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Menopause Associated with More Fat Around Heart, Raising Risk for Heart Disease

PITTSBURGH, July 22, 2015 – Late- and post-menopausal women have significantly greater volumes of fat around their hearts – a risk factor for heart disease – than their pre-menopausal counterparts, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health study has shown for the first time. The finding, published online and scheduled for the Sept. […]

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Pitt Team Identifies Genes that Play Critical Role in the Development of Congenital Heart Disease

PITTSBURGH, March 25, 2015 – Fetal ultrasound exams on more than 87,000 mice that were exposed to chemicals that can induce random gene mutations enabled developmental biologists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine to identify mutations associated with congenital heart disease in 61 genes, many not previously known to cause the disease. The […]

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Workplace Lifestyle Intervention Program Improves Health, Reduces Diabetes and Heart Disease Risks

PITTSBURGH, March 6, 2015 – A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace and developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health significantly reduces risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study reported in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The program was well-received by participants at […]

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Pitt Effort Seeks to Combat ‘Sitting Disease,’ Diabetes with $3M NIH Grant

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 26, 2015 – University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers are flipping conventional thought on its head regarding how to improve the health of sedentary people at risk for diabetes and heart disease in a new study designed to combat a condition popularly called “sitting disease.” Armed with a $3 million […]

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Race and Ethnicity Important When Evaluating Risk of Fat Around the Heart

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 9, 2014 – A man’s likelihood of accumulating fat around his heart – an important indicator of heart disease risk – may be better determined if doctors consider his race and ethnicity, as well as where on his body he’s building up excess fat, reveals an international evaluation led by the University of […]

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High Consumption of Fish Oil May Benefit Cardiovascular Health, Pitt Public Health Finds

PITTSBURGH, March 4, 2014 – Eating fish in amounts comparable to those of people living in Japan seems to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, according to an international study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Middle-aged Japanese […]

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Pitt Public Health Findings Suggest Improved Way to Determine Heart Disease Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 23, 2013 – Physicians caring for people with type 1 diabetes might be better able to determine their patients’ chances of developing heart disease if they include their levels of protective antioxidants in the assessment, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The study, funded […]

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Decellularized Mouse Heart Beats Again after Regeneration with Human Heart Precursor Cells in Pitt Project

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 13, 2013 – For the first time, a mouse heart was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped and replaced with human heart precursor cells, said scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings, reported online today in Nature Communications, show the promise that regenerating […]

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Mortality Higher in Appalachian Coal Mining Counties Compared to Non-Coal Mining Areas

PITTSBURGH, March 14, 2013 – West Virginia counties with coal mining activity have higher total mortality rates than their non-coal mining Appalachian counterparts, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health analysis revealed.   “We’ve known for several years that adverse health outcomes occur at higher rates in Appalachia,” said Jeanine Buchanich, Ph.D., deputy […]

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