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Project to tear down former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital on schedule, Excela says

By Tribune-Review
Demolition work at the  former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital is wrapping up. “We are about at the end of what we are able to do,” said ...

Lifesaving risks: Thorough evaluations coming for potential organ donors

By Luis Fábregas
Before she donated a kidney, friends and relatives questioned Amy Mowry’s decision to put herself through risky surgery. “A lot of people told me I was ...

Trained teachers, staff to treat allergic students under Pennsylvania law

By Megha Satyanarayana
The Burnheimer family was visiting family in Ohio when 8-month-old Madalin had an allergic reaction to something in wheat puffs that nearly killed her. “Her ...

8 Western Pennsylvania hospitals penalized over infections

By Alex Nixon
Eight hospitals in Western Pennsylvania were penalized by the federal government because patients were infected while being treated at their facilities. The hospitals are among more than 700 across the country whose Medicare reimbursement rates will be cut by 1 percent ...

Nonprofit hospitals in Western Pa. feel pain in finances despite Affordable Care Act

By Alex Nixon
The financial pressure nonprofit hospitals are feeling is not expected to ease next year despite a boost in the insured population because of the Affordable Care Act. Lower revenue and higher technology costs will continue, analysts at Standard & Poor’s ...

Pitt scientists work on wheelchair standards

By Tribune-Review
New standards for wheelchairs worldwide will be developed as part of a project University of Pittsburgh scientists announced Thursday. Using a $2.3 million federal grant, Pitt’s Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology in January will start the International Society of Wheelchair ...

Death rates drop at Western Pennsylvania hospitals

By Tribune-Review
Death rates dropped among hospitalized patients in Western Pennsylvania in half of 16 common medical conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council. The report, which studied hospitalizations from 2008 through 2013, showed drops ...

Pittsburgh area mom makes medical history with robotic arm

By Megha Satyanarayana
Jan Scheuermann described the start of her disease as feeling like her legs were dragging behind her. Sometimes it was the left, sometimes it was ...

Insurers give customers extra time to pay first month’s premium for 2015 under Obamacare

By Alex Nixon
Health insurers are giving customers extra time to pay their first month’s premium for 2015 coverage purchased in the online marketplace under President Obama’s health care law because of possible delays in receiving renewal information from the government. There is concern ...

Penguins player might have exposed Children’s Hospital patients to mumps

By Adam Smeltz  and Jason Mackey
A Penguins player might have exposed an undetermined number of young patients to mumps last week in Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where doctors ...

Ebola alters travel plans, Robert Morris University poll finds

By Bobby Kerlik
More than half of Americans are concerned about the Ebola virus, and nearly 10 percent say they will alter their holiday travel plans as a result, according to a Robert Morris University poll released Monday. The Polling Institute at RMU released ...

Website to help patients in UPMC-Highmark tug-of-war

By Alex Nixon
State officials introduced a website Thursday to provide clear and neutral information for patients in Western Pennsylvania caught up in the battle between UPMC and Highmark Inc. over a contract that expires at the end of the year. UPMC and Highmark ...

Whooping cough turning up in Allegheny County at more than twice average rate

By Adam Smeltz
Whooping cough is turning up in Allegheny County this year at more than twice the average rate, the county health department said Thursday, urging vaccination against the respiratory disease. The county recorded 140 confirmed or probable cases of whooping cough, also ...

Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System to host town hall Friday afternoon in Oakland

By Tribune-Review
The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System will host a public town hall gathering from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at its University Drive campus in Oakland. VA workers will be on hand to address individual questions about health care scheduling and ...

Hempfield grad making her mark in health research

By Chloe Wertz
Kate Sadler, a fourth-year biology doctoral student, is the first graduate student from Duquesne University to receive a National Research Service Award from the National ...

More relief for arthritis sufferers: Generic Celebrex hits stores

By Alex Nixon
Arthritis sufferers could pay much lower prices for a blockbuster painkiller since Mylan Inc. and two other drug companies on Wednesday started selling generic versions ...

Pitt study may offer way to fight superbugs

By Megha Satyanarayana
Small proteins designed to drill into bacteria could be used to treat extremely drug-resistant superbugs, according to a recent study that University of Pittsburgh scientists published. The small proteins, or peptides, could help in the fight against hospital-acquired infections that ...

Study: Racial health disparities decline in some areas

By Adam Smeltz
Black and Hispanic Americans fighting certain heart problems are getting better treatment at hospitals across the country, according to a study that found declining racial disparities in several areas of health care. University of Pittsburgh researchers contributed to the national analysis, ...

Westmoreland County sheriff deputies to carry anti-overdose medicine

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County sheriff deputies will begin carrying medicine that can help to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. Sheriff Jonathan Held said Wednesday his office received 50 doses of naloxone through a donation from a Virginia-based pharmaceutical company. Gov. Tom Corbett ...

Allegheny Health Network announces affiliation with Erie medical school

By Adam Smeltz
From Aliquippa to the Hill District, more than three dozen Western Pennsylvania communities lack enough doctors and health providers to care for their residents, federal ...