Health http://wesa.fm en 'Fittsburgh' Brings Health And Fitness To Market Square http://wesa.fm/post/fittsburgh-brings-health-and-fitness-market-square <p>When you think of Pittsburgh’s Market Square, yoga probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.</p><p>But hundreds of people gathered at the downtown hotspot today to talk about health and fitness, as well as try their hand at a little downward-facing dog.</p><p>More than 30 local exhibitors set up shop in downtown Pittsburgh for the Pop Up Outdoor Wellness Fair, sharing information on farming, fitness and food.</p><p>This is the latest pop up project from the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, in collaboration with the <a href="http://getfitpgh.com/">online magazine Fittsburgh</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:44:48 +0000 Michael Lynch 31891 at http://wesa.fm 'Fittsburgh' Brings Health And Fitness To Market Square Allegheny County Live Well Project Shows Students How to Bring Healthy Habits Home http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-live-well-project-shows-students-how-bring-healthy-habits-home <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Nearly 1 in 3 school age children in the Pittsburgh region is overweight or obese. Last January Allegheny County launched the <a href="http://www.livewellallegheny.com/">Live Well project</a> to improve the health of county residents, particularly students, through health and fitness. It’s one of the leading health initiatives undertaken by Dr. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:50:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27023 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Live Well Project Shows Students How to Bring Healthy Habits Home Pittsburgh Firefighters Ask PA Lawmakers To Ban Chemicals In Flame-Retardant Furniture http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-firefighters-ask-pa-lawmakers-ban-chemicals-flame-retardant-furniture <p>Pittsburgh firefighters are asking state lawmakers to ban chemicals found in flame-retardant furniture.</p><p>According to Pittsburgh Firefighters Deputy Chief Frank Large, studies have found that these chemicals increase the number of cancer deaths in firefighters inhaling the chemicals. Flame-retardant materials that are found in 85 percent of couches in American homes become carcinogens when ignited in a house fire.</p><p>Large says firefighters are given state of the art technology to filter the smoke they breathe in, but that isn’t enough to protect them from these chemicals.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:10:56 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 26517 at http://wesa.fm When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees http://wesa.fm/post/when-new-home-means-new-diet-health-problems-can-arise-refugees <p></p><p>On a typical weekday morning, 47-year-old Tek Nepal is moving about the Mount Oliver duplex he shares with his wife, sons, daughter-in-law and grandchild.</p><p>He works nights, so he gets his family time in the mornings. And often, that time centers around eating.</p><p>Those meals used to consist of lots of starches. But since a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis in 2012, they have changed.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:27:32 +0000 Erika Beras 21729 at http://wesa.fm When a New Home Means a New Diet, Health Problems Can Arise for Refugees As Severe Cold Descends on Southwest PA, How to Keep You and Your Pets Safe http://wesa.fm/post/severe-cold-descends-southwest-pa-how-keep-you-and-your-pets-safe <p>Wind chill temperatures are expected to dip to more than 30 below zero in southwestern Pennsylvania Monday night and Tuesday morning, which means exposed skin could freeze in less than 5 minutes.<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:11:05 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 22397 at http://wesa.fm New Arrivals in the US Face Vast Health Challenges http://wesa.fm/post/new-arrivals-us-face-vast-health-challenges <p>Immigrants come to the United States fleeing war and genocide. Others arrive seeking better opportunities for their families. But whether they are refugees from Nepal seeking asylum or undocumented Mexican families in Los Angeles, immigrants share common circumstances. Many arrive healthy but develop&nbsp;chronic illnesses as they adopt American habits. Many feel isolated and alone – suffering that can turn toxic over time.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Reporting on Health Collaborative 22310 at http://wesa.fm Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness http://wesa.fm/post/fifth-pittsburghred-celebrates-aids-awareness <p>County officials, HIV/AIDS advocates, and survivors gathered in downtown Pittsburgh Monday to mark International World AIDS Day and to blow up a 30-foot balloon ribbon onto Fifth Ave. Place.</p><p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald noted it’s been more than 30 years since the first AIDS cases were reported.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 20694 at http://wesa.fm Fifth (Pittsburgh)Red Celebrates AIDS Awareness 'Stars' Film Makes Stars, And Friends, Out of Young Cancer Patients http://wesa.fm/post/stars-film-makes-stars-and-friends-out-young-cancer-patients <p>"The Fault in Our Stars," a movie adaptation of a critically and commercially popular young adult novel, has just finished filming in Pittsburgh and in the Netherlands.</p><p>The book and movie center around two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. Many of the extras in the movie are young people with cancer.</p><p>There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the movie adaptation of the beloved novel. Book author John Green says the story goes against the typical trope popular media brings us about the ailing.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:03:27 +0000 Erika Beras 19772 at http://wesa.fm For Victims of Sexual Violence, the Judicial System Can Often Add to Trauma http://wesa.fm/post/victims-sexual-violence-judicial-system-can-often-add-trauma <p>With sexual violence can come a host of mental health issues — depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder to name a few. But&nbsp;dealing with the judicial system can also bring a slew of problems for victims.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:34:38 +0000 Erika Beras 18166 at http://wesa.fm For Victims of Sexual Violence, the Judicial System Can Often Add to Trauma Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology http://wesa.fm/post/innovative-concussion-evaluation-technology <p>According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 2 million people each year suffer from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.</p><p>In the sports world, concussions have been in the limelight as athletes come forward with reports of lasting affects from the brain injuries they sustained while playing. As a result, the sports community is becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to properly treat a concussion and gather as much data as possible close to the time of impact.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3logix.com/">C3 Logix</a> is a new, innovative concussion evaluation technology that provides on site data collection at the time of injury, to better aid physicians in diagnosis and treatment. The program is loaded into an iPad and before the season starts, athletes perform a series of neurocognitive tests. The program tracks the athlete’s visual reflexes and their ability to focus on moving objects. Results of these baseline tests can then be compared to data logged in incident reports at the time of suspected brain injury. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Katie Martin 17139 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-affordable-care-act-resources-and-information <p>On Oct. 1, the health insurance exchanges that are a key part of the Affordable Care Act open. It can be confusing, however, so here is some basic information and resources to help with understanding Obamacare. You may also want to read a <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/you-ask-we-answer-demystifying-affordable-care-act">Q&amp;A from NPR's Morning Edition about the ACA</a>. 90.5 WESA's daily magazine program Essential Pittsburgh will host <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/join-essential-pittsburgh-public-forum-affordable-care-act">public forum on the topic</a> Thursday.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:13:55 +0000 Reid Carter 16832 at http://wesa.fm What to Know: Affordable Care Act Resources and Information Advocates: Financial Assistance Available for Health Exchange Plans http://wesa.fm/post/advocates-financial-assistance-available-health-exchange-plans <p>With less than two weeks until Pennsylvania's online health insurance marketplace opens to the public, advocates are trying to spread the word about its offerings.<br><br>For people who feel the slightest pecuniary pinch and don't have significant health coverage, the soon-to-launch state exchange offers a chance to shop at a discount.<br><br>Financial assistance will be available to some purchasing health care plans through the marketplace opening Oct. 1, allowing those individuals to greatly reduce the percentage of their income spent on coverage.<br> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:46:18 +0000 Mary Wilson 16863 at http://wesa.fm As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish http://wesa.fm/post/obamacare-takes-effect-getting-health-care-amish <p>In Clarion County’s Licking Township there are vibrant green hills, windy narrow roads and traffic signs posted just as much for the trucks and tractors as for the horses and buggies.</p><p>It's a small, rural farming community north of Pittsburgh.</p><p>When you pull up to Emmanuel Schmidt’s home, you see acres of land, his woodworking shop and carriages. The 49-year-old Amish farmer knows Obamacare is coming, but he doesn’t quite know what that means.</p><p>"I’ve wondered, I’ve really wondered what’s going to happen with the health care, I don’t know," he said.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:21:52 +0000 Erika Beras 16604 at http://wesa.fm As Obamacare Takes Effect, Getting Health Care to the Amish Pitt Study: Elderly Patients with Infection Have Doubled Risk of Dementia http://wesa.fm/post/pitt-study-elderly-patients-infection-have-doubled-risk-dementia <p>Elderly patients hospitalized with an infection, like pneumonia, are twice as likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who were not.</p><p>That’s according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh that followed 5,888 patients over the age of 65 in four areas across the country: Winston-Salem, N.C.; Sacramento, Calif.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Pittsburgh.</p><p>The study was done in conjunction with researchers from the University of Washington, University of California, University of Illinois, John Hopkins University and Columbia Medical Center.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 15951 at http://wesa.fm Using Brain Scans, Researchers Say They Can Diagnose Disorders More Precisely http://wesa.fm/post/using-brain-scans-researchers-say-they-can-diagnose-disorders-more-precisely <p>A recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry used brain scans to measure blood flow to parts of the brain associated with emotion regulation to gauge if the subjects had unipolar depression or bipolar disorder.</p><p>The study hoped to identify brain function markers that identified the two types of depression.</p><p>The study used 44 Pittsburgh-area women and was conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, Kings College London, the University of South Florida and the University of Texas Southwestern.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:18:06 +0000 Erika Beras 15965 at http://wesa.fm With Community Violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Can Be A Hidden Wound http://wesa.fm/post/community-violence-post-traumatic-stress-can-be-hidden-wound <p>Rachel Zwipf is packing. Boxes scattered around her home are being filled with pots, children’s toys and framed photos.<br /><br />She’s moving to North Carolina, leaving behind a good job, her family and painful memories of Pittsburgh. &nbsp;</p><p>"His name was Sean Thompson, but we all called him Lydell," she said.</p><p>Two summers ago, Zwipf’s fiancé was murdered in Lawrenceville, just a few blocks from their home. They were already planning to move. Thompson had spent years in jail for a slew of offenses and wanted a new start.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:27:13 +0000 Erika Beras 15699 at http://wesa.fm With Community Violence, Post-Traumatic Stress Can Be A Hidden Wound UPMC to Spend $30 million on New Institute http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-spend-30-million-new-institute <p>The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine plan to expand their Vascular Medicine Institute over the next five years, by creating the Heart, Lung Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute, or <a href="http://vmi.pitt.edu">VMI</a>.</p><p>Dr. Mark Gladwin, co-director of VMI, said it will be a hub for research.</p><p>"This will be the research home for scientists and physicians and physician scientists that have primary appointments within cardiology, pulmonary and hematology," he said.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:40:31 +0000 Larkin Page-Jacobs 15738 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 Research Shows Herpes Could Affect the Brain More than Originally Thought http://wesa.fm/post/research-shows-herpes-could-affect-brain-more-originally-thought <p>A new study partially conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that those with the herpes simplex virus 1, which typically causes cold sores, displayed reduced cognitive function.</p><p>The researchers studied people in India with and without herpes and with and without schizophrenia. They looked at their cognitive functions using a computerized battery and assessed different aspects of top processes.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:21:35 +0000 Erika Beras 14533 at http://wesa.fm PA's Highest Court Stops Public Health Center Closures ... For Now http://wesa.fm/post/pas-highest-court-stops-public-health-center-closures-now <p>Gov. Tom Corbett’s plans to shut down 26 of the state’s 60 public health centers has been put on hold after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted a temporary injunction Wednesday.</p><p>The state’s Department of Health said closing almost half of Pennsylvania’s health centers that provide services such as immunizations and disease testing would save $3.4 million.</p><p>But the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Pennsylvania argued doing so would cut 26 nursing jobs, and the state couldn’t close the centers without state legislature approval.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 18:14:36 +0000 Emily Farah 13418 at http://wesa.fm LGBT Health Concerns http://wesa.fm/post/lgbt-health-concerns <p>According to <strong>Dr. Ron Stall</strong>, director of the <a href="http://www.lgbthlres.pitt.edu/">Center for LGBT Health Research</a> at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, the dearth of investment in sexual health research, especially for the LGBT community, is something of an American tradition. Primarily due to the hot-button nature of conversations about sexuality and sexual practices, “the US has been slow to invest in sexual health in general.”</p><p>This additional roadblock makes the advances that have been made in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV all the more impressive. According to Stall, thanks to breakthrough drug research, HIV “has now become a chronic manageable disease much like diabetes,” for those who are aware of their illness and have access to drugs. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:28:33 +0000 John Lavanga 13219 at http://wesa.fm LGBT Health Concerns UPMC Policy Extinguishes Employees’ Smoking During Shifts http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-policy-extinguishes-employees-smoking-during-shifts <p>Starting July 1, 2014, UPMC is stubbing out the cigarettes of its employees, physicians, students and volunteers during their shifts.</p><p>UPMC has introduced a policy in which employees are not permitted to smoke at any point during their shift — even during scheduled breaks.</p><p>Tim Cline, senior director of clinical training and development, said exposure to tobacco smoke and the residual products of tobacco use is not safe on any level.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:24:50 +0000 Jessica Nath 12869 at http://wesa.fm 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 UPMC East Had a 'Great First Year;' Forbes Regional Numbers Dip http://wesa.fm/post/upmc-east-had-great-first-year-forbes-regional-numbers-dip <p>Last July, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center opened a $250 million dollar, 156-bed hospital in Monroeville.</p><p>A year in, Mark Sevco, UPMC’s East President said they have had “a great first year.”</p><p>They are seeing more than a hundred patients a day in the emergency department, operating at 75 percent capacity.</p><p>“We were expecting 65 patients a day, and we’re at about 115," Sevco said. "And from a surgical perspective, we’re 50 percent over our budget projections."</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:41:17 +0000 Erika Beras 12465 at http://wesa.fm