Terri Thieret, holding the family cat Nutmeg, spent three months in the hospital after contracting a severe case of H1N1 flu last winter.

Dramatic treatment saves nurse's life from H1N1 flu

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Terri Thieret spent nine months recovering from the flu, aided by ECMO and a medically induced coma.

about 19 hours ago

New Castle-based Jameson Health System to become part of UPMC

As part of the deal, UPMC will invest $70 million to develop services at Jameson’s 25 facilities.

about 10 hours ago

 Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan speaks today at a news conference in Blooming Grove. Commissioner Noonan identified Eric Matthew Frein, 31,  as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.

Pa. State Police name suspect in barracks ambush that killed trooper

Commissioner Frank Noonan identified the suspect as 31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein of Canadensis.

about 2 hours ago

 West Penn Hospital is now offering low-dose computer tomography screening for free.

Screening may detect lung cancer in its earliest stages

West Penn Hospital is offering free lung cancer screening to long-term smokers as part of a pilot study on its life-saving effects.

about 19 hours ago

Pennsylvania bill would allow teachers, school staff to bring guns to work

The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students.

about 8 hours ago

Post-Gazette sues state to change email practice

The newspaper wants the state to preserve emails for at least two years instead of the current practice of destroying them after five days.

about 19 hours ago

 Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will prohibit its employees from using tobacco products of any kind during work shifts effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Pittsburgh Mercy toughens stance on workers' tobacco use

Officials say the policy is meant to improve employees’ health rather than exact punishment.

about 19 hours ago

Pennsylvania to lend itself up to $1.5 billion because of low cash flow

Legislative Democrats say the borrowing is a bad sign for the state’s fiscal health.

about 19 hours ago

 Traffic snakes through a construction zone on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills. A Connecticut construction company was ordered Monday to pay $15.8 million in damages to the family of a Finleyville woman injured in a Route 51 crash five years ago.

Jury awards $15.8 million to work-zone crash victim from Finleyville

Brenda Gump-Schragl was on her way to her daughter’s wedding-rehearsal dinner when the crash occurred on Route 51 in Pleasant Hills.

about 19 hours ago

 Brittany Brown, left, a rehab aide at UPMC Sports Medicine who was in a recent bicycle accident, is examined by Anne Mucha, clinical coordinator of vestibular therapy for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The test is for visual motion sensitivity.

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a new test for diagnosing concussions called vestibular/ocular motor screening.

about 19 hours ago

 Janet Bungard, 64, sits next to her Cardiomems in her home in Harrison. The machine works with an implanted censor in her pulmonary artery to manage heart failure by monitoring the buildup of fluid in her lungs.

Implanted sensor helps heart failure patient manage serious condition

Allegheny Health Network is part of a new clinical trial investigating if remote monitoring of heart failure can cut hospitalizations.

about 19 hours ago

 Dr. Joel Nelson, head of prostate-urology at UPMC, joined Drs. Jian-Hua Luo and George Michalopoulos as principal investigators in a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study that has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

Pitt study identifies gene mutations that signal aggressive form of prostate cancer.

about 19 hours ago

Health happenings for September 16. 2014

A list of health- and fitness-related events for the coming week.

about 19 hours ago

Pennsylvania House Republicans seek new limits on spending for debt projects

They are trying to limit the state’s capital debt spending, and said Harrisburg now has a “blank check” when it comes to big projects.

about 19 hours ago

 Hank Kuzma, 2009

Obituary: Henry J. Kuzma / He coached storied 1965 Midland basketball team

His 1965 team, considered one of the greatest in Western Pennsylvania history, contained future pros Simmie Hill and Norm Van Lier.

about 19 hours ago

Obituary: Paul M. Bernstein / Psychologist and counselor who loved his profession

Mr. Bernstein for many years maintained a private psychology practice Downtown, moving it to Aspinwall in more recent years.

about 19 hours ago

Enrollment losses drive Cal U to lay off 16

The university will leave another 14 vacant positions unfilled.

about 4 hours ago

 Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday in Aberdeen, Scotland. He issued a warning that Thursday’s referendum is a “once and for all” decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union.

Patriotism could play large role in Scottish referendum

Scots living in Scotland will go to the polls Thursday to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

about 19 hours ago

 A view from the first floor of the Paramount Film Exchange.

Diana Nelson Jones' Walkabout: Paramount building’s sequel is a new start Uptown

The sturdy building, where theater owners saw previews of films, was vacant for years. Saved and restored, it’s filled with new businesses.

about 19 hours ago

Kerry wooing Iran on Mideast

Iran wants no part of any anti-Islamic State coalition that won’t have it as a charter member.

about 19 hours ago

700 feared dead at sea migrating from crises

Two loaded boats wrecked in past week, killing 700 people trying to flee Africa for Europe.

about 19 hours ago

GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM’s compensation chief confirms 19 wrongful death claims in faulty ignition switch cases are eligible for payments.

about 19 hours ago

 President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Medals of Honor given to two Vietnam-era soldiers, one posthumously. An act of Congress was needed to honor them both so belatedly.

about 19 hours ago

No D.C. gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Two liberal causes that have moved forward during President Barack Obama’s tenure are gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

about 19 hours ago

Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

about 19 hours ago

 Mexican soldiers Monday try to stop people from looting a convenience store, which was destroyed by Hurricane Odile in Los Cabos, Mexico.

Hurricane Odile slams Mexico peninsula

Baja California in Mexico is hit hard by a Category 3 hurricane, leaving behind disaster zones and crumbled resorts.

about 19 hours ago

Tiny Qatar plays outsize role in U.S. war strategy

Qatar has pivotal role in struggle against global terrorists.

about 19 hours ago

National briefs: Bond firm agrees to Detroit deal

Plus: ’Net neutrality’ comments; 3 states pass on food aid; Georgia minority voting push; shooting range death

about 19 hours ago

World briefs: Shells mar Ukraine’s cease-fire

Plus: Death sentences upheld; Dissident writer arrested; Plan to save Barrier Reef; Air France flights canceled.

about 19 hours ago

Teachers, parents applaud Pittsburgh’s decision to cut back on K-5 student testing

Pittsburgh Public Schools announced it is reducing the amount of time students in K-5 spend taking required tests this school year.

1 day ago

 Scotland is close to Queen Elizabeth’s heart. Her mother was Scottish, and she spent much of her childhood there. Her late sister Margaret was born there.

Queen Elizabeth urges Scots to 'think very carefully about the future'

Queen Elizabeth II has broken her silence over the Scottish independence vote Thursday, which would divide the kingdom.

1 day ago

Is pension overhaul languishing in state Legislature?

Harrisburg lawmakers are expected to take up several bills during their month-long stint before the election.

1 day ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett, other Republican governors oppose proposed greenhouse gas controls

The standards proposed would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels and set individual goals for states.

1 day ago

Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Roger Goodell, lend me your ear

Roger,  I’m writing out of concern for the image and future of a league without which it would be hard to imagine life in Pittsburgh.

1 day ago

Seven Catholic high schools in Pittsburgh Diocese make national honor roll

There were 71 schools from 26 states who were named a School of Excellence.

1 day ago

 Betty Ann Loresch in the 1940s as a fashion model.

Obituary: Betty Ann Loresch / Chair of Allegheny Valley Bank, former model, supporter of Lawrenceville

Betty Ann Loresch gracefully broke glass ceilings at community bank.

1 day ago

 Allegheny County Council member Sue Means at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

Allegheny County Councilwoman Means asks the tough questions

Republican Allegheny County Councilwoman Sue Means of Bethel Park asks tough questions and pushes conservative issues with modest success.

1 day ago

 A cyclist travels the new two-way bike lanes along Panther Hollow Road crossing into Schenley Park in Oakland.

Pittsburgh cyclists concerned about redesign of Schenley Drive in Oakland

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is in the process of redesigning the road through Schenley Park, part of a program to reduce storm runoff.

1 day ago

 Democratic candidate for governor Tom Wolf, left, talks with Greg Taranto, center, principal at Canonsburg Middle School, and seventh-grade social studies teacher Robert Stone.

Wolf again hits Corbett on education funding

During a campaign stop, Democrat Tom Wolf said he wants a severance tax on natural gas drilling to fund schools  if he becomes governor.

about 20 hours ago

Obituary: Alan Van Dine / Advertising executive known for his wit

Alan Van Dine was a highly regarded advertising executive and beloved humorist.

1 day ago

 Kristin Saunders, Pittsburgh's new bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.

Pittsburgh’s new bike and pedestrian coordinator ready to roll

Kristin Saunders, 30, joins city government from an architecture firm in San Francisco, where she worked on public space design.

1 day ago

 A Pennsylvania State Trooper walks into a wooded area Sunday across the street from the Blooming Grove barracks. Cpl. Byron Dickson was killed in a Friday night attack.

Police to release 'pertinent' information on hunt for gunman who killed Pennsylvania trooper

Authorities said the gunman might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.

about 8 hours ago

 Rolls of toilet paper printed with a portrait of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin stand for sale at a vendor's stall Sunday in Lviv, Ukraine. Sporadic fighting is continuing in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian army. Many people in Ukraine doubt the current cease-fire overtures will lead to an end to the war and blame Mr. Putin for stoking the violence.

Ukraine fighting prompts U.S., Russia to meet as field training exercises begin

Pro-Russian rebels continued to clash with Ukraine troops in several locations including the Donetsk airport.

1 day ago

 A still image taken from a purported Islamic State video released on Saturday of British captive David Haines before he is beheaded. Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Haines. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, in the past month. Mr. Haines, a 44-year-old father of two from Perth in Scotland, was kidnapped last year while working for the French agency ACTED.

Coalition aims to target Islamic State in airstrikes

While no Arab states have publicly committed to military action, several told the U.S. privately they are willing to join in airstrikes.

1 day ago

 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

1 day ago

Scotland independence vote leaves response to beheading in limbo

British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Sunday to take “whatever steps are necessary” to confront the Islamic State.

1 day ago

States collaborate to track students into workforce

Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

1 day ago

Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

1 day ago

Health law has caveat on renewal of care coverage

Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed.

1 day ago

Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

1 day ago


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