Health


 At Albert Schweitzer Hopital in Haiti, Marie Roline Castor Roline prepares to lead a morning education session with patients as they wait to be seen at the Deschapelles dispensary.

Haiti's Hopital Albert Schweitzer strives to be an 'engine of care'

Changes are afoot at Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti as it moves toward the long-term goal: having the hospital administered by Haitians.

about 3 hours ago


 BabyBackups, a new product created by Steve and Megan DeFrancesco, are hypoallergenic, absorbent wedge shaped pads that easily attach to any diaper brand, stopping any spillage from the diaper.

Couple create product to avert diaper disaster

Megan and Steve DeFrancesco of Franklin Park have invented “Baby Backups” product to help prevent diaper blowouts.

about 3 hours ago


 SCI-Fayette County, a state maximum security prison, is located just below the large,  fly-ash dump in LaBelle.

Groups say fly ash near state prison in Fayette County leads to health problems

A study by environmental groups finds inmate health problems at State Correctional Institution Fayette, which is next to a fly ash dump.

about 3 hours ago


Health happenings for Sept. 2, 2014

Health- and fitness-related events calendar for Sept. 2, 2014.

about 3 hours ago


Snowboarding without snow

Seven Springs instructors will bring equipment to teach snowboarding without snow to Sportsworks at the Carnegie Science Center Saturday.

about 3 hours ago


All Fat Is Bad? Not So Fast

Study finds diets with more fat and fewer carbohydrates lose more body fat.

about 3 hours ago


 Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan, 55, of Baldwin, a flu shot earlier this year at the Allegheny County Health department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Risk of bad flu season raises need for shots

Severity of the upcoming influenza season could hinge on our old acquaintance H1N1.

1 day ago


 John Davis received a bill twice from UPMC for a dermatology visit.  He was billed by the physician and by UPMC St. Margaret  even though he saw the dermatologist at the office building behind him, not at the hospital.

Hospital billing practices raise ire

John Davis scheduled a routine exam with his dermatologist. Then he received two bills — one from his physician, one from UPMC St. Margaret.

2 days ago


 Novartis India Limited’s main headquarters in Mumbai, India. A new study released Saturday shows that an experimental Novartis drug, which does not have a name, lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

Heart failure drug shows promise

The first-of-a-kind, experimental drug by Novartis lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent, a new study reports.

2 days ago


 The UPMC logo atop of the U.S. Steel Tower.

UPMC staff working in clinical areas will be required to get flu shots

Employees who decline vaccination for medical or religious reasons would be required to wear a mask within six feet of patients or staff.

3 days ago


Online list released of water wells Pennsylvania regulators found harmed by drilling

The 243 cases, from 2008 to 2014, include some where a single drilling operation impacted multiple water wells.

3 days ago


U.N.: Ebola cases could hit 20,000 in West Africa

The WHO unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

4 days ago


FDA gives 2 startups OK for smartphone heart tracking

The devices could detect serious heart conditions by mobile device readings.

4 days ago


DEP publishes official determinations of damaged water supplies related to oil and gas operations

The determination letters, made available for the first time Thursday, show 248 incidents where drilling has contaminated water supplies.

4 days ago


Parental approval key toward predicting childhood alcohol sipping, Pitt study finds

The study included 452 Allegheny County children (238 girls and 214 boys) who were either 8 or 10 years old, along with their families.

5 days ago


Study seeks to determine if there is a link between fracking, birth defects

Preliminary research has found that fracking has potential health risks for babies born near wells.

6 days ago


 Different pharmacy chains have different policies about the sale of syringes. A CVS spokesperson said that the 2009 change in regulation was for the express purpose of ensuring clean needle access, and that the company would look into the matter if a customer complained.

Missing the point: Clean needles can control the added health risks of drug users

Clean syringes are still hard to obtain from Pennsylvania pharmacies, despite state rules allowing them to be sold without prescription.

1 week ago


 This is an image of the parietal cortex of the brain, which translates what you see with your eyes. This is the type of research that will be undertaken by the BrainHub.

CMU unfolds BrainHub research effort

The University of Pittsburgh will join the “major hub for brain research across the globe” on brain circuitry, function, diseases and

6 days ago


Health happenings for August 26, 2014

Health-related events for the coming week in the Pittsburgh region.

1 week ago


 UPMC has signed a five-year advisory services agreement with Xiangya Hospital of Central South University in the Hunan Province of China.

UPMC signs advisory deal with Chinese hospital

UPMC will help the hospital establish the Xiangya International Medical Center on that campus in the Hunan Province.

1 week ago


 The American Academy of Pediatrics announced today that it is recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 a.m. or later, drawing on research that points to teenagers’ need for 8½ to 9½ hours of sleep. Students at North Hills Middle School, above, work on a computer at school in the spring.

Experts urge later start times for students in higher grades

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending middle and high schools start classes at 8:30 a.m. or later.

1 week ago


 Robert Cicco is an Allegheny Health physician who's been told he can't see his UPMC physician, but he says real problem is the system under which hospitals set their charges.

Patient worries emerge over chargemasters at Pittsburgh's regional hospitals

The chargemaster is a hospital’s master list of how much it will charge for services, including every treatment, test, scan and aspirin.

1 week ago


Policy changes may help attract young physicians

Starting Jan. 1, doctors and other clinicians can be paid for “quarterbacking” the care of chronically ill Medicare patients.

1 week ago


 Ebola victim Kent Brantly, right, hugs a member of the medical staff that treated him. He was released from Emory University Hospital on Thursday.

Ebola survivors mark ‘miraculous day’

Two American aid workers declared recovered, released from Atlanta hospital.

1 week ago


Bat with rabies found in Riverside Park

The bat is the 11th rabid animal reported to the department this year, including five bats, two cats, two raccoons and two groundhogs.

1 week ago


 Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, along with several local insurers, announced the launch of an outpatient recovery center  for pregnant women.

Magee, insurers launch recovery center for drug-addicted pregnant women

The hospital calls it the “first-of-its-kind” center in the country, and West Penn officials say a similar program is in the works there.

1 week ago


 Cecile Springer, center, a community activist, listens to a discussion about HPV vaccination during a news conference Wednesday announcing the formation of a Pittsburgh chapter of Grandmother Power.

Pittsburgh grandmothers band together, help tackle HPV prevention

An international “Grandmother Power” movement is giving grandmothers a new role as activists in local communities.

1 week ago


 In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia. Nancy Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia who were infected with the Ebola virus.

Two American Ebola patients released from Atlanta hospital

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received an experimental treatment called Zmapp, but it’s not known whether the drug helped.

1 week ago


Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

1 week ago


Bush takes ALS bucket dousing, then challenges Clinton

Former president tries to offer monetary donation, but his wife soaks him instead.

1 week ago


 Amy L. Hartman, a doctor of virology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wears the gear worn during work.

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, Pittsburgh experts say

Chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and MERS among other viral infections that are here or could arrive on the next boat or plane.

2 weeks ago


 Non-adherence to medications is often the result of skipping refills or doses due to things such as hefty costs and undesirable side effects.

Pharmacists enlisted to make sure patients stick with prescriptions

University of Pittsburgh study shows medication adherence improves health care costs and mortality rates in patients

2 weeks ago


Foundation reviews triumphs, challenges of AIDS fight

Jewish Healthcare Foundation officials say progress has been made on AIDS, but the number of patients 13-24 years old is growing.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings for August 19, 2014

Health and fitness events for the coming week.

2 weeks ago


Study: Kids' stress cited as disorders increase

Public awareness, better diagnostic tools and modern-day stress are among the factors boosting mental and behavior problems in children.

2 weeks ago


Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes

Chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents are streaming into food supply, and, in hundreds of cases, federal regulators

2 weeks ago


Drug shows promise for some baldness

The study is continuing, but so far a few participants did not regrow hair, said Columbia University Medical Center’s Julian Mackay-Wiggan.

2 weeks ago


Family that ran online medicine website indicted in federal court in Pittsburgh

The four family members were accused in a June indictment of running the website emedoutlet.com and numerous related websites from 2005

2 weeks ago


Jewish Healthcare Foundation and UPMC examine ways to help frail seniors

For some seniors, the hospital is the worst place to be. Can the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and UPMC help keep seniors in nursing homes?

2 weeks ago


Liberia expands number of Ebola treatment centers

Meanwhile, some airlines are halting flights.

2 weeks ago


Uncovering health care fraud proves elusive

Feds' system may be part of problem in finding Medicare fraud.

2 weeks ago


CDC inquiry finds scientist took shortcuts causing bird flue contamination

Samples left CDC lab and went to Agriculture Department lab, but no one was infected or fell ill.

2 weeks ago


Regional task force on drug addiction nears final report

Effort to stem opiate tide has 11 initial concepts as it sprints toward September report.

2 weeks ago


Mosquito-borne infection vaccine passes first testing

The virus called chikungunya has been spreading this summer in the southern United States, triggering high fever and malaise but is rarely

2 weeks ago


 Sid Crosby with ice bucket challenge video.

People around the country have ALS challenge down cold

Ice Bucket Challenges sweeps nation and Pittsburgh in effort to raise awareness for ALS.

2 weeks ago


Advocate, leader at hospital in Haiti to retire from board

Hopital Albert Schweitzer was founded by Ian Rawson’s mother and stepfather in 1956 to provide medical treatment to island residents.

2 weeks ago


Study questions need for many to cut salt

Another study says sodium in salt contributes to 1.65 million deaths each year.

2 weeks ago


 Actor and comedian Robin Williams

Depression: A disease that conceals hope

Robin Williams’ death is a lesson in the devastating power of depression.

2 weeks ago


WHO declares use of untested drugs for Africa's Ebola outbreak is ethical

Last of currently available U.S. supply of experimental treatment is en route to Liberia to aid two stricken doctors.

2 weeks ago


310,000 enrollees must resolve citizenship and immigration issues to keep health insurance

Federal government is sending letters to those who haven’t provided documentation because people illegally in the country can’t be covered.

2 weeks ago



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