Health


Lab director behind anthrax mishap resigns

Michael Farrell had been reassigned last month after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disclosed safety breaches.

about 5 hours ago


Doctors urge caution after critical report on Pradaxa

Amid a dispute over research, doctors are urging conservative use of the blood-thinner Pradaxa.

about 5 hours ago


Doctors warned about spreading cancer during hysterectomies

A device used to cut uterine tissue or remove fibroid tumors may harm women if it slices undetected tumors, which spreads cancer cells.

1 day ago


More Pennsylvania judges sought for black lung cases

Pittsburgh needs three more administrative law judges to reduce a backlog and to handle appeals being re-filed by miners and their widows.

1 day ago


2 courts, 2 vastly different opinions about Affordable Care Act

This debate surrounding the ACA calls into question the legality of financial assistance enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.

1 day ago


Allegheny County issues tick warning after seeing increase in Lyme disease cases

Lyme disease can usually be treated with antibiotics if it is caught early, Health Director Karen Hacker said.

1 day ago


Retaliation at VA bared

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

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 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.

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 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.”

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Health happenings for July 22, 2014

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

2 days 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.

2 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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

4 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.

4 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.

4 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.

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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.

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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.

5 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.

5 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.

6 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

1 week 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.

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 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.

2 weeks ago


Business struggling on health insurance

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

2 weeks 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.

2 weeks 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.

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 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.

2 weeks 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



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