The nation saw cigarette smoking dip 10 percent from January through March; Allegheny County, however, lags behind with high smoking rates.
A report earlier this week found that about 1 in 5 Pennsylvania children are returning to school without required immunizations.
Midlife obesity can speed Alzheimer’s onset, National Institute on Aging study finds.
Lousiana’s intent to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood clinics threatens the fight against sexually transmitted diseases.
“It’s our health,” said Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the foundation. “It’s so fundamental and yet it seems too simple.”
Pitt’s Jeffrey Schwartz stirs controversy with his Science magazine article stating that some human species don’t belong in the genus Homo.
Health and fitness-related news listings for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.
The research announced by Medtronic found an association between a single gene and 50 percent higher odds of some irregular heartbeats.
Most hospices don’t accept pediatric patients, and few resources exist for families needing end-of-life care for children, members say.
The Food and Drug Administration has agreed to quicker review of a promising muscular dystrophy treatment.
Only a small percentage claim an exemption to requirements. The larger problem: many children are not up-to-date on their vaccines.
Ebola did not take Victoria Yillia’s life. And it could not prevent the birth of her son. And yet it loomed, even on this, her happiest day.
Martha Montesano is closing in on the creation of her 1,000th bracelet, a project she began after her daughter was diagnosed with cancer.
Joe Chesno was diagnosed in 2013 and the disease recurred this year.
The report says climate change can cause more severe storms, higher risk of insect-borne illnesses and significant changes to water quality.
They have higher rates of seeing doctors, eating vegetables and breakfast, getting eight hours of sleep, and feeling safe in their schools.
Stand-alone birth practices can cut delivery costs up to 50 percent over traditional hospitals.
Although retail prices could approach $500 a month for the female libido pill Addyi, its maker expects much lower co-pays for insured women.
“PlantPure Nation,” screening on Thursday, will also launch a whole food plant-based diet campaign in Pittsburgh and beyond.
A Penn State study says reluctant consumption of plants requires more healthful plant foods to help fight chronic disease and cancer.
Health-related events for Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015.
Experts say those who see suspected trafficking should not try to intervene; they should report what they see to authorities.
Las Palmas was cited for holding food at unsafe temperatures and inadequate sanitization, among other problems.
Large study finds aggressive treatment of earliest breast cancer had no impact on whether a woman lives or dies.
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Families who might have waited months for medical assistance last winter are seeing shorter delays under Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion.
MIT and Harvard University scientists on Wednesday reported they they’d discerned how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat.
The Three Rivers Community Foundation has its roots in activist causes and has remained committed to providing funds to spur social change.
Thousands of union steelworkers facing changes in health care benefits because of a tax imposed by the president’s Affordable Care Act.
Patients who expected to deliver babies between Aug. 20 and Aug. 31 have been contacted and alternative arrangements have been made.
Freedom Industries president Gary Southern told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a “long day.”
National organization reports that more than 90 percent of women who are homeless have experienced severe physical or sexual abuse.
Despite the laws, three-day hospital stays may not be uncommon following a C-section birth.
Addyi is first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought by a pharmaceutical industry
Health- and fitness-related events for the week following Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.
The state reviewed the cases of 74,415 women who were enrolled in SelectPlan; about 59,000 have now been enrolled in expanded Medicaid.
William Butler, a “patient sitter,” was charged July 29 with four counts of aggravated indecent assault and five counts of indecent assault.
The new program is a response to a steep increase in heroin use and deaths in much of the nation.
UPMC’s Patty George will cycle in the longest ride in her life in Paris to raise awareness of and funds for pulmonary hypertension.
The VA Butler Healthcare clinic will be just a mile away. The bigger digs will mean more services and staff.
Mark Clayton Southers chronicles dark and hopeful times during his grueling recovery.
Obstacles to a kidney transplant may start as early as the referral at dialysis centers for a transplant evaluation, a JAMA study says.
Could a merger lead to steeper medical costs in the state?
Health related events schedule for the coming week.
A tearful clip from the 1979 movie is used to evoke sadness in labs all over the world.
Despite downward trends in the lead levels of children, many in Allegheny County remain at risk.
Public housing units must pass regular inspections for lead paint, among other hazards.
How to avoid the risk of lead poisoning, which can have serious and long-lasting effects.
Many single mothers contend with unemployment and poverty, bearing judgment that they are welfare queens and their families are lesser.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that schools start after 8:30 a.m. to help teens avoid becoming chronically sleep-deprived.