Allegheny General Hospital http://wesa.fm en Donate Life Month Kicks off in April http://wesa.fm/post/donate-life-month-kicks-april <p>More than 120,000 people across the United States are waiting for an organ transplant — 8,300 in Pennsylvania alone.</p><p>April is National Donate Life Month, recognizing those who need transplants, those who have donated and encouraging more people to do so.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:46:49 +0000 Jessica Nath 26826 at http://wesa.fm Can a Capsule Camera Replace the Colonoscopy? http://wesa.fm/post/can-capsule-camera-replace-colonoscopy <p>Colon cancer is the second most common cancer-related death in the U.S.</p><p>The FDA has approved a new colonoscopy capsule which is a camera in pill form. There are many advantages to this capsule, but people are wondering if this new colon cancer detection device will replace the colonoscopy.</p><p>Dr. Edward Chu, deputy director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute says that the pill is not a replacement for the colonoscopy. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:29:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25598 at http://wesa.fm Can a Capsule Camera Replace the Colonoscopy? Neighborhood Bonds: A Partnership Between Allegheny General Hospital & the Northside http://wesa.fm/post/neighborhood-bonds-partnership-between-allegheny-general-hospital-northside <p>Twenty five years ago an interesting partnership developed between <a href="http://www.pittsburghnorthside.com/">North Side neighborhoods </a>and the <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital">Allegheny General Hospital</a>. That partnership continues today and has proved to be beneficial on both sides. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Diana Nelson Jones recently reported on <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/02/10/North-Side-AGH-bond-still-strong-after-25-years/stories/201402100063">this collaboration</a>.</p><p>We took a further look at how large institutions and neighborhood groups can work together to increase the quality of a community. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:53:36 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24314 at http://wesa.fm Neighborhood Bonds: A Partnership Between Allegheny General Hospital & the Northside Why Young People are Getting the Worst of the Flu http://wesa.fm/post/why-young-people-are-getting-worst-flu <p>The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm">H1N1 flu</a> is back and it's striking mostly young adults. More than 90 percent of flu cases statewide have been identified as the H1N1 strain, commonly referred to as "Swine Flu" since it reemerged in 2009 after lying dormant since the 1960s and 1970s.</p><p>Marc Itskowitz, an internal medicine physician at <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital">Allegheny General Hospital</a> has the answer for why the swine flu is hitting young people so hard.</p><p>“Many of the young adults and children have not been exposed to this virus and therefore do not have built up, innate immunity to this virus. And so without the vaccine this is the most vulnerable population to get sick when they’re exposed to this infection.” Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:12:12 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23170 at http://wesa.fm Why Young People are Getting the Worst of the Flu Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-study-aims-get-clearer-picture-asthma-rates <p>Studies show the rate of childhood asthma in Allegheny County is around 13 percent, higher than the national rate of 9 percent.</p><p>An Allegheny General Hospital study is underway to more precisely determine childhood asthma rates in the region and exactly what triggers the respiratory disease.</p><p>Dr. David Skoner, Division Director in asthma, allergies and immunology for the <a href="https://www.alleghenyhealthnetwork.com/index.shtml">Allegheny Health Network</a>, is a co-director for the study. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:02:10 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23171 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Study Aims to Get a Clearer Picture of Asthma Rates Nurses Ratify New 2-Year Contract http://wesa.fm/post/nurses-ratify-new-2-year-contract <p>Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) nurses have ratified a new two-year contract Wednesday after their previous contract expired Sunday.</p><p>Eighty-seven percent of the 1,238 nurses voted in favor of ratifying the contract.</p><p>Transplant nurse Cathy Stoddart, president of the SEIU unit that represents AGH’s nurses, said they gained a combined 4.25 percent raise over the life of the contract.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:52:28 +0000 Jessica Nath 18311 at http://wesa.fm Educating ER Personnel About Treating Autistic Patients http://wesa.fm/post/educating-er-personnel-about-treating-autistic-patients <p>Dr. Arvind Venkat says that hospital emergency rooms are basically an autistic person’s worst nightmare.</p><p>“I think if you were to purposefully design an environment that was going to be difficult for an autistic patient, you could not do worse than what we do day to day in emergency medicine,” he said.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 21:37:44 +0000 Liz Reid 15542 at http://wesa.fm Hypertension High Among Allegheny County African Americans, But It's Treatable http://wesa.fm/post/hypertension-high-among-allegheny-county-african-americans-its-treatable <p>Hypertension, known as the “Silent Killer,” is more prevalent in Allegheny County African Americans than any other group. Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension has taken the lives of over 50,000 people in the last year.</p><p>Dr. Indu Poornima is a cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital and conducts research with high blood pressure patients in Allegheny County. She says the increased prevalence of obesity and stressors, along with access to health care and genetic predispositions, are all possible factors that cause hypertension. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:29:03 +0000 Katie Blackley 15099 at http://wesa.fm Hypertension High Among Allegheny County African Americans, But It's Treatable First-of-Its-Kind Study to Examine How Brain Aneurysms Work Through Tissue http://wesa.fm/post/first-its-kind-study-examine-how-brain-aneurysms-work-through-tissue <p>In an effort to better understand brain aneurysms, researchers in Pittsburgh will examine aneurysm tissue to try and learn what determines whether an aneurysm ruptures or doesn’t.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:09:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12722 at http://wesa.fm Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/breakthrough-breast-cancer-prevention-and-treatment <p><em>&nbsp; </em></p><p></p><p></p><p>A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html">New York Times op-ed by Angelina Jolie </a>disclosed her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of a gene that increases her risk of <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/statistics">breast cancer</a>.</p><p>Last week, researchers at <a href="http://www.wpahs.org/locations/allegheny-general-hospital%E2%80%8E">Allegheny General Hospital</a>, in collaboration with the <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.com">Mayo Clinic</a> published important findings regarding breast cancer. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:33:25 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11474 at http://wesa.fm Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment Doctors Confirm Effectiveness of Less Invasive Procedure for Early Stage Breast Cancer http://wesa.fm/post/doctors-confirm-effectiveness-less-invasive-procedure-early-stage-breast-cancer <p>Each year more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, and now doctors in Pittsburgh have confirmed that a less-invasive surgical procedure for women with early stage breast cancer is as effective as traditional surgery.</p><p>According to Dr. Thomas Julian, associate director of the Breast Care Center at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), a 10-year follow up on a clinical trial involving 5,611 women with invasive breast cancer showed no significant difference in overall survival or disease-free survival.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:58:22 +0000 Kevin Gavin 10705 at http://wesa.fm