Liz Reid

Health & Science Reporter

Liz Reid's initials spell EAR, and she’s just enough of a mystic to believe that working with sound is her destiny. Liz came to 90.5 WESA from KRPS public radio in Southeast Kansas, where she was a Feature Producer and the local host of All Things Considered. Previously, Liz interned and freelanced at KQED public radio in San Francisco. She has an MA in Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University, where she also taught audio production classes. She’s done stints working in academia and the music industry, but she’s happiest in a public radio setting. When Liz is not reporting and hosting at 90.5 WESA, she likes to sing and play guitar, ride her bike, camp with her partner and puppy, and watch science and nature documentaries.

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The solar panels shading the parking lot at the new Frick Environmental Center are expected to generate about 150,000 kilowatt hours of energy each year, approximately 10,000 kilowatt hours more than the building is expected to use. The excess will go right back to the electrical grid, according to Noah Shultas with PJ Dick, the construction company that oversaw the project. “We’re going to be consuming energy at night and the sun’s not out at night, so we can’t be producing everything we...

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Landon DePaulo’s manniversary is Dec. 27, 2012. That’s when he injected his first $100 shot of testosterone. It's a steep cost to look like himself, he said.

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The brand new Frick Environmental Center will open its doors to the public on Saturday. The new facility, near the Beechwood Boulevard entrance to Frick Park, is the most environmentally friendly municipal building in the world, according to Scott Roller with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. He said it is on track to achieve LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge certifications. The building’s internal climate is regulated with a geothermal system, which uses the constant temperature of...

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Pittsburgh’s bicycling community is in shock after Dirty Dozen founder and local cycling legend Danny Chew suffered a fall from his bike that could leave him paralyzed from the waist down. Chew’s nephew, Stephen Perezluha, said the family is still awaiting further information from doctors about whether Chew will ever be able to walk again. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Chew broke two vertebrae in his neck after suffering from a “dizzy spell” and losing control of his bike during a...

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The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has announced the recipients of the first round of funding for its Cura Zika initiative. Six research projects that interrogate three different approaches were chosen to receive the $400,000 in funding. Two researchers are looking at ways to diagnose the virus, two are trying to understand how the virus causes disease, and two are pursuing vaccine technologies. Postdoctoral associate and Brazil native Isabelle Viana is one of the...

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In addition to bringing a baby into the world, many of The Midwife Center’s birth stories share a common anecdote – one of the mother-to-be going in and out of the building while their partner or family member searches for parking.

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A small group of activists delivered five cardboard boxes containing what they said were the signatures of more than 700,000 “outraged citizens” to Mylan Pharmaceuticals Tuesday morning. The Canonsburg-based company has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for increasing the price of its life-saving EpiPen from $100 to more than $600 in less than a decade . Further public outcry followed the revelation that CEO Heather Bresch – whose Sewickley Heights home is valued at $2.85 million – received...

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Pennsylvania is still more than a year away from having its medical marijuana system up and running, but local physicians are already thinking about how they will prescribe the drug.

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Buying Christmas presents is going to be a lot easier for Antoinette Palmieri this year.

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A national transportation research group has estimated that completion of the 14-mile stretch of the Mon-Fayette expressway and the extension of the Martin Luther King, Jr . Busway would create nearly 21,000 jobs in the Mon Valley region and beyond. The report, released Tuesday by the private non-profit organization TRIP , also found that 71 percent of surveyed Mon Valley firms said they would use the expressway. Twenty-five percent said they would hire additional employees if the highway was...

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Five years ago, Dr. Lisa Pan had a patient whose depression was so severe that no form of treatment would take away his suicidal thoughts.

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*UPDATED: This story was updated at 9:40 a.m. to reflect the DEP's response. A couple dozen children and parents gathered in Irvine Park in downtown Beaver Tuesday morning, to play with a giant parachute, toss beach balls, play tag and hula hoop.

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More than 400 people died from drug overdoses in Allegheny County last year. According to the Health Department, many of them were due to opioids , specifically heroin. As public health officials continue to battle the opioid epidemic, health care professionals are looking for new ways to help patients transition from drug addiction to recovery.

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The healthy human gut is home to hundreds of millions of bacteria species. But people who are missing a few hundred or so particular species are at greater risk for certain health issues, including Crohn’s disease, which is characterized by chronic inflammation of the bowels. Richard Duerr, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is co-senior author of a study linking that lack of gut diversity with a specific genetic variation. Duerr said researchers have long known...

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Allegheny County needs more resources to battle the opioid epidemic gripping southwestern Pennsylvania, Human Services and Health department representatives said at a state legislative hearing Tuesday.

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Whole Foods Market plans to open a new store two blocks from its Centre Avenue building. Its chosen location is the site of East Liberty’s Penn Plaza apartments, a large affordable housing complex that's in the process of being demolished. The building’s owner drew vocal opposition from the community and local lawmakers last year after deciding to evict tenants in favor of redevelopment. At 50,000 square feet, the new Whole Foods would be double the size of its current location and offer more...

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Bicyclists in Pittsburgh are reacting to a new billboard along Baum Boulevard in the East End, which tells drivers “Riders aren’t always in the right. But they are always fragile.”

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Roughly 300 registered nurses at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver began a 24-hour picket Tuesday morning, demanding better working conditions and benefits. Registered Nurse Molly Romigh, president of the hospital’s local chapter of the Service Employees International Union, said nurses are dissatisfied with the RN-to-patient ratios maintained by their employer. “We have an area where we have pediatric patients with monitors and Heritage Valley wants to increase that nurse-to-patient...

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At the south end of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium parking lot is a small access road with a sign reading “Do Not Enter.” Beyond that is a big gravel parking lot, mostly used for overflow parking during large zoo events and as a staging area and storage space for the Department of Public Works.

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Arsenal Cider House’s new production facility in Penn Hills is still under construction, with nothing produced yet inside the 17,000-square-foot warehouse. But outside, 110,000 workers are toiling away to create something that will one day end up inside Arsenal’s signature “daily rations” growlers.

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The state of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh announced a new partnership aimed at helping stem the tide of opioid addiction, county by county. “It doesn’t matter where you go in the commonwealth, in southwestern PA, in urban PA, rural Pennsylvania and suburban Pennsylvania. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what zip code you come from, too many lives are being taken by heroin and opioids,” said Josh Shapiro, head of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, which...

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Black Americans with the heart condition atrial fibrillation are nearly twice as likely to suffer stroke, heart failure and coronary heart disease as their white counterparts, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh professor Jared Magnani. The finding is based on data from a 30-year study of more than 15,000 people in four communities: Forsyth County, N.C.; Jackson, Miss.; suburbs northwest of Minneapolis, Minn. and Washington County, Md. “Atrial fibrillation is the most...

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The Allegheny County Health Department will hold a public hearing Wednesday evening regarding a potential HPV vaccine mandate for pre-teens.

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are working on technology that could help make a human mission to Mars possible.

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Bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease have been found in two water tanks at Allegheny General Hospital on the North Side.

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Pittsburgh’s faith community held a candlelight vigil outside of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh Monday night, to remember the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend.

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Maker Faire Pittsburgh is now accepting applications from artists, scientists, inventors and tinkerers who want to showcase their work at this year’s event. “Maker Faire is the greatest show-and-tell on earth,” said lead organizer Kayce Dewey. “It’s a combination between craft fair meets science fair meets Burning Man.” The first Maker Faire was held in 2006 in San Mateo, Calif., just south of San Francisco. Dewey said since then, the phenomenon has spread to more than 30 countries and more...

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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh said they have made a major discovery that could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Scientists have long known that people whose brains make too much of a protein called alpha-synuclein end up getting Parkinson’s, but they didn’t know why that particular protein was toxic to brain tissue. “We set out to study whether it was specifically affecting the mitochondria within the cells, which are the power plants that make all the energy we...

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A lab worker at the University of Pittsburgh has contracted the Zika virus by accidentally sticking herself with a needle. The Allegheny County Health Department reported the county’s fourth case Thursday. According to a Pitt spokesman, the accident occurred on May 23. The worker developed symptoms by June 1 and returned to work on June 6. In a statement, ACHD director Karen Hacker said, “there is still no current risk of contracting Zika from mosquitos in Allegheny County.” However, the...

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The Penguins are back in Pittsburgh tonight for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals against the San Jose Sharks.

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