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2013-12-18 11:36:08

Imagine kicking a cocaine addiction by simply popping a pill that alters the way your brain processes chemical addiction. New research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that a method of biologically manipulating certain neurocircuits could lead to a pharmacological approach that would weaken post-withdrawal cocaine cravings. The findings have been published in Nature Neuroscience. Researchers led by Pitt neuroscience professor Yan Dong used rat models to examine the effects of...

2013-07-01 12:25:28

PITTSBURGH, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The current violence in Syria vividly demonstrates the difficulty -- and importance -- of accurately recording and estimating nonmilitary deaths in conflict areas. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020422/CMULOGO ) "Counting Civilian Casualties: An Introduction to Recording and Estimating Nonmilitary Deaths in Conflict" is a new book that surveys the challenges of this task, presenting and evaluating methods for ensuring that these...

2011-09-19 14:26:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A lawsuit filed today alleges University of Pittsburgh officials breached their contract with former football coach Michael Haywood and violated federal law when they terminated him in January, The Buzbee Law Firm announced. According to the complaint filed in Pittsburgh federal court, Pitt rushed to judgment and fired the coach hours after a disputed domestic incident in South Bend, Ind. The lawsuit asserts that Pitt officials refused Haywood's...

2010-03-08 14:58:03

PITTSBURGH -- University of Pittsburgh researchers have conducted the first cradle-to-grave assessment of light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights and determined that the increasingly popular lamps strike the best balance between brightness, affordability, and energy and environmental conservation when their life span-from production to disposal-is considered. LEDs consist of clusters of tiny, high-intensity bulbs and are extolled for their power efficiency and clear luminosity. Engineers in...

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2009-07-02 18:20:07

The owner of a New Orleans T-shirt shop said the grassroots movement to elect actor Brad Pitt as the city's next mayor is sounding less and less crazy. Josh Harvey, owner of shirt shop Storyville, said the first Brad Pitt for Mayor T-shirt was made by a Tulane University professor who invited the store to use his design, WSDU-TV, New Orleans, reported Thursday. Harvey said the T-shirts have some people thinking Pitt -- who filmed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in the city and runs a...

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2009-06-13 14:19:52

Ex-bodyguard Mickey Brett, who once guarded Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, says he is considering writing a memoir about his time with the U.S. celebrities. E! Online said Friday while Pitt and Jolie's attorney alleges Brett would violate a confidentiality agreement by writing about his time with the celebrity couple, Brett insists a memoir is still a possibility. I have not decided if I will write it or not yet, the former bodyguard said. An April report by the New York Daily News said...

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2009-05-01 14:47:37

New Orleans' Hurricane Katrina-devastated Lower Ninth Ward has become a tourist attraction thanks to the charity of actor Brad Pitt, residents say. Pitt's Make It Right Foundation has committed to funding 150 environmentally friendly and architecturally interesting homes in the neighborhood, and the owner one of them, Gloria Guy, says she doesn't mind the constant tour buses coming by, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Friday. It doesn't bother me, because I just thank God for what...

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2009-03-05 19:32:00

Film star Brad Pitt was on Capitol Hill Thursday to lobby the U.S. Congress for support for his Make It Right low-income housing project. The goal of the project, which was established in 2007, is to provide affordable, environmentally sustainable housing for residents of the lower 9th Ward in New Orleans who lost their homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Hill reported on its Web site that Pitt met with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and...

2008-10-28 00:00:14

**1/2  (115m | PG-13) Palpable sexual electricity between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie provides this comedy-action-thriller with all the power it needs to overcome a very silly plot about suburbanites whose waning marriage is revitalized by discovering (the hard way) that they're both undercover assassins. Arguably the two sexiest stars in Hollywood, and both underappreciated talents as a result, the pair make trying to kill your spouse seem entertaining and almost erotic....

2008-07-13 12:00:00

Angelina Jolie has given birth to twins in a French hospital in Nice with her boyfriend, actor Brad Pitt, by her side, a doctor says. Dr. Michael Sussmann told People magazine Sunday Jolie gave birth to a son, Knox Leon, and a daughter, Vivienne Marcheline, Saturday at the Fondation Lenval hospital and that all three were in good condition. The babies are doing well. The operation went just perfectly, Sussmann said. Angelina is in very good spirits. Brad Pitt was at her side. He was there...