Erik Harker, an operations manager for Enrich Products in Wilkinsburg, demonstrates the Einrich Products Ionization system.

Rush to blame copper-silver water treatment for Legionella?

Health agencies back away from copper-silver water disinfection systems to prevent Legionella, despite being exonerated in investigations.

about 19 hours ago

New Medicaid rule could challenge state shift away from nursing homes

Starting this year, a new federal rule will require states to ensure that long-term care alternatives to nursing homes.

about 19 hours ago

Infected Ebola blood stolen in Guinea

Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples stolen from the minibus taxi.

1 day ago

House GOP sues Obama administration over health care law

GOP lawmakers filed the suit the morning after the president announced unilateral executive actions to expand protections for immigrants.

2 days ago

 A recent traveler to West Africa was being evaluated for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, but tests showed the patient does not have the virus, the hospital said today.

Hospital: Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

The announcement came just a few hours after the hospital reported that the patient was being evaluated.

2 days ago

Agency: Newtown shooter's mental health issues were accommodated, not appropriately treated

Adam Lanza’s social isolation and obsession with mass killings have been detailed by police reports.

2 days ago

Reopen Pennsylvania health centers, Supreme Court rules

The state closed 16 health centers, including those in Armstrong, Beaver, Greene,  Somerset counties, and one of two in Westmoreland County.

2 days ago

Obamacare dental-plan error has Republicans seeking details

Health and Human Services figures on Obamacare enrollment comingled health plan enrollment with an extra 380,000 people in dental plans.

2 days ago

Obamacare provision challenged in court

Geneva College in Beaver Falls and the Catholic dioceses of Pittsburgh and Erie won the initial rounds of cases.

3 days ago

Downtown Pittsburgh symposium aims to educate about Ebola

A daylong forum will provide answers about the deadly epidemic in Africa and an evening concert will raise funds for its victims.

3 days ago

 A federal judge has been asked to approve settlements totaling $160,000 for lawsuits involving two veterans who died after contracting Legionnaire’s disease at a Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital.

Pittsburgh VA settles two more Legionnaire's claims

Survivors of Navy veteran Lloyd Wanstreet, 65, of Jeannette, and Marine veteran Brant Evans, 58, of Freedom, were seeking the settlements.

4 days ago

 Through Nov. 10, a total of 98 syphilis cases were reported in Allegheny County compared to 56 during the same time period last year.

Syphilis cases on the rise in Allegheny County

Through Nov. 10, a total of 98 cases were reported compared to 56 during the same time period last year.

4 days ago

 Barbara Mancini, the Philadelphia nurse accused of helping her terminally ill father die, and her husband, Joe, held a press conference at her home the day after charges against her were dropped in February.

Death with Dignity legislation sparks support, opposition in Pennsylvania

Two Pennsylvania bills, would allow terminally-ill patients to obtain fatal medication from a doctor, are opposed by Catholic groups.

4 days ago

'Unboxxed': Leadership Pittsburgh's seminar challenges traditional forms of education

Leadership Pittsburgh's Unboxxed seminar explores the leading edge of learning, medicine and other topics.

5 days ago

New Erie VA center director says he did not mislead congressman

David Cord says he never told anyone at the Pittsburgh VA in November 2012 to withhold information about the Legionnaire’s outbreak there.

4 days ago

 Gov. Tom Corbett

Corbett intends to move ahead with Medicaid plan, despite successor’s wishes

Lame duck Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration is moving ahead on implementing Healthy PA — even though Tom Wolf said he plans to scrap it.

5 days ago

 This 2004 file photo provided by Schering-Plough Corp. shows the cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin. A major study gives a long-awaited answer on whether the blockbuster drugs Vytorin and Zetia lower the risk of heart problems.

Study lifts cloud over heart drugs Zetia, Vytorin

Study finds cholesterol-lowering drugs Zetia and Vytorin may lower heart attack and stroke risk for those who can’t take statins or for

5 days ago

Health happenings for Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Allegheny Health Network is providing a hands-on demonstration of the da Vinci surgical robotic system from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

5 days ago

 “I have a lot to do; I don’t have time to get down,” said Ernest Sims, shown here with his wife, Angeline, celebrating Mr. Sims’ 75th birthday at the Homewood Senior Center.

Study on Pittsburgh-area elderly points to happiness paradox among races

The apparent racial disparity between conditions and satisfaction has shown up in other local and national surveys.

6 days ago

 Dr. Martin Salia

Nebraska hospital: Surgeon with Ebola has died

Martin Salia arrived Saturday to be treated at the Omaha hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated.

6 days ago

Health care push comes to bars and nail salons

Advocates are employing new tactics and expanding old ones to reach people who need insurance.

6 days ago

Buzz from energy drinks jolts kids

More than half of calls to U.S. poison control centers about energy drinks like Red Bull and Monster are for children younger than 6.

6 days ago

The New Old Age: Unlocking the secret to longevity

The third installment of our examination of health care trends looks at the impact of our longer lifespans on medicine and society.

1 week ago

State will extend women’s health care coverage program

Limited health insurance plan will be discontinued to make way for transitioning women to “Healthy PA” plans Jan. 1.

1 week ago

Electrical scalp device can slow progression of deadly brain tumors

An electrical device glued to the scalp can slow cancer growth and prolong survival in people with the deadliest type of brain tumor.

1 week ago

Costs of health care at end of life pose concern

Aggressive medical treatment for the elderly does not always translate into quality of life care.

1 week ago

A look at the habits of the 90-and-up crowd

Having a bit of fat and consuming coffee and alcohol in moderation may help extend longevity among those 70 and older.

1 week ago

Palliative care doctors help patients cope with their illnesses

More and more hospitals across the country are starting palliative care programs, including in Pennsylvania, which has a rate of 67 percent.

1 week ago

 Above is a pig heart, which has been stripped of all its cells, leaving only the scaffolding to grow a new heart with human stem cells. This approach may be used in the future to repair heart damage or even generate new hearts for transplantation. Pig hearts are used because they are of a similar size and complexity to human hearts.

Female stem cells could be better for heart repair, disease treatment

The strength of female stem cells may hold the ticket to building stronger hearts and bodies among older people.

1 week ago

Stress may be unavoidable, but solutions are inexpensive

Research shows stress’s negative impact, but also what can be done to alleviate it.

1 week ago

 Betsy Magovern, 58, of O'Hara runs through Downtown. She's a member of the Steel City Road Runners.

Staying mobile: Remaining active, exercising lowers mortality rates

Staying mobile over age 50 by doing even the simplest of tasks can keep you on your feet.

1 week ago

 University of Pittsburgh graduate student Hervens Jeannis talks about the "Strong Arm", seen in foreground, a prototype that is in design at the university's Human Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratories in Bakery Square. The "Strong Arm" is designed to help people who use wheelchairs to move to and from their chairs with more ease. It is still a few years away from commercial release.

Technology geared to making life easier for elderly, disabled and caregivers

Advances in technology being developed in Pittsburgh are providing the elderly and people with disabilities a helping hand.

1 week ago

 Lorraine Roberts of Fox Chapel walks through a breezeway built along the back of her Fox Chapel home to connect the new ground-level addition to the dining room, one of the renovations she and her husband Philip completed to make the home wheel-chair accessible.

Aging in place: Seniors remodel to meet changing needs and remain in their homes

Seniors in Pittsburgh are doing everything they can to grow old in their own homes.

1 week ago

Rising demand for long-term care for the elderly faces a shortage of caregivers

As baby boomers age, long-term care is in greater demand. Yet studies show that there will not be enough caregivers to attend to them.

1 week ago

 Denise O'Connor, left, a lactation consultant, and Dr. Alan Lantzy, a neonatologist at West Penn Hospital. If funding goes well, Three Rivers Milk Bank hopes to open in spring 2015, Ms. O'Connor said.

Nonprofit opens funding effort for regional breast milk bank

The Three Rivers Mothers’ Milk Bank would help “the sickest of the sick” babies in area neonatal intensive care units.

1 week ago

 Neuro Kinetics uses high speed digital photography and a software program to diagnose based on how accurately patients track a light pattern from a "optic kinetic sphere."

NFL, partners award $500,000 grant to further study O'Hara company's concussion testing

The Neuro Kinetics-developed system, called I-Portal, uses eye-tracking tests to evaluate head injuries.

1 week ago

 The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has fired Terry Gerigk Wolf, director of the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

VA's firing of Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs director raises new allegations

Terry Gerigk Wolf was fired because of the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak in 2011 and 2012 and allegations of “wasteful spending.”

1 week ago

 Among those cutting the ribbon for the Jefferson Hospital Women and Infants Center were, from left in back, Gregory Harbaugh, chairman of the hospital board of directors. In front, from left, are Jennifer Riley-McClelland and Erin Pover, expectant mothers who plan to deliver in the new unit; Austin Lemieux; and David Logan, medical director of the woman and infants center.

Jefferson Hospital opens new obstetrics unit

Jefferson Hospital’s $17 million labor and delivery suites enables women to avoid traveling to Pittsburgh to deliver babies.

1 week ago

 Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights won its award for a project that has greatly reduced hospital-acquired infections of the clostridium difficile – known as C. diff – for three consecutive years.

Pittsburgh-area hospitals win awards for infection control and pain management

Allegheny Valley Hospital and the Pittsburgh VA were awarded the top place in the Fine Award for Teamwork Excellence in Health Care.

1 week ago

 Tamika says she underwent bullying and abuse at her home and at a group home where she lived.

Childhood trauma can cause trauma for life

New study shows that psychological abuse during childhood can be more damaging than physical or sexual abuse

1 week ago

Body temperature linked to DNA activity inside disease-causing virus

Carnegie Mellon University researchers report that body temperature holds the key in facilitating the spread of infection for some viruses.

1 week ago

Allegheny Health Network, Celtic Healthcare join forces to provide post-acute services

The services will be developed under AHN’s brand and Celtic’s management, AHN officials said.

1 week ago

Researchers find childhood abuse can cause changes in the brain

Child abuse causes chronic stress, which destroys brain cells and causes heart disease, depression, diabetes and other health effects.

1 week ago

Corbett administration starts preparing Pennsylvania Medicaid enrollees for benefits overhaul

Notices were mailed out last week, and the Corbett administration says affected enrollees will be sorted into one of two plans.

1 week ago

Health happenings

Health related events scheduled for the coming week.

1 week ago

 Accidental poisonings from squishy laundry detergent packets sometimes mistaken for toys or candy landed more than 700 U.S. children in the hospital in just two years, researchers report.

Study reveals hundreds of kids harmed by detergent 'pods'

The cases stem from the more than 17,000 poison center calls about the products received in the past two years.

1 week ago

Consumers can browse early on new health care site

The Obama administration said the new version of the website would have more information and would be easier to use.

1 week ago

 Today, an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. use insulin.

American Diabetes Association’s Expo Pittsburgh highlights benefits of insulin

Today, an estimated 6 million adults in the U.S. use insulin, and because of that, many can look forward to nearly normal lifespans.

1 week ago

 WorkZone, Honeywell, biometric, Boselovic

Workzone: EEOC disapproves of incentives for Honeywell program

Challenge to wellness program is latest attempt to sort out just how much in incentives employers can offer workers for healthy behavior.

2 weeks ago

Detergent pods blamed for making thousands of U.S. children sick

More than 17,000 U.S. children came in contact with laundry-detergent pods in 2012 and 2013.

1 week ago


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