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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
USA Today editorial: Keep fears about Zika virus in perspective

Americans defeated the 1964 rubella epidemic that infected 12.5 million, and we can do the same now with Zika, writes infectious disease specialist Amesh Adalja. ‏ Learn More

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Study recommends better follow-up to catch postpartum depression

Mothers should be screened several times during the year after birth to distinguish between normal "baby blues" and a larger problem, according to research in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Learn More

Monday, May 9, 2016
NPR's WESA: Ernesto Marques on facts, fallacies about Zika virus

The native of Brazil and professor of infectious diseases says previous Zika outbreaks didn't seem to cause birth defects or neurological problems in adults.  Has something changed? Learn More

Monday, May 9, 2016
NPR's WESA: Researchers solve puzzle about our sense of smell

In PNAS, Jianhua Xing, PhD, and colleagues show a model that suggests how a simple physics principle may help explain how we can detect so many different smells. It's kind of like an audience clapping.     Learn More

Friday, May 6, 2016
"Cura Zika" effort draws on wide range of expertise at Pitt and in Brazil

Check out Pitt's webinar on what's known about the Zika virus, annotated by speaker and topic. Zika infections from mosquito bites can cause severe neurological problems, especially in newborns. Learn More

Monday, May 2, 2016
NPR's WESA: Lead mimics calcium in the developing brain

Lead interferes with release of neurotransmitters normally triggered by calcium, says Anthony Pizon, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine. That leads to premature death of brain cells. Learn More

Saturday, April 30, 2016
FDA okays first drug for hallucinations in Parkinson's

FDA committee chair David Brent, MD, professor of psychiatry, says that, while there are some safety concerns with pimavanserin (Nuplazid), panelists concluded that the risk-benefit ratio is good. Learn More

Thursday, April 28, 2016
How does deep brain stimulation work, and what can it treat?

Listen to a Journal of Neurophysiology podcast by neuroscience professor Bill Yates, PhD, in an interview with neurosurgeon Mark Richardson, MD, PhD.     Learn More

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Prince's death puts opioid overdose epidemic in spotlight

HEALTH asks Antoine Douaihy, MD, professor of psychiatry and medicine, about overprescription and addictive potential of opioid painkillers.     Learn More

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Computational model uncovers likely protein interactions tied to schizophrenia

A team led by Madhavi Ganapathiraju, PhD, found more than 500 previously unknown protein interactions associated with genes linked to schizophrenia.   Learn More

Friday, April 22, 2016
Pittsburgh Trib-Review: Pitt scientists form international alliance to fight Zika virus

Unwilling to wait for federal funding, the association is starting out with $1 million from anonymous donors and matching funds, says Donald Burke, MD, dean of the public health graduate school.   Learn More

Friday, April 22, 2016
$200K seed grants are now available for collaborative neuroscience

The Hillman Foundation is helping to kickstart projects that are likely to be competitive for future large-scale funding.  Deadline for groups of scientists to apply for these seed grants is May 31. Learn More

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Brent, Rosano inducted into societies for clinical investigators

David A. Brent, MD, has been inducted into the Association of American Physicians, and Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH, has been inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Learn More

Saturday, April 16, 2016
PRI's Science Friday: Many questions about how Zika virus causes brain damage

Hear Carolyn Coyne, PhD, associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, discuss what's known -- and what's not -- about how the virus passes from mother to infant. Learn More

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Franzen, McClung awarded 2016 NARSAD grants

Two Pitt researchers have received 2016 NARSAD Independent Investigator Grants for separate studies that involve sleep disturbances in subjects who are mentally ill. Learn More

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
CBS Evening News: Researchers learning more about Zika virus every day

Scientists like Ernesto Marques in the School of Public Health are finding neurological effects in adults as well as brain defects in newborns. Learn More

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Certain cells seem to protect placenta from Zika virus

Trophoblasts are the baby's first line of defense against Zika, according to a study in Cell Host & Microbe.The virus can cause severe brain defects if contracted in utero. Learn More

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
A single question can screen for problem drinking in teens

Youth are frank when asked about drinking habits, according to a team led by Duncan Clark, MD, PhD. Their study found that 10 percent over age 14 met the criteria for alcohol use disorder. Learn More

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Ahmari honored for OCD research using optogenetics

Susanne E. Ahmari, MD, PhD, will receive the Carnegie Science Award for Emerging Female Scientist for her work in revealing the mechanisms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Learn More

Thursday, March 31, 2016
David Brent heads FDA panel that backs pyschosis drug for Parkinson's

Many Parkinson's patients suffer from delusions and other psychotic problems, but no FDA-approved drugs have been available to treat them. Learn More

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