Margaret Cerra works on uneven surfaces with the guidance of physical therapist Mike Tardio during her third week of therapy after having hip replacement surgery at AGH.

Home care program aims to cut hospital readmission rates

Communication between hospitals and post-acute care providers is getting new attention as Medicare escalates penalties against hospitals.

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Maker won’t cut list price of drug after 5,000% hike

Turing caused a furor in September when it acquired the drug and immediately raised the price from $13.50 a tablet to $750 a tablet.

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 Nan Beachem gets a hug from her daughter, Kyree, at their Ellwood City home in October. The rolling backpack, right, goes everywhere Kyree goes, carrying the medicine she needs to live.

Ellwood City girl, 8, receives quadruple organ transplant

Kyree Beachem, an 8-year-old girl from Ellwood City with Kyree’s Dream Team Facebook page, received a quadruple organ transplant Wednesday.

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 Former 'Two and a Half Men' star Charlie Sheen said last week that he is HIV-positive.

Activists raise awareness of HIV pill that lowers risk

A daily pill that can slash the risk of HIV remains an unknown to thousands of primary care doctors and nurses, a federal agency cautioned.

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 Raelynn Jackson is also an allied health instructor for Douglas Education Center in Monessen.

Newsmaker you should know / Finleyville health care worker honored for innovative patient care

Raelynn Jackson received an award from a statewide association for her Meds 2 Beds program.

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 CardioKinetix makes the Parachute, a device inserted by catheter into the heart's left ventricle for patients who have developed ischemic left sided heart failure following a heart attack. The Parachute implant partitions the damaged muscle, isolating the non-functional muscle segment from the functional segment, which decreases the overall volume and restores a more normal geometry and function in the left ventricle.

Pittsburgh cardiologists testing new heart device

The Parachute, which helps a left ventricle pump blood, is being tested at more than 60 locations, including AGH and UPMC Presbyterian.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

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After a heart attack: Q&A

Some questions and answers about what to expect after having a heart attack.

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Emails reveal Coke's role in anti-obesity group

Coca-Cola Co. CEO Muhtar Kent said in a statement that “it has become clear to us that there was not a sufficient level of transparency.

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Excerpts from emails between Coke, anti-obesity group

Rhona Applebaum is Coke’s chief health and science officer; the company says it has accepted her retirement.

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Pfizer and Allergan’s $160 billion pharmaceutical merger puts new twist on tax-avoiding inversions

The merger would create the world’s largest drugmaker with high-profile products such as Botox, Lipitor and Viagra.

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Cupka's Cafe II in South Side, Mediterrano in Ross hit with Consumer Alert

Allegheny County Health Department posted Consumer Alerts for the two restaurants.

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STD cases reaching all-time highs in U.S.

New national data show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are climbing in the United States.

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 A portion of The UnitedHealth Group Inc.'s  campus in Minnetonka, Minn.

UnitedHealth may quit ACA exchange

Health insurance company says “a continuing deterioration” in the market is forcing the withdrawal.

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 A genetically engineered salmon from AquaBounty Technologies, rear, with a conventionally raised sibling roughly the same age.

Some Pittsburgh-area stores refuse to sell genetically engineered salmon

Ron Stotish, AquaBounty’s CEO, said in a statement that the fish is a “game changer that brings healthy and nutritious food to consumers.”

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 Rijuven Corp. CEO Evens Augustin demonstrates how to operate a CardioSleeve on a mobile phone. The device monitors and records a patient’s heartbeat and EKG.

New device aims to streamline stethoscopes, make patient assessments faster

Rijuven Corp CEO Evens Augustin said the device — called a clinic in a bag — amps up the capabilities of the stethoscope.

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 This file photo shows the exterior of the Veterans Affairs hospital in Pittsburgh.

Veterans in region still wary of VA, study shows

An official said the dissatisfaction with veteran services appears rooted in delays for VA care and difficulty accessing those services.

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Pitt researcher examining links between Alzheimer's and Down syndrome

Benjamin Handen, a professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology, heads a team that includes researchers from the U.S. and England.

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Medical marijuana bill advances in the Pennsylvania House

A House vote on the bill could come as soon as next week, but it's not clear if still-unresolved issues will stall the legislation,

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 Andriy Bohdan drives his Cranberry Taxi while looking for airport fares at hotels in Downtown Pittsburgh. "I've gotten better, doing more driving," he says about learning routes.

Study: Navigational skills help improve brain functions

A Carnegie Mellon University study explains how and why the hippocampus region of the brain grows during route planning and navigation.

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Plans for Washington County personal care home put focus on dementia

Presbyterian SeniorCare says it would be modeled on its Woodside Place facility in Oakmont.

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 Bill Wade/Post-Gazette Pittsburgh, PA  December 19, 2013  --  Denise O'Connor, a lactation consultant, left, is starting Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank and Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital, who is on the board of the bank, pose in one of the hospital's neonatal  Dr. Lantzy joins other doctors at the hospital in starting the funding for the milk bank.    Anya Sostek  HEALTH story slugged: milkbank1223

Donations pouring in to new Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank

Pennsylvania’s first milk bank announces first donations promised to help premature babies in need of health-sustaining breast milk.

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Tips on how to safely prepare your turkey

There are tips to follow to handle your Thanksgiving bird correctly through cooking and storage.

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 Dr. Eduardo D. Rodriguez displays an image from the face transplant done for Patrick Hardison, a Mississippi firefighter whose face was severely burned in a fire 14 years ago.

Burned firefighter receives extensive face transplant

Former volunteer firefighter Patrick Hardison had undergone more than 70 surgeries that involved multiple grafts from his leg to his face.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Monongahela Valley Hospital, Carroll, is holding its annual Light-Up Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday in its Central Plaza.

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Nation briefs: High winds, snow blast through West

Plus: Myeloma drug OK’d, 1,500 Mormons quit, Cruz endorsed

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Two Pittsburgh-area restaurants hit with consumer alerts

The Allegheny County Health Department posted consumer alerts at Rudy's Bar & Grill in McKees Rocks and Golden Gate Chinese in Clairton.

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Merck hepatitis C drug shows promise for users

Many states require people with hepatitis C to prove that they abstain from drug use before getting covered through Medicaid.

1 week ago

 Cynthia Winczner holds a picture of her brother, Patrick Kelly, 64.

Brother’s health crisis exposes hole in post-hospital care

As hospital officials say is happening all too frequently, medical protocol took a back seat to health insurance coverage for Patrick Kelly.

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Consumers bemoaning health care’s high deductibles

Sky-high deductibles that are leaving some newly insured feeling nearly as vulnerable as they were before they had coverage

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 The long-standing contract between Highmark and UPMC that gave Highmark members in-network access to UPMC expired Jan. 1

UPMC, Highmark resolve dispute over patients' in-network care

The accord also clarified that Highmark members with a confirmed pregnancy by Dec. 31 may continue to use UPMC on an in-network basis.

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 About 38 percent of American adults were obese in 2013 and 2014, researchers said, up from 35 percent in 2011 and 2012.

Obesity rises despite efforts to fight it, U.S. health officials say

Compared with a decade ago, the increase was significant: In 2003 and 2004, about 32 percent of adults were obese, experts say.

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 Joe Pasqualini's father, Jim, sprays water into his mouth to help him speak more easily. Joe was pronounced "dead at the scene" after a drunken driver struck him and his brother, Eddie, during a snowstorm in early 2009.

Slippery Rock man honored for remarkable recovery after being hit by drunken driver

Joe Pasqualini received the Comeback Award from Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association for his road to recovery.

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 The savings will come from lower rates reached through recent arbitration between Highmark and UPMC when compared to payments to UPMC for cancer care through the end of 2015, according to a letter sent by Highmark to insurance brokers.

Highmark: Getting cancer care from UPMC to cost less

Cancer treatment savings of $200 million forecast for next three years for Highmark members.

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Fat around the middle carries health risks

A study finds that adults ages 18 to 90 across the BMI continuum with an apple shape had an increased risk of an early death.

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Clarion County boy who lost arm in firewood splitter has it reattached

Medics packed the arm in ice and after eight hours of surgery, doctors the hospital told his mother they had reattached the limb.

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 From left, Castle Shannon police chief Kenneth M. Truver; Borough of Oakmont police chief David R. DiSanti Sr., who is also Chaplain for Western PA Chiefs Association; West View Borough lieutenant Matt Holland; and Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay listen Tuesday at the DEA’s announcement of the 360 Strategy.

City to lead way on national plan to fight overdoses

Strategy will be the “centerpiece” of a national task force report that will be presented to President Obama by year’s end.

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 UPMC believes the total amount due from Highmark will exceed $188 million, according to the filing.

Arbitrators rule in favor of UPMC for cancer care

Highmark could face up to $188 million in fees in a dispute that has dragged on for years as part of contract negotiations.

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Health happenings for Nov. 10, 2015

Health-related event listings for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

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Vendors, customers upset about the early closing for Squirrel Hill farmers market

City councilman says the market needed to shut down early to accommodate opening of Schenley Skating Rink.

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 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy.

Rep. Tim Murphy's mental health overhaul bill clears subcommittee

The bill would make it easier for judges to order treatment and for caregivers to have access to patients’ mental health treatment plans.

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 Buddie, the mascot for the pro-marijuana legalization group ResponsibleOhio, holds a sign as he gives a thumbs-up to students at the Ohio State University oval on Election Day, Tuesday, in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio pot advocates likely to relight efforts

Medical marijuana could come to Pennsylvania as social tolerance grows.

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 Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik

Birth control case headed to high court

At issue is Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most employers provide insurance coverage that includes provisions for contraceptives.

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Pittsburgh to roll out federal plan to stop drug abuse, violent crime

The Drug Enforcement Administration will partner with health care professionals and community and social service organizations.

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 There are currently 14 vaccines required for school children in Pennsylvania.

Shorter grace period sought for Pa. children’s vaccinations

The change was prompted by a measles outbreak in California earlier this year, said state Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy.

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 Insurance brokers and others say UPMC's sophisticated software allows the carrier to forecast the kinds of medical care a member is likely to need.

UPMC keeps lid on health insurance rates for Affordable Care Act

UPMC Health Plan is offering some of the lowest rates in the country for one plan and is holding rate hike requests under 10 percent.

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 Kyree Beachem needs a liver, pancreas and large and small intestines.

Patients desperate for organs resort to unusual efforts to find them

Doctors, patients and the legislative system are all struggling to address the national organ shortage in the United States.

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 The Shop’n Save supermarket that opened in October 2013 in the Hill District hasn’t boosted consumption of fruits, vegetables or whole grains there, but residents have been eating fewer total calories and fewer added sugars since it opened, a study has found.

Hill District Shop 'n Save store brings unexpected dietary benefits, study finds

A Rand Corp. study found benefits in the Hill District ever since a supermarket opened there in 2013.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, Nov. 3

This week’s health- and fitness-related events include a summit for members of the type 1 diabetes community at Carnegie Science Center.

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Facebook page connected ailing 2-year-old to liver donor

How Facebook and a Nebraska couple’s compassion saved Lucas Goeller of Indiana Township with a donated liver.

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