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 Dr. Robert Arnold, palliative care specialist at UPMC, consults with Dr. Jordan Keen, a palliative care fellow, while treating patient Jim Salathe III, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

'Hospice? I’m way better than that': The human touch of palliative care

Over decades, Dr. Robert Arnold has pioneered ways to deliver the right medicine for the very sick, emphasizing comfort and communication.

5 minutes ago


 Penguins winger Beau Bennett started showing symptoms two days after he visited Children's Hospital.

Children’s Hospital examining policies on infections

The Pittsburgh Penguins had some concerns about mumps after playing teams with stricken players but visited the hospital anyway.

about 23 hours ago


 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle.

High-dose flu vaccine found more effective for elderly

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study finds that the frail elderly benefit from the high-dose flu vaccine.

3 days ago


 Jan Scheuermann plays rock-paper-scissors using a robotic arm and hand during a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine project.

Brain-controlled robotic arm helps Pittsburgh woman with quadriplegia

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh connected electrodes in her brain to a robotic arm to make hand shapes and grasps possible.

4 days ago


New York bans fracking after health report calls it unsafe

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the decision on whether to allow this kind of drilling in New York was up to New York’s environmental commissioner.

3 days ago


Former execs indicted on charges related to chemical spill in Charleston, W.Va.

An indictment unsealed today charges ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell.

3 days ago


 Above, fMRI images show brain activity in a subject without autism, left, and a subject with autism, right, when both individuals thought about the word and the concept of "hug." The circled area at left defines the area reflecting the "self" factor in neurotypical people. In the person with autism, no activity in that area appears. The results were found common in each group and were similar with the other social-interaction verbs.

Autism markers found in CMU study of brain activity

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they have found a way to diagnose autism through brain imaging and machine learning techniques.

4 days ago


 Justin Lamb, 28, of Tarentum, died in October after two months in the custody at Allegheny County Jail.

Allegheny County Jail deaths remain above normal

Despite a new medical provider, Corizon, at Allegheny County Jail, six inmates have died in custody this year.

5 days ago


 Sidney Crosby at Consol Energy Center.

Mumps outbreak hitting Crosby confuses experts

Why Sidney Crosby, who had a recent vaccination, contracted the almost-eradicated disease? Doctors say it’s hard to explain.

5 days ago


 Allegheny County Jail as seen from Duquesne University campus.

Inmates complain about lack of medical care at Allegheny County Jail

One inmate says jail medical staff delayed testing a chest mass for weeks while another said a nurse performed surgery to remove wrist pins.

5 days ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Latrobe Area Hospital Aid Society is hosting a Handbag Blowout sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

5 days ago


Health care services gap narrows between whites and African-Americans

While the gap in quality health care is shrinking, differences in health outcomes between whites and African-Americans persist.

6 days ago


 Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has said he hopes to dismantle Healthy PA in favor of a more straightforward expansion of Medicaid.

Thousands of applications received for Healthy PA program

Enrollment opened Dec. 1, and about 600,000 Pennsylvanians are estimated to be eligible for coverage.

6 days ago


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

UPMC to launch outreach campaign targeting Highmark customers

On Thursday, UPMC will start a new retention program to encourage people with Highmark insurance to continue using UPMC care.

1 week ago


 The Highmark and UPMC headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh.

State sets up website to help consumers navigate Highmark-UPMC split

StayInformed.pa.gov is designed to help consumers understand how the Dec. 31 end of the Highmark-UPMC contract could affect them.

1 week ago


Breast cancer prevention drug gives lasting protection, study says

Taking tamoxifen for five years drives down the incidence of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease by close to 30 percent.

1 week ago


For many with breast cancer, shorter radiation treatment is just as effective, study finds

Two-thirds of women who have lumpectomies for breast cancer are getting radiation treatment that lasts nearly twice as long as necessary.

1 week ago


 The new Greenbriar detox unit in South Strabane.

Greenbriar Treatment Center expands in South Strabane

The treatment center opened a new, 9,000-square-foot detoxification facility next to an existing inpatient center on Manor Drive.

1 week ago


 The team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Magee-Womens Research Institute used tumor tissue samples collected over the last two decades to track the spread of breast cancer.

Pittsburgh researchers discover mutation that spreads breast cancer

The team of researchers used tumor tissue samples collected at UPMC hospitals over the last two decades.

1 week ago


 Scientists and medical practitioners are focusing more on geroscience, which studies the relationship between aging and age-related diseases.

Your older years: Lifespan or healthspan?

Healthspan is the new buzzword in aging -- the time when seniors are devoid of chronic disease.

1 week ago


 “All teens are going to benefit from getting support from mental health professionals,” said one expert at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

What parents need to know about teenagers' mental health issues

Parents concerned about their teenagers’ mental health will have a chance to talk to experts at a free event Wednesday in Upper St. Clair.

1 week ago


Health Happenings in the Pittsburgh region: 12/9/2014

Health related events scheduled for the coming week.

1 week ago


AHN, LECOM ink med school campus partnership

Forbes Hospital in Monroeville will host third- and fourth-year LECOM medical college students, starting in 2015.

1 week ago


Experts on infectious diseases join VA hospital

Cornelius Clancy and Brooke Decker will lead the effort.

1 week ago


Weak shale gas prices could make Wolf's $1B severance tax prediction too high

At current prices and production, a 5 percent severance tax would produce as little as $525M and as much as $675M a year.

1 week ago


 Greg Robes gives Tim Flanigan, 55, of Baldwin, a flu shot in January at the Allegheny County Health Department's vaccination clinic in Oakland.

Don’t skip flu shot, doctors say

A mutated form of H3N2 influenza strain not covered by this year’s vaccine poses a threat to the elderly and those with compromised health.

2 weeks ago


Vitals: Wrestling with choices - Health insurers forcing consumers to be savvy shoppers

This fourth installment in our series about key issues in health care examines the consumer’s role in shaping healthier lives, communities.

2 weeks ago


Internet not the last word on health matters

Information on the Internet about health issues is just a first step in learning more about a medical condition with your doctor.

2 weeks ago


 Anne Rugan holds her daughter, Gina, who has Krabbe disease but was diagnosed in time to receive a cord blood transplant and this fall was able to start her freshman year of high school.

Patient advocacy crucial in fighting rare diseases

Facing a rare disease poses a unique sets of challenges for families advocating for research funding and public awareness.

2 weeks ago


Preparation is key before a hospital stay

How to improve your experiences -- and your recovery -- if you have to stay in the hospital.

2 weeks ago


 The Rev. Sally Jo Snyder, director of advocacy and consumer engagement at the Consumer Health Coalition at her North Side office. She wants to educate patients to be engaged, proactive and involved in their health.

Advocates push patient-centered health care

The Consumer Health Coalition encourages patients to take initiative and be assertive.

2 weeks ago


Physical exams often giving way to technology

Patients lose when doctors can't do good physical exams because of time constraints and other limitations.

2 weeks ago


Pharmacists take a more active role in health care

Pharmacists who take on a greater role in patient care improve their disease outcomes and treatment.

2 weeks ago


Longevity center tries to rekindle memories with 'gym for your brain'

Through dance, tai chi and other activities, a UCLA program aims to boost the memory and help patients with what already has been lost.

2 weeks ago


HealthCare.gov average premiums going up next year

Officials said millions of consumers can mitigate the financial consequences if they are willing to shop around for another plan.

2 weeks ago


 In November, a judge agreed with Honeywell, and rejected the EEOC’s attempt to shut down the wellness program.

Legal challenge to corporate wellness programs raises concerns

The EEOC sued Honeywell saying its programs violate federal law by compelling employees to submit to health screenings and blood tests.

2 weeks ago


Highmark Caring Place to provide grief support groups in Pittsburgh-area schools

The new initiative, which is funded by the Caring Foundation, an affiliate of Highmark, will bring services to students in their schools.

2 weeks ago


 Peggy Young, of Lorton, Va., with her daughter Triniti, 7, in Washington. Ms. Young was pregnant with Triniti when the UPS told her she could not have a temporary assignment to avoid lifting heavy packages, as her doctor ordered. She sued UPS for discriminating against pregnant women and, after losing two rounds in lower courts, the Supreme Court will hear her case today.

Supreme Court hears pregnancy discrimination case

The court is weighing whether UPS’ actions violated the 36-year-old federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

2 weeks ago


 In this July 28, 2011, file photo, anti-circumcision activists Frank McGinness, right, and Jeff Brown rally against circumcision with about 25 protesters outside a San Francisco courthouse. On Dec. 2, U.S. health officials released a draft of the government's long-awaited guidelines on circumcision, which say benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks and health insurers should pay for it.

CDC backs male genital procedure

The agency considers circumcision a personal decision that may involve religious or cultural preferences.

2 weeks ago


Fewer hospital mistakes mean 50,000 lives and $12 billion saved

As the number of hospital-related incidents dips, health care quality is increasing.

2 weeks ago


 Dr. Leslie Latterman of Point Breeze has made a doctors' coat that fits a woman, with pockets and compartments better suited to a woman's needs.

Pittsburgh doctor Leslie Latterman designs doctors' coats to fit women

Dr. Latterman, an osteopath in practice for 24 years, has designed a coat more functional for the growing number of female doctors.

2 weeks ago


 Katherine Lancaster and Carey McKelvey at the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler race.

First Person: Running with Crohn's

After a health crisis with Crohn’s disease, a young man is inspired to train for running races and becomes healthier than ever.

2 weeks ago


Federal review: 17 percent drop in hospital patient infections, errors

The report estimates 50,000 fewer patients died in the hospital and $12 billion in health care costs was saved as a result of the decline.

2 weeks ago


McKeesport program offers help to HIV patients

The Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment has $1 million to integrate HIV/AIDS treatment into primary care at a health center in McKeesport.

2 weeks ago


 A group of people  take part in a candlelight vigil honoring those living with or killed by HIV/AIDS.

Experts examine HIV/AIDS epidemic in Pittsburgh area

Allegheny County officials said prevention and routine testing for HIV/AIDS are key to eliminating the local epidemic.

2 weeks ago


Action brisk on first day of expanded Pennsylvania health care enrollment

An estimated 600,000 people -- most working at low-wage jobs -- are eligible for Medicaid through Healthy PA.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings in the Pittsburgh area

Health-related events in the week following Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

2 weeks ago


Allegheny Health Network now majority owner of medical supplier Klingensmith

Klingensmith Healthcare is a Western Pennsylvania-based supplier of respiratory and home medical equipment.

2 weeks ago


 Seniors take part in a Tai Chi Class.

New trends in aging demographics hit Allegheny County

Allegheny County is reaching a period where the over-65 population is growing, but not the over-85 group.

2 weeks ago


 The Rev. Sarantos Serviou, right, and his family in 1950.

Odysseys: Greek priest feels blessed to find home in Pittsburgh

The Servious’ new home in America had electricity and running water. Even though they were illiterate, both parents found work.

2 weeks ago



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