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Nonprofit hospital titan UPMC’s income eclipses record

By Ben Schmitt
Despite its tumultuous divorce from rival Highmark Inc., hospital titan UPMC hit a record level of cash-flow income over the past fiscal year and its ...

Fix for issues vowed at Pittsburgh VA

By Carl Prine
Officials at the Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System are vowing to fix a list of problems uncovered by agency investigators — ranging from the way health care workers clear a patient’s airway to the training pharmacists receive in dispensing some ...

Items in drug stockpile to counter pandemic past prime at Pittsburgh VA

By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System has completed a review of hundreds of medical supplies stockpiled for large-scale emergencies because some of them expired, officials said. The inventory of more than 200 pallets of items, stored at the VA Pittsburgh’s H.J. ...

Balloon belly-buster installed at Magee-Womens extolled

By Ben Schmitt
Andrew Griffin spent six months with a grapefruit-sized balloon in his belly — by choice. The 51-year-old Monroeville man tried diets, pills and exercise regimens but ...

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane recommends potential suitors for Jameson Health System

By Ben Schmitt
The state Attorney General’s Office, hesitant to approve an $80 million merger between UPMC and Jameson Health System, has provided the New Castle-based provider with a list of alternative suitors to target. Officials at financially strapped Jameson on Wednesday announced they ...

Excela Health has plan in works for orthopedic medical mall in Hempfield

By Renatta Signorini
Excela Health officials are expected to present plans next week for a three-story orthopedic medical mall off Mt. Pleasant Road during a Hempfield planning commission meeting. Health system spokeswoman Robin Jennings said the presentation Wednesday would spell out the “whole scope ...

Mylan trades another round of accusations with Perrigo

By David Conti
The leaders of Mylan NV and the Irish drugmaker that has spurned its takeover attempt traded another round of accusations as they continued their public battle for shareholders’ attention days before a key vote. In a letter released Tuesday, Perrigo CEO ...

Tardy tax filers risk loss of health care subsidies

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Sign-up season for President Obama’s health care law won’t start for another couple of months, but the next few days are crucial for hundreds of thousands of customers at risk of losing financial aid when they renew coverage ...

Computer glitch, mail vendor switch blamed in delay of VA appointment notices

By Walter F. Roche Jr.
A computer glitch and a change in mail vendors  delayed notices about medical appointments to 14,000 veterans at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, officials said. The delays, which occurred in June, sparked an ongoing internal investigation of mailroom practices, according to ...

W.Pa. physicians expand reach via video in telemedicine

By Ben Schmitt
Categorized as high-risk in her recent pregnancy, Nicole Fillinger had a tough decision to make — travel monthly from her West Virginia home to Pittsburgh ...

Pitt professor publishes article on expanding telemedicine trend

By Ben Schmitt
Dr. Jeremy Kahn, a health services researcher, physician and professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, published an article in April in The New England Journal of Medicine highlighting his opinions on ...

Allegheny Health Network upgrades stroke program video equipment

By Ben Schmitt
Allegheny Health Network is beefing up its virtual stroke technology. Last week, AHN upgraded its so-called telestroke program with wireless, high-definition video equipment in six hospitals: Forbes, Jefferson, West Penn, Allegheny Valley, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Ohio Valley. Angela Pantelas, AHN’s ...

Prognosis of melanoma in brain described as ‘ominous’ for Carter

By Luis Fábregas
Despite progress in treatment over the past five years, patients with advanced melanoma have “a mountain of challenges” and limited life expectancy, cancer experts said ...

Pennsylvania has no role in Planned Parenthood tissue uproar

By Ben Schmitt
Planned Parenthood sites in Pennsylvania do not donate, buy or sell fetal tissue, a review by the state Department of Health found. The review of sites ...

Liver-transplant tot returns to green grass of home, gets long-anticipated tractor ride

By Ben Schmitt
After nearly two months in a hospital, Lucas Goeller screamed in delight at the sight of a garage door when his family pulled into the ...

Scientists crack obesity gene, say faulty version of it causes fat to be stored, not burned

By The Associated Press
Scientists have figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise. The work solves a big mystery: ...

Judge dismisses ID theft lawsuit against pharmacies

By Brian Bowling
A Sewickley lawyer cannot impose a legal obligation on CVS and Giant Eagle pharmacies that doesn’t exist in law, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in dismissing a lawsuit seeking to hold the pharmacies responsible for identity theft. Andrew Gabriel sued the ...

Pitt doctors unveil new guide to treat deadly sepsis

By Tribune-Review
Better recognition and prompt treatment of life-threatening sepsis is crucial, experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said Tuesday as they unveiled a guide for doctors who treat the condition. The guide is published in the Journal of …

FDA approves female sex pill, but with safety limits

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first prescription drug designed to boost sexual desire in women, a milestone long sought ...