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 Advocates for legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania are confident that a change in administration and in legislative attitudes will lead to a bill that is more progressive.

Support surfaces for Pennsylvania medical marijuana bill

With a change in state leadership roles and attitudes, medical marijuana in Pennsylvania may become a reality this year.

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 Cam Howard, left, and his sister, Riley, get ready for the first day of school.

Fighting rare disease, Hampton second-grader finds acceptance

Cam Howard, 8, has progeria, a rare condition in which children age at a rate much faster than normal.

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Breast cancer patients are 'Casting for Recovery'

The nonprofit helps breast cancer patients with education and peer support and with therapy through the sport of fly fishing.

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Alzheimer's caregivers share their stories in book

Members of Clergy Against Alzheimer’s have written the book, which is available on Amazon.

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 According to the survey, hip replacement variation in Pittsburgh was 32 percent (a range of $19,456 and $25,696).

Replacing knee, hips a bargain at Pittsburgh-area hospitals

Pittsburgh is a low-cost market when it comes to knee and hip replacements, according to a new Blue Cross Blue Shield survey.

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 Natalia Rudiak

Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak pushes for city-paid parental leave

The cost of the program proposed by Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak would be negligible, a Pittsburgh personnel official said.

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 In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

Gov’t says 9.5 million already signed up for 2015 coverage under Obama’s health law

Federal officials’ nationwide health care coverage enrollment targets for 2015 are expected to be surpassed.

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 Physical therapy resident Pam Dunlap evaluates Gaige Pavlocak's balance.

Allegheny County school districts’ occupational, physical therapists in jeopardy

A $1.1 million deficit has caused the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to turn therapists into independent contractors, some of whom may quit.

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 Bella Carotto, 9, helps her mother, Loren Carroto, create a flower arrangement at the family business, Monessen Florist.  Bella has pediatric kidney stones.

Doctors treating more children with kidney stones

Last year, Children’s Hospital saw 100 patients who had kidney stones, said Michael Moritz, clinical director of pediatric nephrology.

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 Aided by medications such as insulin, the tight blood-sugar control might reflect an overtreatment of diabetes, according to a recent study.

Can older people raise health risks by controlling their diabetes too tightly?

Tight control isn’t for everyone, and “treatment should be individualized,” according to one Pittsburgh-area doctor.

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 The latest bipartisan proposal in the Pennsylvania Senate would allow certain patients with a doctor's recommendation to purchase and use marijuana sold at licensed centers.

Medical marijuana may have new traction at state Capitol

Gov. Tom Wolf, who supported medical marijuana during his campaign, met Tuesday with families advocating for its legalization.

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 “In pure form,” the senators' letter says, “overdosing on caffeine is not only easy but virtually unavoidable.”

U.S. senators urge FDA to ban retail sales of caffeine powder

Two deaths have been linked to powdered caffeine, with one teaspoon having the equivalent of about 25 cups of coffee.

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Health happenings for the week of Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming week.

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Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

It would tie Medicare fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.

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Autistic siblings have more differences than similarities, study finds

About 30 percent of the 85 sibling pairs in a study reported on Monday shared the same mutation, and about 70 percent did not.

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 From left, Maci Lee, 11, sits with her father, Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee; mother, Kristen; and brother, Jaxon. Maci nearly died and her growth was stunted because of steroids for allergies and asthma.

Study indicates use of nasal steroids can stunt growth in children

The study led by an Allegheny Health Network researcher is to be published in the journal Pediatrics.

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Anti-vaccine parents found to stick together as their ranks grow

More parents are leery about vaccinating their children.

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 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

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 Paulo Fontes and his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, UPMC and Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, have developed machine-perfusion technology that preserves donor livers by pumping them with a form of cold artificial blood known as a “cell-free oxygen-carrier solution.”

Pitt-UPMC team develops way to keep donated livers viable longer

A University of Pittsburgh device perfuses donor livers with cooled oxygen-rich fluid to improve transplant outcomes and save more organs.

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Support group in Ross aims to ease stress for teens

Anchorpoint Counseling Center starts a 10-week program Wednesday to help teens cope with everyday pressures of life.

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 Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger raised $8,000 for ALS research.

Mt. Lebanon swimmers raise $8,000 for ALS research

Hannah Bumgarner and Emma Buerger, members of the Mt. Lebanon High School swim team, organized a swim-a-thon in the fall.

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 Officials say this is one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory with nearly 4,000 cases reported.

This flu season labeled Allegheny County’s worst in many years

All of the victims were at least 55 and most had other health problems.

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 A teaspoon of caffeine powder is roughly equal to 25 to 30 cups of coffee, which likely is lethal.

Caffeine powder deaths lead to calls for FDA ban

The FDA and Council for Responsible Nutrition warn that one teaspoon of pure caffeine powder -- equal to 25 cups of coffee -- can be lethal.

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 Project scientist Matt Travers, center, 32, and Simon Kalouche, 23, a graduate school student of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, operate different robots while Howie Choset, left, Biorobotics lab director looks on on Wednesday.

CMU innovation means robots can be quickly customized

Although not particularly monstrous or snakelike, CMU’s new Snake Monster robot is an innovative step forward in modular robotics.

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Roundup of recent health news

News briefs on health and medicine developments nationally and locally in Pittsburgh.

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Program to address gynecological cancers

Gynecological cancers are the focus of a documentary and panel discussion to be held at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC in Oakland.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Health related events being held around the region.

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 According to a study being published today in the journal Pediatrics, children and adolescents consume more calories on days when they eat pizza.

How unhealthy really is pizza for children?

A national pediatric report points to pizza as the latest culprit in contributing to obesity among children.

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Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

Called 1095-A, the forms list who in each household got subsidized coverage through the health insurance exchanges.

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 Marilyn Tavenner

Head of U.S. agency overseeing Obamacare resigning

Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner had survived the 2013 technology meltdown of HealthCare.gov.

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 An Idaho case the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next week could carry implications for Pennsylvania hospitals.

Supreme Court to weigh hospitals' right to higher Medicaid reimbursement

Do providers have the right to sue a state for not adequately reimbursing them?

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 As seen from Beechwood Boulevard, snow blankets a Squirrel Hill residential development overlooking the Monongahela River on Jan. 7.

Whether winter blues or cabin fever, depression in winter months is real in Pittsburgh, nationwide

Nationwide, 3 out of 4 Seasonal Affective Disorder sufferers are women. About 5 percent of the American population suffers from SAD.

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McKeesport domestic abuse counseling center, satellites may close

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services and Common Pleas Court have ended referrals to the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center.

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Study: High levels of pollutants from drilling waste found in Pa. rivers

The study identifies contaminants in wastewater discharges from spills and treatment plants, including three in Allegheny River watershed.

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 Gov. Tom Corbett chose not to expand the state’s existing Medicaid plan.

Problems reported with enrollment in state's Healthy PA program

More than 150,000 households have applied for coverage in Medicaid expansion alternative.

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 James L. Funderburgh, University of Pittsburgh professor of ophthalmology, poses with Sayan Basu, ophthalmological surgeon, whose study on using stem cells to repair scarred corneas is now being used to treat patients in India.

Pitt researcher uses stem cells from the eye to repair damaged corneas

Surgeon Sayan Basu is using University of Pittsburgh stem-cell research to repair human corneas weeks after the study was published.

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 “Whether it's liquor laws or issues like telehealth, we are not a state that moves very fast,” said Donald Fischer, Highmark’s chief medical officer.

Despite demand, video health exams largely not covered by insurance in Pennsylvania

Insurance in 21 states so far cover Skype or other ‘telehealth’ sessions between doctors and sick patients.

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 A public health nurse demonstrates drawing flu vaccine from a bottle. The number of deaths due to flu in Allegheny County this season is now seven, a health official said today.

Four more die from flu in Allegheny County, health official says

The total of Allegheny County deaths attributed to the flu this season is now seven.

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Health happenings around the Pittsburgh-area

A list of health- and fitness-related events, starting Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.

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Allegheny County Health Department STD and immunization clinic to close Tuesday

Crews are scheduled to make repairs to a water main break; patients with Tuesday appointments will be rescheduled.

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Mon Valley awaiting new probation resource center

The center that would serve 1,000 offenders in the Mon Valley could open as early as March or April.

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 Jeffrey and Jacqui Morby at their home in Squirrel Hill.

Speeding up the connection between funds and Alzheimer's research

The nonprofit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund has raised $48.3 million since its inception, including $11 million raised in 2014.

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Warning: That tan could be hazardous

Indoor tanning might seem like a fashion that faded with the ’80s, but it remains a persistent part of American adolescence.

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Parity for mental health care is still lagging, study says

Some state exchange health plans may have a way to go to even the playing field between mental and physical benefits.

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 Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a Democratic co-sponsor of the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline bill, makes his plea Thursday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee markup on the controversial project on Capitol Hill.

House, court OK Keystone XL pipeline

The House voted 266-153 to approve measure, with 28 Democrats voting in support. The Senate has a test vote on Monday.

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FDA cites McKees Rocks food warehouse

The warehouse owned by a New York-based company was cited for “significant violations” after an inspection found unsanitary conditions.

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Antibiotics extracted from bacteria living in the soil showing promise

An unusual method for producing antibiotics may help to solve the rise in infections that resist treatment with commonly used drugs.

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Warming centers open in Pittsburgh

The warming centers are located at the Citiparks’ buildings in Greenfield, Homewood, Sheraden and the South Side, at the Market House.

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 Threaded drilling pipes are stacked at a hydraulic fracturing site owned by EQT Corp. located atop the Marcellus Shale rock formation in Washington County.

Lawsuit filed in effort to close loophole on fracking emissions

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is the next step in a process that started 2½ years ago.

3 weeks ago


Mumps outbreak stumps Allegheny County health officials

"[It] doesn't make a whole lot of epidemiological sense to have such a confined outbreak,“ a health department board member said.

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