FACETS magazine

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Emergency Medicine Course Prepares First Responders to Think Fast and Slow

Taught by the School of Medicine’s Paul Paris, the undergraduate course aims to help students become more aware of the factors that impact their thinking in emergency medical situations.
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Researcher Eyes Training, Intervention to Help Those With Mild Cognitive Impairment

Not quite dementia, but more than a “senior moment,” mild cognitive impairment affects the lives of thousands of Americans. Juleen Rodakowski, an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, is developing ways to help.
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Research Takes Strides Toward Making Prosthetic Limbs More Comfortable

Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Goeran Fiedler’s two-year study is researching the effectiveness of a new type of prosthetic socket liner for individuals with below-knee amputations.
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Physical Therapists Use Big Data to Increase Referrals, Decrease Hospital Readmissions

Physical therapy professor Janet Freburger and postdoctoral associate Samannaaz Khoja are analyzing a large national data set to improve care for patients after they leave the hospital.
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Students Help Patients With Swallowing Disorders, One Drop of Water at a Time

Strokes, Parkinson’s disease and other issues can cause the ability to swallow to be lost. Graduate students studying speech-language pathology are learning to treat this debilitating condition at the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center.
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Nutrition and Dietetics Program Offering Balanced Diet of Clinical Experiences

Tom Hritz, clinical nutrition manager for UPMC Mercy and Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, has been welcoming students into the clinic with him for nearly 13 years.
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Study of Specialized Weights Aims to Make Manual Wheelchair Users Stronger Faster

For wheelchair users, increased upper-body strength could improve their quality of life. A Pitt study is looking at whether vibrating weights could speed up the weight-training process.
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AIDS Free Pittsburgh Aims for No New Cases, Lower HIV Rate in Allegheny County by 2020

AIDS Free Pittsburgh is uniting more than 20 local groups, including Pitt, to fight the epidemic. In 2015, nearly 3,000 people in Allegheny County were living with HIV.