HEALTH



Seneca Valley to review wellness policy

2012-03-08 05:22:00

The district is taking another look at policies relating to allergy management and snacks brought to classrooms.


Tests find immune therapy can curb AIDS

Tests find immune therapy can curb AIDS

2012-03-08 01:22:00

For the first time, researchers have shown that they can suppress the AIDS virus by bolstering patients' immune systems, while taking them o


Adults told to interact with kids viewing TV

2012-03-08 00:00:00

When a young child is watching TV or a video, it's best if the child interacts with an adult instead of just watching passively, according t


County health board fires Dixon

2012-03-08 00:00:00

In a move orchestrated by new County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, the Allegheny County Board of Health Wednesday voted to terminate the contra


Dixon out at Allegheny County Health Department

2012-03-07 15:30:00

After 20 years in the job, he was the longest-tenured director in the agency's 55-year history.


Highmark cuts ties to urgent care center

2012-03-07 01:05:00

Highmark has terminated its contract with a Washington Hospital-affiliated urgent care center.


New board of health to vote on replacing Dixon

2012-03-07 00:11:00

Allegheny County Council approved four appointments to the county board of health Tuesday night, opening the way for county Executive Rich F


County Health Department director Dixon expects departure

County Health Department director Dixon expects departure

2012-03-06 11:14:00

Bruce Dixon has served as director of the Allegheny County Health Department for 20 years, but Wednesday's Board of Health meeting is likely


Children's Center Get Well Room reopens for business

2012-03-05 14:45:00

The Children's Center of Pittsburgh, 327 Craft Ave., Oakland, has reopened its Get Well Room for mildly ill children.


Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center to give its first Inclusion Awards

2012-03-05 14:45:00

The nonprofit Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership Center is awarding its first Inclusion Awards on Saturday.


Study: Concussed athletes return to play too soon

Study: Concussed athletes return to play too soon

2012-03-05 05:28:00

Of 14,635 high school sports injuries reported during the 2008-10 school years, 1,936 (13.2 percent) were concussions.


'Our Bodies, Ourselves' co-author Judy Norsegian to speak

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Judy Norsegian, a pioneer in the women's health movement and co-author of "Our Bodies, Ourselves," will speak in Oakland this weekend.


Expected concussion recovery time is matter of guesswork

2012-03-05 00:01:00

When is it safe for an athlete who's suffered a concussion to return to the sport?


Health Happenings: 03/05/12

2012-03-05 00:01:00

Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring a beginning t'ai chi class from 7 to 8 p.m.


Local team designs video game based on transplantation

Local team designs video game based on transplantation

2012-03-04 15:56:00

Howard Degenholtz thought he had a good idea.


Altered flu virus not as dangerous as thought

2012-03-04 00:01:00

The scientist who made a deadly bird flu virus transmissible in mammals, touching off public fears of a pandemic, says the virus he created


Loss of adultBasic leaves hefty gap

2012-03-02 10:54:00

Denise Lohr, 57, who owns a dog walking and pet sitting business, was among about 42,000 Pennsylvanians enrolled in adultBasic, a state-subs


Doctor says Excela targeted his practice

2012-03-02 08:50:00

One of two Westmoreland County cardiologists accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures on patients has sued the health system, top


Aetna's inroads into the market

2012-03-01 08:56:00

Mark Bertolini was in town Wednesday for his first face-to-face meeting with UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey Romoff since last spring.


Two leading doctors warn of prescription drug danger

Two leading doctors warn of prescription drug danger

2012-02-29 00:01:00

The medical community needs to deal with steadily increasing increasing prescription drug abuse now, officials warned.


Potassium: This nutrient prevents many ills

2012-02-27 12:30:00

It's one of the essential nutrients required for normal cellular function.


Bariatric exercise class helps manage weight

2012-02-27 00:01:00

If you're a woman who's had weight-loss surgery, is thinking about having it or just are too embarrassed to go to a gym, the bariatric group


Health Happenings

2012-02-27 00:00:00

Alle-Kiski Medical Center is sponsoring a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Tuberculosis makes dreaded comeback in London

2012-02-26 00:01:00

LONDON -- In the shadows of some of London's tallest skyscrapers and richest banks lurks a disease borne of the poverty and squalor usually


Pollen detected in air is earliest ever recorded

Pollen detected in air is earliest ever recorded

2012-02-25 00:00:00

The pollen counter on the roof of Allegheny General Hospital detected tree pollen in the air Thursday, the first time it's been


Data released in research tied to syphilis controversy

2012-02-24 10:00:00

A presidential panel on Thursday released hundreds of supporting documents related to its investigation of government syphilis research in 1


Highmark reaches out to practices

2012-02-24 00:00:00

In the same week that Highmark Inc. sought to trademark the phrase "myCare Navigator," the name of its new patient-facing concierge service,


Hospital infections fewer, but still costly

2012-02-24 00:00:00

Fewer patients are coming down with infections during their hospital stays, according to a new statewide report.


AGH implants region's newest total artificial heart

2012-02-23 14:45:00

Cardiothoracic surgeons at Allegheny General Hospital have replaced a failing human heart with the latest generation total artificial heart


Biking to nowhere aids leukemia group

2012-02-23 00:28:00

Nearly 1,000 Pittsburghers will go nowhere fast Saturday for a good cause.


Colonoscopy can save lives, major cancer study shows

2012-02-23 00:02:00

Millions of people have endured a colonoscopy, believing that the dreaded exam may help keep them from dying of colon cancer. For the first


Pill fighting obesity clears key hurdle

2012-02-23 00:02:00

A previously rejected weight loss pill won an overwhelming endorsement from public health advisers Wednesday, raising hopes that the Vivus I


Former PG photographer John Kaplan documents cancer battle

Former PG photographer John Kaplan documents cancer battle

2012-02-22 17:39:00

By turning the camera lens on his own struggles, John Kaplan created a beacon for others dealing with cancer.


Highmark won't offer UPMC East deal

2012-02-22 00:00:00

Highmark officials said Tuesday they won't even discuss a one-year contract with UPMC that would provide in-network access to the new UPMC E


Group takes FDA to court over short supply of Fabrazyme medication

2012-02-22 00:00:00

On a day when the Food and Drug Administration boasted of its success at addressing drug shortages, a Pittsburgh-led group of patients filed


Geneva College sues over insurance for morning-after drugs

2012-02-21 16:37:00

Geneva College today sued federal agencies and officials, saying provisions in the new healthcare law violate the constitutional rights of t


Highmark develops data-share network

2012-02-21 00:00:00

Within a few months, a specialist from the West Penn Allegheny Health System will be able to electronically share radiology test results wit


Fitness calendar: 2/20/12

2012-02-20 14:41:00

Classes/clinics: The Bariatric Lifestyle Program at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is offering a group exercise class.


Study finds 'significant' decline in anxiety symptoms among women who exercise

Study finds 'significant' decline in anxiety symptoms among women who exercise

2012-02-20 11:23:00

If you suffer from excessive, uncontrollable worry, perhaps the best way to treat it is through exercise, a recent study at the University o


Port Authority cuts threaten independence of people with disabilities

Port Authority cuts threaten independence of people with disabilities

2012-02-20 11:22:00

Allegheny County is reeling from the Port Authority's proposal to increase fares, reduce operating hours and eliminate bus routes as a means


Praying activists once again will protest abortion throughout Lent

2012-02-20 09:30:00

Erica D'Amico has trouble thinking of herself as an anti-abortion activist, a label she associates with angry people and political wrangling


Health Happenings: 02/20/12

2012-02-20 00:01:00

Providence Point, 500 Providence Point Blvd., Scott, is hosting a panel discussion, "Solutions in Caring for Aging Parents."


'Who me?' taking stage to raise HIV awareness

2012-02-20 00:00:00

African-Americans comprise 7 percent of the total population in southwestern Pennsylvania, but represent 39 percent of those living with HIV


Free AIDS test, support groups

2012-02-20 00:00:00

On Saturday, free AIDS testing will be offered as part of a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day event at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force.


Number of male caregivers doubled in 15 years

2012-02-20 00:00:00

Doug Wyman got up early Tuesday to make breakfast for his wife, Barbara: coffee, oatmeal and fresh fruit.


Bill would help track prescription drug use

2012-02-19 18:19:00

Prescription drug addiction in the United States has reached an all-time high, and a Pennsylvania lawmaker is seeking to identify


Shop Smart: Cetaphil best lives up to long-lasting lotion claims

2012-02-19 00:00:00

All body lotions are supposed to moisturize, but some come with bigger promises like "long-lasting relief."


Zumba cashes in on sweat

Zumba cashes in on sweat

2012-02-18 00:01:00

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- On a rooftop parking lot, with temperatures in the low 50s, a crowd of all ages shimmied and shook, sweated and smiled


Torrance State Hospital's financial oversight criticized

2012-02-17 11:10:00

State Auditor General Jack Wagner said Thursday that he will examine the state's $17.5 million contract for medical services with Liberty He


Cost-cutting Alabama to close most psychiatric hospitals

2012-02-17 00:00:00

ATLANTA -- Alabama will shut down most of its mental health hospitals by the spring of 2013 in a sweeping plan to cut costs and change how t


More fireworks on birth control

2012-02-17 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Tempers flared Thursday on Capitol Hill as lawmakers waded into an increasingly heated debate over the mandated coverage of co


ACLU study faults jails on women's health care

2012-02-16 07:35:00

Roma Johnson didn't think she was pregnant when she entered the Allegheny County Jail in late November, and she said she wasn't asked or tes


Executive finds new strength in disease's legacy

Executive finds new strength in disease's legacy

2012-02-16 00:00:00

Neil Alexander has been given a bad break. In June, the 46-year-old husband and father of two young children from O'Hara was diagnosed with


Counterfeit drug trade becoming big business

2012-02-16 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The discovery that a fake version of the widely used cancer medicine Avastin is circulating across the nation is raising new f


Pittsburgh Komen affiliate loses 2 Race for the Cure sponsors

2012-02-16 00:00:00

The Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure has lost two sponsors over the national organization's management of issues regarding the funding of


UPMC- WPAHS lawsuit on hold

2012-02-15 00:00:00

A lawsuit accusing UPMC of stifling competition is on hold until suggestions that the judge is biased against West Penn Allegheny Health Sys


Environmental groups to sue over emissions from Homer City plant

2012-02-14 00:00:00

Citing unhealthy concentrations of sulfur dioxide emissions from the Homer City coal-fired power plant in Indiana County, a coalition of fiv


5-year-old watched while his brother was beaten to death

2012-02-14 00:00:00

A 5-year-old boy who watched as his older brother was beaten to death has been placed in the care of his aunt, who said she is concerned for


Stem cell injection successfully treats urinary incontinence

2012-02-13 12:15:00

It started when Deborah Bishop was still in her 20s.


Health Happenings: 02/13/12

2012-02-13 12:14:00

Excela Health, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, is sponsoring a "Buzz on Women's Health," featuring presentations from th


Pittsburgh hospitals' care costs are highest in country

2012-02-12 00:09:00

Pittsburgh spends more on hospital care per person than any other major U.S. city, including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles


Death in trash-filled home shows difficulty of aiding solitary seniors

Death in trash-filled home shows difficulty of aiding solitary seniors

2012-02-12 00:01:00

In between two pristinely kept homes in Ingram, Stanley Biolowas Jr. lived in a decaying two-story house filled with trash.


Bishops cautiously welcome revised contraception rule

Bishops cautiously welcome revised contraception rule

2012-02-11 13:36:00

President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration had found a way to provide free contraceptives to employees of Catholic agenci


Bishops cautiously welcome revised contraception rule

Bishops cautiously welcome revised contraception rule

2012-02-11 00:00:00

President Barack Obama's announcement that his administration had found a way to provide free contraceptives to employees of Catholic


Rules aim to make health plans more understandable

2012-02-10 00:00:00

WASHINGTON --The Obama administration issued regulations Thursday requiring health plans to describe what they cover in clear, standardized


Needy patients facing double setback

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Set against proposed 30 percent cuts in state higher education funding, Gov.


Court ruling brings back sales levy on MRI machines

Court ruling brings back sales levy on MRI machines

2012-02-10 00:00:00

J.P. Morgan was alleged to have been talking about yachts when he uttered his well-known financial axiom -- "If you have to ask the price,


WPAHS is still suffering losses

2012-02-10 00:00:00

Six months into its current fiscal year, the West Penn Allegheny Health System has lost $55.9 million -- including $34.1 million from


Flu season here so far is tame

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Allegheny County Health Department spokesman Guillermo Cole says he doesn't think there's an answer as to why, but he's happy to report


Program offers runners a road to better training

2012-02-09 00:00:00

Over the next few weeks and months, more runners will take to the streets and gyms to prepare for the Pittsburgh Marathon in May.


Some doctors hide truth about medical errors

2012-02-09 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- Some things are better left unsaid -- and that includes certain aspects of your medical condition, doctors say.


Trans-fat blood levels fall after FDA food-labeling regs

2012-02-09 00:00:00

The amount of trans fat in the American bloodstream fell by more than half after the Food and Drug Administration required food


Environmental Charter School tests out looming lunch regulations

Environmental Charter School tests out looming lunch regulations

2012-02-09 00:00:00

A crisp romaine salad with chicken or tofu and Kraft Creamy Italian dressing led the menu Wednesday.


Flu season 'very mild' so far

2012-02-08 00:00:00

So far, Allegheny County is experiencing a "very mild"


Expect more insurance drama

2012-02-08 00:00:00

If you think Pittsburgh's health insurance landscape has changed dramatically in the last year, you ain't seen nothing yet, according to


Pittsburgh's city workers are starting to shape up

Pittsburgh's city workers are starting to shape up

2012-02-06 00:00:00

It isn't often a cash-strapped local government can find a way to cut costs and at the same time improve the morale and productivity of its


How a chilly day can lead to a case of hives

How a chilly day can lead to a case of hives

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Pam Pezzin of Freeport was walking in the woods on a winter day back around 1989 when she broke out in hives all over her body, including


National Academy of Sciences honors CMU professor Christopher Bettinger

National Academy of Sciences honors CMU professor Christopher Bettinger

2012-02-06 00:00:00

We're increasingly made up of artificial parts.


Goal of 20 million new organ donors set

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Last year, Donate Life America, the nonprofit that advocates for people to donate their organs, reached an important, 5-year-old goal.


Health events: 2/6/12

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Special events: VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System invites the public to participate in open-house activities Feb.


Guerrilla Eye Service clinic founder honored

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Evan Waxman was visiting a clinic in Hazelwood recently when he had an unsettling experience.


Health corps offers pro help

2012-02-06 00:00:00

Attention local schools, health centers, charities and nonprofits: Could you use the services of a well-trained public health or health


PPG refuses to recall leaded paint in Cameroon

2012-02-06 00:00:00

PPG Industries has been selling house paint high in lead content in the African nation of Cameroon for years, and although it says it


Sleep, perchance to learn: schoolchildren need to stay in bed longer

2012-02-05 00:00:00

Over the past 15 years, abundant scientific evidence has accumulated that shows America's schoolchildren are chronically sleep deprived,


35 cases of illness tied to Pa. farm's raw milk

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Pennsylvania health officials say the number of people stricken with illness after consuming raw milk from the same dairy has risen to 35


2 more whooping cough cases reported near Philly

2012-02-03 00:00:00

Another suburban Philadelphia school has reported an outbreak of whooping cough.


Backlash grows in financing cut by Komen cancer group

2012-02-03 00:00:00

The renowned breast cancer charity Susan G.


Health alert lifted for Mullen's on North Shore

2012-02-03 00:00:00

The Allegheny County Health Department has lifted a consumer alert it issued for Mullen's Bar and Grill on the North Shore after an


Judge: West Penn must give some information to UPMC

2012-02-02 00:00:00

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab ruled Wednesday that West Penn Allegheny Health System must provide UPMC with some of the information


WPAHS plans for Highmark affiliation approval by autumn

2012-02-02 00:00:00

West Penn Allegheny Health System hopes to get regulatory approval for its affiliation with Highmark by the fall and, if that goes through,


Pfizer mix-up forces recall of 1 million birth control packs

2012-02-02 00:00:00

INDIANAPOLIS -- Birth control pills are known to be nearly 100 percent effective when taken properly, but a recall of the drugs could send


Area residents raise voices after Komen slashes funding for Planned Parenthood

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Phones were ringing off the hook on Wednesday in the Regent Square offices of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Tanning salons assailed by lawmakers over risks

2012-02-02 00:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Indoor tanning comes with health risks, and congressional Democrats on Wednesday accused the indoor tanning industry of


Consumer health alert issued for Mullen's on North Shore

2012-02-02 00:00:00

The Allegheny County Health Department has issued a consumer alert for Mullen's Bar and Grill on the North Shore after an inspector said


Increase in patients, members lifts UPMC

2012-02-02 00:00:00

Citing increases in patient admissions, outpatient revenue and membership in its health plan, UPMC on Wednesday reported operating revenue


Meeting health IT goals is slow going

2012-02-01 02:03:00

There are numerous "gaps and barriers" to implementing the health information technology reforms envisioned by the federal health IT act of


Judge: WPAHS may withhold half of information UPMC seeks

2012-02-01 02:03:00

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab ruled today that West Penn Allegheny Health System must provide UPMC with some of the information that


1 in 4 partial mastectomies leads to more tissue surgery

2012-02-01 02:03:00

LOS ANGELES -- A partial mastectomy allows doctors to remove a cancerous tumor without having to remove the entire breast. A new study shows


Pediatricians recommend HPV vaccine for boys

2012-02-01 02:03:00

It's no longer enough to vaccinate pre-teen and adolescent girls against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, a sexually transmitted virus that


1 in 4 partial mastectomies leads to more tissue surgery

2012-02-01 00:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- A partial mastectomy allows doctors to remove a cancerous tumor without having to remove the entire breast.


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