Health


Congressional report: e-cigarette makers targeting youth

The inquiry was conducted as the FDA prepares a package of rules that would place e-cigarettes under federal regulation for the first time.

about 8 hours ago


Western Pennsylvania to get taste of Tennessee-style for-profit health care

Barbecue and country music many be Tennessee’s best-known exports, but its biggest is for-profit hospital administration.

about 7 hours ago


Colorado deaths stir pot worries

Cookies, candy and other pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint.

1 day ago


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.

2 days 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.

2 days ago


Obama: Young adults push health care sign-up

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

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 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.

5 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.

5 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.

5 days ago


Health happenings

Health related events schedule for the coming week.

5 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.

6 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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



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