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 Gov. Tom Wolf

439,000 join Pennsylvania Medicaid

Of the new enrollees, nearly 37,000 are from Allegheny County, according to state statistics.

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Broken water line repaired at Allegheny General Hospital

The hospital implemented its Emergency Operations Plan after the broken line caused water to flow into several elevator shafts and a

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 Cathy Fowlkes speaks with Dr. Alicia Kaplan at Allegheny  Health Network's facility in Bethel Park.

Brain electrodes help Mt. Lebanon woman with OCD

Cathy Fowlkes woke up each day and worked through the same routine; cleaning her house from top to bottom. Today that is all changed.

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 Campers, including Cloey Senyo, 9, center, of Erie, wait to be called out for ice cream after lunch at Flying Horse Farms in Mount Gilead, Ohio, during a camp for children with serious illnesses. About 900 children attend each summer from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and as far away as Alabama. Flying Horse Farms' mission is to provide a camp experience for children who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend camp.

At summer camp Flying Horse Farms, 'you’re not the kid who’s sick. You’re just the kid'

Flying Horse Farms is one of 14 accredited facilities that provide a free, traditional camp experience to children with serious illnesses.

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 Jason Snyder at his office at the Consumer Health Coalition in Pittsburgh. He is the organization’s executive director.

Addiction knows no bounds: One professional’s fight with stigma, denial and opioid painkillers

For those with seemingly successful lives, the fear of losing esteem at work and in the community can be a powerful deterrent to recovery.

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 Gov. Tom Wolf speaks Monday at a breakfast meeting of the Pittsburgh Technology Council at the Rivers Club.

Wolf says social service providers may have to borrow money

Wolf said he understands the concern over social services agencies having to foot the bill while they wait for the state to reimburse them.

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World briefs: Security woes delay start of Greek bailout talks

Plus: Kerry, Russia to discuss IS, Hungary to complete fence, Malaria vaccine, Nigeria celebrates no polio, India questions execution

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 Efforts to recruit other obstetrician-gynecologists have not been successful, Jameson Health System President and CEO Doug Danko said.

New Castle’s Jameson Hospital closing childbirth services unit

One of its only two obstetricians is departing, and childbirth services will no longer be offered in a few weeks.

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 FILE - This July 17, 2012, file photo, shows the Eli Lilly & Co. corporate headquarters in Indianapolis. Eli Lilly & Co. reported July 22, 2015, that an experimental medication might slow mild Alzheimer's if people take it early enough, one of a handful of drugs in late-stage testing in the frustrating hunt for a better treatment.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Experimental Alzheimer’s drug shows some benefit

An experimental drug from Eli Lilly & Co. may slow Alzheimer’s if people take it early enough.

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 “The industry has changed,” said Amy Ranier, director of patient experience at UPMC, adding that everyone who visits a UPMC facility receives a survey now.

Hospitals aim to increase focus on patient experience

How patients feel about their stay has become more than a public relations exercise for hospitals.

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Study shows Alzheimer’s worsens faster with women than men

Women with early memory loss decline at a much faster pace than men, a study has found.

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World briefs: Greek PM Tsipras rallies party backing before bailout vote

Plus: Japan cites China as a threat; EU approves Amgen chlolesterol-fighting drug; Obama’s trip to Ethiopia; Burundi election; Tibetan monk

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Becoming aware of mental illness: Pa. law requires training for police, judges

A state rep said a Washington incident drove home the need for a bill requiring mental health awareness training for police, district

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Getting the message out on HPV vaccinations

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation could begin a social media campaign to increase HPV vaccination uptake rates.

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 South Fayette midfielder George Slater  heads the ball away from Keystone Oaks' Lucas Fievet during a high school match.

Experts debate the safety of heading in soccer

A University of Colorado study concludes that aggressive play, not heading, causes most concussions in high school soccer.

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 Under the revised policy, the size of the penalty would be based on a number of factors, such as size of the food facility, seriousness of the violation, willfulness and whether the violation was a repeat offense

Allegheny County eyes higher fines for food safety violations

The proposals follow a failed attempt to display health department grades on restaurant doors.

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 Rick and Jessica Goeller, with their son Lucas, 2, at their family farm in Indiana Township on June 17.

Indiana Township boy who received donated liver experiencing organ rejection weeks later

The 2-year-old Indiana Township boy’s quest for a liver won hearts around the country.

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Health happenings for Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Health-related events scheduled for the coming weeks.

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 Timber rattlesnakes are the more common of the two types of rattlesnakes found in Pennsylvania.

Fatal rattlesnake bites are the exception, experts say

A Freedom man died Sunday from the first fatal rattlesnake bite in Pennsylvania in 25 years, but the snake mistakenly bit the wrong target.

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 From left, Amy Burke, 16, Holly Jewart, 17, Valencia McNally, then 10, and Cassie Denny, 12, pack supplies at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church in preparation for a Haiti H20 outreach program trip.

Brookline girl returns from medical mission trip to her native Haiti

At 5 years old, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Valencia McNally made the move from Haiti to the United States.

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 The Rev. Nicholas Prugar and his wife, Amanda, pose for a portrait with their adopted 18-month-old daughter, Aurora, at their home in Harmony.

Social changes making adoption process tougher across Pennsylvania

Adoptions are down — in Allegheny County and around Pennsylvania — as traditional sources of children dry up.

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 Aetna and Humana enroll around 22 percent of Medicare Advantage participants in Western Pennsylvania.

Could an Aetna-Humana merger help control costs in Western Pa.?

A proposed merger could deliver new coverage options for Pennsylvanians on Medicare Advantage.

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 Beth Caldwell and her son Kevin Nuckols, 22, switched from Highmark insurance to UPMC Health Plan last year after a premium hike, but UPMC now says their independent primary care physician is out of network.

As networks narrow, choosing a health plan gets tricky

One Crafton family struggled to figure out where its UPMC Health Plan coverage is accepted.

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Nation briefs: Former FIFA executive pleads not guilty

Plus: Dueling rallies in S.C., Eric Garner remembered, Death penalty campaign, Oregon birth control

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 Jason Reid gives his partner Hitomi Mullen a spin as they dance in the "Yes, You can Dance" at Dance Explosion in Ross.  The dance program supports wellness for those with special needs, disabilities and chronic degenerative diseases.

At 'Yes, You Can Dance,' ballroom classes double as therapy

The program is for those with special needs, disabilities and chronic degenerative diseases.

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Health Department issues rabies alert, urges residents to avoid wild animals

Two raccoons and three bats in Allegheny County tested positive for rabies, according to a news release.

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County helps elderly stay in their homes

More than 1,000 older residents of Westmoreland County receive help from health and personal care aides thanks to the Area Agency on Aging.

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 President Barack Obama took a tour Thursday of the medium-security El Reno Federal Correction Institute in Oklahoma.

National briefs: Obama visits federal correctional facility

Plus: IRS customer hang-ups, Bush to recover in 3-4 months, Case against GOP Walker dropped, Fracking health study, Texas execution halted

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 FILE - This March 2002 file photo shows a deer tick under a microscope in the entomology lab at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown, R.I. According to a new government study published Wednesday, the geographic areas where Lyme disease is a bigger danger have grown dramatically.

Lyme disease a growing threat in Pittsburgh region

Two children have been hospitalized this week for treatment of severe Lyme disease.

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 Bottles of Lipitor, left, and Zocor, both popular statin cholesterol-lowering drugs, at an ACME pharmacy in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Oct. 14, 2005.

Broader statin use gets support from 2 new studies

The guidelines, issued by leading societies in November 2013, move away from trying to lower cholesterol to particular target levels.

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  Dick Herchenroether, 64, of Ben Avon, practices at Fit 4 Boxing Club in Allison Park,on Thursday, July 2,  2015. disease.

Boxing provides relief for Parkinson's sufferers

Boxing can ease symptoms of Parkinson's because it works on balance, hand-eye coordination and fatigue, studies show.

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 Jennifer Hu, medical student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pitt med students devise an app to gauge frustrations

A team of University of Pittsburgh medical students have created an app to help patients provide feedback on their doctors’ visits.

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Health happenings

Health- and fitness-related activities for the week following Tuesday, July 14, 2015.

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Methane emissions measured at Texas gas-related sites

Methane emissions near shale gas operations reported in journal find some sites in Texas had very high methane loss.

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Former hospice doctor sentenced in Medicare scheme

Oliver Herndon, the former medical director for Horizons Hospice, waived indictment and pleaded guilty in November.

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Adults with autism to share housing with general population in Heidelberg complex

While this project may be the first that mixes autistic and non-autistic adults, it is part of a movement to create affordable housing.

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 Federal lawmakers and families said they had prob­lems with the way the Veter­ans Af­fairs Of­fice of Inspec­tor Gen­eral investigated the Le­gion­naires’ disease out­break in 2011 and 2012 at the VA Pitts­burgh Healthcare System in Oakland.

Lawmakers, families question federal VA probe

The outbreak in 2011 and 2012 led to at least 22 veterans contracting the water-borne Legionnaires’ disease.

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 Jessica Goeller talks with the media about working with the Central Blood Bank to host the Lucas Goeller Blood drive Firday at the Peterson Center. Her son, Lucas Goeller, 2, received a life-saving liver transplant last week but, while waiting for the transplant, underwent two major surgeries and three blood transfusions that were vital his health.

Blood drive held in name of transplant recipient Lucas Goeller

Dozens of people turned out Friday for a blood drive in Oakland hosted in the name of the 2-year-old Indiana Township boy.

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 Kaylee Doyle, 12, of Scott rides at the Horses with Hope ranch in Bethel Park. Volunteers Joanne Murdy, left, Barbara Bach, center, and Anne Davis assist Kaylee around the track.

Special needs kids, veterans saddle up for equine therapy programs around Pittsburgh

Horses are effective therapy animals, and experts say that’s because both horses and humans interact socially and respond in similar ways.

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Butler hospital gets large grant to reach diabetics

Butler Health System will receive $200,000 annually for three consecutive years to develop an online program for diabetes management.

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St. Margaret Foundation awards grants

Grant money from the St. Margaret Foundation will educate patients, broaden access to crucial services, and improve the patient experience.

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Order to dispense heroin antidote shows early results

Allegheny County Health Director Karen Hacker’s order to pharmacies to dispense a heroin overdose over the counter has shown some success.

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Mother of 2-year-old liver transplant recipient to help host Oakland blood drive

Teaming with the Central Blood Bank, the drive is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the Peterson Event Center.

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Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

Medicare to pay doctors for voluntary end-of-life counseling, as 'death panel' charges lose sting.

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Nation briefs: Court upholds Chesapeake clean-up plan

Plus: Heroin users; birth control costs; new Facebook data center; National Academy of Sciences; Dixie flag; Charleston suspect

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 John Meeker, 51, of Nottingham, has his knee worked on by physical therapist Mike Degregorio at Allegheny Health Network Outpatient Care Center in McMurray. Mr. Meeker had a total knee replacement and was discharged the same day as his surgery.

Some hip, knee replacement patients heading home within hours of surgery

Allegheny Health Network patients having hip and knee replacements can now be discharged on the same day as their operation.

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 The study, including researchers and data from the Netherlands, found that a person’s perception alone that he or she lives in a bad neighborhood is associated with shorter telomeres — the protective caps on chromosomes that diminish with age and more aggressively so from stress.

Stress in neighborhood may be linked to faster aging

A Pitt-Netherlands study finds that telomeres, the end caps of chromosomes, shrink due to the stress of life in a bad neighborhood.

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Journal has package on breast cancer

JAMA medical journal articles continue discussion of issues involved with breast cancer screening, including overdiagnosis and cancer risk.

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Investigation finds few faults with Pittsburgh VA’s Legionnaires’ tests

The Pittsburgh VA had a Legionnaires' outbreak in 2011 and 2012 that sickened at least 22 vets and led to the deaths of six of them.

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 By adopting the various measures, Pennsylvania will become eligible for funding under the Debbie Smith Act, which provides money to state and local authorities to help eliminate DNA evidence backlogs.

Bill aims to speed up sexual assault investigations in Pennsylvania

The Neuman Bill will establish timelines for the testing of sexual assault evidence kits and use the data to convict repeat offenders.

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