Science


Pitt study connects diabetes, premature brain aging

Middle-aged type 1 diabetics had more severe brain abnormalities than a similarly aged control group without the disease.

about 6 hours ago


 A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.

Study connects emission cuts to reduction of early deaths

Peer-reviewed study finds health co-benefits would result from implementing the controversial federal Clean Power Plant Rule

1 day ago


Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in U.S. for first time

Google’s mobile search requests are outstripping requests in nine other countries as well.

1 day ago


 Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader at Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8, gets excited as she works on math skills with third-grader Sophia Diaz, 9, Thursday. Lexie, who has brittle bone disease, has served as a student mentor for the past several months.

Pittsburgh teen with brittle bone disease honored for inspiring others

Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 third-graders have forged a bond with mentor Lexie Bouchard, a seventh-grader battling the congenital condition.

2 days ago


CMU chemistry professor earns prize for polymer research work

The prize for Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, awarded every two years, consists of a medal, a citation and a $250,000 award.

2 days ago


Pilot prepares for flight in solar-powered craft

No one before has attempted a solar-powered flight over such a large expanse of ocean — 5,070 miles.

2 days ago


 Maya Evanitsky searches for the best place to remove a skin sample from the "Original Nittany Lion," the 150-year-old specimen that resides at Penn State's All-Sports Museum.

PSU student uses stuffed Nittany lion for DNA sequencing

The hope is to use the mascot’s fame to call attention to efforts to protect endangered mountain lion species.

3 days ago


Doomsday at Mercury: NASA craft falls from orbit into planet

NASA’s spacecraft Messenger ended its mission Thursday by crashing into the closest planet to the sun at a speed of almost 9,000 mph.

5 days ago


 Paul Mason, 54, once weighed more than 980 pounds. He lost about 650 pounds after having gastric bypass surgery five years ago, but suffered frequent infections and mobility problems because of about 100 pounds of loose skin that remained.

Surgery to remove man’s excess skin exceeds expectations

The operation, aided by doctors with Pittsburgh ties, removed 48 pounds of excess skin from Paul Mason, who once weighed 980 pounds.

6 days ago


 U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, shown here in March, said lessons should be learned from the Ebola scare last fall.

Sen. Casey: More funding needed to fight Lyme disease across Pa.

Pennsylvania has had the most cases of Lyme disease nationwide for the last five years.

5 days ago


Pitt study’s food swap confirms risks of colon cancer

African Americans who ate foods high in fiber and low in animal proteins and fats experienced declines in risk factors for colon cancer.

1 week ago


Schools shouldn't be bugged about head lice, doctors say

American Academy of Pediatrics reinforces its guidelines, which urges schools to not exclude students from class.

1 week ago


Vampire squids: Unusual reproductive habits hint at greater life longevity

Vampire squid can live nearly 2 miles beneath the surface, so much less is known about them than shallower squid.

1 week ago


 “The idea is that with the balloon taking up space, patients will feel fuller faster and eat less,” said Dr. George Eid, director of AHN’s Bariatric and Metabolic Institute.

Weight-loss balloon being tested by Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Health Network

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve other weight loss balloon technologies in the coming months, Dr. George Eid said.

2 weeks ago


 A close-up look at an adult female, an adult male, nymph and larva ticks.

Counties issue Lyme disease warnings in Pennsylvania

The blacklegged tick that transmits Lyme disease now exists statewide, with Pennsylvania leading the nation in Lyme disease cases.

2 weeks ago


 Nina Jablonski  and her husband and collaborator, George Chaplin, go over their map of predicted skin color.

Research shows our skin color is the evolutionary gateway to vitamin D

The vitamin is important for bone health, safe pregnancies and a strong immune system.

2 weeks ago


 Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli contain the anticancer molecule sulforaphane.

Broccoli sprout extract could help prevent some cancers

The University of Pittsburgh plans to begin clinical trials this year to determine if the extract can block head and neck cancers.

2 weeks ago


 The full space suit of American astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, who returned to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster grounded the other shuttles

Bonhams sale offers items that have been to the moon and back

The space-collectibles sale includes a strap with moon dust, a spacesuit and a Gemini 4 checklist for the first U.S. space walk.

2 weeks ago


 In this Sept. 7, 2012, file photo, Yanomami Indians dance in their village called Irotatheri in Venezuela's Amazon region.

Unprecedented germ diversity found in remote Amazonian tribe

Friday’s study raises tantalizing questions about the microbial diversity of our ancestors.

2 weeks ago


Dust-covered ice glaciers found on Mars

They contain enough frozen water to blanket the planet with a 3.6-foot thick layer of ice, scientists say.

3 weeks ago


 The University of Pittsburgh study, published online Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found nearly equal success between physical therapy and decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis, a degenerative condition that commonly occurs as people age.

Physical therapy offers success for pain in spine, too, Pitt study says

The research found nearly equal success between physical therapy and decompression surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.

4 weeks ago


 Throughout North America, more than 5.7 million bats have died due to white-nose syndrome since 2006.

Mysterious fungal disease threatens major Pennsylvania bat species

White-nose syndrome has decimated the northern long-eared bat, which was listed as “threatened” by a federal agency last week.

1 month ago



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