Health


Post-Gazette reporter to discuss Poor Health series at noon

A repeat of the show will repeat at 8 tonight.

about 10 hours ago


 Physician Jeannette South-Paul speaks with patient Myrtis Henderson at the Matilda Theiss Health Center in the Hill District. Dr. South-Paul, a professor of family medicine, helped expand the clinic in 2002.

PG special report: Access to specialty health care out of reach for many in region

Proposed solutions, like affiliations between health centers, networks, ensure uninsured and under-insured don’t fall through the cracks.

about 20 hours ago


Death in Nigeria shows Ebola can spread by air travel

A Liberian government consultant arrived Tuesday in Lagos and died Friday.

1 day ago


Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia.

1 day ago


 Physical Therapist Lucas Theys checks Brian Archer's shoulder. Mr. Archer said it would be difficult for him to make his appointments if it were not for the free transportation provided by the Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation.

Transportation services ease burdens in seeking care

Primary Health clinic offers a van service to patients who can’t afford transportation to appointments.

1 day ago


 Carrying the patient files of every person they'd seen that day, Dr. Bill Markle and his wife, RN Mary Markle, leave the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport on June 5, 2014.  The pair always review each file once again upon arriving home.

Despite Affordable Care Act, McKeesport free clinic still in demand

Patient needs are great at the all-volunteer 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

1 day ago


 Nathan Hite, a former McKeesport firefighter experiencing shoulder and hip pain, steps outside while waiting to be seen at the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

Poor Health: A frayed safety net

As hospitals close, patients and health advocates say the region's poor have been left behind.

1 day ago


 Wilford Payne.

Why Wilford Payne is known as the Johnny Appleseed of local health centers

Wilford Payne has long advocated for health care for underserved populations.

1 day ago


 Demonstrators with Save Our Community Hospitals staged a memorial service outside the partially demolished UPMC Braddock Hospital in March 2011. The medical giant shuttered the facility despite widespread community protest.

A tale of two hospital closures: Braddock and East Cleveland

UPMC shut down Braddock hospital in 2010; Cleveland Clinic shuttered Huron Hospital in 2011. The results in each community have not been

1 day ago


 Attorney Jonathan Schochor walks into his office in Baltimore in an undated photo. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women’s bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21. 2014. “All of these women were brutalized by this,” said the women’s lead attorney, Jonathan Schochor. “Some of these women needed counseling, they were sleepless, they were dysfunctional in the workplace, they were dysfunctional at home, they were dysfunctional with their mates. (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Pelvic-picture victims must share trauma to win compensation

Settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System requires patients photographed during exams to describe the damage they’ve suffered.

2 days ago


 Mike Harris, left, and Alden Galvin, employees of PwC Pittsburgh, jumped into the Allegheny River on Friday to raise money for Against Malaria Foundation. This is the seventh year the company took part in the event. It raised about $8,000 this year.

Accountants take plunge to raise funds for the Against Malaria Foundation

PwC Pittsburgh has participated in the event, called “Swim for Malaria,” for seven years now, and raised roughly $8,000 for the foundation.

2 days ago


Some ACA enrollees found varying subsidy amounts

Feds say those who experienced subsidy disparities likely erred in entering personal data.

4 days ago


Lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

Michael Farrell had been reassigned last month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed safety breaches.

4 days ago


Doctors urge caution after critical report on Pradaxa

Amid a dispute over research, doctors are urging conservative use of the blood-thinner Pradaxa.

4 days ago


Doctors warned about spreading cancer during hysterectomies

A device used to cut uterine tissue or remove fibroid tumors may harm women if it slices undetected tumors, which spreads cancer cells.

5 days ago


More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

5 days ago


2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

5 days ago


Allegheny County issues tick warning after seeing increase in Lyme disease cases

Lyme disease can usually be treated with antibiotics if it is caught early, Health Director Karen Hacker said.

6 days ago


Retaliation at VA bared

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight cited complaints from medical professionals coast to coast.

6 days ago


 This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million in hidden camera scandal

Ni­kita Levy was fired af­ter 25 years with the Johns Hop­kins Health System in Bal­ti­more in Feb­ru­ary 2013.

6 days ago


 Illustration by Daniel Marsula

Hospitals hope relaxed labor guidelines can reduce nation's rate of cesarean births

“Evidence now shows labor actually progresses slower than we thought in the past, so many women might just need a little more time.”

6 days ago


Health happenings for July 22, 2014

A calendar of health and fitness events for the coming week.

6 days ago


Eye color linked to pain tolerance in pilot study at Pitt

New research at the University of Pittsburgh uncovers a possible link between eye color and responses to pain.

6 days ago


Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, a study found.

1 week ago


Few check doctors' vitals before letting them check theirs

Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren’t sure how to uncover more.

1 week ago


Jury awards $23.6 billion in Reynolds smoking case

In 2006, Cynthia Robinson, sued R.J. Reyonolds Co., the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr., had

1 week ago


Study questions therapy for early prostate cancer

A large new analysis has concluded that so-called androgen deprivation therapy does not extend the lives of these patients.

1 week ago


Helping the mentally ill join the workforce

Under the ACA, states can apply to use Medicaid funds to employ the mentally ill, under the theory steady employment is a form of treatment.

1 week ago


Workzone: Are heavier employees more likely to be passed over for jobs?

Heavier em­ploy­ees are more likely to lose their jobs or be passed over for po­si­tions than their thin­ner coun­ter­parts.

1 week ago


Midwife Center gets grant to expand facilities

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women‘‍s Health expects to expand from 400 births a year to more than 500 when the expansion is finished.

1 week ago


MRSA case confirmed at Northgate Junior-Senior High School

A third-party specialty cleaning and decontamination crew will begin work on the building Friday or Monday.

1 week ago


 Chloe Kondrich, 11, plays with her brother Nolan, 15, in their family’s living room as their father, Kurt, watches.

New Down syndrome law ensures moms-to-be greater access to available help

New state law will require health care providers to give information and support to women given prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

1 week ago


Pitt researchers link cystic fibrosis and form of pancreatitis

Pitt study says different variations of gene that causes cystic fibrosis cause chronic pancreatitis among other health problems.

1 week ago


2 studies tell doctors that niacin is too risky for routine use

A drug that many take for cholesterol problems is shown to have more adverse side effects beyond flushing.

1 week ago


Patients moved after Legionella detected in UPMC Presbyterian hospital

No cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported, but the patients were relocated "out of an abundance of caution," the hospital said.

1 week ago


 Courtney Keister of Wilmington, Del., works her way down the side of the Westin Convention Center as she begins rappelling as a participant in the Shatterproof challenge.

Pittsburgh rappellers descend to raise addiction issue

More than 80 people rappelled down the Westin Convention Center on Tuesday as part of a fundraising event targeting addiction.

1 week ago


Nickel allergy has some itching to use their iPads

Nickel used in a San Diego boy‘‍s iPad caused a serious allergic rash, according to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

1 week ago


Health happenings

Health events calendar for July 15, 2014

2 weeks ago


 Indu Poornima, Allegheny General Hospital medical director of nuclear cardiology and director of the Women’s Heart Center.

Risk depends on characteristics of lipoproteins in the blood

The old method of using total cholesterol and the ratio of LDL to HDL no longer is sufficient to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease.

2 weeks ago


 Pitt professor Samar El Khoudary led a study showing how menopause can lead to high cholesterol in women.

Women and cholesterol: Study sees link with menopausal changes

Pitt study says association between sex hormone and cholesterol may help explain menopause role in cardiovascular disease.

2 weeks ago


 Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, holds  a collector , from the Burkard Spore Trap, that collects pollen for a 48 hour period, on the roof at Allegheny General Hospital.

Under-the-tongue tablets trick the immune system to fight allergies

New allergy drugs -- especially sublingual tablets marketed as Ragwitek, Grastek and Oralair -- are slowly changing the treatment landscape.

1 week ago


Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

State officials work with doctors to establish guidelines for painkiller prescriptions.

2 weeks ago


 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

2 weeks ago


No practicing on patients: New doctors get boot camp

Medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for new interns.

2 weeks ago


Health care law cut uninsured adults by as much as 11 million

Vast majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their medical plans.

2 weeks ago


Hopes for AIDS cure are setback

Mississippi baby thought to have been cured by aggressive drug treatment shows signs of infection.

2 weeks ago


 Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy, left, officer Jim Kazmierczak, center, and Munhall officer James Williams participate in a Project Lifesaver training session Thursday afternoon.

Police in Allegheny County get tracking tool for missing persons

Project Lifesaver is spearheading an effort to prevent individuals with disabilities from wandering away or becoming lost.

2 weeks ago


 Lauren Allenberg and her daughter, Ava, 5, play together on the bed in the little girl’s room in their new house in Green Tree. Ava suffered brain trauma when she was born, and Ms. Allenberg recently won a settlement that allowed her to purchase the home including a separate bedroom for her daughter, hardwood floors to allow Ava to move in her wheelchair and an ADA-approved bathroom.

Achieva Family Trust helps families finance care for disabled

The Achieva Family Trust helps individuals with disabilities close the gap in funding for their medical services and other expenses.

2 weeks ago


Business struggling on health insurance

Employers are making decisions now about which health plans to offer their workers in 2015.

2 weeks ago


 "Violet," the latest of UPMC's collection of disinfecting robots which uses ultraviolet light to sanitize a hospital's operating and patient rooms, is demonstrated at UPMC Passasvant.

Violet the robot attacks germs at UPMC Passavant

The robot, manufactured by Xenex, is being tested to see if its use can reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections.

2 weeks ago



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