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Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pitt Med podcast: How wisdom teeth might be used to treat corneal damage

Listen to scientists in the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration talk about their quest to grow corneal tissue with stem cells. An unlikely but promising source: a patient's own dental pulp. Learn More

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
CNN: Harsh parenting pushes kids to risky behavior, poor school performance

Learning Research & Development Center researcher Ming-Te Wang, PhD, and postdoc Rochelle Hentges, PhD, followed 1,500 students for a decade, starting at seventh grade. Learn More

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Addiction research shows "cocaine memories" not stored where once thought

Oliver Schluter, MD, PhD, led a study in the EMBO Journal that appears to rule out the nucleus accumbens as the prime site for storage of memories associated with feeling high. Learn More

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Trib-Review: Salk's son to speak Wednesday about polio eradication

Jonas Salk's injectable vaccine, developed at Pitt and tested on his son Peter, may finally wipe out the paralyzing disease in polio holdouts, but shortages have complicated the effort. Learn More

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Post-Gazette: New memory center helps seniors stay active

Neurologist Oscar Lopez, MD, says nearly a quarter of people over age 65 have mild cognitive impairment, yet this center appears to be the first in the country to focus on it. Learn More

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
WESA: New eye mapping technique may Improve early glaucoma diagnoses

Combining multiple images from different perspectives allows researchers like Ethan Rossi, PhD, to see features of the retina that were once invisible. Learn More

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Trib-Review: New artificial intelligence project to boost Pitt neuroscience

The latest AI project at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is aimed to help 2,000 scientists, academics and corporate researchers, and is supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn More

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Psychosis rarely drives violence, Pitt expert says

After the Florida airport shooting, Edward Mulvey, PhD, tells Associated Press that when mentally ill people are involved in violence, typically something else is in play, like substance abuse. Learn More

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Enhanced imaging may reveal retinal disease before any vision loss

Ethan Rossi, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology, developed the new method, called multi-offset detection, as reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Learn More

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
PTSD in the nursery: Dealing with traumatic childbirth

PublicSource spotlights a mental health clinic at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC that helps new mothers deal with emotionally painful births. Learn More

Friday, December 23, 2016
Blood test shows promise for early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Oscar Lopez, MD, and James Becker, PhD, collaborated with University of Chile investigators to differentiate normal tau proteins from the pathological type associated with neurodegeneration. Learn More

Thursday, December 22, 2016
NATURE interviews Pitt psychiatrist about links between brain, gut

In a Dec. 22 Q&A, Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, talks about why many people with inflammatory bowel disease also have mental health issues -- and what treatments seem to work best. Learn More

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Do we sleep better on the longest night of the year?

Not so much that you'll notice, says Brant Hasler, PhD. But the extended darkness means that you probably do sleep longer at this time of year than around the summer solstice. Learn More

Monday, December 19, 2016
Depression risk triples in young people who use many social media platforms

A Pitt study shows that risk of depression and anxiety appears to correlate more with the number of social media platforms a person uses than with the total time spent on sites like Facebook. Learn More

Friday, December 16, 2016
Chemist who uses proteomics to study Alzheimer's gets Pittcon achievement award

Renã A. S. Robinson, PhD, has been recognized for outstanding contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. Learn More

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Reuters: Rising cholesterol levels in menopause linked to stroke risk

The study's lead author, Karen A. Matthews, PhD, urges frequent monitoring of lipid changes during the perimenopause, even among women whose previous cholesterol levels have run normal.    Learn More

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Pitt Chronicle features engineer Anne Robinson

The William Kepler Whiteford Endowed Professor in Engineering wants to create drug therapies for brain aneurysms and design tools to better identify potential ruptures before they occur. Learn More

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
NEW YORK TIMES: Studies reveal Zika defects in babies who appeared fine at birth

Infectious disease specialist Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, has seen one-year-olds born to Zika-infected mothers in Brazil who appear to suffer continuing brain damage. Learn More

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Brain/body training launched for early-stage Alzheimer's

Headed by Oscar Lopez, MD, the program aims to stimulate cognitive, behavioral and physical function so that people with mild cognitive impairment can keep their active work and social lives. Learn More

Monday, December 12, 2016
WALL STREET JOURNAL: What to do if you're waking up way too early

Don't count on Lunesta or Ambien for a full night's rest, because those sleep meds leave the body just as you need help the most, says psychiatry professor Daniel J. Buysse, MD. Learn More

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