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Looking at smiling faces extends the antidepressant effects of ketamine

Pitt psychiatrist Rebecca Price writes about her new study, which supports the idea that the drug opens a “window of opportunity” for patients with depression to improve their self-worth.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
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Want to feel less stressed? Take a tour of Pitt’s trees.

Pitt’s tree-planting efforts support more than the environment — there are health benefits too. Here are five trees on the Pittsburgh campus that are worth a peep as the leaves begin to turn.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Our City/Our Campus
  • Sustainability
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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One way to help college students get enough sleep — pay them to go to bed

When Pitt economist Osea Giuntella offered students just $30 per week to sleep longer, they did — and the results persisted past the study period. Here’s what that could mean for other habits.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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Pitt researchers are leading the way toward a Google Maps of cells

By using the city’s supercomputing superpowers, their goal is to develop a global atlas of healthy cells in the human body that any researchers can access.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Technology & Science
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What you need to know about monkeypox

Ken Ho, a Pitt infectious disease specialist, explains how monkeypox differs from COVID-19 and what to do if you think you’ve been exposed.

  • Health and Wellness
  • School of Medicine
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Pitt health sciences volunteers provided free dental, eye and hearing care at a recent clinic

More than 300 Pitt volunteers helped over 1,400 people access health care at this year’s Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh event.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Science
  • School of Medicine
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A program to help under-resourced students succeed got him through pharmacy school

First-generation student Jerry Mascara says TRIO Student Support Services gave him the sense of belonging and study skills he needed to launch his career.

  • Health and Wellness
  • School of Pharmacy
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Pitt alumna’s book explores what happens when a nurse becomes a patient

Theresa Brown (NURS ’07) got cancer — and a whole new perspective on the medical system. The best-selling author shared her experience in her latest book, "Healing."

  • School of Nursing
  • Health and Wellness
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The Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory at Pitt will host a regional network to improve water quality

As new host of the Southwest Pennsylvania Water Network, the collaboratory aims to help build a stronger regional identity around the area’s rivers.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Innovation and Research
  • Sustainability
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Swanson School of Engineering
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This Pitt researcher is using data to fight the opioid epidemic

Jeanine Buchanich’s work with the Pennsylvania Department of Health is pinpointing which public health interventions show the most benefit.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Public Health
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Make the most of your summer garden

Here are the best gardening tips from urban agriculture nonprofit leader Denele Hughson (A&S ’08).

  • Health and Wellness
  • Alumni
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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This School of Education program promoted healthy behaviors among older adults in Homewood

The Healthy Homewood Project brought together Pitt graduate students and the neighborhood YMCA to combat obesity and chronic illness through wellness education and fitness.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • School of Education
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Two Pitt psychiatrists are raising money to stem Ukraine’s mental health crisis

A dual emergency of trauma and destroyed infrastructure is emerging in Ukraine. Alexandre Dombrovski and Carmen Andreescu are using their expertise to help.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Ukraine
  • Global
  • School of Medicine
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A Pitt team forecasted the devastating toll of the opioid epidemic

As Pitt Public Health researchers predicted, more than 100,000 people are now dying from drug overdoses annually in the U.S. It shows we really don't understand the causes of the problem, they say.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Public Health
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Pitt-UPMC researchers will use $5 million from Bayer to fight chronic kidney disease

Using an innovative approach called population health management, Manisha Jhamb aims to get patients treated sooner to stave off severe disease. The effort could be a game-changer for rural areas.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Innovation and Research
  • School of Medicine
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What it’s like to be a midwife

In honor of Mother’s Day, four midwives from Pitt’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program share their most memorable births and why their profession is so important.

  • Health and Wellness
  • School of Nursing
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Two public health leaders on COVID-19 and what’s next

Pitt Public Health Dean Maureen Lichtveld and physician Georges Benjamin discuss pandemic preparedness, climate change and the future of scientific research.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Covid-19
  • School of Public Health
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How a group chat brought these Philadelphia men to Pitt and beyond

These high school best friends supported each other through college, social upheaval and the pandemic. Now, they're starting the professional lives they dreamed about.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Alumni
Thais Ridgeway in red dress with Miss New York crown

This Pitt alumna is on a mission to stop relationship abuse

Thais Ridgeway (A&S ’13) is fighting dating violence through her work as a lawyer, Army reservist and Miss New York United States 2020.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Community Impact
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
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Got food cravings? What’s living in your gut may be responsible

A new Pitt study shows that the gut microbiome of mice influences their preferred diet. The results, researchers say, could apply to humans, too.

  • Health and Wellness
  • Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Innovation and Research