Health


 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.

about 6 hours 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

about 6 hours 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.

about 6 hours 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.

about 6 hours ago


Companies take action to reduce climate footprint

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

about 6 hours 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 day 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 day 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.

2 days 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

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

3 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Health happenings for September 16. 2014

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

1 week 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.

1 week ago


Health law has caveat on renewal of care coverage

Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed.

1 week ago


 Pittsburgh transplant surgeons say they support a possible revamping of the liver distribution policy aimed at getting more organs to the sickest patients — and cutting waiting-list deaths — across the country.

National changes in liver transplant protocols favored by Pittsburgh doctors

But other transplant centers are at odds over suggested changes in liver distribution aimed at getting more organs to the sickest patients.

1 week ago


Study: Dementia patients continue to get medications with little to no benefit

Giving drugs may cost pointless discomfort

1 week ago


Some doctors choose to stay independent of Highmark and UPMC

Common wisdom says that’s getting harder to run an independent medical practice. So why are some of them going it alone?

1 week ago


Democrats decry jailing of mother over abortion drug

Democrats say the unusual criminal case is the result of the GOP's continued hostility toward women and their reproductive rights.

1 week ago


Pitt scientists collaborate in effort to combat the deadly MERS virus

Camels are believed to be the source infecting humans with a contagious and deadly virus spreading through the Middle East.

1 week ago


Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene

Benzene exposure is cancer threat for some oil and gas fracking workers, says agency.

1 week ago


Jeannette hospital coming down

About a dozen different types of businesses have inquired about possibly using the site along Jefferson Avenue.

1 week ago


Gates Foundation offers $50 million to fight Ebola

The United Nations has estimated that stopping the disease’s spread in Africa will cost at least $600 million.

1 week ago


 A worker connects a hose to a truck to collect foam from a drill pit used in a Rice Energy Marcellus Shale drilling rig in Washington County.

Yale study cites health risks for those living near shale gas wells

The study randomly surveyed 492 people in 180 households with private water well supplies in Washington County.

1 week ago


 U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx addresses the audience at the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference today at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

U.S. transportation secretary says he is pushing for bike, pedestrian networks

Secretary Anthony Foxx addressed the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this morning.

1 week ago


Flu shots available through Allegheny County Health Department starting Monday

Health officials recommend the flu vaccine for people ages six months and older. The vaccine costs $25.

1 week ago


 Sonya Pemberton, director of "Nova: Vaccines -- Calling the Shots," with Luke Philburn in Melbourne, Australia.

NOVA documentary tackles debate over vaccines

The benefits of vaccines producing “herd immunity” to infectious diseases clearly offsets rare, serious side effects.

2 weeks ago


 Experts with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said this summer’s cases of Enterovirus D68 are unusually severe and include serious breathing problems.

Health officials on watch for new virus that affects children

No cases have been confirmed locally, although some doctors have said they are seeing a high volume of children with respiratory illness.

2 weeks ago


 Hematologist Barbara A. Konkle, M.D., is director of Clinical and Translational Research at Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle.

Registry collects information to help people with hemophilia

“My Life, Our Future” offers free genetic testing for people with hemophilia A and B to help develop new ways of treating the disease.

2 weeks ago


Wolf: Will expand Medicaid if elected governor

The Democrat says doing so would allow Pennsylvanians to get health care at a lower cost than with the Corbett “Healthy PA” plan.

2 weeks ago


Study shows hope in helping infants fend off autism

Getting parents involved as therapists when signs of autism begin may help reduce symptoms, a small UC Davis study released today showed.

2 weeks ago


Tour de Cure sets up training program

A new cycling partnership will raise funds for diabetes research.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Health- and fitness-related events for the coming week.

2 weeks ago


Consumrs can return unused painkiller prescriptions

Drug Enforcement Administration announces new policy to reduce home stockpiles of unneeded medicines, which are often pilfered by teenagers.

2 weeks ago


 Dr. James Trippi works out of a mobile health clinic in downtown Indianapolis.

Poor Health: A clinic brings needed health care to patients

A refitted RV is used as a mobile clinic serving Indianapolis patients who are homeless.

2 weeks ago



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