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Massart standing in a green space between a couple of brick buildings. She's wearing a black dress with three-quarter-length arms and a blue shawl, and has her arms crossed over her chest.

Researchers Work to Bring Precision Medicine to Patient Prescriptions, Primary Care

With the advent of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, patients are showing up at doctors’ offices with big questions about their genes. Physicians, however, aren’t usually trained to answer them. Enter Mylynda Massart and others at Pitt.
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Dietitian Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Through partnerships with grocery stores and government entities, Judy Dodd, an assistant professor of nutrition and dietetics, has been educating students and consumers on healthier eating habits for decades. The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance recently honored her work.
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Program Supports and Encourages Breastfeeding, One Text at a Time

A text messaging program called MILK developed in the School of Nursing educates and encourages new parents who breastfeed. The lead researcher, Jill Demirci (NURS ’05, ’10G, ’12G), focuses on developing a variety of clinical and community-based interventions to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.
mom holding baby, flanked by the two Pitt doctors who lead the operation

Pitt Researchers Perform University’s First In Utero Spina Bifida Surgery

Baby Emery Green Mullen, named after the lead surgeons who corrected a neural tube defect before her birth, is doing well as the first patient in Pitt history to receive in utero surgery for spina bifida.
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Pleasant Smells Can Help Smokers Reduce Cigarette Craving, New Study Finds

In a study that expands on previous work, a team led by psychology’s Michael Sayette found reduced urges to smoke in response to pleasant smells, as well as a connection to memory.