Prosecutor presents panel to fight opiate addictions, overdoses

A group of people from the business, medical, governmental, religious and nonprofit communities will take on the opiate overdose epidemic.

about 13 hours ago

FDA warns against procedure to remove uterine growths; says it could spread hidden cancer

The procedure has long been used in laparoscopic operations to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the uterus itself.

about 14 hours ago

Obama: Young adults push health care sign-up

Thirty-five percent of the 8 million who have enrolled are under age 35.

about 15 hours ago

 A bus drives at Franklin Regional High School after the first day of school following last week's stabbing attack.

'Perfect storm' leads to acts of mass violence

To become enraged enough to try to stab multiple people requires a predisposition to harm others coupled with other factors, experts say.

1 day ago

Uninsured ranks fall faster in states with own health exchanges

Gallup reported the 21 states and the District of Columbia that fully embraced the law reported the biggest decline.

1 day ago

Doctors to rate cost effects of expensive cancer drugs

They need to communicate the medical implications of their care and, increasingly, the cost, so patients can make the best decisions.

1 day ago

Obamacare costs expected to be lower than predicted

Lower-than-expected health insurance premiums under Obamacare will help cut the long-term cost of the program 7 percent over next decade.

2 days ago

Health care costs, budget deficit projections drop

The Congressional Budget Office said health care expansion will cost more than $100 billion less than expected.

3 days ago

 Neuro Kinetics is using high speed digital photography and a software program to diagnose based on how accurately patients track  a light pattern from a "optic kinetic sphere."

Eye movement test assists in diagnosis of concussion

New tests, one based on eye movements, are giving doctors better insights into diagnosing concussions.

3 days ago

It's never too late to learn to swim

There are places for adults to learn how to swim and reduce their risk of drowning.

3 days ago

Health happenings

Health related events schedule for the coming week.

3 days ago

Burwell nod gives health law opening to GOP

They want details on how many enrollees have paid for their plans, the age composition of the enrollees and data's influence on insurers.

4 days ago

Study: Mate can often judge lover's pleasure

A study by Canadian psychologists has found that men and women are equally good at picking up on their partners' sexual satisfaction.

5 days ago

New 'face,' old Obamacare issues

Abruptly on the spot as the new face of "Obamacare," Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.

6 days ago

Health concerns remain 4 years after BP oil spill

Thousands are considering claims under a medical settlement BP reached with cleanup workers and coastal residents.

6 days ago

Agency releases Medicare payments data

Payments to Pittsburgh-area physicians "appear to be very reasonable," said one local expert.

1 week ago

State backtracking on Medicaid cuts in proposal to U.S.

Some services Pennsylvania had proposed eliminating from Medicaid coverage could be covered after all.

1 week ago

Region's hospitals, VA eye records exchange

UPMC and the VA want to link together their health records systems in order to trade patient data and improve care for veterans.

1 week ago

U.S. pork prices climbing as virus kills baby pigs

Production could decline about 7 percent this year compared with last year -- the biggest drop in more than 30 years.

1 week ago

Stay-at-home moms rise in reversal of decades-long trend

The share of mothers with children under age 18 who don't work "outside the home" rose to 29 percent in 2012.

1 week ago

Privacy concerns slow genetic tests

Many are avoiding genetic testing because of a major omission in the federal law that bars employers and insurers from seeking results.

1 week ago

 Jerome Holiday, 59, of North Side, a home remodeler, has undergone an experimental procedure at Allegheny General Hospital to repair his abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Experimental treatment repairs abdominal aortic aneurysms

A clinical trial at Allegheny General Hospital tests a procedure to fix deadly aneurysms.

1 week ago

Weekly clinic geared toward LGBTQ clients in Pittsburgh

The clinic has no age limits or income requirements; offerings include STI and HIV tests, and dance, yoga and other wellness classes.

1 week ago

Pitt professors join study of viral disease

University of Pittsburgh researchers join virologist task force to study mosquito-borne disease chikungunya that has recently spread to the

1 week ago

Health Happenings

Health events scheduled for the coming week.

1 week ago

 Gilda Radner portrays Roseanne Roseannadanna on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" while actress Jane Curtin listens. Radner died at age 42 in 1989 of ovarian cancer.

Pittsburgh's Gilda's Club leaves national group over diagnostic tool

Local Gilda's Club is changing its name and ending the relationship with its parent organization.

1 week ago

Medicare rate paid to insurers set for a slight increase

The announcement should ease concerns raised in February when it was first estimated that the agency would cut its rates by 1.9 percent.

1 week ago

Congress advances earlier release for convicts

Legislation that could result in the early release of about 34,000 prisoners has judges and probation officials intrigued and concerned.

1 week ago

Study says you might be seeing this on a 15-second delay

Researchers say our brains perform automatic visual smoothing in helping create a stable environment, despite sacrificing some accuracy.

1 week ago

New breast cancer drug shows promising results

It can help prevent advanced cases from worsening, potentially providing an important new treatment option for women.

1 week ago

Jury is still out on Obamacare success

Although 7 million people have signed up for Obamacare, challenges remain before success can be declared.

1 week ago

Police become the front line in mental illness

Across the United States, police officers find themselves playing dual roles as law enforcers and psychiatric social workers.

1 week ago

Critics rap Pa. on medical rides

Gov. Corbett’s Healthy PA plan to overhaul Medicaid means new low-income beneficiaries wouldn’t get rides to and from appointments.

1 week ago

Late Allegheny County health director’s lawsuit to proceed

A judge ruled Friday that a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the late Bruce Dixon, former county health director, is allowed.

1 week ago

N.Y. is latest state to protect against surprise doctor bills

Hospital patients in New York state gain legal protection against unexpected bills from doctors who won't accept their insurance.

1 week ago

Families of five Legionnaires' victims settle civil claims

The attorneys and the families declined to reveal the amount of any of the settlements, and they were not yet filed in court.

1 week ago

Mental health overhaul draws heated discussion

Sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, the bill would allow providers more flexibility to communicate with family and caregivers.

2 weeks ago

FDA approves easy-to-use heroin overdose antidote

The FDA Thursday approved an easy-to-use device that automatically injects the right dose of an overdose antidote.

2 weeks ago

GOP proposal would regulate 'navigators' of federal health law

A GOP proposal to regulate workers who help customers learn about insurance plans appears to have traction in a Senate committee.

2 weeks ago

 Emily Fustos of Hampton developed her hearing with cochlear implants.

Local deaf woman to share implant success story

A Hampton woman, the region's youngest to get a cochlear implant, will speak at a Children's Hospital Hearing Center fundraising event.

2 weeks ago

 This X-ray taken of James Valentine, 21, shows the chainsaw and chain still embedded in his neck following an accident he had while trimming trees Monday at a residence on Perry Highway in Ross. The chainsaw lodged nearly 2 inches into his neck and just missed the carotid artery.

Ross chainsaw victim called ‘lucky’ and ‘blessed’

The Cumberland, Md., man, 21, gave details about getting a chainsaw impaled in his neck while felling a pine tree in Ross.

2 weeks ago

Congress OKs funds for resident doctors at pediatric hospitals

The program provides funding to 54 children's hospitals, including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

2 weeks ago

Obamacare exceeds sign-up goal

President Barack Obama hailed the tally topping 7 million, saying it "has made our health care system a lot better."

2 weeks ago

Obesity surgery found to be hope for diabetics

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission.

2 weeks ago

115 students report norovirus symptoms at Pitt-Johnstown

The university president says the number of students affected may grow.

2 weeks ago

Health events for week of March 31

Fundraisers, screenings, lectures and fitness classes are on tap.

2 weeks ago

A primer on sugar

Description of sugars in the American diet:

2 weeks ago

 Various size cups and sugar cubes representing the amount of sugar in the drinks are displayed at a 2012 news conference in New York City about then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city.

Experts: Excess sugar consumption leads to a host of diseases

Research is showing that consumption of large amounts of high fructose corn syrup is leading to all sorts of health issues in people.

2 weeks ago

Program maps patterns of asthma varieties

Computer analysis by Pittsburgh researchers identifies types of asthma that could lead to targeted treatment.

2 weeks ago

For families, dyslexia conference provides a gateway to new resources

The Pittsburgh Dyslexia Today 2014 Conference will be held Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Green Tree.

2 weeks ago


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