U.S. losing 500,000 life years annually from opioid drug deaths, says study

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Toronto, ON, Canada (4E) – Based on the number of Americans dying early from drug overdose, the U.S. is losing half a million life years annually from such deaths, according to a study by Canadian researchers. The...
Posted On 28 Jul 2014
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Ebola infects 2 U.S. doctors in Liberia

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Monrovia, Liberia (4E) – An American doctor and aid worker helping to treat people infected with Ebola in Liberia tested positive for the deadly virus and are now being treated themselves. Christian missionary...
Posted On 27 Jul 2014
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Probing Question: What is Whisper Therapy?

Consider the stress of modern life, with its cacophonous soundtrack of traffic, electronics and construction. It’s no wonder so much of our leisure time is spent in a quest to let go of the workday and unwind. But sometimes our lifestyles conspire against us, and it’s...
Posted On 27 Jul 2014

Let’s Move! Pennsylvania Conference to Address Childhood Obesity

UNIVERSITY PARK  – Nearly one-third of Pennsylvania’s children are overweight or obese, with rates tripling in the last 30 years. Penn State Extension will offer the Let’s Move! Pennsylvania conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at The Pen...
Posted On 26 Jul 2014

The Medical Minute: Summer Can be Time to Address Behavior Problems

Summertime is a time for sun and fun, but with kids spending more time at home, it could also be a time of whining and bickering. After weeks of the kids being out of school, some parents have had enough of their behavior and are counting the days until they go back. Some may...
Posted On 26 Jul 2014

UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

PITTSBURGH – The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at UPMC greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI),...
Posted On 25 Jul 2014

Uganda teen pregnancies’ plan under fire

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – A new Ugandan sex-education campaign to reduce teen pregnancy, maternal mortality among young women and girls, and the cost of post-abortion medical care, is generating heated debate. The one year campaign...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014
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Geisinger and Highmark Reach Agreement on Five-Year Contract

DANVILLE and CAMP HILL – Geisinger Health System and Highmark Inc. have announced their agreement on a five-year contract extension through 2019. Under the new contract, Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Clinic physicians will remain network providers for...
Posted On 24 Jul 2014

Telemedicine Effective in Delivering International Cardiac Care, Children’s Hospital Study Shows

PITTSBURGH – After studying more than 1,000 pediatric consultations offered in Latin America through telemedicine, researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC found that physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with Children’s service and believed...
Posted On 23 Jul 2014

BOT Leadership Changes at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and its Foundation

PITTSBURGH – The boards of trustees at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation are announcing new leadership this month. Mary Jo Dively, chair of the Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, has stepped down from that role after 15...
Posted On 22 Jul 2014