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Stat-MD on call for Pittsburgh health crises

Airlines internationally consult with UPMC’s STAT-MD to treat ill patients during flights or divert the flight for medical emergencies.

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 Anthony Fauci, director of The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, as the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations conducted a hearing to examine the response to the Ebola outbreak and whether America’s hospitals and health care workers are adequately prepared for Ebola patients.

CDC to revise protocol for Ebola treatment

And the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

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Obama opposes Africa travel ban

President Barack Obama said Saturday that Americans “can’t give in to hysteria or fear” about the spread of the virus.

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Major airlines say Ebola not affecting bookings

“I’m not afraid of the disease but the overreaction to it,” said one man flying Saturday night to Africa.

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 Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks at a news conference at UPMC Presbyterian about funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program and the region’s preparedness for an infectious outbreak as Donald Yealy, UPMC chair of emergency medicine, listens.

Ebola risk ‘very, very low’ for Pittsburgh region, officials say

Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, said one effort to improve response is an Ebola executive committee to organize care.

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Many unable to meet a deductible or the doctor

It’s a trade-off, insurers say, for keeping premiums for the marketplace plans relatively low.

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U.N. paper says WHO failed in Ebola response

In a draft document, the World Health Organization blamed factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett and other top state officials this morning are discussing steps Pennsylvania is taking to prepare for any cases of the Ebola virus.

Gov. Corbett: Three Pennsylvanians being monitored in Ebola probe

Gov. Tom Corbett said the three people aren’t showing symptoms of Ebola and aren’t being quarantined.

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 President Barack Obama, left, speaks to the media about the government’s Ebola response.

Obama says travel ban would be counterproductive; Texas toughens monitoring

The president says imposing a travel ban from disease-ravaged West Africa, as Republicans have demanded, would be counterproductive.

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 Ron Klain

Obama's Ebola czar choice, Ron Klain, already criticized

Rep. Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair was among Republicans who noted Mr. Klain’s lack of a medical background.

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 The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, far left, testifies Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington.

GOP calls for travel ban for West Africa over Ebola

Lawmakers grilled a top federal health official who refused to say whether the Obama administration is considering such restrictions.

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 Twilette Miller, a nurse arriving from Dayton, Ohio, and concerned about Ebola reports, wears a precautionary surgical mask at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Panic over Ebola surfaces across the country

On social media, on cable television, in political campaigns and at work, discussion is increasingly centered on Ebola.

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Spikes in ER visits normal for newly insured, study finds

Will ER visits among Pennsylvania’s poor rise or drop once they enroll in the “Healthy PA” Medicaid subsidy program? The answer: both.

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Health care worker aboard cruise ship being monitored for Ebola

Federal officials said in a statement today that the woman had shown no signs of the disease and has been asymptomatic for 19 days.

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 U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., far left, held a news conference today on the region's preparedness for Ebola.

Sen. Casey, UPMC doctors stress risk of Ebola in Pittsburgh area 'very, very low'

Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, said one effort is the creation of an Ebola executive committee to organize care.

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World Health Organization: We botched response to the Ebola outbreak

The agency said experts should’ve realized that traditional disease containment methods wouldn't work in a region withbroken health systems.

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Quick weight loss just as good (or bad) as losing it gradually, researchers say

In some respects, the rapid weight-loss regimen tested in the study worked better than its slow-but-steady counterpart.

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What you should know about Ebola virus

The CDC and WHO offer travelling tips, information resources on Ebola symptoms and scale of the outbreak.

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 Police keep watch on a home today in Tallmadge, Ohio, a suburb of Akron, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. She was diagnosed with Ebola the day after arriving in Texas.

Texas, Ohio schools closed as Ebola precaution; Congressional hearing looks into response

Federal health officials will be questioned by lawmakers at a congressional hearing into their response to the Ebola outbreak.

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 Thomas Frieden, left, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prepares to testify today on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Lawmakers: Government credibility waning on Ebola

Top public health officials defended their actions as public unease grew over the possibility of the deadly virus spreading widely here.

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 Tallmadge police cordon off a home Wednesday in Tallmadge, Ohio, where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas. Ms. Vinson, a nurse who helped care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus.

CDC to contact Cleveland flight passengers

Ebola patient Amber Vinson may have been experiencing symptoms the day she traveled from Dallas to Cleveland on her way to plan her wedding.

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 Amy L. Hartman is a Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh doc­tor of vi­rol­ogy and re­search man­ager at the uni­ver­sity’s Re­gional Bio­con­tain­ment Lab­o­ra­tory in Oak­land.

University of Pittsburgh Ebola expert: Infections among medical staff expected

Amy Hartman, who studied Ebola at the CDC, says the Dallas infections do not portend an outbreak in the United States.

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 Tallmadge police block off a home in Tallmadge, Ohio where Amber Joy Vinson stayed over the weekend before flying home to Dallas.

Ohio mobilizes after visit by nurse with Ebola

The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, was visiting family in the Akron area from last Friday to Monday.

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 The Port Authority's new health care deal, if approved by the full board next week, would run for 18 months starting Jan. 1.

Port Authority to save $6.5 million switching from Highmark to Aetna

The health care deal, if approved by the full board next week, would run for 18 months starting Jan. 1.

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 Mathew Jacob removes a gown Tuesday during a refresher course on protective equipment procedure at the Brookhaven College School of Nursing in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Ebola errors tarnish image of prominent Dallas hospital

For Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the last 2½ weeks have been a nightmare.

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 President Barack Obama today said he directed his administration to respond in a "much more aggressive way" to the Ebola threat .

U.S. health officials defend Ebola response

President Barack Obama directed his administration to respond in a "much more aggressive way" to the threat.

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 Wearing personal protective equipment, UPMC infection preventionist Ashely Querry looks on as Dr. Carlene Muto, UPMC director of infection prevention, explains how the equipment would keep clinical staff safe if they were to treat someone with Ebola.

Pittsburgh-area facilities fine-tune Ebola controls

UPMC and Allegheny Health Network are training nurses how to follow a strict procedure to avoid infections from the Ebola virus.

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 A second health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, above, who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, Texas health officials said today.

Second health care worker diagnosed with Ebola, flew from Cleveland earlier this week

The experts had warned that fighting Ebola is hard, and Wednesday’s drumbeat of bad news proved them correct.

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Pa. Legislature moves closer to OK on monitoring of prescription drugs

The Pennsylvania General Assembly moved toward approving the monitoring of prescription drugs in an effort to prevent substance abuse.

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A look at sick nurses contact with Ebola patient in Texas

Vinson herself wrote up progress notes two days before Duncan died, noting in the early dawn that a blood draw had inaccurate results.

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 President Barack Obama abruptly canceled a planned campaign trip today and planned to convene his Cabinet at the White House instead, as U.S. officials grappled with the widening Ebola crisis.

Obama cancels campaign trip to focus on Ebola

Hours before the president canceled his trip, officials disclosed that a second Dallas hospital worker had tested positive for the virus

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Dallas nurses cite sloppy conditions in Ebola care

Nurses say they were forced to use tape to secure openings in flimsy garments as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea, vomiting

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Q&A: Frequently asked questions about the Ebola virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responds to common questions and concerns regarding Ebola.

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 Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks Sunday at a news conference about Ebola.

Officials scramble to curb Ebola

The United States is establishing a rapid-response team to help hospitals “within hours” whenever there is a case of Ebola.

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 Hongjiao Ouyang, associated professor of dental medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, poses for a picture in her lab in Oakland.

Pitt researcher finds pathway that leads to multiple myeloma growth

Hongjiao Ouyang, a University of Pittsburgh endodontist, is researching spliced proteins involved in myeloma and bone destruction.

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 Lynette Tomasetti.

Transplant of Bethel Park woman's stem cells will be used to stop advance of multiple myeloma

Lynette Tomasetti prepares for an innovative treatment for multiple myeloma that came out of research into the plasma cell cancer.

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 Volunteers make and stuff prosthetic knitted breast implants for the Knitted Knocker Project in the Strip District.

Prosthetic breasts made of yarn provide an alternative for women who have had mastectomies

Pittsburgh knitters are mobilizing to create knitted prosthetic breasts.

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 The Downtown headquarters of Highmark and UPMC.

Highmark-UPMC split raises health records concerns

UPMC’s “ClinicalConnect” and Highmark’s “Tapestry” systems don’t talk with each other — so patient records must be swapped by fax.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Road, Marshall, is holding a fall festival from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

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 This 2010 photo shows nurse Nina Pham, 26, the first person to contract Ebola within the United States. She cared for Liberian native Thomas Eric Duncan when he became hospitalized. He later died from the virus.

About 70 hospital staffers cared for Ebola patient in Dallas

"This is not something we can afford to experiment with. We need to get this right," says one public health expert.

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Zuckerberg, wife donate $25M to CDC for Ebola

The grant follows a $9 million donation made by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last month.

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 Medicare Advantage subscribers who are happy with their premiums would be wise to check for hidden cost increases and other plan changes during the upcoming open enrollment period.

Medicare policy checkup a good idea during open enrollment period

Even seniors happy with their health insurance plans should review their options during the upcoming enrollment period.

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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden at a news conference Sunday in Atlanta.

New Ebola case in Dallas boosts fears

Officials on Sunday announced the first apparent transmission of the deadly virus in the United States.

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 A hazmat worker moves a barrel while cleaning outside an apartment building of a Dallas hospital worker on Sunday. A Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when providing hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said.

Federal officials rethink Ebola control

State and federal officials are re-examining whether equipment and procedures were adequate or too loosely followed.

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 The Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s new mobile medical vehicle is shown parked off Ninth Street on the South Side.

Pittsburgh Mercy rolls out mobile health care

The Mobile Health Clinics Association estimates there are between 1,500 to 2,000 mobile medical vehicles operating nationwide.

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 Cyclists ride along the North Shore of the Allegheny River on the seven-mile Rita's Ride, one of three bicycle rides in Pittsburgh on Sunday organized by 3-2-1 Ride. Proceeds benefited The Woiner Foundation, which fights melanoma and pancreatic cancer.

North Shore bike ride raises cancer awareness

Second annual 3-2-1 Ride on Sunday focused on two deadly but curable forms: pancreas and skin.

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Cities, states scramble after Dallas’ latest Ebola scare

State and city plans for handling the deadly virus are based on generic recommendations.

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Pitt to lead Big Data center with $11 million NIH grant

The NIH has awarded the University of Pittsburgh an $11 million grant to establish a Big Data to Knowledge Center of Excellence.

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Frozen fecal ‘pill’ shows promise against bacteria

Study shows fecal matter may provide an alternative to hard-to-treat infection in the gut.

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 Berlinda Clark sits in a room she shares with a caregiver in Monrovia, Liberia. Her mother died in an ambulance last month from Ebola.

Ebola creates wave of Liberian orphans

Deadly disease poses a new threat to children, with many left abandoned and forced to leave their homes.

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