Health


Study finds that surgery can lower disability in stroke patients

The study is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and confirms that endovascular surgery works.

about 13 hours ago


 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's order, issued Wednesday, calls for a government response by Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Pittsburgh, Erie dioceses birth control opt-out win

The order follows an appeals court ruling that had ruled the government could enforce the mandates in the Roman Catholic dioceses.

about 13 hours ago


 Allegheny General Hospital is among 26 transplant centers that was involved in what is described as the nation’s largest kidney chain -- 34 people donated kidneys and 34 received them over a two-month period beginning in January.

Pittsburgh hospital plays role in 68-person kidney chain

The nation’s largest kidney transplant exchange involved two patients who received organs and two who donated them at AGH.

2 days ago


Type 2 diabetes with depression boosts risk of dementia

A UPMC professor publishes commentary in JAMA Psychiatry study showing that type 2 diabetes and depression raise the risk of dementia.

2 days ago


Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

Inspectors found the VA manipulated data, mishandled mail and caused veterans to wait an average of 10 months to resolve claims.

2 days ago


 Trudy Cohn, an AARP volunteer, works Tuesday with Carranza Knight of Penn Hills to complete his tax return at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill.

Feeling stressed on tax day? Experts say it's unavoidable for late filers

A recent study found that tax day saw a 6 percent increase in fatal car accidents, possibly linked to the stress of the impending deadline.

3 days ago


Study shows heightened risk of dementia for those with both diabetes, depression

The study involved 2.5 million Danes who were 50 years old and older, all followed over the course of years.

3 days ago


Asbury Health Center settles Medicare certifications dispute

Authorities said Asbury Health Center submitted Medicare payments that weren't supported by physician certifications.

3 days ago


Leaders push Medicare bill toward final congressional approval

It was a rare bipartisan push to erase an irritant that has dogged lawmakers for years.

3 days ago


 Poet Valerie Bacharach holds a weekly poetry writing session for recovering addicts.

Sharing the power of poetry to women recovering from addiction

A weekly writing workshop gives recovering addicts some space, says teacher Valerie Bacharach.

4 days ago


 Barb Baird of Bridgeville sits with an IV in her arm for her 4th of 5 treatments of Lemtrada, a new drug used for patients with multiple sclerosis at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.

New MS drug shows promise for those with aggressive disease

Lentrada, a drug that offers new hope for MS patients, is being used in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Healthy System.

4 days ago


 Runners at the starting line of the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon. Part of the sticker shock of rising entry fees can be blamed on market demand.

Marathon entry fees can be a challenge

Road races have never been more popular in the U.S., and people are more than willing to dig deep in their pockets to pay for them.

4 days ago


Health happenings: List of health- and fitness-related events in Pittsburgh

Listing of health- and fitness-related events for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

4 days ago


Pa. slaughterhouse recalls 1,800 pounds of veal sold for Orthodox Easter

The U.S. Agriculture Department says Leader Slaughterhouse in Imler produced the veal carcasses Friday outside of inspection hours.

4 days ago


 “The concern right now, in my opinion, is that we don’t have enough providers to meet the current need,” Dr. Neil Capretto said.

Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the number of mental health professionals, but it is losing more of them than most states to retirement.

5 days ago


 One of two billboards that is part of Highmark's new advertising campaign.

Highmark Health: New ad campaign aims to change the conversation

After years of rancorous fighting with rival UPMC, new marketing effort meant to be more positive.

4 days ago


 New York Jets wide receiver, Brandon Marshall

NFL player Brandon Marshall speaks out on tackling stigma of mental illness

The Pittsburgh native has become a high-profile advocate for mental health care and uses football as his platform.

6 days ago


Calif. looks to Pacific to create drinking water

A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November.

6 days ago


 Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette -  4-1-15 - Oakland -   local - Hopey -   Samir Lakhani, a senior environmental studies major at the University of Pittsburgh has partnered with hotels in south-east Asia to recycle soap. The soap is recycled and made into a liquid soap given to the people in Cambodia.

Saving Cambodian lives with slivers of hotel soap

Nonprofit started by a Pitt student helps rural Cambodians combat disease through handwashing and better hygiene

6 days ago


 Katie and Dalton Prager

Couple with cystic fibrosis learn a hard lesson in health care

Most recently, Katie and Dalton Prager learned the hard lessons of health care economics.

1 week ago


$5.7 million verdict awarded in lawsuit against UPMC

Gregg M. Kander of Squirrel Hill claimed his wife, Ellen, never received followup to a liver lesion and later died of liver cancer.

1 week ago


Bacteria changed care for cystic fibrosis patients

Cepacia struck the cystic fibrosis community and spread quickly, with some hospitals having infection rates of more than 20 percent.

1 week ago


Carnegie prize winner pursues new discoveries

A pioneer in brain studies gets an honor from Carnegie Mellon University.

1 week ago


FDA panel opposes dropping warnings from tobacco pouch

Swedish Match has asked the Food and Drug Administration for permission to remove or revise several warning labels on the snus.

1 week ago


Pa. appeals court upholds $120 million tobacco ruling in favor of state

In October 2013, an arbitration panel slashed about 54 percent of approximately $335 million earmarked for Pennsylvania.

1 week ago


Race for Grace event to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research

The eighth annual event, in memory of 5-year-old Grace Ekis, will include a host of activities Saturday at Norwin High School.

1 week ago


 Michelle R. Langhorst

Recent Pittsburgh suicide brings to light issues tormenting female veterans

Many questions remain after a former Army staff sergeant took her life March 30 outside a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital.

1 week ago


Obama says climate change is harming Americans’ health

President Barack Obama said the government and businesses will cooperate to better deal with the negative health effects of climate change.

1 week ago


 Lewis Kuller, professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report "fallacious."

Scientists debate impact of removing dietary guidelines for cholesterol

The 2015 Dietary Guideline that recommends remove consumption guidelines for dietary cholesterol stirs debate and calls for clarification.

1 week ago


 Dr. Jonas Salk at work in Pittsburgh's Municipal Hospital laboratory on April 18, 1955.

Sixty years later, recalling the Jonas Salk polio 'miracle'

A documentary on the vaccine’s discovery at University of Pittsburgh, “A Shot Felt ’Round the World,” will be shown on campus Sunday.

1 week ago


 Wiz Khalilfa has had his own strain of pot for sale since last summer at a California dispensary.

Wiz Khalifa and other celebrities to market own brands of legalized marijuana

Reefer is big business. In Colorado alone last year, retailers sold $700 million of marijuana, according to The Washington Post.

1 week ago


 The University of Pittsburgh study, published online Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found nearly equal success between physical therapy and decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition that commonly occurs as people age.

Physical therapy offers success for pain in spine, too, Pitt study says

The research found nearly equal success between physical therapy and decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.

1 week ago


 Dee Barker holds a version of the soon-to-be-released new weight-loss app she designed, called the Better Body Image.

Weight loss app may portray the changes to come

Personal training expert creates Better Body Image app to motivate people on a weight-loss regimen.

1 week ago


Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig get best marks in diet review

But many other plans just haven’t been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

1 week ago


 UPMC occupational therapist Andrea Griffith adjusts a walking cane for 19-year-old Javier Ojeda of Imperial at his room at UPMC Montefiore in Oakland on Friday. Javier was discharged yesterday after a month of hospitalization due to a brain malformation.

Back from the brink

Javier Ojeda walked out of UPMC Saturday in time for Easter, three weeks after brain surgery for a latent malformation.

1 week ago


 A spokesman for Corizon Health., the Tennessee-based firm that took over the Allegheny County jail infirmary in 2013, said in a statement, in part: “We are confident in the care we provide."

Partnership forming to seek Allegheny County jail health care solutions

County manager William McKain has talked of fostering  “conversations about improving the delivery of medical services” at the jail.

2 weeks ago


Battle of the Bulge vet sues VA over Legionnaires’ outbreak

This latest lawsuit is one of at least a dozen filed against the Veterans Affairs over the outbreak.

2 weeks ago


Prosecutors seek congressional probe of supplement industry

The request follows Pittsburgh-based GNC’s new procedures, unveiled this week.

2 weeks ago


Novel therapy could help babies regrow defective heart tissue

The study was published today by researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and other medical institutions.

2 weeks ago


 Food workers will no longer be allowed to handle ready-to-eat foods with their bare hands. Instead, they’ll be required to use utensils, single-use gloves or dispensing equipment.

Health Department softens safety standards for Allegheny County eateries

The revisions were mandated by the state so that restaurant inspections in the county conform to state and federal food codes.

2 weeks ago


Veteran commits suicide in VA parking lot

A female veteran shot herself in the parking lot of the H.J. Heinz campus in Aspinwall Monday afternoon.

2 weeks ago


Obama’s climate change strategy, part of global deal in Paris, is revealed

President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered a plan to cut greenhouse gases in the nation by about one-third in the next 10 years.

2 weeks ago


 Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers is helping a Penn State biologist raise research funds by producing a video about how the coach witnessed the decline and death of his father from Alzheimer's disease.

Penn State coach lends help to professor pursuing brain-repair research

Basketball coach Patrick Chambers is working with PSU biologist Gong Chen, whose research focuses on restoring brain cells and function.

2 weeks ago


Report finds many Alzheimer's patients not told of diagnosis

Only 45 percent said they were told they had the disease, although some experts believe physicians are afraid to cause emotional stress.

2 weeks ago


 RaceDots are a simple and effective alternative to safety pins for runners' race bibs.

Here are four gadgets aimed to make running easier

To help calm those marathon jitters, we took a look at four cool accessories to help you cross the finish line.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings in Pittsburgh

A listing of health- and fitness-related events for the week starting March 31, 2015.

2 weeks ago


North Park to hold boot camp for women only

Classes to promote weight loss and muscle toning in women will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks.

2 weeks ago


 Pan-Seared Halibut with Red Curry is packed with protein.

Marathon Ready: Pan-Seared Halibut with Red Curry

This recipe for halibut is a spicy fish dish that’s packed with protein.

2 weeks ago


 Experts say that GNC's announcement that it will undertake new tseting procedures marks an initial but significant step forward for the $33 billion-a-year supplement industry, which is loosely regulated and plagued by accusations of adulteration and mislabeling.

GNC to add stricter testing of dietary pills

The N.Y. attorney general accused Pittsburgh-based GNC and three other major retailers of selling supplements that could pose health risks.

2 weeks ago


 The meditation room at Nemacolin Woodland's Holistic Healing Center.

A look inside Nemacolin's Holistic Healing Center

Nemacolin Woodlands is celebrating the first anniversary of its Holistic Healing Center and the end of the resort’s $30 million renovation.

2 weeks ago



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