Health


 Mary Marazita is associate dean of research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

Researchers find health risks lie hidden in the cleft palate gene

Pitt School of Dental Medicine lands an $11.8 million NIH grant to continue research on the genetics of cleft lips and palates.

about 15 hours ago


 The Lund family, from left, Don, Brian (in front), Nikki, Catie, Donna and Donny, is the focus of the documentary, "The Family Next Door," which explores the challenges, grace and determination of living with Brian's and Donny's autism.

Pittsburgh-area family shares autism story in film

“The Family Next Door” is a new documentary that highlights the challenges and triumphs of an Upper St. Clair family dealing with autism.

about 15 hours ago


 A customer checks out his iPhone 6 Plus Sept. 19 outside an Apple store in Pasadena, Calif.

Apple aims to provide medical history in the palm of your hand

From counting calories to monitoring blood pressure, your medical history can be as close as your cell phone.

about 15 hours ago


 In the Pittsburgh region, this year’s open enrollment is anything but typical.

Employers face unusual market for health insurance; open enrollment period to begin

The Affordable Care Act and the Highmark-UPMC breakup mean the normal open-enrollment period dynamics have been turned on their heads.

about 15 hours ago


Facts about cleft lips and palates

Clefts are one of the most common birth defects worldwide with a long impact on medicine, culture and literature.

about 15 hours ago


UPMC physician designations come into question

Family physician Malcolm Harris says his name was wrongly included in a UPMC listing of 1,600 doctors who will not be in Highmark’s network.

about 15 hours ago


 Planned Parenthood lead clinician Katherine Schott holds a copper-based ParaGard IUD, left, and a hormone-releasing Mirena IUD.

Pediatrics group says IUDs teens’ best birth control choice

Most women and girls still use inexpensive birth control pills, but the group’s statement might trigger a shift.

1 day ago


Allegheny County Council to weigh open fire regulations

County Council will soon consider new open burning regulations from the Allegheny County Health Department.

1 day ago


Parents should practice baby talking, not baby talk

Allegheny County has launched a campaign encouraging people to talk to their babies and young children to nurture development.

1 day ago


Former Consol Energy Mine managers try to save benefits

Consol retirees who became managers say losing some of their benefits will hurt them financially.

1 day ago


Breast cancer drug appears to extend lives of patients

Patients who received the drug Perjeta from Roche had a median survival time nearly 16 months longer than those in the control group.

1 day ago


U.S. rate of Type 2 diabetes is stabilizing, CDC reports

The trend might be related to another positive development: a stabilization of obesity rates

2 days ago


 Brian Jones, an electrician at AGH, in the new epilepsy monitoring unit at the hospital's Snyder Pavilion. The four-bed unit is scheduled to open Monday.

Allegheny General Hospital debuts high-level epilepsy unit

The layout of the four-bed facility will allow better access for treatment.

3 days ago


Unwanted prescriptions to be collected in Allegheny County Saturday

County police will collect the drugs at the North Park and South Park stations.

3 days ago


Obama: Global response to Ebola is too slow

At the United Nations meeting, President Barack Obama warns world leaders that they’re moving too slowly to halt Ebola epidemic.

4 days ago


Pa. Senate passes medical pot legislation

The vote delivers the legislation to the House, whose Republican leadership has expressed skepticism.

5 days ago


 The Highmark and UPMC logos are seen atop buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

UPMC, Highmark advance different messages about access

Highmark says 80 percent of UPMC doctors will stay in network when their contract ends; UPMC says the figure is “no more” than 56 percent.

6 days ago


University of Pittsburgh receives $5.8M grant to develop 3-D liver model

Researchers from 11 institutions will collaborate over three years to refine existing 3-D human tissue chips.

6 days ago


 Legislation to permit the medical use of marijuana in Pennsylvania is poised to clear the state Senate, but the measure is expected to face some opposition in the House.

Pennsylvania Senate expected to pass medical marijuana bill

The Senate’s majority leader expects the full Senate to overwhelmingly approve the bill, but it faces some opposition in the House.

6 days ago


More insurers line up to sell Obamacare plans

The Obamacare marketplace is expecting a 25 percent rise in insurers selling coverage for the upcoming 2015 enrollment period.

6 days ago


 Barbara Walter,  67, of Fairview, Erie County was cured of hepatitis C that she contracted from a blood transfusion in 1976. Diagnosed in 2000, she was cured last summer with a dual-drug combination that cost $144,000.

Could hepatitis C eventually be a rare disease?

New drugs can cure hepatitis C, but their prohibitive cost makes them unavailable through Medicare and health-insurance plans.

1 week ago


 Dr. Joel Montgomery, team leader for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Response Team in Liberia, is dressed in his personal protective equipment while adjusting a colleague's PPE before entering the Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia's capital city in this photo released Sept. 16.

CDC: Ebola cases could reach 1.4 million in four months

CDC emphasized that the projections are based on data available in August.

1 week ago


University of Pittsburgh study says hepatitis C will be a rare disease by about 2036 and possibly sooner

More screening and the availability of curative but expensive drugs ideally could make hepatitis C rare by 2026

1 week ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, Sept. 23

Life Service Providers is sponsoring a Senior Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Galleria of Mt. Lebanon.

1 week ago


Obituary: Milton H. Dalbow / Cancer researcher, veteran of two wars

In the 1970s, Pittsburgh was home to the largest comprehensive cancer center in the nation.

1 week ago


Companies take action to reduce climate footprint

Investors and companies are disinvesting in fossil fuels, perhaps the most tangible action on global warming.

1 week ago


Audit finds Highmark big part of UPMC's revenue

The health giant says 31 percent of its revenue comes from Highmark reimbursement payments.

1 week ago


 Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker announce Live Well Allegheny, a long-term program to encourage proactive steps to improve residents' health, in January.

Allegheny County begins health assessment meetings tonight

The Allegheny County Health Department will hold 13 public meetings for the public to provide input on health issues.

1 week ago


 U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton

U.S. attorney to attack fraud in health care

U.S. Attorney David Hickton is ramping up a team — backed by the FBI — whose focus will be fighting crime in the medical industry.

1 week ago


Hidden costs in health care blindside patients

But in an increasingly common practice, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty

1 week ago


Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

1 week ago


Green Tree conference examines African immigrant health issues

A national conference is being held in Green Tree to help organizations eliminate health disparities among African immigrants and refugees.

1 week ago


 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

1 week ago


U.S. lays out strategy to combat crisis of antibiotic resistance

The White House, by executive order, is offering a national strategy to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance because of overuse.

1 week ago


Health Dept.: District too quick with alert

It shows itself with symptoms of fever of more than 101 degrees, runny nose, coughing, sneezing and sometimes rash.

1 week ago


Allegheny County health officials: Bethel Park schools too quick to release alert on virus

The county Health Department director said the CDC has no confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 in the region.

1 week ago


End-of-life care needs sweeping overhaul, panel says

American way of dying is broken, too costly, and not necessarily what patients want, national expert panel finds.

1 week ago


With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

1 week ago


Enterovirus reaches Pennsylvania; at least six cases reported in Erie, Philly

Health officials say 12 states, including Pennsylvania, now have respiratory illnesses caused by enterovirus 68, an uncommon virus.

1 week ago


State, corrections union investigate health at prisons by coal sites

The reviews come after two human rights groups found substantial cancer rates at SCI Fayette, built next to a fly ash dump.

1 week ago


CDC finds Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of obesity-related ailments.

1 week ago


 Terri Thieret, holding the family cat Nutmeg, spent three months in the hospital after contracting a severe case of H1N1 flu last winter.

Dramatic treatment saves nurse's life from H1N1 flu

Allegheny General Hospital nurse Terri Thieret spent nine months recovering from the flu, aided by ECMO and a medically induced coma.

2 weeks ago


New Castle-based Jameson Health System to become part of UPMC

As part of the deal, UPMC will invest $70 million to develop services at Jameson’s 25 facilities.

1 week ago


 West Penn Hospital is now offering low-dose computer tomography screening for free.

Screening may detect lung cancer in its earliest stages

West Penn Hospital is offering free lung cancer screening to long-term smokers as part of a pilot study on its life-saving effects.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh Mercy Health System will prohibit its employees from using tobacco products of any kind during work shifts effective Feb. 1, 2015.

Pittsburgh Mercy toughens stance on workers' tobacco use

Officials say the policy is meant to improve employees’ health rather than exact punishment.

2 weeks ago


 Brittany Brown, left, a rehab aide at UPMC Sports Medicine who was in a recent bicycle accident, is examined by Anne Mucha, clinical coordinator of vestibular therapy for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The test is for visual motion sensitivity.

New test detects concussion impairments that may be overlooked

University of Pittsburgh researchers have developed a new test for diagnosing concussions called vestibular/ocular motor screening.

2 weeks ago


 Janet Bungard, 64, sits next to her Cardiomems in her home in Harrison. The machine works with an implanted censor in her pulmonary artery to manage heart failure by monitoring the buildup of fluid in her lungs.

Implanted sensor helps heart failure patient manage serious condition

Allegheny Health Network is part of a new clinical trial investigating if remote monitoring of heart failure can cut hospitalizations.

2 weeks ago


 Dr. Joel Nelson, head of prostate-urology at UPMC, joined Drs. Jian-Hua Luo and George Michalopoulos as principal investigators in a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study that has identified eight gene mutations known as gene fusions that signal aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

Pitt study uncovers prostate cancer mystery

Pitt study identifies gene mutations that signal aggressive form of prostate cancer.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings for September 16. 2014

A list of health- and fitness-related events for the coming week.

2 weeks ago


Maker to cut cost to Third World for its hepatitis C drug treatment

Generic deal will bring cheaper hepatitis C treatment to poor nations.

2 weeks ago



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