Health


 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

about 12 hours ago


No practicing on patients: New doctors get boot camp

Medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for new interns.

about 14 hours ago


Health care law cut uninsured adults by as much as 11 million

Vast majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their medical plans.

2 days ago


Hopes for AIDS cure are setback

Mississippi baby thought to have been cured by aggressive drug treatment shows signs of infection.

2 days ago


 Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy, left, officer Jim Kazmierczak, center, and Munhall officer James Williams participate in a Project Lifesaver training session Thursday afternoon.

Police in Allegheny County get tracking tool for missing persons

Project Lifesaver is spearheading an effort to prevent individuals with disabilities from wandering away or becoming lost.

2 days ago


 Lauren Allenberg and her daughter, Ava, 5, play together on the bed in the little girl’s room in their new house in Green Tree. Ava suffered brain trauma when she was born, and Ms. Allenberg recently won a settlement that allowed her to purchase the home including a separate bedroom for her daughter, hardwood floors to allow Ava to move in her wheelchair and an ADA-approved bathroom.

Achieva Family Trust helps families finance care for disabled

The Achieva Family Trust helps individuals with disabilities close the gap in funding for their medical services and other expenses.

3 days ago


Business struggling on health insurance

Employers are making decisions now about which health plans to offer their workers in 2015.

3 days ago


 "Violet," the latest of UPMC's collection of disinfecting robots which uses ultraviolet light to sanitize a hospital's operating and patient rooms, is demonstrated at UPMC Passasvant.

Violet the robot attacks germs at UPMC Passavant

The robot, manufactured by Xenex, is being tested to see if its use can reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections.

3 days ago


 FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Research center storage room in Bethesda, Md., yields forgotten smallpox vials

Glass vials were intact and sealed, and testing will determine whether virus is dead or alive.

4 days ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett care plan cuts aid for disabled

Many people with disabilities would be forced to pay higher health insurance rates in the commercial marketplace.

4 days ago


Obamacare site caused some millenials to struggle

The Mil­len­ni­als have some sim­ple ad­vice for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion: Make the web­site more like Yelp or Tur­boTax.

5 days ago


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

Study: Weight loss can help with hot flashes

A University of Pittsburgh study has shown the benefit of weight loss in controlling menopause symptoms of hot flashes.

5 days ago


 Jeff Donato, a jazz guitarist and personal trainer, has suffered from a brain aneurysm. Here, he coaches Bob French through a workout at Donato's fitness center in Carnegie. Donato and other local survivors will participate in a walk for awareness later this month.

Surgery can fix brain aneurysm; support can help recovery

On Saturday, a run and walk in Pittsburgh for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

5 days ago


 From left, Sebastian Wilburn,  5,  Matteo Wilburn,  8,  Oona  Shaw, 9,  and Imogen Shaw, 6, play FitWits.

New company Fitwits uses fun to fight childhood obesity

Fitwits is the latest for-profit corporation to emerge from Carnegie Mellon University.

5 days ago


'People first' approach important for addiction treatment

The choice of words when discussing those afflicted with the disease of addiction creates a distinction that can make a difference.

5 days ago


Health Happenings for July 8, 2014

A listing of health-related events for the coming week.

5 days ago


 Broccoli provides a “frugal, simple and safe means” to reduce long-term health risks associated with pollution, the study states.

Molecule in broccoli sprouts removes toxic pollutants from body

Broccoli especially broccoli-sprout tea, three times weekly can eliminate benzene and air pollutants from body.

5 days ago


 Erik Jones of Elizabeth poses on his front porch. Jones has fully recovered after a two-year battle with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-killing bacterial infection, on his leg.

Surviving another kind of war: Flesh-killing necrotizing fasciitis

An Elizabeth man overcomes deadly infection known as necrotizing fasciitis after two years and returns to his active life.

5 days ago


Free fitness classes resume

Free fitness classes for families will be offered July 12 at Fox Chapel High School.

5 days ago


 Team PHenomenal Hope posed with the eventual men’s four team finishers, an all-star celebrity team of bike and motorcycle champions known as Legends of the Road. Left to right: Stacie Truszkowski, motocross champ Ben Bostrom, Ryanne Palermo, BMX champion and video-game star Dave Mirra and Patty George, a lung transplant surgeon at UPMC.

Pittsburgh team races bikes to promote pulmonary hypertension awareness

Bicyclists organized by UPMC lung transplant surgeon Patty George race coast to coast for pulmonary hypertension awareness.

6 days ago


 A sign for the Allegheny Health Network at West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield.

Allegheny Health Network makes inroads on its brand

A year after the launch of its new brand, Allegheny Health Network has made some inroads -- but there's still a lot of work to be done.

1 week ago


Obama weighs steps to cover contraception

The Obama administration is reeling from back-to-back blows on the issue from the Supreme Court this week.

1 week ago


Third North Allegheny student diagnosed with whooping cough

Previously, one student at the senior high and one at the intermediate high school had been diagnosed with pertussis.

1 week ago


 Richland Public Health nurse Renee Blankenship, left, gives Marcus Burkholder a Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccination at a clinic for the Mennonite community in Richland County in Shiloh, Ohio.

Measles outbreak complicates 2 big Amish events

Outbreak started after Amish travelers to the Philppines contracted disease and returned home.

1 week ago


Watchdog agency: Obamacare exchanges not properly verifying applicant data

Watchdog agency‘‍s reports say ’‍internal controls‘‍ were inadequate to verify eligibility for subsidies.

1 week ago


White House begins new push for Medicaid expansion

So far, 26 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to expand Medicaid coverage, providing coverage to 5.2 million more people.

1 week ago


 Under a new policy, all UPMC personnel are banned from smoking during their shifts.

UPMC snuffs out smoking under new employee policy

The health care giant‘s expanded smoking ban for personnel officially begins with mixed reviews.

1 week ago


Most healthy women don't need pelvic exams

American College of Physicians recommends that doctors quit using pelvic exams for screening without symptoms.

1 week ago


 Tracey Eakin, 43, of Peters, Washington County, a plant-based nutrition counselor.

Women change careers after seeing benefits of a vegan diet

Success with vegan diets inspires women to share their knowledge about health and healing.

1 week ago


Health happenings

Health events calendar for July 1, 2014.

1 week ago


Testing the waters at Pittsburghers' favorite beaches

Water safety of popular beach vacation destinations is rated in the 2014 annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

1 week ago


 Ashley Frohnert, PETA's recently awarded Sexiest Vegan, buys a veggie burger at the Bluebird Kitchen in Market Square.

The vegan community is small but active and research shows its health benefits

Vegans come to the lifestyle for various reasons, many tell stories of how their health improved after changing their diet.

1 week ago


 Mary Winter, 80,  founder of Angel's Place in  Brookline, comforts Geno Crenshaw, 4, while reading a book to Cameron Krestal, 4. She founded the organization 30 years ago and still volunteers there cooking lunches.

At Angel's Place, child care can be like family

Angel’‍s Place in Pittsburgh celebrates 30 years of helping single parents finish their education.

1 week ago


Quick-acting protein could be used to fight viral infections

University of Pittsburgh research reveals antiviral properties and treatment potential of the OASL protein, related to immune response.

1 week ago


Medicare targets Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Several risk Medicare financially punishing them for having greater-than-usual hospital-acquired infection and injury rates.

1 week ago


In military care, a pattern of errors but not scrutiny

There have been persistent lapses in protecting patients at the nation's military hospitals.

2 weeks ago


 Lou Gehrig during a sold-out tribute at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939.

The Next Page: Lou Gehrig's gift

Neil Alexander, who has ALS, says Lou Gehrig’s message about gratitude still resonates after 75 years.

2 weeks ago


US pledges not to make or buy landmines

Advocates for a worldwide landmine ban applaud US pledge but say it should sign international treaty.

2 weeks ago


Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage

A giant food service company reversed course Thursday, after bumping thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan.

2 weeks ago


 Pittsburgh-area obstetricians say if expectant moms make the move away from Magee, it could put a strain on Highmark's Allegheny Health Network.

Higher costs may force expectant moms with Highmark away from Magee

Long the region’s pre-eminent center for obstetrical deliveries, Magee-Womens Hospital delivers 11,000 babies every year.

2 weeks ago


Policy shift, funding cut spell end of AIDS coalition

The state Health Department is taking over some of the service planning long performed by a handful of agencies across the state.

2 weeks ago


 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark seen with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Health care transition plan between Highmark Health and UPMC lacking revisions

Highmark’‍s commercial customers will have access to seven of UPMC’‍s 16 primary hospitals under the newly signed separation agreement.

2 weeks ago


Longer heart monitoring backed for stroke patients

The American Heart Association changed its guidelines in May to say it‘‍s “reasonable” for patients with unexplained strokes to be

2 weeks ago


 Sources tell the Post-Gazette that state officials have brokered an updated agreement between warring health giants UPMC and Highmark Health.

UPMC, Highmark clarify agreement

It includes provisions for emergency and cancer care, and continued access for Highmark’‍s commercial customers to some UPMC doctors.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings: June 24, 2014

Health-related events in the coming week.

2 weeks ago


 Director of quality improvement for Familylinks, Sean DeYoung.

Defusing family conflict not always easy

Pittsburgh therapists give tips on dealing with conflict, and help with dealing with the aftermath.

2 weeks ago


 Jonathan Pollett, a researcher at Allegheny General Hospital, is studying an herbal extract from Vietnam that shows promising results in reducing blood sugar levels.

Herb found in Vietnam shows improvement in blood-sugar levels for type 2 diabetes

Allegheny General Hospital completes study showing initial success in lowering blood sugar with an Asian herb.

2 weeks ago


Emotional distress found to be additional health risk for people with type 1 diabetes

Symptoms of emotional distress can lead to premature death for those with type 1 diabetes, says a University of Pittsburgh study.

2 weeks ago


Study: Stress from interpersonal conflict may spur high blood pressure

Carnegie Mellon University researchers find that negative social interactions increase the risk of hypertension.

2 weeks ago


VA falling short on female medical issues, review says

Even the head of the VA's office of women's health acknowledges that persistent shortcomings remain in caring for female vets.

2 weeks ago



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