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West Virginia pipeline explosion blasts fireball hundreds of feet into air; fourth major pipeline disaster this month

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A gas pipeline owned by a Houston, Texas-based petroleum corporation exploded Monday morning in Brooke County, W. Va., just across the Ohio River from Steubenville, Ohio, and about an hour from Pittsburgh, Penn. The pipeline explosion and subsequent fuel leak was the fourth major pipeline disaster to occur in the U.S. this month. Enterprise Products Partners, which owns the pipeline involved in Monday’s explosion, said it is investigating the incident. There were no reports of injuries, but witnesses reported a massive fireball that shot hundreds of feet in the air, damaging a nearby house and power lines. Reports so far ... Read More

Outbreak of drug-resistant superbug linked to specialized endoscopes

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A specialized endoscope, put into the throats of a half-million people each year to treat gallstones, cancers, and other digestive system problems, has been identified as the source of a deadly bacterial infection in patients who have undergone procedures using the devices. It was found that conventional methods of cleaning the specialized endoscopes, known as duodenoscopes, do not always remove the so-called superbug. If the bacteria is not thoroughly removed from the scopes, the devices can spread infections from patient to patient. The superbug, known as CRE, is highly resistant to numerous antibiotics and kills as many as 40 to 50 ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit says the Art Institutes corporation is duping veterans

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Education Management Corporation (EDMC), a for-profit chain of colleges, manipulated student job placement data to attract as many students as possible and to maximize the amount of taxpayer-subsidized federal student loan money, a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed in federal court last week alleges. The lawsuit is the third whistleblower case to be filed against the EDMC, which owns the giant Art Institutes chain comprised of more than 50 campuses throughout North America. The U.S. Justice Department and four states intervened in another whistleblower complaint brought against EDMC in 2007 alleging the college corporation defrauded the government by paying recruiters based on ... Read More

Bus drivers may be charged for causing Pittsburgh Port Authority bus crash

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Two Pittsburgh Port Authority bus drivers are will likely face criminal charges for causing a bus crash last month that destroyed one the of the vehicles and left one driver critically injured. The Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers were allegedly “goofing off” and speeding alongside each other on Interstate 279 Sept. 22 before one the vehicles bumped the other one, sending it through a guardrail. The bus tumbled down a steep embankment onto a residential street below. A Port Authority spokesman said that video surveillance from one of the buses showed the drivers gesturing to each other playfully as ... Read More

Pittsburgh bus drivers reportedly “goofing off” before rollover crash

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Pittsburgh authorities are investigating two Port Authority of Allegheny County bus drivers after one of the port’s buses careened off Interstate 279 and tumbled down a steep hillside onto a residential street, critically injuring the driver Monday afternoon. According to WTAE Pittsburgh, “the transit agency said the drivers were ‘gesturing’ to each other and swerving while goofing off just before the crash …” The Port Authority also said the drivers were driving “in a reckless manner” when the crash occurred. The bus driver who did not crash pulled over and got out of his bus when he saw the other ... Read More

Degenerative brain disease found in former NFL players who suffered head trauma

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The murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher last week came just days before a team of researchers announced that 34 of the 35 brains of former NFL players donated for a special study were found to have Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated hits to the head. It is unknown at this point if Belcher suffered from CTE, but his behavior suggests he may have suffered from the disease.  The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, is the largest case series study of CTE to ... Read More

More sleep may protect teens from developing type 2 diabetes

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It’s no secret that teenagers like to sleep. Now a new study suggests that allowing teens to indulge this luxury may help reduce their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of type 2 diabetes. Studies have already linked sleep deficits in teens to learning difficulties, irritability, skin problems and weight gain. A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry says it can also increase a person’s resistance to insulin, which can increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The study, which appears this month in the journal SLEEP tracked the sleep duration ... Read More

Oakland Raiders Heyward-Bay resting after play-stopping neck injury

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CASTRO VALLEY, CAL–Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay has been released from a Bay Area hospital after a head and neck injury left him unconscious during Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh. Mr. Heyward-Bey was taken to Eden Medical Center in Alameda County during the Raider’s winning game against Pittsburgh in Oakland. He was running across the end zone in an attempt to catch a pass when two Steelers defenders collided with him simultaneously. Mr. Heyward-Bey took a brutal hit on his facemask from Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy’s helmet, causing him to lay motionless with eyes closed for about 10 minutes ... Read More

Study: Diabetics more likely to suffer mental decline

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People who suffer from diabetes may be at greater risk for mental decline, according to a new study published in the Archives of Neurology. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 3,069 people participating a long-term study of older adults living in Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Over the course of 10 years, participants were given repeated cognitive tests that evaluated memorization skills, dexterity, coordination and overall mental health. Researchers found that during a 10-year period, older people with diabetes had much lower cognitive test scores than people of the same age who were not diabetic. People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes ... Read More

Unnecessary surgeries were performed for profit and promotion, whistleblower lawsuit alleges

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A whistleblower lawsuit filed against The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Hamot campus under the False Claims Act accuses the hospital and five cardiologists of defrauding Medicare and a number of patients by participating in a kickback scheme from 2001 to 2005 that involved performing unneeded heart operations. According to Pennsylvania’s Erie Times-News, “The suit claims the doctors, part of Medicor Associates Inc., performed unnecessary surgical procedures to make more money for themselves and Hamot and to promote the development of a cardiovascular surgery program at Hamot.” The lawsuit also contends that “Hamot overbilled Medicare in exchange for referrals ... Read More