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 Joe McGurk checks to make sure that Leah has swallowed her vitamin pill before giving her other medications. Leah has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. To get her brain to stop seizures, Leah takes six medications a day.

Beaver Falls family hopes for legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

The McGurk family advocates for medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania to help their two girls with severe epilepsy.

about 6 hours ago


 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference Friday in New York. Dr. Howard Zucker acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the conference. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female health care worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

Nurse who treated stricken patients in Sierra Leone says she was treated like a criminal during quarantine process.

about 7 hours ago


2 states to isolate workers returning from Ebola hot zones

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announce new quarantine policies.

about 6 hours ago


 A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of Ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling Ebola cases.

Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago

Despite quarantine centers set up 10 years ago, Ebola treatment still presents challenges.

about 6 hours ago


WVU study links mountaintop mining to lung cancer

A new study at West Virginia University strengthens mountaintop coal mining’s link to high cancer rates in nearby communities.

1 day ago


 Dr. Amesh A. Adalja

Pittsburgh Ebola expert Amesh Adalja in demand all over the world

A senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Dr. Adalja has become the go-to expert for media to talk about Ebola.

1 day ago


State sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection

1 day ago


 Mayor Bill de Blasio takes the subway Friday on his route to City Hall in New York City.

Doctor fights Ebola; nurse recovers

Health officials in Maryland amazed by Nina Pham’s recovery.

1 day ago


 Cars pass Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital where Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was rushed to Thursday.

New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola as three quarantined; CDC 'go' team on site

The emergency medicine doctor at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital was working in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

1 day ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers in New York City.

Protocol outlined for Pennsylvania Ebola monitoring

Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to take their temperature twice a day and report results to health

1 day ago


WHO: Five more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

The agency warned it's not clear whether any of them will work against the deadly virus that has already killed more than 4,800 people.

1 day ago


 Some 90,000 Pennsylvania women are at risk of losing access to the free family planning and women’s health-care coverage they now receive through a special Medicaid program.

Thousands of Pennsylvania women could lose some health coverage

Some 90,000 women now receive free family planning and women’s health coverage through a special Medicaid program that will soon end.

2 days ago


 Dr. Doug Reed, associate professor of immunology at University of Pittsburgh.

Video series / Pitt doctor sheds light on commonly asked Ebola questions

Dr. Doug Reed is an associate professor of immunology from the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

1 day ago


Allegheny County Health Department updates guidelines for controlling Legionella

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation paid $60,000 to RAND Corp. to compile the guidelines.

2 days ago


New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

U.S. teens are both victims and perpetrators in pervasively abusive dating practices, says new federal survey.

2 days ago


 The Port Authority board voted without dissent to approve an 18-month agreement with Aetna Inc., which outbid Highmark and UPMC.

Port Authority OKs health plan that will save agency $6.5 million

The agreement preserves employee access to doctors in the Highmark, UPMC and independent networks

1 day ago


Women's health advocates denounce Komen Foundation's partnership with Baker Hughes

The groups said they plan to protest outside Heinz Field on Sunday before Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead delivers a $100,000 check.

1 day ago


 Body products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for personal care items, cleaners and textiles.

2 days ago


 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from right, and New York Gov. Andrew Coumo, second from right, lead a news conference at Bellevue Hospital to discuss Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday.

New York physician tests positive for Ebola

A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola.

2 days ago


 Among the most central of disagreements is over a new, lost-cost, narrow-network Highmark insurance plan for seniors that excludes UPMC physicians and hospitals.

Highmark, UPMC regulators spar in court

Representatives of Highmark and UPMC, and state regulators who brokered a deal between them, disagreed on many things Wednesday.

3 days ago


U.S. sets monitoring for travelers from Africa

CDC to require arrivals from West African nations with Ebola to report temperatures and any other potential symptoms daily for three weeks.

3 days ago


CDC: Pennsylvania part of new plan to monitor all Americans, visitors arriving from Ebola nations

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the program will begin Monday.

3 days ago


 The Environmental Protection Agency’s website says air toxics, or hazardous air pollutants, are known or suspected to cause serious health issues including reproductive or birth defects.

University of Pittsburgh study correlates autism with air pollution

Researchers discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene and children with the disorder.

3 days ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett greets superheroes, from left, Ed Hetrick, Steve Virag and Jim Zaremba after announcing a $2.5 million state grant for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. The superheroes are window cleaners from the Allegheny Window Cleaning.

Children's Hospital to use state money to add beds

"We're not expanding the footprint of the hospital but rearranging existing space," chief medical officer Steve Docimo said.

3 days ago


 Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment Oct. 16 during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.

U.S. expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

Obama administration implements new screening process for travelers arriving to the U.S from West Africa.

4 days ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers Tuesday at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Updated Ebola guidelines in effect in Pittsburgh region

Allegheny Health Network surgeon says CDC is ‘catching up.’

4 days ago


PG’s Mark Roth gets Pitt-CMU award for science stories

Writer honored for “cutting-edge” reporting on science, medical issues.

4 days ago


 From left, Angela Rockwood, Mia Schaikewitz, Tiphany Adams, and Auti Angel in "Push Girls."

ReelAbilities Film Festival focuses on talents of people with disabilities

ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off Wednesday in Pittsburgh with special appearances by advocates in the field.

5 days ago


 Penguins backup goaltender Thomas Greiss talks with Tristan Bolyard during a Steel City Icebergs practice at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.

Pittsburgh's second hockey team: Special-needs children take to the ice

For many of the kids on the Pittsburgh Emperors, supported by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the practices are the highlight of their week.

5 days ago


Battling cancer with more than medicine

The second Integrative Cancer Wellness Fair at UPMC will help serve the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients in Pittsburgh.

5 days ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark as seen from Market Square.

Judge refuses Highmark's request to block hearing on health plan

State officials say the insurer violated this summer’s consent decree signed by Highmark and UPMC.

4 days ago


ReelAbilities Film Festival

The schedule for the ReelAbilities Film Festival.

5 days ago


 Highmark headquarters at Fifth Avenue Place as seen at sunset in February.

Highmark fights Pa. hearing over Community Blue plan

The Community Blue Medicare Advantage excludes members from in-network access to UPMC.

5 days ago


Ebola fears ease on Texas, Nigeria

Forty-three people who had contact with a deceased patient were cleared of risk and health officials declared Nigeria free of the disease.

5 days ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Local health events for the coming week.

4 days ago


 T.J. Doyle is the medical director at the State-MED communications center at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

Pittsburgh service advises airlines on health crises like Ebola

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

6 days ago


 A Nigerian health official uses a thermometer on a worker at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, in August.

WHO says Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

Nigeria's containment of the lethal disease is a "spectacular success story," WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz says.

5 days ago


 Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings speaks today during a news conference about the recent Ebola infections in Dallas. Officials announced that 43 of the first wave of 48 people being monitored for having contact or potential contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the U.S., are officially off of the list for twice-daily monitoring for Ebola and all remained asymptomatic throughout the process.

Ebola fear, monitoring eases for some in Dallas

A government official said revised guidance instructs health workers treating Ebola patients to wear protective gear "with no skin showing.

5 days ago


 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 revises protocol for Ebola treatment

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

6 days ago


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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


 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.

1 week ago


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.

1 week ago



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