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Sunday, March 12, 2017
NYT Sunday: Life with Zika babies a daily struggle punctuated by seizures and scares

“They’re going to live very long lives," says Zika expert Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, of Pitt's Center for Vaccine Research, "and they will need assistance from someone 24 hours a day.” Learn More

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Engineers on track to create safer exoskeleton for walking

The Neuromuscular Control and Robotics Laboratory is developing an ultrasound sensor system for a device that uses nerve stimulation and external motors to help immobilized people walk again. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Pitt center to study neural diseases linked to misshapen proteins

The Center for Protein Conformational Diseases, set to launch in April, will study protein breakdown in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, as well as cystic fibrosis, organ disease and cancer. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
Book chronicles William Klunk's dementia research with North Dakota family

Simon & Schuster releases "The Inheritance,” about a family susceptible to early-onset Alzheimer's and the Pitt researchers they’ve bonded with over a decade of work together. Learn More

Monday, March 6, 2017
NPR: Heavy social media use linked to feelings of isolation

In young adults, making lots of virtual contacts is tied to a sense of lower social connection, according to findings by Brian Primack, MD, PhD, and colleagues. Learn More

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Maltreated children have trouble as teens in predicting likely rewards

Jamie Hanson, PhD, and colleagues found these teens were more likely to be mistaken about consequences of their choice-based behavior, even after repeated feedback.  Learn More

Friday, February 24, 2017
Computational analysis sheds light on genetic links between schizophrenia, rheumatoid arthritis

The study of genetic variants and certain proteins helps explain an apparent inverse relationship in the prevalence and risk for the two disorders, as reported in a new publication by Nature. Learn More

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Pitt Med surveys labs using optogenetics

The sample includes scientists who are applying the technique in hopes of interrupting debilitating pain, and restoring sight to the blind and arm movement to the paralyzed. Learn More

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Scientists track how networks of neurons affect organ function, pancreatic cancer

Pitt Med features the brain-body research of neurogastroenterologist David Levinthal, MD, PhD, psychology professor Peter Gianaros, PhD, and neurobiologist Brian Davis, PhD. Learn More

Saturday, February 18, 2017
SCIENCE Editorial: On autism and data analysis in public health

Pitt's Jeremy Berg, the editor of Science, lauds current examinations of rising autism prevalence, where data can highlight potential factors while ruling out others, such as childhood vaccines. Learn More

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

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