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Medical professionals and politicians seek ways to prevent prescription addiction

Addiction to opioids can be insidious for patients, but new Pennsylvania guidelines can give doctors more tools to ward off problems.

about 19 hours ago


 Pope Francis

Philadelphia archbishop confident Pope Francis will visit in 2015

Although Pope Francis’ people aren’t confirming it yet, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said the pontiff has accepted an invitation.

about 18 hours ago


New traffic pattern to debut on inbound Route 28

The traffic split will be removed but the right lane will continue to be an exit-only lane at East Ohio Street.

about 11 hours ago


Police investigating Carnegie Mellon student found on roof of Webster Hall dormitory

The 23-year-old female student was taken to UPMC Presbyterian, where she is being treated for back injuries and two broken ankles.

about 1 hour ago


Global force seeking to reach crash site is repulsed by fighting

Fierce fighting gripped a dozen towns, blocking an international police force from reaching the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

about 19 hours ago


 Steve Craig, chariman of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, leads a meeting of the commission Monday.

Roadwork plan increases Pittsburgh regional spending by 52 percent

State funding boosts improvements to roads, bridges and transit.

about 19 hours ago


UPMC is finding ways to squeeze savings, prevent waste

With tight margins and a tough operating environment, UPMC is scrutinizing every part of the supply chain to save pennies in multiples.

about 18 hours ago


 Prescription drugs.

In state, data-sharing prescription drug legislation stalls

Pennsylvania legislation is pending to allow data sharing of prescription drugs among doctors and pharmacists, but the ACLU opposes it.

about 19 hours ago


 Mihir Garimella with the flying robot on which his project was based. He was one of the 90 Google Science Fair regional finalists and 15 Computer Science Award nominees in the world.

Local student a finalist in Google Science Fair for his flying robot, inspired by fruit flies

Mihir Garimella, an incoming freshman at Fox Chapel Area High School, is one of 90 finalists in a global competition.

about 19 hours ago


 Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Oakland.

Grand jury says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police in sexual assault cases

The report does not recommend criminal charges, but does advise training for employees as well as changes to state law.

about 19 hours ago


Poll: Minorities support regulating pollution

Poll shows minority voters very aware of climate change issues and supportive of political candidates who make the issue a priority.

about 19 hours ago


 A September 1998 file photo shows the tilting al-Hadba minaret in Mosul.

Iraqis defy extremists, save landmark minaret

Islamic State fighters sought to blow up 840-year-old leaning tower, but residents formed human chain to guard it, and militants backed

about 19 hours ago


Report finds Medicare finances improving partly due to Obamacare, hospital expenses

Annual trustees forecast of two largest entitlement programs shows forces reining in health care spending are extending Medicare funds.

about 19 hours ago


Paid leave encourages female employees to stay

The small dip is adding to concerns about the strength of the economic recovery.

about 19 hours ago


Big money to fight big donors

Mayday’s odd alliance will spend $12 million to help elect lawmakers who back curbing influence of wealthy donors.

about 19 hours ago


Health happenings for July 29, 2014

A stroke prevention and rehabilitation talk at UPMC, Monroeville, is among this week’s health events.

about 19 hours ago


Obituary: Samuel Elkind / Musician who played with PSO

Samuel Elkind spent 47 years as a violinist with the PSO.

about 19 hours ago


News Obituary: Edward G. Polak / Standout athlete, coach

The standout athlete at the former Homestead High School died Sunday.

about 19 hours ago


PHEAA warns of rise in financial aid scams

As state financial aid application deadlines approach, scammers are targeting college students and families.

about 19 hours ago


National briefs: Airlines win battle on fares

PLUS: Southwest Airlines faces fine; surveillance programs criticized; Virginia's same-sex marriage ban overturned; sex-abuse suspect

about 19 hours ago


World briefs: Rebels ambush Muslim pilgrims

PLUS: China targets church symbols; oil fire rages in Libya; Liberia borders nearly closed; U.S.: Russia violated pact; Russia loses Yukos

about 19 hours ago


 A Lyft car seen in a car's sideview mirror.

PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses

Lyft's hearing before a panel of administrative law judges will be Aug. 7 and 8; Uber's hearing will be Aug. 18 and 19.

about 21 hours ago


 Physician Jeannette South-Paul speaks with patient Myrtis Henderson at the Matilda Theiss Health Center in the Hill District. Dr. South-Paul, a professor of family medicine, helped expand the clinic in 2002.

PG special report: Access to specialty health care out of reach for many in region

Proposed solutions, like affiliations between health centers, networks, ensure uninsured and under-insured don’t fall through the cracks.

1 day ago


Convicted dealer pleads guilty in second drug case

Troy Dawkins, 46, who has addresses in Aliquippa and on the North Side, admitted to conspiracy to distribute heroin.

about 19 hours ago


 NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Letter asks NCAA President Mark Emmert to rescind the remaining sanctions because of the harm they’re causing student-athletes.

about 20 hours ago


 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

State budget worries halt plans

Gov. Corbett cited the gap in revenue projections earlier this month when he vetoed $65 million in funding for the General Assembly and $7.

1 day ago


Israel girds for long conflict

Israel will press its air and ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday.

about 19 hours ago


Forcible extraction of inmates from cells exposed

Cell extraction is the forcible removal of a prisoner from a cell by a tactical team armed with less-lethal weapons such as Tasers.

about 19 hours ago


Medics respond to Wilkinsburg crash involving Port Authority bus, vehicle

The wreck occurred shortly before 9:45 a.m.

1 day ago


Post-Gazette reporter to discuss Poor Health series at noon

A repeat of the show will repeat at 8 tonight.

1 day ago


 Actors dressed as Russian soldiers re-enact the 1914 Battle of Tannenberg Sunday in Szkotowo, Poland, marking the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Changing times draw scant notice to WWI milepost

American students don‘‍t know much about World War I even though teachers are trying.

1 day ago


Fighting complicates Ukraine crash probe, U.S., EU prepare Russia sanctions

U.S. also says rockets were fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

1 day ago


Tentative deal reached on VA reform

House and Senate leaders’ plan calls for more clinics, doctors and nurse.

1 day ago


Dozens killed in Benghazi, Tripoli clashes

France on Sunday called for its nationals to evacuate the country.

1 day ago


Texas senator expects U.S. House to pass 'skinnied-down' border bill

Democrats and Republicans weigh how much of President Barack Obama’s supplemental request to allocate.

1 day ago


China’s navy shows off massage techniques in soft-power display

The vessel is part of the Rim of the Pacific exercise of Hawaii.

1 day ago


 Costumed characters walk outside of the convention center on at the Comic-Con International Convention on Thursday in San Diego.

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

One group is pushing the convention to adopt a formal anti-harassment policy.

1 day ago


California governor hoping to get Mexico to grow green

Jerry Brown will lead a group of more than 100 lawmakers, administration officials, lobbyists and business leaders this week.

1 day ago


Maliki’s party in search of alternative candidate to lead Iraq

The prime minister of eight years is feeling pressure from multiple fronts.

1 day ago


Gary Rotstein’s The Morning File: Pittsburghers, why are you so unhappy?

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, you are miserable.

1 day ago


Lack of funding leaves void in mentoring, academic services

The Delany Scholars Program, a district initiative that provided mentoring and academic help, ended last month when funding ran out.

1 day ago


 A man reads a newspaper on a Lagos street with the headline Ebola Virus kills Liberian in Lagos.

Ebola kills Liberian doctor, 2 Americans infected

Officials fearful of the virus outbreak spreading to Nigeria.

1 day ago


Obituary: Bel Kaufman / Told what school was really like

Bel Kaufman’s best-seller “Up the Down Staircase” has sold more than 6 million copies.

1 day ago


Obituary: Robert Roe / Congressman who led passage of transportation law

He also had a legislative interest in the environment and clean water.

1 day ago


Nation briefs: Salmonella trial to begin in Ga.

PLUS: Phila. hospital shooting; Lightning strike kills 1; Spider-Man fights police.

1 day ago


World briefs: Militants hit Cameroon

PLUS: Air Algerie black boxes sent to Paris; Costa Concordia’s journey ends; Norway threat reduced; Catalan leader confesses.

1 day ago


 Nathan Hite, a former McKeesport firefighter experiencing shoulder and hip pain, steps outside while waiting to be seen at the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

Poor Health: A frayed safety net

As hospitals close, patients and health advocates say the region's poor have been left behind.

2 days ago


 Demonstrators with Save Our Community Hospitals staged a memorial service outside the partially demolished UPMC Braddock Hospital in March 2011. The medical giant shuttered the facility despite widespread community protest.

A tale of two hospital closures: Braddock and East Cleveland

UPMC shut down Braddock hospital in 2010; Cleveland Clinic shuttered Huron Hospital in 2011. The results in each community have not been

2 days ago


 Wilford Payne.

Why Wilford Payne is known as the Johnny Appleseed of local health centers

Wilford Payne has long advocated for health care for underserved populations.

2 days ago


 Carrying the patient files of every person they'd seen that day, Dr. Bill Markle and his wife, RN Mary Markle, leave the 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport on June 5, 2014.  The pair always review each file once again upon arriving home.

Despite Affordable Care Act, McKeesport free clinic still in demand

Patient needs are great at the all-volunteer 9th Street Free Clinic in McKeesport.

2 days ago



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