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.

about 3 hours 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.

about 3 hours 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 day 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.

about 4 hours 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day ago

Health happenings for September 16. 2014

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

1 day 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 day 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.

2 days 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.

3 days ago

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

Giving drugs may cost pointless discomfort

3 days 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?

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago

Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene

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

5 days ago

Jeannette hospital coming down

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

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

6 days 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

Tour de Cure sets up training program

A new cycling partnership will raise funds for diabetes research.

1 week ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week ago

 Clifford Schmidt, 71, talks with Monongahela Valley Hospital nurse Deborah Holman during a scheduled home visit in Mon Valley.

Poor Health: Follow-up program improves patient care and saves money

The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative program for discharged patients has improved care and saved money.

1 week ago

Experimental Ebola vaccine is promising, study reports

Some healthy people are rolling up their sleeves at the National Institutes of Health for the first human safety study of this vaccine.

1 week ago

 Nurses Doug Johnson, left and Sharon O'Dwyer work at the medical center of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. The medical center will serve as a primary care center and service coordinator for people with HIV who are covered by Medicaid.

Poor Health: Milwaukee health systems try new strategies

From campaigns on childhood obesity to community outreach workers, Milwaukee hospitals are trying new ideas.

1 week ago

 Community health worker Mary White, left, chats with client Beatrice Johnson at Ms. Johnson's Philadelphia home.

Outreach workers help patients navigate the system

A Philadelphia program uses outreach workers to bridge the gaps between patients and the medical system.

1 week ago

 NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. appears in a new UPMC television ad to promote its sports medicine center.

UPMC, Highmark start their marketing engines

UPMC is revving up a new campaign that comes with star power, launching a commercial that features NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

1 week ago

Female Alzheimer's researchers unite in support of disease's impact on women

Research of the disease remains dominated by men.

1 week ago

 In this April 21, 2010, photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

Judge blames BP for oil well blast

Rig owner Transocean and service company Halliburton were also negligent, but the judge put most of the blame on BP.

1 week ago

 Lisa Pearlstein, left, a community outreach worker for CareOregon ,visits with Christy Connel at her home in Milwaukie, Ore., in August.

Poor Health: How to fix the problems

Because medical care isn't always enough to keep people healthy, health care providers are trying new approaches with low-income patients.

1 week ago

Pittsburgh coalition told unity will rein in health care costs

The “C-suite” executives must band together. That was the message from Brian Klepper, CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health.

1 week ago

U.S. appeals court to rehear case on health care subsidies

A full-court rehearing on Obamacare subsidies may avoid a Supreme Court showdown.

1 week ago

Poor Health: U.S. lags other countries in addressing poverty-related health issues

The U.S. is behind many countries in addressing poverty-related conditions that affect the health of low-income people.

1 week ago

 President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Poor Health: How the economics of health care are changing

Many provisions of the Affordable Care Act tie funding to outcomes, rather than to procedures.

1 week ago

 Janet Meyer, chief executive officer for Health Share of Oregon, in her office in Portland.

Poor Health: The Oregon lab

It took cooperation among competitors and a willingness to try new things to put the Oregon model into gear.

1 week ago

 Marcelle Peartree, left, discusses his battle with compartment syndrome, a serious and painful condition, with community health worker Sharon McColllum. McCollum has spent years living and working in Philadelphia's west and southwest neighborhoods.

Philadelphia outreach workers help patients navigate the medical system

A program uses community health workers to bridge the gaps between patients and the medical system.

1 week ago

Report: Pennsylvania's adult obesity rate fluctuates slightly to 30 percent

As far as percentage of obesity, it tied with Kansas as the 19th worst states in the nation for obesity.

1 week ago

World Health Organization cutbacks hindering Ebola fight

WHO says it lacks the manpower or ability to flood the disease zone with help.

1 week ago

Expanded coverage, economic improvement seen fueling health spending rebound

Still, the average annual rate of increase through 2023 is expected to be lower than in the two decades before the 2007 recession.

1 week ago

 The Fifth Avenue Place headquarters of Highmark is shown along with the U.S. Steel Tower offices of UPMC in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Highmark sues UPMC for cancer treatment 'overbilling'

Highmark says UPMC’s pricing manipulation on chemotherapy treatments has cost consumers hundreds of millions over the last several years.

1 week ago


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