Health


 The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville is donating fitness equipment and weights to the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Here, Jason Darnley tries to lift a weight into the bed of a truck.

Monroeville health club helps volunteer firefighters get fit

When Club Sport and Health of Monroeville got new equipment, it donated fitness machines and weights to Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company.

about 6 hours ago


 Hot-flash pajamas made from wicking material are ideal for women thrown into early menopause.

Early menopausal hot flashes may have links to heart disease risk

Hot flashes that occur in women who are 42 or younger may signal the start of heart disease, a University of Pittsburgh study shows.

about 6 hours ago


Mon Valley hospital staff helps with co-pays

The hospital’s cancer center staff started a program eight years ago that has helped nearly 1,000 patients pay for part of their treatment.

about 6 hours ago


Obituary: Lisa Grandinetti / Dermatologist, pioneer in creating clinic

Lisa Grandinetti, a gifted UPMC dermatologist, dies of lung cancer at age 38.

about 6 hours ago


 The study showed that two molecules — mono-n-butyl and monobenzyl phthalate — which are produced when phthalates are ingested, were significantly associated with lower levels of hCG hormone in women carrying male babies.

Evidence points to link between phthalates, male sexual development

The Pitt research represents the first look at hCG as a target of phthalate exposure in pregnancy.

about 7 hours ago


 McDonald's Golden Arches logo at a McDonald's restaurant is covered with snow in Robinson Township, Pa.

McDonald’s to reject chicken that contains human antibiotics

McDonald’s to halt use of chickens treated with antibiotics and will offer milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.

1 day ago


World Health Organization: Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay

New WHO guidelines say people should cut sugar intake to just 6 to 12 teaspoons per day.

1 day ago


 Dementia is not a disease, but rather a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning.

For those with dementia, ‘springing’ power of attorney debated

Cognitive impairment can have a huge impact on a person’s ability to look after their own money.

2 days ago


 The purse of Sienna Williams-Van Balen, 8, of Castle Shannon, includes several EpiPens, two different inhalers and methylprednisolone steroids in case of anaphylactic shock due to her peanut allergy.

Parents, doctors confounded by reversal of advice on peanut allergies

The switch on medical recommendations to ward off peanut allergies comes too late for many Pittsburgh children and their families.

3 days ago


 Bobbie Jo Wendel leads her "Begin to Win" running group along Beaver Street in Sewickley as they start their Sunday morning run.

Marathon Ready: A race entered to support her mom turns novice on to her running prowess

After shedding 180 pounds, Bobbi Jo Wendel trains for her first full marathon in Pittsburgh.

3 days ago


 Programs targeting employee health with various incentives and promotions have become popular as companies try to rein in health care costs

Are worker wellness plans best for business?

A new national journal’s article recommends that employers abandon these programs.

3 days ago


Health happenings: March 3, 2015

Health-related events for the coming week.

3 days ago


 Carnegie Mellon University psychologist Sheldon Cohen is part of a group that has conducted groundbreaking research that focuses on how psychological factors such as social support networks, stress, emotional makeup and interpersonal conflict affect a person's susceptibility to illness.

Mind over mucus? CMU researcher gives subjects common colds to test psychological factors in immune systems

Sheldon Cohen, a CMU professor of psychology, will put three decades of groundbreaking research online. (One conclusion: Hugs do help.)

5 days ago


Wolf announces proposals allowing more Pa. seniors to receive home health care

The governor says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal.

6 days ago


 Alejandro Diaz as the Prince, left, hands a rose to Alexandra Kochis as the Beauty in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre production of "Beauty and the Beast."

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre stages 'Beauty and the Beast' for sensory-sensitive audience

Specially adapted performance gives those with sensory sensitivities a chance to experience a theater production.

1 week ago


 FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, a sign directs students to a clinic at Matthew Knight Arena on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Ore., where students can get vaccinated for a blood stream infection that can cause a form of meningitis. The University of Oregon is planning to start a mass vaccination of the 22,000-person student body starting on March 2, according to The Register-Guard. A federal panel is recommending that two new meningitis vaccines only be used during outbreaks and not be given routinely to teens and college students. (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Andy Nelson, File)

Panel: Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

Two new meningitis vaccines should be used just for rare outbreaks, a federal panel recommends.

1 week ago


Deadly diarrhea disease C. difficile infects almost 500,000 in U.S. each year

Cdiff bacterial deaths have more than doubled since 2007, and more than 80 percent of the deaths are among people 65 and older.

1 week ago


 Terry Gerigk Wolf, former Medical Center Director and CEO of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

Families, congressional leaders angered by revelations in ex-VA director's appeal case

Congressional leaders and family members upset by revelations in former Pittsburgh VA director’s appeal file.

1 week ago


U.S. health official says no fix if Obamacare subsidies thrown out

The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether residents in at least 34 states are eligible for federal tax subsidies.

1 week ago


Preventative treatment dramatically reduces HIV risk in gay men

A daily preventative dose of an AIDS treatment drug was found to reduce the risk of HIV infection among gay men by 86 percent.

1 week ago


 Katie Hammond Holtz, center, conducts mindfulness training for  UPMC nurses.

Stress busters: UPMC nurses undergo mindfulness training to cope with job pressures

Katie Hammond Holtz leads mindfulness meditation retreats for nurses to reduce stress, gain focus and improve health-care quality.

1 week ago


 For women over 65, some benefits of aspirin have been seen: a lower risk of ischemic stroke and lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

An aspirin a day? Risks may outweigh benefits

Patients should talk carefully with their doctors before starting aspirin therapy.

1 week ago


 “I’m really expecting the court to do the right thing, which is to say you don’t really need state exchanges to qualify for the credits,” Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday in an interview in Washington, D.C.

Pennsylvania's governor prepares for loss of federal health insurance subsidies

If the U.S. Supreme Court guts the Affordable Care Act this summer, the Pennsylvania governor wants to have a backup plan in place.

1 week ago


 Katie Hammond Holtz conducts mindfulness training for  UPMC nurses.

Mindfulness is a daylong practice

Pittsburgh’s Katie Hammond Holtz provides advice on using mindfulness throughout the day to induce calmness and clarity of thought.

1 week ago


Pitt testing drug on adults with depression

Researchers at University of Pittsburgh and UPMC are testing a medicine used for detox to see if it may help depressed older adults.

1 week ago


Health happenings: Feb. 24, 2015

Health-related events in the community for the coming week.

1 week ago


In Supreme Court case challenging ACA, some question plaintiffs’ true problem with law

The plaintiffs charge that the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the federal health care law is wrong.

1 week ago


 Safepole offers a new take on the traditional IV poles found in most hospitals.

Bayer, entrepreneur revamping the IV pole

Safepole can now be found at the University of North Carolina, some VA hospitals, Northwestern and Kaiser Permanente.

1 week ago


Justice Dept. vs. Big Tobacco battle over cigarettes continues

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and several other leading companies are challenging the vividly worded statements mandated by a federal judge.

1 week ago


After lobbying push, drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill

Ongoing saga of Sprout Pharmaceutical’s female libido drug illustrates the complicated politics and unresolved science of women’s sexuality.

1 week ago


800,000 using Obamacare website sent bad tax data

Wrong tax information sent to about 800,000 enrollees has forced the Obama administration to urge them Friday to delay their tax filings.

1 week ago


 In this Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 photograph, Hackensack University Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Sarah Timmapuri, left, looks at data on a smart phone synchronized to a new Fitbit Surge worn by patient Gary Wilhelm, 51, during an examination in Hackensack, N.J. Wilhelm, who works at Hackensack University Medical Center on payroll and finance technology, joined Hackensack’s app test after he suffered a heart attack in October. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Doctors say fitness trackers, health apps can boost care

HACKENSACK, N.J. — That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day.

1 week ago


 VA Pittsburgh's University Drive Facility

Questions remain over settlement reached with fired VA director

Documents in the appeal file of former Pittsburgh VA director Terry Wolf raise questions.

1 week ago


 Radio-frequency identification, or RFID, technology is already used to track how prescription drugs move across international borders and through the medical supply chain.

'Edible' radio tags could stifle sales of bogus meds

CMU researchers are working on a tiny, ingestible radio ID tag that could be embedded in pills to help verify their authenticity.

2 weeks ago


 Robyn Tongel, of Plum, goes over the family's schedule for the week with her children, Ellie, 11, and Jack, 9, while preparing dinner.

Finding balance: Family time doesn't have to compete with kids' extracurricular activities

The over-scheduled child is a topic that has been tackled from books to talk shows to academic studies.

2 weeks ago


 The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus.

Pitt study sees YouTube as way to teach responsible drinking

In most popular YouTube videos, drunkenness is portrayed favorably, which concerns a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers.

2 weeks ago


Former Allegheny County drug screener charged with taking money to falsify test results

Roderick Diggs, 28, is charged with bribery in official matters and two counts of unsworn falsification, among other offenses.

1 week ago


 The latest HealthCare.gov issue involves a government form called a 1095-A, which is like a W-2 form for health care for people who got subsidized private coverage under President Obama’s law.

New 'black mark' for health care site: Thousands receive wrong tax info

Officials are asking the approximately 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.

1 week ago


Warning issued on bacterial infections from endoscopies

The medical devices, used to diagnose and treat digestive problems, may infect patients with potentially deadly drug-resistant bacteria.

2 weeks ago


Panel calls for less sugar, eases cholesterol restrictions

A nutrition advisory panel for the federal dietary guidelines urged sharp new limits on added sugars that Americans should consume.

2 weeks ago


FDA eases access to DNA screening for inherited diseases

Food and Drug Administration said it will ease access to DNA tests to screen parents for genetic disorders they might pass on to children.

2 weeks ago


UPMC doctor chosen for commission to oversee VA health improvements

Dr. Marshall W. Webster is among 15 on the Commission on Care authorized after problems with care at Veterans Administration hospitals.

2 weeks ago


 Aiden Zangrilli, 2, is battling leukemia.

Point Park women's basketball players square off against leukemia for Aiden

Proceeds from the game are to benefit Aiden Zangrilli, a 2-year-old boy from South Park who has leukemia and needs a stem cell donor match.

2 weeks ago


Pennsylvania Senate passes proposed amendment on nonprofit tax exemptions

If passed by the House, the proposed amendment would appear on a ballot for approval by Pennsylvania voters.

2 weeks ago


A cure for suffering: Just ask

Reducing patient suffering caused by medical care itself is now a medical goal.

2 weeks ago


 Aaliyah Coleman does a set of sideways lunges -- a prescribed exercise.

Studies find exercise is the best medicine for many ills

Exercise, according to mounting studies, is helpful in the treatment of many diagnoses and more doctors are prescribing physical activity.

2 weeks ago


 Chris Mann, the former "Voice" contestant now playing the title character in the tour of "The Phantom of the Opera," has joined forces with Dr. Rudolph Tanzi on the "Remember Me" campaign with a video to benefit the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

Actor/singer Chris Mann promotes Alzheimer's research

The national tour’s Phantom campaigns to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through music and sharing how it has touched families.

2 weeks ago


Studies point out benefits of exercise

Exercise is often a more effective treatment than drugs for a number of conditions, according to several studies.

2 weeks ago


 A CSX Corp. train burns after the derailment of more than 100 tankers of crude oil Monday afternoon.

Federal officials probing West Virginia oil train derailment

A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed Monday; 20 caught fire or exploded and a house was hit.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Health events scheduled for the coming week.

2 weeks ago



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