Sarah Boden

Science, Health And Tech Reporter

Sarah Boden covers health, science and technology for 90.5 WESA. Before coming to Pittsburgh in November 2017, she was a reporter for Iowa Public Radio where she covered a range of issues, including the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

Sarah’s reporting has appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday and WBUR's Here and Now. She has won multiple awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow for her story on a legal challenge to Iowa's felon voting ban.

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Most overdose fatalities in Pennsylvania continue to be opioid related, but deaths associated with methamphetamine and other stimulants are also on the rise, according to a new analysis from the University of Minnesota State Health Access Data Center. 

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued Thursday in an effort to keep health giant UPMC from ending its business relationship with rival Highmark Health, in hopes of preventing higher costs from hitting about 70,000 western Pennsylvania patients.

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State Sen. Jay Costa, a Democrat from Forest Hills, is proposing legislation to require Pittsburgh’s two largest health care systems to accept each others’ insurance policies. 

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On Friday, the U.S. Army activated its new Artificial Intelligence Task Force, which will have a hub at Carnegie Mellon University and develop military uses for artificial intelligence.

Military representatives who were at the ceremony said U.S. adversaries are already developing AI, and that collaborating with institutions like CMU is necessary to minimize American causalities.

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The Breathe Project is holding a meeting Thursday night to discuss how the rerouting of rail traffic might impact air quality north of the Monogahela River.

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Driving for companies like Lyft or Uber can be a hustle. Once you factor in gas and the cut these companies get from each ride, drivers might even lose money some days.

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The public health community has long called for a needle exchange in south Pittsburgh, as fatal overdose data indicates high opioid use in this area. On Tuesday, a proposed site for distributing sterile syringes to injection drug users passed its final hurdle. 

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A new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers finds the price of brand-name medications is growing five times faster than the rate of inflation.

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Soon, people will no longer be having babies at UPMC Mercy in Uptown.

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A south-Pittsburgh needle exchange is no longer being proposed for a residential area of the Carrick neighborhood. Instead, the Allegheny County Board of Health on Wednesday gave approal to an alternative location on Route 51. 

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Starting January 1, a new federal rule is requiring hospitals to publish online their official charges for different medical services, like diagnostic tests or surgeries.

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The first day of the new year is a great date to turn over a new leaf, but setting an overly ambitious new year’s resolution may not be the best way to make a major change.

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This past winter and spring saw record rainfall in Allegheny County, which led to an unprecedented number of landslides and extensive property damage.

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Pennsylvania has a new online tool to report suspicious prescription drug activity, in an effort to curtail illicit opioid use.

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Mobility is an issue for many senior citizens. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation’s Virtual Senior Academy helps older Allegheny County residents learn and explore without traveling far from home.

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Google is piloting a laptop and wifi hotspot lending program with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

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Beginning next year, paramedics and emergency medical technicians for the City of Pittsburgh will work 12-hour shifts, instead of the current eight-hour shifts.

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A computer scientist at Duquesne University is working to develop software that strips unique words and phrases from a piece writing to preserve anonymity for the author.

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A report released Thursday by the RAND Corporation recommends that the federal government greenlight clinical trials on the effectiveness of medical-grade heroin for treating people with opioid addictions.

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Rift Valley Fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, infecting people and livestock. This tropical disease so far has only been found in the Middle East and Africa, though the types of mosquitoes that carry Rift Valley are found around the globe. One of which, the Aedes, lives in North America.

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It’s that time of year again: the enrollment window is open to sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Plan individual market.  

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Nurses at Indiana Regional Medical Center in Indiana, Pa. are planning a 24-hour strike starting at 7 a.m. Monday.

The nurses' previous contract expired on Oct. 31. Hospital administration and registered nurses have been negotating a new contract since August, but are now at an impasse.

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A team of University of Pittsburgh undergraduate students has designed a special pill dispenser that helps kids take their medication on time, by making the task a game.

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Pittsburgh will not be home to Amazon’s second headquarters, nor its third. On Tuesday, the company announced its plans to split HQ2 between two locations: Long Island City, in Queens, New York, and Crystal City, just outside Washington, D.C.

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A 2014 study of 1,609 Allegheny County teens between the ages of 14 and 19 found those who have lost a friend or family member to murder are three times more likely to attempt suicide. In total, 13 percent of those surveyed reported to have suffered this loss. 

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Public health workers at Thursday’s Drug User Health conference at Allegheny General Hospital advocated for several controversial strategies for helping people with opioid and other substance use disorders.

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The percentage of school students in Allegheny County who have received all their required vaccinations has dropped by about a percent since 2010.

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It’s been more than a week since the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, and those who were part of the emergency response might only now be starting to confront the effects of trauma caused by this tragedy.

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Jews and non-Jews gathered Saturday at Rodef Shalom, a reform synagogue in Pittsburgh, one week after a shooting at nearby Tree of Life where 11 people were killed.

Usually, services are held in Rodef Shalom’s small chapel, but this week the synagogue used its larger sanctuary. More than half of the 1,100 seats were filled.

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Pittsburghers will continue to gather this weekend in the wake of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue which left 11 people dead, looking for ways to heal and move forward.

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