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 “Treadmill injuries actually are quite common,” said Louis H. Alarcon, medical director of trauma surgery at UPMC Presbyterian.
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“Treadmill injuries actually are quite common,” said Louis H. Alarcon, medical director of trauma surgery at UPMC Presbyterian.

Pittsburgh doctors weigh in on dangers of treadmills

In light of the death of a Facebook executive’s husband, experts warn of the high risk of using the exercise machines.


 Last week, state regulators asked the courts to force UPMC and Highmark into arbitration to resolve alleged violations of state-mediated agreements governing their breakup in January.

Highmark to cover unpaid medical claims filed by UPMC

The ongoing dispute between the region's health care giants had interfered with the payment of about 3 percent of more than 900,000 claims.



 Denise O'Connor, left, is the founder and president of Three Rivers Mothers' Milk Bank. Here, she poses for a picture with Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital, in December 2013.

Pittsburgh breast milk bank could open in Strip District by fall

The Pittsburgh-based breast milk bank will service neonatal intensive care units in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.



 FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., speaks at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Troubled by delays in handling of veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking a wide-scale independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications. "The VA system again finds itself engulfed in another scandal," said Heller, co-chair of the Senate's VA backlog working group. VA offices nationwide are suffering from poor management, he said, proving "it is time for an overhaul of the entire system." (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

Senators seek wide-scale VA probe on mishandled claims

The senators said recent findings of mismanagement at the Philadelphia VA might point to a broader, department-wide problem.


World


France: Germanwings pilot practiced controlled descent on previous flight

Cockpit data shows Andreas Lubitz put the plane into descent mode five times in a 4 1/2-minute period during the Duesseldorf-Barcelona leg.



Kerry talks diplomatic ties on surprise visit to Somalia

The United States will begin the process of reestablishing a diplomatic mission in Somalia after a more than 20-year break, he said.


 
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U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) laughs during a discussion in a classroom at New


Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

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