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2012-05-16 11:12:44

Researchers find design tools promote better working memory and flexible thinking Classrooms have become smarter, thanks to the use of digital devices such as computers, SMART boards, and other handheld devices. But are these technological advancements birthing a new and smarter generation of engineers? According to a University of Pittsburgh study, yes: Students using such tools are more successful than those who don´t because the technologies promote better working memory and more...

2012-05-15 06:29:49

PITTSBURGH, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC for You, a nonprofit Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) of the UPMC Insurance Services Division, today was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to develop a new pathway for Medicaid payment reform designed to improve the coordination and quality of care for children with complex medical conditions while also reducing the cost of care. The grant, in excess of $440,000, provides funding for three years. The project...

2012-05-09 06:24:37

PITTSBURGH, May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2012 Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) East West All-Star Game sponsored by Fifth Third Bank was played Sunday at Gateway High School's Antimarino Stadium, in which the West topped the East by the score of 45-24. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia were the beneficiaries of the game. With the strong win from the West squad, the All-Star Game trophy...

2012-05-08 20:48:38

Pitt study one of many across the nation focused on understanding Arctic region´s climate changes Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have joined an international group of scientists to study past climate changes in the Arctic. Comprising geologists from Pitt´s Department of Geology and Planetary Science, the team has analyzed sedimentary and geochemical records of water-level changes in Rantin Lake, located in the boreal forest of Canada´s southeastern Yukon...

2012-05-03 06:26:48

PITTSBURGH, May 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Funding for a four-year, $2.6-million research study that could impact how certain mental health conditions are managed in primary care settings has been secured by a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine professor. The research study is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of Beating the BluesUS, an online cognitive behavioral therapy program that is sold and supported by U Squared Interactive, LLC. Bruce L. Rollman, M.D., M.P.H., professor...

2012-05-02 06:25:34

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Highmark and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have reached an agreement through the end of 2014, promising continuity of coverage for patients and their families throughout western Pennsylvania. The agreement will provide in-network access to all UPMC hospitals and physicians for Highmark Commercial and Medicare Advantage members. "Both UPMC and Highmark worked...

FBI Seizes Server Allegedly Linked To University Bomb Threat
2012-04-21 04:28:58

The FBI has seized a server used by an anonymous remailing service provider and several progressive service organizations as part of an ongoing investigation into anonymous bomb threats at the University of Pittsburgh -- a move which has reportedly drawn criticism from digital anonymity advocates. The server was seized Wednesday from a co-location facility located in New York after FBI officials presented a warrant, Wired's Kim Zetter wrote on Friday. The server was used by Mixmaster, a...

2012-04-18 02:28:30

NEW YORK, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Stemline Therapeutics, Inc. announced that trial results of two clinical studies of direct injection synthetic peptide vaccine, now being developed as SL-701, in both adults and children with advanced brain cancer were selected for late-breaking presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held from March 31 to April 4, 2012 in Chicago, IL. SL-701 is comprised of synthetic peptides corresponding to epitopes...

2012-04-16 06:25:52

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UPMC Health Plan today announced that it is donating $125,000 to Johnstown Area Regional Industries (JARI), a not-for-profit economic development service provider for the Greater Johnstown Area. The donation will help support JARI's efforts to provide a comprehensive suite of business development - most of which are given at no cost - to its clients and the community. JARI's service area includes Cambria and Somerset counties as well as the...

2012-04-04 06:27:10

PITTSBURGH, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Employers in Northwestern Pennsylvania counties are now offering their employees the highest level of benefits at the lowest premium costs with UPMC Inside Advantage. UPMC Inside Advantage, which became available earlier this year, is a three-tiered network that enables members to get the highest benefits and the lowest out-of-pocket costs when they utilize top-tier quality hospitals in Northwest Pennsylvania including UPMC Hamot, Warren General...