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PRESS RELEASES 20162/3/16 - Scholarships Assist Students Seeking Careers in Health Professions
1/26/16 - Local Women Honor Relatives Who Have Heart Disease
1/22/16 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in February
1/20/16 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for February
1/18/16 - Orthopaedic Surgeon Earns Recertification
1/15/16 - Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Accredits UPMC Altoona Echocardiology Department
1/14/16 - Altoona Newborns Drool Black and Gold
1/14/16 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts a Sweet Celebration and Recognizes Health Care Honors Recipients
1/8/16 - Nurse Case Managers Receive Certifications
PRESS RELEASES 201512/31/15 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Honors Four for Contribution to Health Care, Community
12/30/15 - Contact Information for First Baby of New Year
12/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Medical Staff Welcomes Madhavi Kandel, M.D.
12/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Employee Retires With 25 Years of Service
12/22/15 - UPMC Altoona Registered Nurse Retires With 27 Years of Service
12/21/15 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in January
12/21/15 - Johnstown Neurologist Joins UPMC Altoona Regional Health Services
12/10/15 - Friends of Altoona Hospital Elects New Officers
12/10/15 - Hospital Auxiliary Awards $1,000 in Scholarships
12/07/15 - UPMC Altoona Blair Medical Associates Podiatrist Presents at National Conference
12/03/15 - UPMC Altoona Hosts Menorah Lighting Monday
11/23/15 - UPMC Altoona Medical Staff Welcomes Aneta Kular, M.D.
11/19/15 - UPMC Altoona Foundation Hosts 'Winter Splendor - A Sweet Celebration'
11/18/15 - UPMC Altoona's Healthy Living Club Sets Programs, Classes for December
11/18/15 - UPMC Altoona Offers Support Groups/Clinics in December
11/18/15 - UPMC Altoona Medical Staff Welcomes Hospitalist
11/16/15 - TelePsychiatry Links UPMC Altoona Inpatients with Mental Health Specialists in Pittsburgh
11/12/15 - New Affiliation Consolidates Strengths to Benefit Patients
11/11/15 - UPMC Altoona Invites Public to Memorial Service November 12
10/28/15 - Daylight Savings Time Change Offers Opportunity to Improve Sleep Habits
10/27/15 - UPMC Altoona Launches Multiple Telemedicine Services
October 28, 2015 - Daylight Savings Time Change Offers Opportunity to Improve Sleep Habits
Pennsylvania 'Falls Back' November 1
ALTOONA, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015 — Gaining an hour of sleep November 1 sounds great, but for infants, children and adults with sleep sensitivities, the change can be disruptive.
"If you're the parent of a baby who is getting up at 6 a.m., it means he will now awake at 5 a.m.," says Mehrdad Ghaffari, M.D., a sleep expert with UPMC Altoona Sleep Center in the Station Medical Center. "A child isn't like a clock that you can instantaneously change. However, the transition can be made easier with good sleep hygiene and some adjustments to the family schedule in the days preceding and following the switch."
For some children an earlier start time also disrupts their nap and bed times. One way to help a child transition is to move his daily sleep schedule ahead a half hour before the time change. So instead of waking the child at 6 a.m., change to 6:30 a.m. Be sure to change feeding and nap times, too, he says. This way when the clocks "fall back" it will feel like 5:30 a.m. Then, allow the infant or child to play quietly until 6 a.m. after the change.
"For less adaptable babies, the time change carries a greater impact," Dr. Ghaffari says. "For other children and adults, the consequences are minor. The time change is a great opportunity to examine your family's sleeping areas to make it more conducive to sleep and look at your activities prior to bedtime so falling asleep is easier."
Here are some ways to enhance sleep quality, from the National Sleep Foundation and the UPMC Altoona Sleep Center:
October 27, 2015 - UPMC Altoona Launches Multiple Telemedicine Services
ALTOONA, Pa., Oct. 27, 2015 — UPMC Altoona announces the launch of the new Teleconsult Center, expanding clinical specialty services via telemedicine and connecting world-class obstetric (OB) and gynecologic specialists with the UPMC Altoona community. Historically, women in central Pennsylvania who encounter medical conditions during pregnancy and those who are struggling with infertility often face the cost and logistical inconvenience of frequent travel to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh. UPMC Altoona, in collaboration with Magee, is working to change that with four new telemedicine service lines.
"The launch of these telemedicine services highlights the availability of new models of care, bringing specialty physicians from Pittsburgh closer to home by live, audio- and video-enabled teleconferencing technology," explains Debra Pike, M.D., chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UPMC Altoona. "The patient and the expert physician in Pittsburgh can see and hear each other during the consultation, and our medical staff at UPMC Altoona can perform an exam and share their findings in real time with the Pittsburgh physician."
"We are looking forward to providing state-of-the-art fertility services directly to couples in the Altoona area who want to build a family," explained Scott Kauma, M.D., clinical director of the fertility preservation program at Magee. "The comfort and care of our patients is our top priority and the benefit of being able to remain close to family and friends cannot be underestimated for these women."