“They knew I wanted to do this,” said Andy Pugh, who returned from Sierra Leone on Dec. 15.

Squirrel Hill aid worker helped manage Ebola response in Sierra Leone

Andy Pugh managed a child protection program and then an Ebola treatment center.

1 day ago

 Tom Frieden, far left, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies at an October hearing, which examined the government’s response to contain Ebola, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Ebola exposure feared in mistake at CDC lab

The error occurred Monday when a high-security lab in Atlanta sent samples that should have been inactivated to another CDC laboratory.

2 days ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Binding arbitration for UPMC, Highmark

The UPMC-Highmark in-network contract expires Dec. 31.

2 days ago

FDA lifting lifetime ban on gay blood donors

The Food and Drug Adminstration is advocating that the prohibition apply only to those sexually active within the last year.

3 days ago

 Mary Teister, 72, would like to keep her landline phone. Her husband needs it for his pacemaker, and she says she always knows where her phone is in an emergency.

Phone companies would like to cut your landline cord for you

If you haven’t cut the cord on your landline phone service, pretty soon you may not have a choice.

3 days ago

 Trevor Orchard, third from right, and Laurien Sibomana, far right, in Rwanda.

Pitt diabetes researcher helps African children control Type 1 diabetes

Trevor Orchard of the University of Pittsburgh has helped Rwandan children control their Type 1 diabetes for the past decade.

4 days ago

Researcher forms nonprofit for HIV work

A Pittsburgh researcher is forming a nonprofit to work toward an HIV treatment using ATP combined with antiretroviral medications.

4 days ago

 Registered nurse Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan of Baldwin a flu shot in January at the Allegheny County Health Department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Doctors expect severe flu season in Pennsylvania

Allegheny County has recorded 838 confirmed flu cases as of Dec. 20; last year at this time, the county had about 200 confirmed flu cases.

4 days ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Mon-Vale Health Resources is sponsoring a Breastfeeding Class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in its Mon-Vale HealthPLEX in Rostraver.

4 days ago

 George Lewarchik, 3, of Ohio Township holds a candle during a Downtown memorial for the homeless Sunday.

Homeless who died on streets memorialized

Plaques for six who succumbed in 2014 are added to a memorial wall in Downtown containing more than 100.

5 days ago

Penguins notebook: Three more players hit with mumps-like symptoms

Medical crisis continues with Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss joining long list of out of lineup for injuries or mumps.

4 days ago

 In this video screenshot, Jack Gallagher, 13, sits with NBA star Chris Paul in the Los Angeles Clippers’ locker room in Detroit. Mr. Paul’s game shoes bear the initials of Jack’s late mother, Lisa.

NBA star Chris Paul sees video plea, helps ease Erie teen's grief over mom’s death

Jack Gallagher, a 13-year-old from Erie, Pa., caught the attention of his NBA ’hero’ with a homemade video.

5 days ago

 Dr. Robert Arnold, palliative care specialist at UPMC, consults with Dr. Jordan Keen, a palliative care fellow, while treating patient Jim Salathe III, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

'We're not talking about dying': The human touch of palliative care

Over decades, Dr. Robert Arnold has pioneered ways to deliver the right medicine for the very sick, emphasizing comfort and communication.

6 days ago

 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

1 week ago

 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

1 week ago

 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

1 week ago

New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.

1 week ago

Former execs indicted on charges related to chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va.

An indictment unsealed today charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell.

1 week ago

 Above, fMRI images show brain activity in a subject without autism, left, and a subject with autism, right, when both individuals thought about the word and the concept of "hug." The circled area at left defines the area reflecting the "self" factor in neurotypical people. In the person with autism, no activity in that area appears. The results were found common in each group and were similar with the other social-interaction verbs.

Autism markers found in CMU study of brain activity

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they have found a way to diagnose autism through brain imaging and machine learning techniques.

1 week ago

 Justin Lamb, 28, of Tarentum, died in October after two months in the custody at Allegheny County Jail.

Allegheny County Jail deaths remain above normal

Despite a new medical provider, Corizon, at Allegheny County Jail, six inmates have died in custody this year.

1 week ago

 Sidney Crosby at Consol Energy Center.

Mumps outbreak hitting Crosby confuses experts

Why Sidney Crosby, who had a recent vaccination, contracted the almost-eradicated disease? Doctors say it’s hard to explain.

1 week ago

 Allegheny County Jail as seen from Duquesne University campus.

Inmates complain about lack of medical care at Allegheny County Jail

One inmate says jail medical staff delayed testing a chest mass for weeks while another said a nurse performed surgery to remove wrist pins.

1 week ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society is hosting a Handbag Blowout sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

1 week ago

Health care services gap narrows between whites and African-Americans

While the gap in quality health care is shrinking, differences in health outcomes between whites and African-Americans persist.

1 week ago

 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has said he hopes to dismantle Healthy PA in favor of a more straightforward expansion of Medicaid.

Thousands of applications received for Healthy PA program

Enrollment opened Dec. 1, and about 600,000 Pennsylvanians are estimated to be eligible for coverage.

1 week ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark in view with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC, Downtown.

UPMC to launch outreach campaign targeting Highmark customers

On Thursday, UPMC will start a new retention program to encourage people with Highmark insurance to continue using UPMC care.

1 week ago

 The Highmark and UPMC headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh.

State sets up website to help consumers navigate Highmark-UPMC split is designed to help consumers understand how the Dec. 31 end of the Highmark-UPMC contract could affect them.

2 weeks ago

Breast cancer prevention drug gives lasting protection, study says

Taking tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30 percent.

2 weeks ago

For many with breast cancer, shorter radiation treatment is just as effective, study finds

Two-thirds of women who have lumpectomies for breast cancer are getting radiation treatment that lasts nearly twice as long as necessary.

2 weeks ago

 The new Greenbriar detox unit in South Strabane.

Greenbriar Treatment Center expands in South Strabane

The treatment center opened a new, 9,000-square-foot detoxification facility next to an existing inpatient center on Manor Drive.

2 weeks ago

 The team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Magee-Womens Research Institute used tumor tissue samples collected over the last two decades to track the spread of breast cancer.

Pittsburgh researchers discover mutation that spreads breast cancer

The team of researchers used tumor tissue samples collected at UPMC hospitals over the last two decades.

2 weeks ago

 Scientists and medical practitioners are focusing more on geroscience, which studies the relationship between aging and age-related diseases.

Your older years: Lifespan or healthspan?

Healthspan is the new buzzword in aging -- the time when seniors are devoid of chronic disease.

2 weeks ago

 “All teens are going to benefit from getting support from mental health professionals,” said one expert at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

What parents need to know about teenagers' mental health issues

Parents concerned about their teenagers’ mental health will have a chance to talk to experts at a free event Wednesday in Upper St. Clair.

2 weeks ago

Health Happenings in the Pittsburgh region: 12/9/2014

Health related events scheduled for the coming week.

2 weeks ago

AHN, LECOM ink med school campus partnership

Forbes Hospital in Monroeville will host third- and fourth-year LECOM medical college students, starting in 2015.

2 weeks ago

Experts on infectious diseases join VA hospital

Cornelius Clancy and Brooke Decker will lead the effort.

2 weeks ago

Weak shale gas prices could make Wolf's $1B severance tax prediction too high

At current prices and production, a 5 percent severance tax would produce as little as $525M and as much as $675M a year.

2 weeks ago

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

Don’t skip flu shot, doctors say

A mutated form of H3N2 influenza strain not covered by this year’s vaccine poses a threat to the elderly and those with compromised health.

2 weeks ago

Vitals: Wrestling with choices - Health insurers forcing consumers to be savvy shoppers

This fourth installment in our series about key issues in health care examines the consumer’s role in shaping healthier lives, communities.

3 weeks ago

Internet not the last word on health matters

Information on the Internet about health issues is just a first step in learning more about a medical condition with your doctor.

3 weeks ago

 Anne Rugan holds her daughter, Gina, who has Krabbe disease but was diagnosed in time to receive a cord blood transplant and this fall was able to start her freshman year of high school.

Patient advocacy crucial in fighting rare diseases

Facing a rare disease poses a unique sets of challenges for families advocating for research funding and public awareness.

3 weeks ago

Preparation is key before a hospital stay

How to improve your experiences -- and your recovery -- if you have to stay in the hospital.

3 weeks ago

 The Rev. Sally Jo Snyder, director of advocacy and consumer engagement at the Consumer Health Coalition at her North Side office. She wants to educate patients to be engaged, proactive and involved in their health.

Advocates push patient-centered health care

The Consumer Health Coalition encourages patients to take initiative and be assertive.

3 weeks ago

Physical exams often giving way to technology

Patients lose when doctors can't do good physical exams because of time constraints and other limitations.

3 weeks ago

Pharmacists take a more active role in health care

Pharmacists who take on a greater role in patient care improve their disease outcomes and treatment.

3 weeks ago

Longevity center tries to rekindle memories with 'gym for your brain'

Through dance, tai chi and other activities, a UCLA program aims to boost the memory and help patients with what already has been lost.

3 weeks ago average premiums going up next year

Officials said millions of consumers can mitigate the financial consequences if they are willing to shop around for another plan.

3 weeks ago

 In November, a judge agreed with Honeywell, and rejected the EEOC’s attempt to shut down the wellness program.

Legal challenge to corporate wellness programs raises concerns

The EEOC sued Honeywell saying its programs violate federal law by compelling employees to submit to health screenings and blood tests.

3 weeks ago

Highmark Caring Place to provide grief support groups in Pittsburgh-area schools

The new initiative, which is funded by the Caring Foundation, an affiliate of Highmark, will bring services to students in their schools.

3 weeks ago

 Peggy Young, of Lorton, Va., with her daughter Triniti, 7, in Washington. Ms. Young was pregnant with Triniti when the UPS told her she could not have a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages, as her doctor ordered. She sued UPS for discriminating against pregnant women and, after losing two rounds in lower courts, the Supreme Court will hear her case today.

Supreme Court hears pregnancy discrimination case

The court is weighing whether UPS’ actions violated the 36-year-old federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

3 weeks ago


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