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Dramatic increases in drug prices spark debate

By Alicia Green, Point Park News Service: Stuart Fisk has cared for people with HIV/AIDS for 25 years. The Allegheny Health Network nurse practitioner and director of the Positive Health Clinic said he remembers when the drug Daraprim was much more commonly used because a lot more people were sick and dying of the parasitic disease toxoplasmosis. Daraprim is used... Read More

Proposed PA vaccine rule change triggers autism concerns

By Phillip Poupore, Point Park News Service: Mary Wildman’s life changed forever just a few days after her son’s first birthday. She took her son to the pediatrician for an ear infection, but during the appointment she was told her son was also due for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Her son, Nick, had a reaction to the... Read More

Groups seek to erase stigma from mental illness

By Chris Ward, Point Park News Service: Mental illness is rampant in our society and effects people of all ages and socioeconomic status. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four adults in America experience mental illness in a given year. NAMI also states that about 13.6 million live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia,... Read More

Q&A: Coordinator of Pittsburgh Walk to End Alzheimer’s gives weekend details

By Wyatt Cree, Point Park News Service: Pittsburgh’s 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s is scheduled for this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 24 beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Heinz Field. After the opening of the event, the two-mile walk will follow at 10 a.m. Coordinator Abby Smith said the Pittsburgh teams have already raised $280,000. The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to... Read More

Reporter’s Take: Interviewing deaf-blind source

While reporting on her story about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, reporter Alicia Green encountered Paul Richard McGann, who is both deaf and blind. Those disabilities did little to limit McGann’s ability to communicate about the how the Act has helped the disabled community — or about how there’s more to do. Here’s Alicia’s first-person account... Read More

UPMC Targets Hand-washing to Cut Down on Infections

By Christine Manganas, Point Park News Service: Maggie Schrenk estimated that she washes her hands nearly 100 times within a 12-hour shift. Schrenk, 25, works as a nurse in the emergency department of UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “The hospital has a wash-in and wash-out sign in each room to help remind healthcare providers of the importance of washing hands... Read More

Hundreds of volunteers cheer on Pittsburgh Great Race runners

By Jessica Federkeil, Point Park News Service: The Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race featured more than 14,000 runners — and would not have been possible without the help of numerous volunteers, organizers said. Volunteer coordinator Lindsey Van der Veer, 32, of the Strip District, talked about the effort it takes to make the Great Race happen. Q: How many... Read More

Runners and Bikers Gear Up for Annual Poker Run

By Jon Andreassi, Point Park News Service Running, biking and poker will come together this Labor Day to raise money to help maintain the Youghiogheny River Trail. The Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter will be hosting its 22nd annual “Poker Run” at the Arthur H. King Access Area of the Youghiogheny River Trail in West Newton on the morning of the... Read More

Outdoor yoga draws enthusiasts to Market Square

By Alexa Yanyanin, Point Park News Service: When Jason Fait, 37, of Jeannette, Westmoreland County, decided to make a major lifestyle change, yoga was not among his first considerations. But after exploring Downtown Pittsburgh one weekend, he discovered an outdoor yoga class in Market Square and gave it a try. He was hooked after that one class. “I didn’t know... Read More