Health


U.S. House OKs bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

The measure spares doctors a 21 percent pay cut if it passes a Senate vote. The bill requires high-income earners to pay higher premiums.

about 18 hours ago


Indiana declares health emergency to fight HIV outbreak

The governor agreed to allow a needle exchange in an effort to curb the outbreak, which has resulted in at least 70 cases.

about 18 hours ago


Two experimental Ebola vaccines pass safety test in African trial

The two vaccines, each given in a single injection, are being tested for safety and efficacy on more than 600 people in Liberia.

about 18 hours ago


 Tracy Montgomery of Munhall crouches beside her daughter Kaitlin, 10, a student at Park Elementary, before Thursday evening’s Steel Valley school board meeting.

Steel Valley board denies teachers’ restroom grievance

The vote came after Tracy Montgomery, mother of the student Kaitlin, addressed the board.

about 18 hours ago


 Dan Jackson, 16, left, Amelia Enfinger, 14, center, lift weights over their heads while doing squats in a CrossFit class for teens in Loyalhanna.

Growing CrossFit program branches out to children

“There’s a real community aspect to it, which makes it more fun for the kids,” says one CrossFit devotee.

3 days ago


 Neil Alexander at his home in O'Hara Twp. on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Obituary: Neil Alexander / Advocate of ALS research always kept next generation in mind

Mr. Alexander, of O’Hara, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in 2011. He devoted his life to raising funds to battle ALS.

2 days ago


 Recognizing how clutter started is the key to getting rid of it for good.

Lose the clutter, lose the weight, says author Peter Walsh

“I believe that by decluttering you can change every aspect of your life,”  says author of the book, “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight.”

3 days ago


 Director Julie Sokolow, David Matthews, and executive producer Danny Yourd.

Documentary 'Aspie Seeks Love' follows quest of Aliquippa man with Asperger's

David Matthews, with a late-in-life Asperger’s diagnosis, navigates Pittsburgh’s dating and art scene in Julie Sokolow’s documentary.

3 days ago


UPMC joins in hospice, home-care consolidation

As two recent Pittsburgh deals suggest, mergers and acquisitions within the home-health and hospice industries are accelerating.

3 days ago


Health happenings: March 24, 2015

Health- and fitness-related events for Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

3 days ago


 The Fifth Ave Place headquarters of Highmark and the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC are seen in Downtown Pittsburgh.

AG's office sets up UPMC-Highmark helpline for consumers

The Attorney General’s office will contact UPMC or Highmark on behalf of consumers “depending on the nature of the conflict.”

4 days ago


 FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2006, file photo, a plane sprays coca fields in San Miguel, on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador. The new labeling on Thursday, March 19, 2015, of the world’s most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer could jeopardize the future of an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez,File)

Anti-drug efforts use harmful spray

New labeling on the world’s most popular weed killer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia.

4 days ago


Some ways airline travelers can battle germs

Travel dilemmas: Make sure germs don’t hitch a ride on you during plane travel.

5 days ago


Congress working to preserve doctors fees under Medicare

The agreement, negotiated by House Republican and Democratic leaders, would repeal a Medicare formula that threatens to cut doctors fees.

5 days ago


Biogen reports its Alzheimer’s drug sharply slowed cognitive decline

The research revived hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.

6 days ago


 World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan listens during a question-and-answer session at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on March 5. In a delay that may have cost lives, WHO resisted calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a public health emergency until the summer of 2014, two months after staff raised the possibility and long after a senior manager called for a drastic change in strategy, The Associated Press has learned.

Emails: UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency

The two-month delay, some argue, may have cost lives.

1 week ago


 Mikey Dugan, 13, plays video games while receiving his breathing treatment and chest physical therapy March 6 at home in West Mifflin.

For 13-year-old, Robert Morris lacrosse teammates are 'all my older brothers'

Mikey Dugan, an eighth-grader at West Mifflin Area Middle School who has cystic fibrosis, is part of the Robert Morris men’s lacrosse team.

1 week ago


United Way asks residents to Open Your Heart for seniors

Volunteers are needed to provide rides to doctors’ appointments and the grocery store, deliver meals and do other everyday tasks.

1 week ago


Challenge brings high school students together at Pitt to discuss water problems

Students from Chartiers Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Mt. Lebanon and McKeesport Area took part in the two-day session this month at Pitt.

1 week ago


Poll on health care law shows increased support

The Kaiser poll shows 43 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the Affordable Care Act.

1 week ago


Giant Eagle recalls seasonal cookies due to milk allergen

The supermarket has issued a voluntary recall of seasonal cookies baked and sold through March 18.

1 week ago


Breast biopsy accuracy being questioned in experimental study

Biopsies may misdiagnose less series tissue conditions than malignancies, a JAMA study says, suggesting a need for a second medical opinion.

1 week ago


 Dance instructor Chris Roth, owner of Steel City Ballroom in Mt. Lebanon, works on a salsa dance with student Becky Stern.  Mr. Roth was part of the University of Pittsburgh $14 million to study better ways to prevent lower back pain.

Struggle with back pain? Pitt is testing a new way to fight it

The University of Pittsburgh will lead a $14 million national trial to test which treatment best prevents acute back pain from turning

1 week ago


 Ryan Kruljac climbs an oak tree in Fox Chapel on Thursday.

Flying high: Aspinwall's Ryan Kruljac to test skills in international tree climbing championship

This will be the second time Mr. Kruljac, 34, will compete in the world championship.

1 week ago


Health happenings for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A listing for health- and fitness-related events in the coming week.

1 week ago


Five years into Obamacare, 16.4 million gain health insurance

The reduction in the uninsured is the largest in four decades, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said.

1 week ago


Can GOP pull together on budget to deal blow to Obama?

The plan will instantly renew long-running hostilities with the White House and Democrats regarding spending and debt.

1 week ago


 Jeffrey Romoff, CEO and president of UPMC, says the partnership has the potential to unleash “the next generation of health care, the next generation of IT, and the next generation of Pittsburgh.”

Pitt, CMU and UPMC hope to remake health care via new big data alliance

Officials hope the collaboration will rival the scope of the nation’s largest university-led data-sharing projects.

1 week ago


 The corporate headquarters of health insurer Anthem in Indianapolis. The Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer suffered a major data hack affecting nearly 80 million customers.

Health care files a rich trove for identity thieves

Pittsburgh breaches have been minor, but UPMC, Highmark and others strive to fend off hackers hungry for health care data.

1 week ago


 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his Capitol offices.

Pennsylvania may do more for frail elderly living at home

Gov. Tom Wolf wants to add another 5,500 slots for the frail elderly to remain at home and avoid costly nursing home placements.

1 week ago


DEP searching for missing gauge containing nuclear material

Solar Testing of Pennsylvania is offering a $500 reward for information leading to its return.

1 week ago


 This image provided by Massachusetts General Hospital shows a 3-D fast CT scan computer rendering of a heart in a patient who has stable chest pain.

Study calls heart imaging into question for mild chest pain

CT scans, X-rays that give 3-D images of heart arteries, were expected to prove best and  turned out to be just a reasonable alternative.

1 week ago


 A hospital staffer adjusts equipment in a surgical suite at St. Clair Hospital in Mt. Lebanon.

Best hospital in Pittsburgh? Depends on which ranking is used

A Johns Hopkins researcher said those lists and others like them can confuse patients as well as steer them to the “best” hospital.

1 week ago


 JoAnne Ford of Penn Hills gets a screening for kidney disease at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Larimer.

Kidney disease awareness grows as new dialysis cases drops

After several decades of more kidney patients needing dialysis every year, the number dropped from 2010 to 2011 due to better care.

2 weeks ago


 Thursday’s hearing was the first of four Auditor General Eugene DePasquale  will hold statewide this month.

Views on taxing nonprofits aired at hearing on proposed Senate bill

Taxing nonprofits would be far more damaging to small organizations than to giant ones, said W. Thomas McGough of UPMC at a public hearing.

2 weeks ago


Carlow, CCAC ink agreements for nursing, other students

The agreement is intended to ease the students’ transition from a community college to a four-year program.

2 weeks ago


Study: Tetanus shot may aid treatment of deadly brain cancer

A dose of tetanus vaccine may let patients live longer when added to an experimental treatment for the most common kind of brain tumor.

2 weeks ago


 Mike Silverman, 69, a retired Air Force Lt. Col. living in O'Hara, suspects he was exposed to Agent Orange residue in planes he flew.

Agent Orange announcement for C-123 vets delayed again

The announcement by the undersecretary of benefits for the VA was supposed to be last week and then was moved to this week.

2 weeks ago


Two states, Puerto Rico join N.Y. in diet supplement probe

Dietary supplements are facing more scrutiny after testing showed that some products didn’t appear to contain key ingredients advertised.

2 weeks ago


Sens. Booker, Gillibrand and Paul unveil federal medical marijuana bill

The two Democrats and a Republican offered a bill to end the federal ban on medical pot and eliminate related state laws’ ambiguity.

2 weeks ago


 The U.S. Department of Agriculture now agrees that coffee doesn’t deserve its dark history and moderate consumption “can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle.”

Can coffee be part of a healthy lifestyle?

A new federal report perks up coffee’s reputation with “strong and consistent evidence” it doesn’t increase the risk of chronic disease.

2 weeks ago


Q&A: Common questions, answers about rheumatoid arthritis

Allegheny General doctor answers frequently asked questions about rheumatoid arthritis, a much-misunderstood chronic autoimmune disease.

2 weeks ago


 Former Gov. Tom Corbett forged ahead with implementation of his Healthy PA plan despite Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to undo it once in office.

Transition from Healthy PA to Medicaid to conclude by Sept. 1

Users should see no disruption as Gov. Tom Wolf’s staff ends Healthy PA and enrolls state-subsidized patients in an expanded Medicaid plan.

2 weeks ago


Health happenings: March 10, 2015

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

2 weeks ago


CBO: Slowing costs reduce price of health care overhaul

Declining health care costs have reduced the long-term cost of the federal health care overhaul and also impacted the federal deficit.

2 weeks ago


Supreme Court sends Notre Dame contraception mandate challenge to lower court

The justices asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision in favor of the Obama administration.

2 weeks ago


$10 copy of Gilead’s blockbuster Sovaldi appears in Bangladesh

The version of the hepatitis C treatment, which sells for $1,000 a pill in the U.S., could make its way to other parts of the world.

2 weeks ago


 Brad Jones of Beaver Falls was forced to stop playing football at Penn State University because of pulmonary embolisms. He is now a video producer for the Velocity channel. He’s pictured here in a friend’s garage.

Injury, surgery can increase risk of embolisms in athletes

Surgeries, long plane flights can raise risk in athletes and others for pulmonary embolisms, Pittsburgh and national experts say.

2 weeks ago


 Hot-flash pajamas made from wicking material are ideal for women thrown into early menopause.

Early menopausal hot flashes may have links to heart disease risk

Hot flashes that occur in women who are 42 or younger may signal the start of heart disease, a University of Pittsburgh study shows.

3 weeks ago


 The Club Sport and Health in Monroeville is donating fitness equipment and weights to the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1. Here, Jason Darnley tries to lift a weight into the bed of a truck.

Monroeville health club helps volunteer firefighters get fit

When Club Sport and Health of Monroeville got new equipment, it donated fitness machines and weights to Monroeville Volunteer Fire Company.

3 weeks ago



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