Health


 Janet McKee, with freshly picked strawberries,  and farm manager Kevin Keslar have started a "veganic" farm on a historic property in Donegal Township, Westmoreland County.

Holistic health counselor aims for better nutrition through vegan-inspired farming

Veganic farming is rare in America, but Janet McKee uses it to maximize nutrition on her Westmoreland County farm.

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Health roundup: Vitamin D linked to healthy immune response to HIV, Penn State-South Africa study says

Sun exposure and vitamin D supplements are linked to stronger immune response in South African study led by Penn State researcher.

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 This undated photo provided by Covidien shows their stent used to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes. The American Heart Association has endorsed using removable stents to open clogged arteries causing a stroke. It's the first new stroke treatment to be backed by the group in nearly 20 years and the first device ever recommended for this purpose. (AP Photo/Covidien, Stan Sholik)

New guidelines back device for treating strokes

The American Heart Association approved Monday the use of a removable stent to clear blood clots in the brain that cause strokes.

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Health happenings for June 30

Health- and fitness-related events for week following Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

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 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station in Washington County in September 2013.

Pa. impact may be 'minimal' as Supreme Court overturns EPA's mercury rule

The 5-4 decision found the EPA did not consider compliance costs in regulating power plant emissions of mercury and air pollutants.

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U.S. top court invalidates Obama administration EPA regulation

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the EPA should have weighed the cost of compliance in deciding whether to regulate the pollutants.

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CDC: States should spend more on anti-tobacco efforts

Federal health authorities scolded South Carolina, Texas and Kentucky for not using enough of tobacco tax money for smoking prevention.

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Judge delays Kansas ban on 2nd-trimester abortion procedure

A judge in Kansas halted a new law, the first of its kind in the nation, that would have banned the most second-trimester abortion method.

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Questions and answers on health care ruling

The Supreme Court issued its decision Thursday on the second major challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

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Foreign national indicted on charges of defrauding IRS in UPMC data breach

The ring sought about $2.2 million in fraudulent refunds but received only $1.4 million.

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 Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate Thursday outside the Supreme Court after word spread that the justices upheld the law in a 6-3 vote.

Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

The justices’ 6-3 ruling marked the second major victory for President Obama since he signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010.

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 “Both of these entities have a view that there’s nothing more important than their dispute with each other,” says Pennsylvania's executive deputy attorney general.

Pennsylvania official cites ‘‍acrimony’ in Highmark-UPMC battle

The health care giants have been battling since last year over cancer payments, treatment rates and the process for settling disputes.

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 A recent report says the use of prescription drugs and heroin is contributing to a rise in overdose deaths, which now surpass car accident-related deaths in Pennsylvania and 35 other states.

Drug overdoses surpass car accident deaths in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is near the top of the list for deaths from drug overdoses, but West Virginia and Ohio face worse epidemic, a report says.

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 The fertility program at Allegheny Health Network launched this spring.

AHN program helps women and men with cancer preserve fertility

Allegheny Health Network starts fund to cover fertility preservation costs in cancer patients.

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 Susan Albrecht, associate dean for external relations for the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, has won the 2015 Distinguished Professional Service Award at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Pitt nurse honored by health organization

University of Pittsburgh nursing supervisor and researcher, Susan Albrecht, wins the 2015 Distinguished Professional Service Award.

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Summer events celebrate ADA's 25th anniversary

Pittsburgh events celebrate the signing 25 years ago of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Health happenings: June 23, 2015

Health-related events taking place during the coming week.

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 Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage.

Hungry biker: Toasted Penne with Chicken Sausage

Pasta, because it’s full of easy-to-digest carbohydrates, has always been a go-to food for athletes, including cyclists.

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 Rick and Jessica Goeller with their son Lucas, 2, who has been waiting for a liver transplant.

Waiting lists for liver transplants under scrutiny

Nationwide, the largest group of would-be recipients — 19.3 percent — has been waiting one to two years for a liver.

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 Seventy percent of American adults — and three of every four men age 25 and older — were overweight or obese from 2007 to 2012.

Five-year study finds more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese

The study found the highest percentage increase was among African-American women.

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Anthem proposes to buy Cigna for $184 per share

After getting the cold shoulder, U.S. health insurer Anthem Inc. said it’s raising its offer to buy rival Cigna Corp. for $54 billion.

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Obamacare repeal could add estimated $353 billion to deficit

Repealing Obamacare would raise the federal deficit by $137 billion to $353 billion over 10 years.

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Agent Orange benefits expanded

The policy change, effective immediately, would affect up to 2,100 crew members who worked on C-123 cargo planes between 1969 and 1986.

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Nearly a dozen towns join Live Well Allegheny initiative

The program is a comprehensive wellness strategy promoting nutrition, healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, physical activity and more.

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243 medical workers facing fraud charges

The medical workers were arrested in a massive Medicare false billing case brought by the Justice Department involving a $712 million.

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 Retired Air Force Reserve Tech Sgt. Ed Kienle, 73, holds a picture of himself, left, and fellow reservists June 11 in Wilmington, Ohio. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been working to finalize a rule that could cover more than 2,000 military personnel, including Sgt. Kienle, who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 aircraft in the U.S. from 1972 to 1982.

U.S. to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

The policy change, effective immediately, would affect up to 2,100 crew members who worked on C-123 cargo planes between 1969 and 1986.

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VA to extend benefits related to Agent Orange exposure

VA could soon extend benefits to post-Vietnam era veterans assigned to C-123s in Pittsburgh, Ohio and Massachusetts

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 U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair, introduced similar legislation during the last Congress, but it never came to a vote.

Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

Lawmakers weighed privacy interests against the interest in providing crucial information to caregivers.

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 Dozens attended a rally at the City-County Building, Downtown, this morning to press for paid sick leave.

More than 100 rally for paid sick leave during Downtown Pittsburgh rally

According to the Service Employees International Union, at least 43 million workers don’t get a single sick day.

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 Da' Vid Bey, 5, gets acquainted with Romibo, a robot used to tell stories to pre-school children, as it reads a story about Otis, a pig who did not like dirt.

Fuzzy robot friend Romibo helps improve youngsters' social skills

The social therapy robot, originally designed for children with autism, also engages children without developmental challenges.

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 Aleigha Cavalier, public affairs director at Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, said that the drop in abortion rates is due to greater access to contraception and better sexual education.

Why has the rate of abortions shifted downward? Experts are divided

The number of abortions performed in Pennsylvania, as well as the nation, has fallen in recent years.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf called the conditional approval a "critical step."

Conditional approval given for Pa. insurance marketplace

The King v. Burwell case looks at whether people in states with federally run insurance marketplaces are eligible for subsidies.

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 The Food and Drug Administration said today that it will require food companies to phase out the use artificial trans fats almost entirely. Consumers aren't likely to notice much of a difference in their favorite foods, but the Obama administration says the move will reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.

FDA to require food industry to phase out artificial trans fats

Scientists say there are no health benefits to trans fats, which are used in processing food and in restaurants.

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Health happenings this week

Health- and fitness-related events for the week following Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

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5 VA employees on paid leave amid harassment probe

After a worker complained he was harassed for a week, five co-workers are on paid leave as Veterans Administration police investigate.

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DEP fines Range Resources $8.9 million for Marcellus shale gas well

The state told Range to submit a plan to repair the well’s cement casing, but it failed to submit a satisfactory plan, officials said.

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High court rejects abortion law appeal

Abortion rights groups had urged the court to let the ruling stand, and celebrated the court’s action as a victory.

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Department of Veteran Affairs investigating after employee reportedly tied up, duct taped

Spokesman Donald Manuszewski said the VA "does not tolerate harassment of any kind," although he would not give any further information.

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 Retired Air Force Reserve Maj. Wes Carter, runs the C-123 Veterans Association.

Senators block key VA nominee to get benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange

The Senators maneuvered to leverage action on benefits for veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

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California cuts water to more farmers as drought escalates

One of the most severe droughts in state history has intensified.

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 E-cigarettes sit on display at the Villian Vape Shop on Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

E-cigarette culture flourishes in Pittsburgh

This weekend’s Vaping Convention Circuit reflects the growing popularity of vaping in the region.

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 Allegheny Health Network is set to replace Corizon Health's services at the Allegheny County Jail in September.

Allegheny County Jail will partner with Allegheny Health Network for medical care

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced the county is finishing a deal to replace Corizon Health.

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Nobel laureate leaves post after comments on female scientists

A University College London honorary professor in biochemistry who was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has resigned.

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 The price of eggs has tripled over the past 1½ months due to the avian flu.

Effects of avian flu are not so sweet for bakeries

The avian flu has caused egg prices across the nation to triple, and Pittsburgh bakers are feeling the impact.

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Common heartburn medications linked to greater risk of heart attack

Researchers said if their tech had been available, “pharmacovigilance algorithms could have flagged this risk as early as the year 2000.”

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'Talk' takes new approach to sex education

A relatively new sex-ed program created by CMU graduate Samantha Bushman takes a different approach in talking the talk.

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 A close-up of an adult female, an adult male, nymph and larva ticks.

Lyme disease on the rise, Allegheny County health department records show

The state Health Department has said ticks carrying Lyme bacteria have been found in all 67 counties in the state.

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Foes of health care law ‘cynical,’ Obama says

President Obama told Catholic hospital officials Tuesday that millions of Americans depend on his health plan’s insurance coverage.

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FDA panel backs first-in-class cholesterol drug

An FDA panel of experts recommended approval for Praluent, an injectable cholesterol-lowering drug.

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Virus outbreak prompts investigation

The World Health Organization has summoned a team of global experts to look into South Korea’s infection-control measures.

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