Health & Wellness Features
$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million....
5 food writers subpoenaed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Several food writers, including a New York Times reporter, have been subpoenaed by a meat producer as part of its $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC in regards to the network's coverage of a beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics....
Generation of tanners see spike in deadly melanoma
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stop sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds, the acting U.S. surgeon general warned in a report released Tuesday that cites an alarming 200 percent jump in deadly melanoma cases since 1973....
House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care....
Top doctor dies from Ebola after treating dozens
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- A leading doctor who risked his own life to treat dozens of Ebola patients died Tuesday from the disease, officials said, as a major regional airline announced it was suspending flights to the cities hardest hit by an outbreak that has killed more than 670 people....
NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules
CHICAGO (AP) -- The NCAA agreed on Tuesday to help athletes with head injuries in a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit that college sports' governing body touted as a major step forward but that critics say doesn't go nearly far enough....
NCAA proposed settlement raises medical questions
CHICAGO (AP) -- A key feature of a proposed settlement of a head-injury lawsuit against the NCAA is the creation of a $70 million fund to pay for medical evaluations of current and former college players in several sports. The provision raises some sticky medical questions. Here are some of them:...
Despite good news, benefit programs face problems
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency....
Virus drugmaker fights pediatricians' new advice
CHICAGO (AP) -- A costly drug given mostly to premature babies is at the center of a clash between the manufacturer and the nation's leading pediatrician's group, which recommends scaling back use of the medicine....
Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote....
KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll Do you agree with five Pennsylvania congressmen that the NCAA penalties against Penn State as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal should be cancelled? <More Info>
Five Pennsylvania Congressmen are asking college sports' governing body, the NCAA, to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The Congressmen cite an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree which includes a temporary ban on post-season play, a temporary reduction in scholarships, the cancellation of 112 wins and a 60-million dollar fine.
KQV/Trib Total Media Listener Poll Do you feel more or less safe in the city of Pittsburgh now than you did a year ago?