Retaliation at VA bared

The watchdog group Project on Government Oversight cited complaints from medical professionals coast to coast.

about 18 hours ago

 This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday, July 21, 2014. Levy was working at the East Baltimore Medical Center when the allegations came to light. (AP Photo)

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million in hidden camera scandal

Ni­kita Levy was fired af­ter 25 years with the Johns Hop­kins Health System in Bal­ti­more in Feb­ru­ary 2013.

about 18 hours ago

 Illustration by Daniel Marsula

Hospitals hope relaxed labor guidelines can reduce nation's rate of cesarean births

“Evidence now shows labor actually progresses slower than we thought in the past, so many women might just need a little more time.”

about 19 hours ago

Health happenings for July 22, 2014

A calendar of health and fitness events for the coming week.

about 20 hours ago

Eye color linked to pain tolerance in pilot study at Pitt

New research at the University of Pittsburgh uncovers a possible link between eye color and responses to pain.

about 20 hours ago

Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, a study found.

1 day ago

Few check doctors' vitals before letting them check theirs

Being licensed and likable doesn’t necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren’t sure how to uncover more.

1 day ago

Jury awards $23.6 billion in Reynolds smoking case

In 2006, Cynthia Robinson, sued R.J. Reyonolds Co., the maker of the Kool brand cigarettes her late husband, Michael Johnson Sr., had

2 days ago

Study questions therapy for early prostate cancer

A large new analysis has concluded that so-called androgen deprivation therapy does not extend the lives of these patients.

2 days ago

Helping the mentally ill join the workforce

Under the ACA, states can apply to use Medicaid funds to employ the mentally ill, under the theory steady employment is a form of treatment.

2 days ago

Workzone: Are heavier employees more likely to be passed over for jobs?

Heavier em­ploy­ees are more likely to lose their jobs or be passed over for po­si­tions than their thin­ner coun­ter­parts.

2 days ago

Midwife Center gets grant to expand facilities

The Midwife Center for Birth & Women‘‍s Health expects to expand from 400 births a year to more than 500 when the expansion is finished.

3 days ago

MRSA case confirmed at Northgate Junior-Senior High School

A third-party specialty cleaning and decontamination crew will begin work on the building Friday or Monday.

4 days ago

 Chloe Kondrich, 11, plays with her brother Nolan, 15, in their family’s living room as their father, Kurt, watches.

New Down syndrome law ensures moms-to-be greater access to available help

New state law will require health care providers to give information and support to women given prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

4 days ago

Pitt researchers link cystic fibrosis and form of pancreatitis

Pitt study says different variations of gene that causes cystic fibrosis cause chronic pancreatitis among other health problems.

4 days ago

2 studies tell doctors that niacin is too risky for routine use

A drug that many take for cholesterol problems is shown to have more adverse side effects beyond flushing.

5 days ago

Patients moved after Legionella detected in UPMC Presbyterian hospital

No cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported, but the patients were relocated "out of an abundance of caution," the hospital said.

6 days ago

 Courtney Keister of Wilmington, Del., works her way down the side of the Westin Convention Center as she begins rappelling as a participant in the Shatterproof challenge.

Pittsburgh rappellers descend to raise addiction issue

More than 80 people rappelled down the Westin Convention Center on Tuesday as part of a fundraising event targeting addiction.

6 days ago

Nickel allergy has some itching to use their iPads

Nickel used in a San Diego boy‘‍s iPad caused a serious allergic rash, according to a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

1 week ago

Health happenings

Health events calendar for July 15, 2014

1 week ago

 Indu Poornima, Allegheny General Hospital medical director of nuclear cardiology and director of the Women’s Heart Center.

Risk depends on characteristics of lipoproteins in the blood

The old method of using total cholesterol and the ratio of LDL to HDL no longer is sufficient to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease.

1 week ago

 Pitt professor Samar El Khoudary led a study showing how menopause can lead to high cholesterol in women.

Women and cholesterol: Study sees link with menopausal changes

Pitt study says association between sex hormone and cholesterol may help explain menopause role in cardiovascular disease.

1 week ago

 Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, holds  a collector , from the Burkard Spore Trap, that collects pollen for a 48 hour period, on the roof at Allegheny General Hospital.

Under-the-tongue tablets trick the immune system to fight allergies

New allergy drugs -- especially sublingual tablets marketed as Ragwitek, Grastek and Oralair -- are slowly changing the treatment landscape.

1 week ago

Plan helps doctors check painkiller use

State officials work with doctors to establish guidelines for painkiller prescriptions.

1 week ago

 Brandon Palakovic and his mother in a family portrait.

Family filing suit over son's suicide while isolated in SCI Cresson

Brandon Palakovic's parents want the state Department of Corrections to take responsibility for son's treatment while in prison.

1 week ago

No practicing on patients: New doctors get boot camp

Medical schools and hospitals run crash courses in the basics for new interns.

1 week ago

Health care law cut uninsured adults by as much as 11 million

Vast majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their medical plans.

1 week ago

Hopes for AIDS cure are setback

Mississippi baby thought to have been cured by aggressive drug treatment shows signs of infection.

1 week ago

 Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy, left, officer Jim Kazmierczak, center, and Munhall officer James Williams participate in a Project Lifesaver training session Thursday afternoon.

Police in Allegheny County get tracking tool for missing persons

Project Lifesaver is spearheading an effort to prevent individuals with disabilities from wandering away or becoming lost.

1 week ago

 Lauren Allenberg and her daughter, Ava, 5, play together on the bed in the little girl’s room in their new house in Green Tree. Ava suffered brain trauma when she was born, and Ms. Allenberg recently won a settlement that allowed her to purchase the home including a separate bedroom for her daughter, hardwood floors to allow Ava to move in her wheelchair and an ADA-approved bathroom.

Achieva Family Trust helps families finance care for disabled

The Achieva Family Trust helps individuals with disabilities close the gap in funding for their medical services and other expenses.

1 week ago

Business struggling on health insurance

Employers are making decisions now about which health plans to offer their workers in 2015.

1 week ago

 "Violet," the latest of UPMC's collection of disinfecting robots which uses ultraviolet light to sanitize a hospital's operating and patient rooms, is demonstrated at UPMC Passasvant.

Violet the robot attacks germs at UPMC Passavant

The robot, manufactured by Xenex, is being tested to see if its use can reduce the number of hospital-acquired infections.

1 week ago

 FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

Research center storage room in Bethesda, Md., yields forgotten smallpox vials

Glass vials were intact and sealed, and testing will determine whether virus is dead or alive.

1 week ago

 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Corbett care plan cuts aid for disabled

Many people with disabilities would be forced to pay higher health insurance rates in the commercial marketplace.

1 week ago

Obamacare site caused some millenials to struggle

The Mil­len­ni­als have some sim­ple ad­vice for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion: Make the web­site more like Yelp or Tur­boTax.

2 weeks ago

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

Study: Weight loss can help with hot flashes

A University of Pittsburgh study has shown the benefit of weight loss in controlling menopause symptoms of hot flashes.

2 weeks ago

 Jeff Donato, a jazz guitarist and personal trainer, has suffered from a brain aneurysm. Here, he coaches Bob French through a workout at Donato's fitness center in Carnegie. Donato and other local survivors will participate in a walk for awareness later this month.

Surgery can fix brain aneurysm; support can help recovery

On Saturday, a run and walk in Pittsburgh for the Brain Aneurysm Foundation will raise awareness of brain aneurysms.

2 weeks ago

 From left, Sebastian Wilburn,  5,  Matteo Wilburn,  8,  Oona  Shaw, 9,  and Imogen Shaw, 6, play FitWits.

New company Fitwits uses fun to fight childhood obesity

Fitwits is the latest for-profit corporation to emerge from Carnegie Mellon University.

2 weeks ago

'People first' approach important for addiction treatment

The choice of words when discussing those afflicted with the disease of addiction creates a distinction that can make a difference.

2 weeks ago

Health Happenings for July 8, 2014

A listing of health-related events for the coming week.

2 weeks ago

 Broccoli provides a “frugal, simple and safe means” to reduce long-term health risks associated with pollution, the study states.

Molecule in broccoli sprouts removes toxic pollutants from body

Broccoli especially broccoli-sprout tea, three times weekly can eliminate benzene and air pollutants from body.

2 weeks ago

 Erik Jones of Elizabeth poses on his front porch. Jones has fully recovered after a two-year battle with necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-killing bacterial infection, on his leg.

Surviving another kind of war: Flesh-killing necrotizing fasciitis

An Elizabeth man overcomes deadly infection known as necrotizing fasciitis after two years and returns to his active life.

2 weeks ago

Free fitness classes resume

Free fitness classes for families will be offered July 12 at Fox Chapel High School.

2 weeks ago

 Team PHenomenal Hope posed with the eventual men’s four team finishers, an all-star celebrity team of bike and motorcycle champions known as Legends of the Road. Left to right: Stacie Truszkowski, motocross champ Ben Bostrom, Ryanne Palermo, BMX champion and video-game star Dave Mirra and Patty George, a lung transplant surgeon at UPMC.

Pittsburgh team races bikes to promote pulmonary hypertension awareness

Bicyclists organized by UPMC lung transplant surgeon Patty George race coast to coast for pulmonary hypertension awareness.

2 weeks ago

 A sign for the Allegheny Health Network at West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield.

Allegheny Health Network makes inroads on its brand

A year after the launch of its new brand, Allegheny Health Network has made some inroads -- but there's still a lot of work to be done.

2 weeks ago

Obama weighs steps to cover contraception

The Obama administration is reeling from back-to-back blows on the issue from the Supreme Court this week.

2 weeks ago

Third North Allegheny student diagnosed with whooping cough

Previously, one student at the senior high and one at the intermediate high school had been diagnosed with pertussis.

2 weeks ago

 Richland Public Health nurse Renee Blankenship, left, gives Marcus Burkholder a Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccination at a clinic for the Mennonite community in Richland County in Shiloh, Ohio.

Measles outbreak complicates 2 big Amish events

Outbreak started after Amish travelers to the Philppines contracted disease and returned home.

2 weeks ago

Watchdog agency: Obamacare exchanges not properly verifying applicant data

Watchdog agency‘‍s reports say ’‍internal controls‘‍ were inadequate to verify eligibility for subsidies.

2 weeks ago

White House begins new push for Medicaid expansion

So far, 26 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to expand Medicaid coverage, providing coverage to 5.2 million more people.

2 weeks ago


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