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Many in Pennsylvania can still get benefit of Affordable Care Act

By Alex Nixon
Alicia Donner left her job with an environmental nonprofit last month, a move that cost her employer-sponsored health coverage. But the 27-year-old from Wilkinsburg wasn’t worried — she enrolled in a health plan through the online marketplace established under the …

UPMC earnings turn positive, but pressures mount

By Alex Nixon
UPMC reversed losses in its most recent quarter, but the hospital giant’s success in growing its insurance business is putting pressure on earnings. The health plan, which grew 4 percent in the past year to 2.3 million members, including Medicare …

Icy water, donations to fight ALS flow with social media’s help

By Chris Togneri
Odd, random videos of seemingly unconnected celebrities popped up on Terry Divelbliss’s Facebook feed a few weeks ago. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Justin Timberlake, Sidney …

North Shore company ActivAided’s specialty back brace racks up sales

By Alex Nixon
Bad posture is good for ActivAided Orthotics. The three-year-old Pittsburgh company is seeing sales accelerate for RecoveryAid, a device similar to a back brace but …

Western Pa. residents snared by website selling illegal prescription drugs, indictment says

By Aaron Aupperlee
At least six people from Western Pennsylvania unknowingly bought illegal prescription drugs from a website that shipped medication from India, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Monday. Federal prosecutors charged brothers, Javed Sunesra, 36, of Live Oak, Fla. and …

Latrobe girl, 4, reaches donation goal from 50 states for Alzheimer fundraising success

By Kari Andren
Two donors in Vermont made for one very excited 4-year-old in Latrobe this weekend. Lilly Myers, who set out to raise money from all 50 …

More kids with mental disorders, Pittsburgh-based study shows

By Adam Smeltz
The number of children with developmental conditions such as autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder jumped by 28 percent for some families, a Pittsburgh-based national study shows. The two-year project led by Dr. Amy Houtrow at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh …

Mental health crisis center too lax, Allegheny County audit concludes

By Aaron Aupperlee
An East Liberty mental health crisis center that tried to help an Oakland man a month before he killed a Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic employee in a shooting rampage has lax internal controls and sloppy record keeping, according to …

Help other children with diabetes, former Steeler tells Greensburg youths

By Bob Stiles
Kendall Simmons didn’t feel right two and a half weeks before Pittsburgh Steelers training camp was scheduled to start in 2003 in Latrobe. He was …

Western Pennsylvania hospital profits improving

By Alex Nixon
The median profit margin for nonprofit hospitals in the nation declined for the first time in five years, credit-rating company Standard & Poor’s said in a report on Wednesday. The drop in profit from operations last year occurred because patient …

Excela Health Westmoreland begins end-of-life treatment talks

By Nicole Chynoweth
Staff in the Excela Health System will start a new conversation about end-of-life treatment with some patients. A voluntary medical order that allows patients to control treatment if they have an advanced illness, are frail or could pass away within …

Allegheny Health Network to ban smoking on its grounds starting Jan. 1

By Adam Smeltz
The seven hospitals of Alle­gheny Health Network will join more than 3,600 health care facilities nationwide that have moved to eliminate all smoking from their …

Allegheny Valley Hospital team makes house calls to high-risk patients

By Luis Fábregas
The doctor sat in Valerie Robinson’s apartment and marveled at the number of pill bottles she kept in a zippered bag. “Holy schmoley, girl!” Dr. …

German shepherd does double duty as service, therapy animal in Greensburg

By Jacob Tierney
Not many dogs have professional credentials. Becky Pekar’s dog, Bella, certified twice for two types of service, is the exception, according to Pekar. Pekar spent …

Photo gallery: White coat ceremony at Pitt

By Tribune-Review
The University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s Class of 2018 took their first steps toward entry into the medical profession Sunday during the White Coat Ceremony …

Feds settle another Legionnaires’ lawsuit

By Brian Bowling
The federal government has settled a Legionnaires’ disease lawsuit brought by the son of a Marine Corps veteran who died on Nov. 14, 2011, according to a court document filed Thursday. Clark E. Compston, 74, of Aliquippa contracted the disease …

Obama signs veterans’ health care overhaul

By The Associated Press
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Veterans may soon have easier access to government-paid health care under a bill President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday, the …

More health insurers to vie on federal exchange

By Alex Nixon
Competition among health insurers will increase next year in Pennsylvania as the nation’s largest carrier vies for customers on the federal exchange set up in the state under the Affordable Care Act. United Healthcare will offer health plans for individuals …

VA disciplinary actions against Pittsburgh workers unspecified

By Adam Smeltz
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs tried to punish as many as five workers in connection with a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Oakland and …

Esophageal cancer test from Allegheny Health Network researchers heralded

By Adam Smeltz
A major discovery by Allegheny Health Network researchers could lead to lifesaving methods for spotting and treating esophageal cancer, an unusual disease that ranks among the most deadly cancers. The finding revealed online Tuesday in the journal Cancer tied the …