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 Paul Mason is treated for an infection in his leg in March at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass. Mr. Mason, once known as the world’s fattest man, has since lost two-thirds of his body weight, but he has struggled with the burden of almost 100 pounds of excess skin, and hopes for surgery soon.

Docs with Pittsburgh ties prepare for high-profile surgery

They will remove excess skin from a man who once weighed nearly 900 pounds.

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U.S. data show that mammograms still often begin at 40

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updated its screening guidelines to recommend mammograms every two years for women over 50.

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World Malaria Day

United Methodists, led by Bishop Thomas Bickerton of Western Pennsylvania, continue to raise millions to combat malaria worldwide.

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 Heavy drinking and binge drinking by women is up dramatically in many parts of the country, and some counties in the Pittsburgh area.

Rise in heavy drinking by women emerges as public health threat

National study shows higher rates of heavy drinking among women in Pittsburgh and around the country.

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 Dr. T. Colin Campbell with his son, Nelson Campbell.

Movie review: 'PlantPure Nation' documentary will be shown tonight at Southside Works Theater

The “PlantPure Nation” documentary says government and agribusiness raise skepticism about whole plant food diets despite proven science.

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 A Blue Bell Ice Cream truck stops at Walgreen's in Dallas on Thursday. Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products this week after listeria was found in a variety of the company's frozen treats.

Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

The recalls are unusual: Listeria is rarely found in ice cream because it can’t grow at freezing temperatures.

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 Pennsylvania State Police adopted the Drug Evaluation and Classification program 11 years ago.

Driving while medicated: Pa. officers undergo training to spot a growing problem

Since 2004, about 129 officers from the state police and municipal departments have been certified as Drug Recognition Experts.

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 Mary D. Birks is the executive director of Outreach Teen & Family Services.

Mt. Lebanon nonprofit's leader wants to end stigma of mental health issues

Mary Birks of Mt. Lebanon has been named executive director of Outreach Teen & Family Services.

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Chinese scientists modify DNA of human embroyos

This controversial technique represents a biological version of a word-processing program's "find and replace” function.

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Lawyer: Duerson family to appeal NFL concussion settlement

The family objects to the exclusion of future awards for CTE, the brain trauma that some call “the signature disease of football.”

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Ebola drug works against West African strain in study of monkeys

The monkeys that got the drug survived, but all three untreated monkeys died, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

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 “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.

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 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.

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 Lilly Harbin does her best to “pin” her “Friend for Life” Christina Betancourt-Russolese on Tuesday during the Donor Pinning Ceremony. Ms. Betancourt-Russolese gave Lilly a kidney.

Eleven kidney recipients, 11 living donors celebrate their tag-team triumphs

Of the 123,193 people nationwide awaiting organs from cadavers, nearly 83 percent need kidneys.

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VA workers blame pressures for slowing response times

Performance standards meant to speed up claims processing may delayed benefits for veterans, including some who died waiting for answers.

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 New England linebacker Junior Seau, center, talks to teammates on the sideline in 2009.. A federal judge has approved a plan to resolve thousands of NFL concussion lawsuits that could cost the league $1 billion over 65 years. Critics contend the NFL is getting off lightly given annual revenues of about $10 billion. About 200 NFL retirees or their families, including Seau's, have rejected the settlement and plan to sue the league individually.

Judge OKs 65-year deal over NFL concussions; could cost $1 billion

The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia someday.

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Department of Human Services to eliminate asset test for food stamps

A state asset test had been dropped in 2008 but was restored under the administration of former Gov. Tom Corbett.

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 Earpeace's high-fidelity earplugs protect concertgoers' hearing while preserving the sound of the music they listen to. They sell for between $12.95 and $17.95.

High-fidelity earplugs can preserve your hearing at concerts

Typical foam earplugs disproportionately muffle some pitches more than others, so the music gets garbled.

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Was Ebola lying in wait?

Evidence suggests that the Ebola virus has been in the West African rain forest for years before last year’s deadly epidemic broke out.

4 days ago


National briefs: Google beginsphone, tabletsearch tweaks

Plus: Police custody death; Breast cancer rise seen; TSA tightens rules

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Health happenings for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the region.

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 Former Clairton police Officer Jim Kuzak, who was wounded in the line of duty, gets some attention from therapy dogs Monday at a fundraiser at the South Hills Country Club in Whitehall. The service dogs — trained through Canine Angles, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. — are assigned to veterans with disabilities, and first-responders such as police officers are also eligible to apply.

Family of war hero, CMU grad touts service dogs for veterans

A golfing fundraiser will help Canine Angels train more dogs. “There is a large gap, and this can start to bridge the gap,” says his wife.

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 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.

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Critical report prompts actions at Philadelphia VA office

The changes are in response to a scathing report the VA Office of Inspector General released last week.

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 Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, left, of Ethiopia, and women's division winner Caroline Rotich, of Kenya, pose with a trophy after today's race.

Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenyan Rotich triumph in Boston Marathon

Two years after bombs killed three and wounded 260 more, the world’s most prestigious marathon took tentative steps back toward normal.

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National briefs: Sen. Manchin says will seek re-election

PLUS: New cancer drug studied; Man dies week after arrest; Lynch vote likely this week.

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FDA to revisit its policies on regulating homeopathic remedies

Should the FDA regulate homeopathic remedies such as Cold-Eeze the same way it does over-the-counter drugs such as Advil?

6 days ago


Warrior pose: Yoga catching on as therapy for veterans’ PTSD

Yoga is being increasingly embraced by the Department of Veterans Affairs and military looking to wean veterans off addictive painkillers.

6 days ago


Study finds that surgery can lower disability in stroke patients

The study is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh and confirms that endovascular surgery works.

1 week ago


 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's order, issued Wednesday, calls for a government response by Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Pittsburgh, Erie dioceses birth control opt-out win

The order follows an appeals court ruling that had ruled the government could enforce the mandates in the Roman Catholic dioceses.

1 week ago


 Allegheny General Hospital is among 26 transplant centers that was involved in what is described as the nation’s largest kidney chain -- 34 people donated kidneys and 34 received them over a two-month period beginning in January.

Pittsburgh hospital plays role in 68-person kidney chain

The nation’s largest kidney transplant exchange involved two patients who received organs and two who donated them at AGH.

1 week ago


Type 2 diabetes with depression boosts risk of dementia

A UPMC professor publishes commentary in JAMA Psychiatry study showing that type 2 diabetes and depression raise the risk of dementia.

1 week ago


Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

Inspectors found the VA manipulated data, mishandled mail and caused veterans to wait an average of 10 months to resolve claims.

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 Trudy Cohn, an AARP volunteer, works Tuesday with Carranza Knight of Penn Hills to complete his tax return at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill.

Feeling stressed on tax day? Experts say it's unavoidable for late filers

A recent study found that tax day saw a 6 percent increase in fatal car accidents, possibly linked to the stress of the impending deadline.

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Study shows heightened risk of dementia for those with both diabetes, depression

The study involved 2.5 million Danes who were 50 years old and older, all followed over the course of years.

1 week ago


Asbury Health Center settles Medicare certifications dispute

Authorities said Asbury Health Center submitted Medicare payments that weren't supported by physician certifications.

1 week ago


Leaders push Medicare bill toward final congressional approval

It was a rare bipartisan push to erase an irritant that has dogged lawmakers for years.

1 week ago


 Poet Valerie Bacharach holds a weekly poetry writing session for recovering addicts.

Sharing the power of poetry to women recovering from addiction

A weekly writing workshop gives recovering addicts some space, says teacher Valerie Bacharach.

1 week ago


 Barb Baird of Bridgeville sits with an IV in her arm for her 4th of 5 treatments of Lemtrada, a new drug used for patients with multiple sclerosis at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.

New MS drug shows promise for those with aggressive disease

Lentrada, a drug that offers new hope for MS patients, is being used in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Healthy System.

1 week ago


 Runners at the starting line of the 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon. Part of the sticker shock of rising entry fees can be blamed on market demand.

Marathon entry fees can be a challenge

Road races have never been more popular in the U.S., and people are more than willing to dig deep in their pockets to pay for them.

1 week ago


Health happenings: List of health- and fitness-related events in Pittsburgh

Listing of health- and fitness-related events for Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

1 week ago


Pa. slaughterhouse recalls 1,800 pounds of veal sold for Orthodox Easter

The U.S. Agriculture Department says Leader Slaughterhouse in Imler produced the veal carcasses Friday outside of inspection hours.

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 “The concern right now, in my opinion, is that we don’t have enough providers to meet the current need,” Dr. Neil Capretto said.

Despite many addiction treatment specialists, Pa. faces rising demand

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the number of mental health professionals, but it is losing more of them than most states to retirement.

1 week ago


 One of two billboards that is part of Highmark's new advertising campaign.

Highmark Health: New ad campaign aims to change the conversation

After years of rancorous fighting with rival UPMC, new marketing effort meant to be more positive.

1 week ago


 New York Jets wide receiver, Brandon Marshall

NFL player Brandon Marshall speaks out on tackling stigma of mental illness

The Pittsburgh native has become a high-profile advocate for mental health care and uses football as his platform.

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Calif. looks to Pacific to create drinking water

A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November.

1 week ago


 Robin Rombach/Post-Gazette -  4-1-15 - Oakland -   local - Hopey -   Samir Lakhani, a senior environmental studies major at the University of Pittsburgh has partnered with hotels in south-east Asia to recycle soap. The soap is recycled and made into a liquid soap given to the people in Cambodia.

Saving Cambodian lives with slivers of hotel soap

Nonprofit started by a Pitt student helps rural Cambodians combat disease through handwashing and better hygiene

1 week ago


 Katie and Dalton Prager

Couple with cystic fibrosis learn a hard lesson in health care

Most recently, Katie and Dalton Prager learned the hard lessons of health care economics.

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$5.7 million verdict awarded in lawsuit against UPMC

Gregg M. Kander of Squirrel Hill claimed his wife, Ellen, never received followup to a liver lesion and later died of liver cancer.

2 weeks ago


Bacteria changed care for cystic fibrosis patients

Cepacia struck the cystic fibrosis community and spread quickly, with some hospitals having infection rates of more than 20 percent.

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