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Philadelphia patient does not have Ebola

By Tribune-Review
A Philadelphia hospital patient being monitored for Ebola symptoms has tested negative for the viral disease, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday afternoon. The patient recently returned from West Africa and was evaluated overnight in a special isolation room at the Hospital ...

Pennsylvania officials say ‘new level of care needed with Ebola’

By Megha Satyanarayana
Pennsylvania officials said Thursday at a seminar in Gibsonia that they continue to prepare for the possibility of an Ebola patient ending up in the state. Dr. Carrie DeLone, Physician General of Pennsylvania, told an audience at St. Barnabas Health System ...

Westmoreland County’s Excela Health rethinks patient debts

By Alex Nixon
Hospitals and patients encounter a common problem: rising medical debt. There is a solution that could help both. Hospitals are using companies that allow patients to extend payments for as long as two years. These companies avoid rules that restrict hospital ...

Highmark and UPMC feud over canceled physician contracts

By Alex Nixon
Highmark Inc. said Thursday it terminated contracts with 689 UPMC physicians in the Pittsburgh region to make clear that the doctors would be out-of-network for the insurer’s subscribers on Jan. 1. UPMC called Highmark’s move an “illegal breach” of the contracts ...

Pa. high court stops closure of health centers

By The Associated Press
HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a union that represents nurses and put a halt to plans by the Corbett administration to close more than a third of the state’s county-based health centers. The court ordered the ...

Most heavy drinkers aren’t alcoholics, CDC determines, reversing long-held belief

By Reuters
ATLANTA — Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of American adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While ...

Annual global obesity costs rise to $2T

By The Associated Press
LONDON — The global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism, according to a report released Thursday. The McKinsey Global Institute ...

Clinics go mobile to bring health care to streets of Western Pennsylvania

By Adam Smeltz
Nurses need about 15 minutes to run a health screening on Braden Holland, 3, even when they have to prick a finger to take blood. But ...

Small businesses’ dilemma: Keep costly health care coverage or lose talented workers

By Alex Nixon
Regina Weinhardt briefly considered dropping health coverage for the employees of her family-owned plumbing business when she learned recently that her premiums were expected to jump 80 percent. She decided against it, because the Delaware County company she runs, Joseph Rosati ...

Syphilis cases in Allegheny County show sharp increase

By Adam Smeltz
The Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday urged safer practices for sexually active men and women across Western Pennsylvania, citing a dramatic increase in syphilis. County officials knew of 98 reported early-stage syphilis cases through Nov. 10, up from 56 county-wide ...

Amid Ebola cases, Mali braces borders and beyond

By The Associated Press
KOUREMALE, Mali — On Mali’s dusty border with Ebola-stricken Guinea, travelers have a new stop: Inside a white tent, masked medical workers zap incomers with infrared thermometer guns and instruct them to wash their hands in chlorinated water. With ...

Erie VA chief denies hiding information on waiting list, Legionnaires’ while in Pittsburgh

By Mike Wereschagin
The director of the Erie Veterans Affairs Medical Center said he didn’t try to hide information from Congress or the public about a Legionnaires’ disease ...

2 more Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits settled

By Brian Bowling
The federal government has agreed to pay a total of $160,000 to settle two Legionnaires’ disease lawsuits, according to court documents filed Monday. Attorneys for Sandy Riley of Swissvale and Cheryl Ann Evans of Freedom filed motions asking U.S. District Judge ...

Health care, gas drilling industries await Gov.-elect Wolf’s footprint

By Alex Nixon  and David Conti
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf is expected to push for change affecting two high-profile industries in Pennsylvania — natural gas production and health care — when he ...

Rep. Tim Murphy draws N.Y. mental health protesters

By The Associated Press
ALBANY, N.Y. – While one New York advocacy group has honored a Pennsylvania congressman for his legislation to overhaul mental health treatment nationally, others say it would violate patients’ civil rights. U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a Republican and former psychology professor ...

Ligonier native Christensen works on Ebola as CDC epidemiologist

By Stacey Federoff
As health care workers in West Africa work to develop new methods to contain and combat the deadly Ebola virus, a St. Vincent College graduate ...

Ebola too advanced to save Md. surgeon

By The Associated Press
OMAHA — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone did not receive aggressive treatment until nearly two weeks after he first started showing symptoms — a delay that doctors said probably made it impossible for anyone to ...

Enhanced Ebola screening set for Mali travelers

By From Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — The United States is adding Mali to the list of countries whose travelers get special Ebola screening because of a number of cases in the West African nation, the government said Sunday. Enhanced screening will start Monday for the ...

Cyber dating abuse ‘common,’ Children’s scientists find

By Megha Satyanarayana
Officer David Artman routinely talks to kids in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District about being safe. Fifth-graders learn about cyberbullying. Eighth graders learn about domestic violence. But so far, he said, there isn’t a lesson for how the two come together ...

Putty could revolutionize how broken bones mend

By Megha Satyanarayana
Lisa Chapman describes her broken leg as possibly the worst pain she’s ever felt — taking the trash to the curb outside her Baldwin house ...