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McCandless woman 1st in region with implant aimed at halting seizures

By Ben Schmitt
Each night before bed, Georgette Nichols brushes her teeth, washes her face and holds an electronic wand to her head to download brain wave activity ...

Sen. Casey pushes for expansion of research into rare pediatric diseases

By Ben Schmitt
Adelyn Rinaldi is 2 months old and surviving in a hospital bed on enzyme therapy that treats a rare bone disorder called hypophosphatasia. Only about a ...

Derry boy recovering at home after high-profile intestinal transplant

By Ben Schmitt
After a monthlong hospital stay, Angelo Giorno walked through the front door of his home with a pressing demand: macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. His ...

Fetal parts in Planned Parenthood lab shown in 4th video

Wire Reports
An anti-abortion group that has said it has proof that Planned Parenthood “sells” fetal tissues for profit released a fourth video Thursday — this one featuring undercover footage of a Planned Parenthood employee discussing the details of fetal parts and ...

High-rise medical visits aimed at curbing 911 calls in New Kensington

By Liz Hayes
Dozens of Citizens Plaza residents interacted with New Kensington Ambulance and Allegheny Valley Hospital staff Wednesday, but no medical emergencies were involved. In fact, the ...

Pa. hospital association says Wolf’s proposed tax hike would hit hard

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed state budget includes an 18 percent tax increase on hospitals and would cut funding for burn centers and maternity-related services by $4.1 million for Western Pennsylvania hospitals, the president of a statewide hospital association ...

Health spending growth to rebound

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The nation’s respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over. Spending on health care will outpace the nation’s overall economic growth during the next decade, the government forecast Tuesday, underscoring a challenge for the next president, not ...

Videos spur protests outside Pittsburgh Planned Parenthood, nationwide

By Natasha Lindstrom
An anti-abortion group Tuesday released another video purporting to expose potentially nefarious activity tied to Planned Parenthood, the latest in a series of secretly recorded ...

Boy youngest to receive double-hand transplant in Philadelphia

By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA — An eight-year-old boy who lost his limbs to an infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday. Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big ...

Grant renewed for Pitt Cancer Institute, which will receive $25.6M

By Luis Fábregas
The cancer patient of the future will be armed with genetic information about the illness that will help doctors tailor individualized treatment plans, the head of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute said Monday in announcing the renewal of a ...

Medical pot has advocate in Pennsylvania House

By Melissa Daniels
For the first time since the issue landed inside the state Capitol, the House has a road map to legalizing medical marijuana. House Majority ...

Israel’s Teva drops bid for Mylan, buys Allergan for $40.5B

By Alex Nixon
Mylan NV fought off a hostile takeover attempt with Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. dropping its bid Monday and saying it instead would buy ...

UPMC, Allegheny Health Network employees win lunch-pay lawsuits

By Brian Bowling
Seven employees for three hospitals in the UPMC system and one in the Alle­gheny Health Network system won their legal claims that the hospitals should have paid them when they worked through their meal breaks, an attorney for the employees ...

Water line bursts at Allegheny General Hospital

By Tony Raap
A water line burst Monday at Allegheny General Hospital, flooding several elevator shafts and a stairwell, hospital spokeswoman Jennifer Davis said. The leak was stopped about 2:40 p.m. Workers are removing the water, and firefighters are surveying the situation, Davis said. “The ...

Mylan vice chair's $11 land deals lowered property transfer taxes

By Jason Cato and Alex Nixon
Two deals that allowed Mylan NV’s lead independent director to funnel land to the pharmaceutical giant for its headquarters through a business partner cost Canon-McMillan schools as much as $100,000 in taxes. Washington developer Rodney Piatt, the drugmaker’s vice chairman, sold ...

New Castle hospital halts maternity care

By Ben Schmitt
The state attorney general’s indecision on a proposed merger between UPMC and Jameson Health System will force the New Castle-based provider to close its hospital’s maternity care center, officials said Thursday. Down to one obstetrician, Jameson Hospital couldn’t hold out any ...

Foundation triggers Mylan takeover defense seen as a roadblock for Teva bid

By Alex Nixon
Mylan NV gained a new weapon Thursday to fight a takeover attempt from Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. An independent foundation in the Netherlands acquired a majority stake in the generic drugmaker, a defense strategy that puts up a potential roadblock to ...

Pittsburgh VA fires 2 workers, disciplines 5 in duct tape harassment case

By Mike Wereschagin
The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System fired two workers and disciplined five in a workplace harassment case, the VA said Thursday. The disciplinary action is related to a June 11 complaint of  harassment, which prompted an internal investigation, the VA said ...

Pine-based charity gives children with disabilities tools to communicate

By Katelyn Ferral
Haley Guiste has spent most of her 14 years struggling to let her family know what she wants. The Indiana Township teenager can’t speak — ...

VA chief in Pittsburgh points to agency progress, says more needs to be done

By Ben Schmitt  and Tom Fontaine
The chief of the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday during a Pittsburgh visit that transparency and an infusion of new leadership are key to ...