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 Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, along with several local insurers, announced the launch of an outpatient recovery center  for pregnant women.

Magee, insurers launch recovery center for drug-addicted pregnant women

The hospital calls it the “first-of-its-kind” center in the country, and West Penn officials say a similar program is in the works there.

about 16 hours ago


 Cecile Springer, center, a community activist, listens to a discussion about HPV vaccination during a news conference Wednesday announcing the formation of a Pittsburgh chapter of Grandmother Power.

Pittsburgh grandmothers band together, help tackle HPV prevention

An international “Grandmother Power” movement is giving grandmothers a new role as activists in local communities.

about 16 hours ago


 In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia. Nancy Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia who were infected with the Ebola virus.

Two American Ebola patients released from Atlanta hospital

Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received an experimental treatment called Zmapp, but it’s not known whether the drug helped.

about 4 hours ago


Chief financial officer says UPMC is holding its own

UPMC is well positioned going into the final months of its contract with Highmark, as it continues to gain share in a shrinking market.

about 16 hours ago


Bush takes ALS bucket dousing, then challenges Clinton

Former president tries to offer monetary donation, but his wife soaks him instead.

about 16 hours ago


 Amy L. Hartman, a doctor of virology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wears the gear worn during work.

Ebola poses less of a risk than more contagious infections, Pittsburgh experts say

Chikungunya, Rift Valley fever and MERS among other viral infections that are here or could arrive on the next boat or plane.

2 days ago


 Non-adherence to medications is often the result of skipping refills or doses due to things such as hefty costs and undesirable side effects.

Pharmacists enlisted to make sure patients stick with prescriptions

University of Pittsburgh study shows medication adherence improves health care costs and mortality rates in patients

2 days ago


Foundation reviews triumphs, challenges of AIDS fight

Jewish Healthcare Foundation officials say progress has been made on AIDS, but the number of patients 13-24 years old is growing.

2 days ago


Health happenings for August 19, 2014

Health and fitness events for the coming week.

2 days ago


Study: Kids' stress cited as disorders increase

Public awareness, better diagnostic tools and modern-day stress are among the factors boosting mental and behavior problems in children.

2 days ago


Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes

Chemical preservatives, flavorings and thickening agents are streaming into food supply, and, in hundreds of cases, federal regulators

2 days ago


Drug shows promise for some baldness

The study is continuing, but so far a few participants did not regrow hair, said Columbia University Medical Center’s Julian Mackay-Wiggan.

3 days ago


Family that ran online medicine website indicted in federal court in Pittsburgh

The four family members were accused in a June indictment of running the website emedoutlet.com and numerous related websites from 2005

2 days ago


Jewish Healthcare Foundation and UPMC examine ways to help frail seniors

For some seniors, the hospital is the worst place to be. Can the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and UPMC help keep seniors in nursing homes?

4 days ago


Liberia expands number of Ebola treatment centers

Meanwhile, some airlines are halting flights.

4 days ago


Uncovering health care fraud proves elusive

Feds' system may be part of problem in finding Medicare fraud.

5 days ago


CDC inquiry finds scientist took shortcuts causing bird flue contamination

Samples left CDC lab and went to Agriculture Department lab, but no one was infected or fell ill.

5 days ago


Regional task force on drug addiction nears final report

Effort to stem opiate tide has 11 initial concepts as it sprints toward September report.

6 days ago


Mosquito-borne infection vaccine passes first testing

The virus called chikungunya has been spreading this summer in the southern United States, triggering high fever and malaise but is rarely

6 days ago


 Sid Crosby with ice bucket challenge video.

People around the country have ALS challenge down cold

Ice Bucket Challenges sweeps nation and Pittsburgh in effort to raise awareness for ALS.

1 week ago


Advocate, leader at hospital in Haiti to retire from board

Hopital Albert Schweitzer was founded by Ian Rawson’s mother and stepfather in 1956 to provide medical treatment to island residents.

1 week ago


Study questions need for many to cut salt

Another study says sodium in salt contributes to 1.65 million deaths each year.

1 week ago


 Actor and comedian Robin Williams

Depression: A disease that conceals hope

Robin Williams’ death is a lesson in the devastating power of depression.

1 week ago


WHO declares use of untested drugs for Africa's Ebola outbreak is ethical

Last of currently available U.S. supply of experimental treatment is en route to Liberia to aid two stricken doctors.

1 week ago


310,000 enrollees must resolve citizenship and immigration issues to keep health insurance

Federal government is sending letters to those who haven’t provided documentation because people illegally in the country can’t be covered.

1 week ago


 Amy Iannuzzi-Tingley, a native of West Mifflin now living in Norfolk, Va., still receives monthly treatment at UPMC for her obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Proper treatment can help OCD patients

Amy Iannuzzi-Tingley suffered silently as a child from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Now she speaks up for OCD awareness.

1 week ago


 Stethoscope.

Telemedicine gives patients an alternative

The western Pennsylvania region is participating in the nationwide growth of telemedicine services.

1 week ago


Don’t judge every tumor by its tissue, scientists say

Scientists concluded that 10 percent of patients could find better therapies if they had information about their tumor’s unique DNA.

1 week ago


Health happenings for August 12, 2014

Health and fitness news for the coming week.

1 week ago


 The UPMC logo atop the U.S. Steel Tower building.

UPMC procedure offers hope for severe OCD cases

Doctors at UPMC are now offering surgical brain stimulation for people with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD.

1 week ago


West Africans fill churches to pray against ‘devil’ Ebola

They defied official warnings to avoid public gatherings to contain an epidemic that has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa.

1 week ago


Anti-smoking campaign takes less defiant tack

Legacy is about to introduce a new effort on behalf of the “Truth” campaign, “Finish It,” which takes a less rebellious tone.

1 week ago


Brain science and video gaming converge in neurogaming

The neuroscience industry is hoping that games could be a catalyst that turns brain-wave-reading gadgets into mainstream consumer products.

1 week ago


Kids left in vehicles drawing national attention as deaths increase

The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration and Kids and Cars are pushing for more attention after 21 deaths so far this year.

1 week ago


Squirrel Hill Health Center to use federal grant to expand services

With the $250,000 grant, the center plans to add 40 hours each week of direct clinical behavioral health services.

1 week ago


WHO Declares Ebola in West Africa a Health Emergency

The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency Friday, demanding an “extraordinary” response

1 week ago


 This photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a Lone Star tick. Doctors across the nation are seeing a surge of sudden red-meat allergies in people bitten by the tick.

Tick bite can spur allergic reaction to red meat

It’s still unclear how long the reaction will last, but some affected have sworn off meat for good.

1 week ago


 Teammate Russell Martin helps Andrew McCutchen off the field after McCutchen was injured during the eighth inning in Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.

Injured McCutchen fights pain, time for return

The injury occurs when muscle along the abdomen twists or turns and tears a tiny piece of bone or cartilage away from the rib.

2 weeks ago


 Writer/director Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in "Lucy," an action-thriller that examines the possibility of what one human could truly do if he or she unlocked 100 percent of her brain capacity and accessed the furthest reaches of her mind.

It's a myth we use just 10 percent of our mind's capacity. In fact, we use it all

Humans already use all of their brains’ capacity, experts say, so don’t expect to gain super powers like “Lucy.”

2 weeks ago


 Tami Rippy, event organizer of the fourth=annual Violet Rippy 5K Run/Walk for Pulmonary fibrosis -- in honor of her mother -- stands along the North Shore Trail where the run will take place.

Walk/run celebrates possible breakthrough for pulmonary fibrosis

Fourth annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run celebrates breakthrough of two new drugs to treat pulmonary fibrosis.

2 weeks ago


Pittsburgh-based study offers hope for early esophageal cancer test

According to the National Cancer Institute, the incidence of esophageal cancer is up 600 percent since the 1970s.

2 weeks ago


 Police guard an entrance to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after an ambulance arrived Saturday transporting an American infected with Ebola. A second American is expected to be treated there today.

Officials say Pennsylvania prepared if Ebola strikes

Pittsburgh officials assure that isolation facilities and protocols are ready to treat and control any outbreak of the deadly virus here.

2 weeks ago


 Susan Evans, who is now in remission from ovarian cancer, wrote a book about her journey called "Don't Write the Obituary Yet."

In remission for ovarian cancer, woman writes book with her doctor

A swollen foot leads to a diagnosis to ovarian cancer, which then leads to a book by a patient and her Pittsburgh doctor.

2 weeks ago


Health Happenings for August 5, 2014

Mon-Vale Health Resources’ Healthy Directions health resource center will hold a Third Anniversary Celebration Friday.

2 weeks ago


2nd American who contracted Ebola in Africa en route to Atlanta

N.Y. hospital testing new case of man with symptoms of deadly disease

2 weeks ago


U.S. judge rules Ala. law restricting abortion clinic doctors is unconstitutional

Decision echoes federal appeals court decision about a Mississippi law that similarly demands hospital admitting privileges for physicians.

2 weeks ago


Where baby is delivered can have big impact on mom's health

Study finds women who give birth at low-performing facilites suffer at least twice the rate of major complications.

2 weeks ago


 Toledo, Ohio, Mayor D. Michael Collins drinks tap water after a news conference Monday.

Toledo water declared safe to drink; attention focuses on recurrent Lake Erie toxins

Mayor D. Michael Collins announced that the city‘s water tests finally showed low levels of the toxin microcystin.

2 weeks ago


 New parents Courtney and Eric Cassat of Cranberry admire their newborn son, Vincent Thomas Cassat, at West Penn Hospital.

Pittsburgh region's polar vortex delivers more than chilly weather: a baby boom

Record-low temperatures that whacked the area left a legacy: aptly named "polar vortex babies" who are expected through September.

2 weeks ago


Complaints about electronic medical records increase

Are electronic health records safe? Not safe enough, according to nurses and doctors who are pushing back against the costly IT systems.

2 weeks ago



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