Health


 Fitness trackers like, from left, Fitbit Force, Jawbone Up, Fitbug Orb, and the Nike FuelBand SE, can carry security risks.

Surveillance Society: Wearable fitness devices often carry security risks

The devices log vast amounts of data, tracking number of calories burned, heart rate and sleep patterns among other information.

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 Parents often battle their children to eat healthy foods. So suggesting that picky eating might indicate that the child has avoidant-restrictive food-intake disorder might lead to some overreaction.

Could picky eating be a sign of anxiety and depression?

A Duke University study says 20 percent of children are such picky eaters that they could face impairments.

about 15 hours ago


 The final version of Mr. Obama’s plan imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected.

Obama unveils final version of power plant emission plan

The president said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change.

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 The affected products have a “Best When Used By” date of between Dec. 29, 2015 and Jan. 4, 2016, followed by the manufacturing codes “S54″ or “S55.”

Kraft recalls cheese singles for possible choking hazard

The voluntary recall involves the 3-pound and 4-pound boxes of Kraft Singles American and White American Pasteurized Cheese.

about 7 hours ago


WHO: Ebola vaccine appears to be effective

An Ebola vaccine tested in Guinea has proven effective in a preliminary study, the World Health Organization announced Friday.

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 Joni Rabinowitz holds a sign during a rally on Grant Street by people advocating for a single payer health care system. About 75 people took part in the rally, which began outside UPMC headquarters and ended at Highmark.

Activists celebrate 50 years of Medicare

Organizers with labor unions and other groups vowed to lobby again to dismantle commercial insurers.

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Highmark initiative helps patients find 'Dr. Right'

Two hundred South Hills residents were on hand, along with many physicians in a variety of specialties.

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 Stephanie McMahon said she's "extremely humbled and privileged" to join the board.

WWE's Stephanie McMahon joins Children's Hospital Foundation board

Ms. McMahon and WWE became involved with Children's Hospital after meeting 8-year-old Connor Michalek, a Hampton child battling a rare

4 days ago


 Jessica Goeller, mother of 2-year old liver recipient Lucas Goeller, hugs Ed Atwood outside Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Wednesday in Lawrenceville. Mr. Atwood organized a bike ride from Monroeville in honor of Lucas to deliver gifts to children at the hospital.

Motorcyclists take a ride to support transplant recipient Lucas Goeller

Motorcyclists ride from Monroeville to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to show support for liver recipient Lucas Goeller.

4 days ago


GOP searches for women to lead efforts against Planned Parenthood

Republicans in Congress are designating women lawmakers to draft measures to end federal assistance to Planned Parenthood health services.

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 Cold cap, created by DigniCap, is pending FDA clearance and is the only scalp cooling device that has completed FDA clinical trials in the U.S.

Ice caps can prevent hair loss during chemotherapy

Scalp cooling technology, which prevents hair loss in some chemotherapy patients, is entering the mainstream, including in Pittsburgh.

6 days ago


 Botanically, watermelon is a fruit in the same cucurbit family as pumpkins, squash and cucumbers, which often are mistaken as vegetables.

Nutritious watermelon not just a summer dessert

Studies show watermelon, often considered little more than sugar water, helps fight heart disease, some cancer and, for sure, dehydration.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Monongahela Valley Hospital is sponsoring “Talk With a Doc: Repair of Shoulder Injuries” 7 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

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 Exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court today ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.

Court orders EPA to relax air-pollution limits in 13 states

The federal appeals court also upheld the EPA’s right to impose the standards, which states and industry groups called overly burdensome.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

1 week ago


Broken water line repaired at Allegheny General Hospital

The hospital implemented its Emergency Operations Plan after the broken line caused water to flow into several elevator shafts and a

6 days ago


 Cathy Fowlkes speaks with Dr. Alicia Kaplan at Allegheny  Health Network's facility in Bethel Park.

Brain electrodes help Mt. Lebanon woman with OCD

Cathy Fowlkes woke up each day and worked through the same routine; cleaning her house from top to bottom. Today that is all changed.

1 week ago


 Campers, including Cloey Senyo, 9, center, of Erie, wait to be called out for ice cream after lunch at Flying Horse Farms in Mount Gilead, Ohio, during a camp for children with serious illnesses. About 900 children attend each summer from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and as far away as Alabama. Flying Horse Farms' mission is to provide a camp experience for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend camp.

At summer camp Flying Horse Farms, 'you’re not the kid who’s sick. You’re just the kid'

Flying Horse Farms is one of 14 accredited facilities that provide a free, traditional camp experience to children with serious illnesses.

1 week ago


 Jason Snyder at his office at the Consumer Health Coalition in Pittsburgh. He is the organization’s executive director.

Addiction knows no bounds: One professional’s fight with stigma, denial and opioid painkillers

For those with seemingly successful lives, the fear of losing esteem at work and in the community can be a powerful deterrent to recovery.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks Monday at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

Wolf said he understands the concern over social services agencies having to foot the bill while they wait for the state to reimburse them.

1 week ago


World briefs: Security woes delay start of Greek bailout talks

Plus: Kerry, Russia to discuss IS, Hungary to complete fence, Malaria vaccine, Nigeria celebrates no polio, India questions execution

1 week ago


 Efforts to recruit other obstetrician-gynecologists have not been successful, Jameson Health System President and CEO Doug Danko said.

New Castle’s Jameson Hospital closing childbirth services unit

One of its only two obstetricians is departing, and childbirth services will no longer be offered in a few weeks.

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 FILE - This July 17, 2012, file photo, shows the Eli Lilly & Co. corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Eli Lilly & Co. reported July 22, 2015, that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Experimental Alzheimer’s drug shows some benefit

An experimental drug from Eli Lilly & Co. may slow Alzheimer’s if people take it early enough.

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 “The industry has changed,” said Amy Ranier, director of patient experience at UPMC, adding that everyone who visits a UPMC facility receives a survey now.

Hospitals aim to increase focus on patient experience

How patients feel about their stay has become more than a public relations exercise for hospitals.

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Study shows Alzheimer’s worsens faster with women than men

Women with early memory loss decline at a much faster pace than men, a study has found.

1 week ago


World briefs: Greek PM Tsipras rallies party backing before bailout vote

Plus: Japan cites China as a threat; EU approves Amgen chlolesterol-fighting drug; Obama’s trip to Ethiopia; Burundi election; Tibetan monk

1 week ago


Becoming aware of mental illness: Pa. law requires training for police, judges

A state rep said a Washington incident drove home the need for a bill requiring mental health awareness training for police, district

1 week ago


Getting the message out on HPV vaccinations

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation could begin a social media campaign to increase HPV vaccination uptake rates.

1 week ago


 South Fayette midfielder George Slater  heads the ball away from Keystone Oaks' Lucas Fievet during a high school match.

Experts debate the safety of heading in soccer

A University of Colorado study concludes that aggressive play, not heading, causes most concussions in high school soccer.

1 week ago


 Under the revised policy, the size of the penalty would be based on a number of factors, such as size of the food facility, seriousness of the violation, willfulness and whether the violation was a repeat offense

Allegheny County eyes higher fines for food safety violations

The proposals follow a failed attempt to display health department grades on restaurant doors.

1 week ago


 Rick and Jessica Goeller, with their son Lucas, 2, at their family farm in Indiana Township on June 17.

Indiana Township boy who received donated liver experiencing organ rejection weeks later

The 2-year-old Indiana Township boy’s quest for a liver won hearts around the country.

1 week ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming weeks.

1 week ago


 Timber rattlesnakes are the more common of the two types of rattlesnakes found in Pennsylvania.

Fatal rattlesnake bites are the exception, experts say

A Freedom man died Sunday from the first fatal rattlesnake bite in Pennsylvania in 25 years, but the snake mistakenly bit the wrong target.

1 week ago


 From left, Amy Burke, 16, Holly Jewart, 17, Valencia McNally, then 10, and Cassie Denny, 12, pack supplies at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in preparation for a Haiti H20 outreach program trip.

Brookline girl returns from medical mission trip to her native Haiti

At 5 years old, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Valencia McNally made the move from Haiti to the United States.

2 weeks ago


 The Rev. Nicholas Prugar and his wife, Amanda, pose for a portrait with their adopted 18-month-old daughter, Aurora, at their home in Harmony.

Social changes making adoption process tougher across Pennsylvania

Adoptions are down — in Allegheny County and around Pennsylvania — as traditional sources of children dry up.

2 weeks ago


 Aetna and Humana enroll around 22 percent of Medicare Advantage participants in Western Pennsylvania.

Could an Aetna-Humana merger help control costs in Western Pa.?

A proposed merger could deliver new coverage options for Pennsylvanians on Medicare Advantage.

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 Beth Caldwell and her son Kevin Nuckols, 22, switched from Highmark insurance to UPMC Health Plan last year after a premium hike, but UPMC now says their independent primary care physician is out of network.

As networks narrow, choosing a health plan gets tricky

One Crafton family struggled to figure out where its UPMC Health Plan coverage is accepted.

2 weeks ago


Nation briefs: Former FIFA executive pleads not guilty

Plus: Dueling rallies in S.C., Eric Garner remembered, Death penalty campaign, Oregon birth control

2 weeks ago


 Jason Reid gives his partner Hitomi Mullen a spin as they dance in the "Yes, You can Dance" at Dance Explosion in Ross.  The dance program supports wellness for those with special needs, disabilities and chronic degenerative diseases.

At 'Yes, You Can Dance,' ballroom classes double as therapy

The program is for those with special needs, disabilities and chronic degenerative diseases.

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Health Department issues rabies alert, urges residents to avoid wild animals

Two raccoons and three bats in Allegheny County tested positive for rabies, according to a news release.

2 weeks ago


County helps elderly stay in their homes

More than 1,000 older residents of Westmoreland County receive help from health and personal care aides thanks to the Area Agency on Aging.

2 weeks ago


 President Barack Obama took a tour Thursday of the medium-security El Reno Federal Correction Institute in Oklahoma.

National briefs: Obama visits federal correctional facility

Plus: IRS customer hang-ups, Bush to recover in 3-4 months, Case against GOP Walker dropped, Fracking health study, Texas execution halted

2 weeks ago


 FILE - This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. According to a new government study published Wednesday, the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically.

Lyme disease a growing threat in Pittsburgh region

Two children have been hospitalized this week for treatment of severe Lyme disease.

2 weeks ago


 Bottles of Lipitor, left, and Zocor, both popular statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, at an ACME pharmacy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Oct. 14, 2005.

Broader statin use gets support from 2 new studies

The guidelines, issued by leading societies in November 2013, move away from trying to lower cholesterol to particular target levels.

2 weeks ago


  Dick Herchenroether, 64, of Ben Avon, practices at Fit 4 Boxing Club in Allison Park,on Thursday, July 2,  2015. disease.

Boxing provides relief for Parkinson's sufferers

Boxing can ease symptoms of Parkinson's because it works on balance, hand-eye coordination and fatigue, studies show.

2 weeks ago


 Jennifer Hu, medical student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt med students devise an app to gauge frustrations

A team of University of Pittsburgh medical students have created an app to help patients provide feedback on their doctors’ visits.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related activities for the week following Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

2 weeks ago


Methane emissions measured at Texas gas-related sites

Methane emissions near shale gas operations reported in journal find some sites in Texas had very high methane loss.

2 weeks ago


Former hospice doctor sentenced in Medicare scheme

Oliver Herndon, the former medical director for Horizons Hospice, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in November.

2 weeks ago


Adults with autism to share housing with general population in Heidelberg complex

While this project may be the first that mixes autistic and non-autistic adults, it is part of a movement to create affordable housing.

3 weeks ago



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