researchers solving treatment resistance in most common breast cancer

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) For the first time researchers have identified recurrent ESR1 fusion proteins in human breast cancer, to understand how they function and help lead to improved treatments for the disease.

Data-driven shale dialogue

(University of Pittsburgh) Research published in the journal Science examines a dialogue about shale drilling between concerned citizens, watershed groups, government regulators and personnel from large energy companies by focusing on publicly available water quality data.

Analyzing street drugs points to potential early warning system in opioid crisis

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) In just two years, the powerful opioid fentanyl went from nonexistent to detected in more than 1 in 7 stamp bags analyzed by the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. Show More Summary

Ryan Shazier discharged from inpatient rehab

Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is heading home. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center announced on Thursday that Shazier has been discharged from their Rehabilitation Institute. Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery in December after being injured while making a tackle in a game against the Bengals. Show More Summary

Lawsuit Alleges University Of Pittsburgh Covered Up Escaped Lab Monkey Infected With 'Select Agent'

A former immunology expert and laboratory director at the University of Pittsburgh alleges she was fired after blowing the whistle on safety violations at the university, including an incident when a laboratory monkey infected with a "select agent" escaped its cage, the Penn Record reported. More »      

An infected lab monkey escaped its cage at the University of Pittsburgh and is now at the center of a heated legal drama

An infected monkey escaping its cage sounds like the beginning of a very bad horror movie, but that low-effort plot point became reality at the University of Pittsburgh. Now, the professor that reported the incident is suing the university...Show More Summary

Thinking about God makes people believe they are safer

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Even just thinking about God makes you feel supported and protected. And those thoughts, according to a new a study, influence how you respond to fear-based advertising. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and Duke University designed several experiments to probe how religious influences...

Vascular bypass grafting: A biomimetic engineering approach

(University of Pittsburgh) The National Institutes of Health awarded Jonathan Vande Geest, professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, and his multi-institutional research team $672,682Show More Summary

Large study finds higher rates of early substance use among children with ADHD

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Children with ADHD engaged in substance use at a younger age and had a significantly higher prevalence of regular marijuana and cigarette use as adults.

Building a more flexible plastic

(University of Pittsburgh) Each year more than eight million tons of plastics pollute the ocean, forming mammoth, so-called 'garbage patches' via strong currents. Even with new collection methods, only 0.5 percent out of that volume is currently removed from the seas. Show More Summary

Giving new medical tech a kickstart at University of Pittsburgh

(University of Pittsburgh) The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Medical Innovation (CMI) awarded grants totaling $115,000 to five engineering and medicine groups through its 2017 Round-2 Pilot Funding Program for Early Stage Medical Technology Research and Development. Show More Summary

Pitt study suggests risk management approach to combat EMS fatigue

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Extended shift work has historically been linked to interrupted sleep patterns and risk of injury, and is a persistent problem for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel who are tasked with delivering acute care under significant pressure. Show More Summary

#2: CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK UNIVERSITY: In Today's SOUTH The "Civil Rights Pharisees" Offer NO ADVANCED PROTECTION Of Black People" - No SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTION For The TRANSGENDERED BLACK MAN MURDERED IN ATHENS GEORGIA Because.................HIS KILLER Was

PATTERN MATCHING NOT POLITICS In Two Of The Most VIOLENT AREAS For BLACK PEOPLE in Metro Atlanta ("The Pittsburgh Community" and "College Park" the BLACK VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE got media attention NOT because THEY ARE BLACK........(Ninjas...Show More Summary

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