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Building trust vital for new Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh director

Joining an organization that was criticized from all sides for concealing a deadly disease outbreak four years ago, the new director of the Veterans Affairs ...

Thriving Western Pa. trio proactive in family struck by heart disease

There's no ignoring the hereditary factor when it comes to heart disease in Patti Amos' family: She lost her grandfather, father, brother and uncle to ...

5 people in Pa. test negative for Zika virus, 14 tests pending

Five Pennsylvania residents have tested negative for the Zika virus, and 14 test results for others are pending, the state Department of Health said Monday. The ...

Monaca company's products replicate clinical settings to sharpen nurse education

Nurses in training used to have two options to practice administering injections: on oranges and each other. Injecting saline into fruit was far from the real ...

Fábregas: Zika virus is no Ebola; global panic an overreaction to hype

Remember two years ago when the entire nation went batty over Ebola? People panicked over a disease thousands of miles away, our nerves frayed ...

Perspectives: Take these 4 simple steps to evaluate health claims

Is brushing your teeth right after eating bad for you? Can drinking coffee before a nap improve memory? And what about drinking orange juice? Does that ...

In a heartbeat: Is drinking during pregnancy safe?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines urging women of childbearing age to avoid drinking alcohol unless they are using contraception. ...

Fourth patient infected during UPMC mold outbreak dies

Che DuVall, one of four patients who became ill last year during a mold crisis in two UPMC hospitals, died over the weekend, a family ...

UPMC promises jobs, revenue from Pleasant Hills hospital

UPMC is telling Pleasant Hills residents who live near a proposed hospital off Route 51 that it intends to make their neighborhood more desirable than ...

Hearing on proposed UPMC hospital in Pleasant Hills postponed

The Pleasant Hills Zoning Hearing Board has postponed a Tuesday hearing about a proposed UPMC hospital at the request of UPMC, board solicitor Russell Lucas ...

Diet trumps exercise for weight loss, researchers find

Increasing physical activity to burn more calories works up to a point, but the body adjusts to keep energy use stable, according to a study. As ...

Study of nursing home workers links injury to greater risk of job loss

A study of nursing home employees finds that within six months of being injured, workers are more likely to lose their positions. Compared to colleagues reporting ...

Flu cases on rise, but still far below normal, hospitals say

A slumbering cold and flu season may be awakening in Western Pennsylvania, where reports of the common winter sicknesses increased in the last two weeks. Unusually ...

Brazilian researchers find 'active' Zika virus in urine, saliva samples

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian researchers said Friday that they had found the "active" presence of the Zika virus in saliva and urine samples, raising ...

Heroin remains No. 1 factor in 246 deaths in Allegheny County

County medical officials are once more warning the public about the dangers of opiate addiction and overdoses, citing 246 opioid-related fatalities in Allegheny County in ...

Project Lazarus aims to prevent fatal drug overdoses in Westmoreland

When fatal drug overdoses that had plagued a rural county in North Carolina hit a high watermark, officials there finally took action. A group of community ...

2016 Obamacare enrollment stalls in Pennsylvania, jumps nationwide

Fewer Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace this year than last year, newly released federal data show. The state recorded ...

UPMC denies speculation that McKeesport hospital in jeopardy if new facility built

UPMC anticipates investing $100 million to $200 million to build a facility in Pleasant Hills, officials said Wednesday, while dismissing speculation that ripple effects could ...

Report: It's ethical to test embryos from DNA of 3 people

WASHINGTON — Creating babies from the DNA of three people — a man and two women — one day might prevent mothers from passing on ...

Service workers give strike notice to Washington Hospital

A service workers union is threatening to strike Washington Hospital if a contract dispute isn't resolved soon. The Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania voted Tuesday ...