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 Nurse Kaci Hickox, joined by her boyfriend  Ted Wilbur, speak with the media Friday at their home in Fort Kent, Maine.

Judge lifts quarantine for nurse

Court orders Kaci Hickox to undergo daily monitoring for Ebola symptoms.

about 2 hours ago


 Nurse Kaci Hickox leaves her home on a rural road in Fort Kent, Maine, to take a bike ride with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, Thursday.

Maine asks court to isolate quarantined nurse who treated Ebola patients

For now, police are monitoring Kaci Hickox and her public interactions but cannot detain her.

about 16 hours ago


Medical equipment saleswoman sentenced in health care fraud case

Mary Monica Wilson-Lefler, 64, of Economy, had pleaded guilty last year to health care fraud.

about 10 hours ago


Feds approve vaccine against meningitis tied to campus outbreaks

The Food and Drug Administration has now approved a vaccine for the first time for the deadly type of meningitis that affected students

1 day ago


 "Nowhere in the text of the provision is there a requirement that Highmark include UPMC in all of its Medicare-Advantage products," Judge Dan Pellegrini wrote.

Highmark plan can exclude UPMC, Pennsylvania judge rules

The state argued in court last week that the agreements required Highmark to provide seniors with in-network access to UPMC care.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama shakes hands Wednesday with Ebola survivor Kent Brantly during an event with American health care workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Obama warns against strict Ebola quarantines

America’s response to Ebola must be based in fact and science, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

2 days ago


 The entrance of Posner Tower at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Unlike many other sectors, job cuts at Western Pennsylvania hospitals have continued since the 2008 recession.

Hospital job cuts continue in Pittsburgh region

Western Pennsylvania hospitals, like most employers, shed jobs in the wake of the 2008 recession, but job losses have continued.

2 days ago


 Nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride today in defiance of the state of Maine's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.

States struggling over Ebola policy

Governors of both parties are struggling to define public health policies on the virus.

1 day ago


 Bill Shaffer of Brother's Brother Foundation stacks medical supplies at the warehouse in North Side.

Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid

Relief organizations say donations for Ebola are down because the virus doesn’t spark the same connection as hurricanes or earthquakes.

3 days ago


 Patrice Cottrell, of Penn Hills, smokes a cigarette Tuesday along Wood Street in Downtown.

Pa. legislation targets secondhand smoke loopholes

Smoking is banned in most state workplaces, with efforts continuing to block smoking at all drinking establishments, like casinos.

3 days ago


Connecticut father sues over school’s Ebola fear of daughter

Stephen Opayemi said he and his 7-year-old daughter returned to the U.S. Oct. 13.

2 days ago


 Kaci Hickox, the nurse who says her quarantine in New Jersey after returning from West Africa was “constitutionally unjust,” says she will take her fight to court if restrictions aren’t lifted by the state of Maine, where she is now staying.

Maine nurse fights Ebola quarantine

The saga of nurse Kaci Hickox illustrates how U.S. states are struggling to protect against the virus.

2 days ago


 In 1954, the Twenty-Five Club purchased the first "Thermo Control" incubators used in Pittsburgh, an early version of the high tech equipment used today.

The Twenty-Five Club marks 75 years funding equipment, research for babies

The club in 1954 purchased a thermo control incubator and created a neo-intensive care unit in a former washroom at Magee in 1957.

4 days ago


 Eric Longwell is a teacher at the Lenape Tech School near Ford City. He successfully underwent a throat procedure as one of the first in Pennsylvania to repair a stomach sphincter that would not open to allow food to enter the stomach. The new procedure did not involve surgery but was down with a new device in the throat.

A POEM that lets the food go down

The procedure POEM (Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy) gives relief to patients with a swallowing problem caused by an autoimmune condition.

4 days ago


 Students from a school in Iran talk on screen with students from Hampton High School during a video conference on Ebola today.

Pittsburgh-area students examine Ebola crisis during international video conference

Eight Pittsburgh-area and 13 international schools participated in the two-hour conference; another six schools in the region listened in.

3 days ago


 Self-portrait done by Michael Delehanty, a ninth-grader at Harrison Middle School in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

First place portrait

Local student, Michael Delehanty, wins award for self-portrait.

4 days ago


Health happenings: Oct. 28, 2014

Health events for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

4 days ago


Addressing care for children with disabilities

A pediatrician from the Stanford University School of Medicine will speak about “Redesigning Health Care for Children With Disabilities.”

4 days ago


 John Yanik developed a serious infection two days after the 2013 surgery to remove his thyroid that turned his left forearm pink.

Emergencies, VA bureaucracy create headaches for veteran

Air Force veteran John Yanik is in a tussle with the VA over bills for his two cancer surgeries because he developed a serious infection

4 days ago


Feds’ proactive Ebola rules fall short of actions in N.Y. and N.J.

Federal government and states in conflict over extent of monitoring.

4 days ago


Nurse quarantined in New Jersey to go home; boy in N.Y. tested for Ebola

Nurse Kaci Hickox, held at a New Jersey hospital under the state's Ebola quarantine policy, will complete her quarantine at home.

4 days ago


 Edwina Kinchington, far right, talks as her Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy prepares for Tuesday's video conference on Ebola. Nineteen students at the school are part of a group of 19 schools taking part in the conference.

Pittsburgh-area students to take part in video conference on Ebola

Organizers say they hope the video conference will raise awareness of issues surrounding the outbreak.

5 days ago


 Joe McGurk checks to make sure that Leah has swallowed her vitamin pill before giving her other medications. Leah has Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. To get her brain to stop seizures, Leah takes six medications a day.

Beaver Falls family hopes for legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

The McGurk family advocates for medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania to help their two girls with severe epilepsy.

6 days ago


 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, center, speaks at a news conference Friday in New York. Dr. Howard Zucker acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Health and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also attended the conference. The governors announced a mandatory quarantine for people returning to the United States through airports in New York and New Jersey who are deemed "high risk." In the first application of the new set of standards, the states are quarantining a female health care worker returning from Africa who took care of Ebola patients.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola

Nurse who treated stricken patients in Sierra Leone says she was treated like a criminal during quarantine process.

6 days ago


2 states to isolate workers returning from Ebola hot zones

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announce new quarantine policies.

6 days ago


 A doctor for tropical medicine and a nurse demonstrate the decontamination procedure as part of Ebola treatment at Station 59 at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany. The specialized quarantine unit at Station 59 is among a handful of facilities in Germany nationwide that are capable of handling Ebola cases.

Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago

Despite quarantine centers set up 10 years ago, Ebola treatment still presents challenges.

6 days ago


WVU study links mountaintop mining to lung cancer

A new study at West Virginia University strengthens mountaintop coal mining’s link to high cancer rates in nearby communities.

1 week ago


 Dr. Amesh A. Adalja

Pittsburgh Ebola expert Amesh Adalja in demand all over the world

A senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, Dr. Adalja has become the go-to expert for media to talk about Ebola.

1 week ago


Pennsylvania sets Ebola monitoring protocol

The Allegheny Department of Health will be responsible to monitor travelers from West Africa who arrive here for signs of Ebola infection.

1 week ago


 Mayor Bill de Blasio takes the subway Friday on his route to City Hall in New York City.

Doctor fights Ebola; nurse recovers

Health officials in Maryland amazed by Nina Pham’s recovery.

1 week ago


 Cars pass Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital where Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, was rushed to Thursday.

New York doctor diagnosed with Ebola as three quarantined; CDC 'go' team on site

The emergency medicine doctor at Columbia University-New York Presbyterian Hospital was working in Guinea with Doctors Without Borders.

1 week ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers in New York City.

Protocol outlined for Pennsylvania Ebola monitoring

Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to take their temperature twice a day and report results to health

1 week ago


WHO: Five more Ebola vaccines to be tested in March

The agency warned it's not clear whether any of them will work against the deadly virus that has already killed more than 4,800 people.

1 week ago


 Some 90,000 Pennsylvania women are at risk of losing access to the free family planning and women’s health-care coverage they now receive through a special Medicaid program.

Thousands of Pennsylvania women could lose some health coverage

Some 90,000 women now receive free family planning and women’s health coverage through a special Medicaid program that will soon end.

1 week ago


 Dr. Doug Reed, associate professor of immunology at University of Pittsburgh.

Video series / Pitt doctor sheds light on commonly asked Ebola questions

Dr. Doug Reed is an associate professor of immunology from the Center for Vaccine Research at the University of Pittsburgh.

1 week ago


Allegheny County Health Department updates guidelines for controlling Legionella

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation paid $60,000 to RAND Corp. to compile the guidelines.

1 week ago


New survey details vast scope of teen dating abuse

U.S. teens are both victims and perpetrators in pervasively abusive dating practices, says new federal survey.

1 week ago


 The Port Authority board voted without dissent to approve an 18-month agreement with Aetna Inc., which outbid Highmark and UPMC.

Port Authority OKs health plan that will save agency $6.5 million

The agreement preserves employee access to doctors in the Highmark, UPMC and independent networks

1 week ago


Women's health advocates denounce Komen Foundation's partnership with Baker Hughes

The groups said they plan to protest outside Heinz Field on Sunday before Baker Hughes CEO Martin Craighead delivers a $100,000 check.

1 week ago


 Body products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for personal care items, cleaners and textiles.

1 week ago


 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from right, and New York Gov. Andrew Coumo, second from right, lead a news conference at Bellevue Hospital to discuss Craig Spencer, a Doctors Without Borders physician who tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday.

New York physician tests positive for Ebola

A physician with Doctors without Borders who recently returned from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola.

1 week ago


 Among the most central of disagreements is over a new, lost-cost, narrow-network Highmark insurance plan for seniors that excludes UPMC physicians and hospitals.

Highmark, UPMC regulators spar in court

Representatives of Highmark and UPMC, and state regulators who brokered a deal between them, disagreed on many things Wednesday.

1 week ago


U.S. sets monitoring for travelers from Africa

CDC to require arrivals from West African nations with Ebola to report temperatures and any other potential symptoms daily for three weeks.

1 week ago


CDC: Pennsylvania part of new plan to monitor all Americans, visitors arriving from Ebola nations

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the program will begin Monday.

1 week ago


 The Environmental Protection Agency’s website says air toxics, or hazardous air pollutants, are known or suspected to cause serious health issues including reproductive or birth defects.

University of Pittsburgh study correlates autism with air pollution

Researchers discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene and children with the disorder.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Corbett greets superheroes, from left, Ed Hetrick, Steve Virag and Jim Zaremba after announcing a $2.5 million state grant for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC in Lawrenceville. The superheroes are window cleaners from the Allegheny Window Cleaning.

Children's Hospital to use state money to add beds

"We're not expanding the footprint of the hospital but rearranging existing space," chief medical officer Steve Docimo said.

1 week ago


 Registered nurse Keene Roadman, stands fully dressed in personal protective equipment Oct. 16 during a training class at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Monday, for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients.

U.S. expands Ebola checks; Rwanda to check Americans

Obama administration implements new screening process for travelers arriving to the U.S from West Africa.

1 week ago


 Barbara Smith, a registered nurse with Mount Sinai Health Systems, demonstrates the proper technique for donning protective gear during an Ebola educational session for health care workers Tuesday at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Updated Ebola guidelines in effect in Pittsburgh region

Allegheny Health Network surgeon says CDC is ‘catching up.’

1 week ago


PG’s Mark Roth gets Pitt-CMU award for science stories

Writer honored for “cutting-edge” reporting on science, medical issues.

1 week ago


 From left, Angela Rockwood, Mia Schaikewitz, Tiphany Adams, and Auti Angel in "Push Girls."

ReelAbilities Film Festival focuses on talents of people with disabilities

ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off Wednesday in Pittsburgh with special appearances by advocates in the field.

1 week ago



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