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In Strange Case, Hospital Sees 2nd Death From Cyanide

It's not yet clear exactly how Nicole Kotchey died

(Newser) - Dr. Autumn Klein died of cyanide poisoning in 2013; her husband , Dr. Robert Ferrante, was convicted of her murder last month. Cyanide poisoning is rare, killing just seven people in the US in 2012—which is why it's especially strange that five days after Ferrante's conviction, another doctor... More »

Mom Who Ate Poppy Seeds Sues Over Failed Drug Test

Hospital informed child welfare agency

(Newser) - A first-time mother who says she failed a drug test while in labor because she ate poppy seeds has sued a Pittsburgh hospital, saying officials defamed her and violated her doctor-patient confidentiality by sharing the results with a child welfare agency. Rachael Devore, 31, who gave birth at Magee-Women's... More »

Neuroscientist Poisoned Wife With Cyanide: Police

Robert Ferrante told neurologist wife drink would help her conceive: cops

(Newser) - A University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist was arrested after he allegedly poisoned his wife using cyanide he had overnighted to his lab two days before she collapsed. According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Robert Ferrante pushed Autumn Klein, the head of women's neurology at the university's medical school,... More »

Pitt Hit With 57 Bomb Threats in 2 Months

University implements stringent security measures in response

(Newser) - Visit the University of Pittsburgh today, and you're going to spend a lot of time standing in lines. The school has implemented new regulations requiring every student and staff member to both show ID and have their bags searched before entering any campus building, the New York Times reports.... More »

2 Dead in Pittsburgh Psych Clinic Shooting

Another seven are injured at University of Pittsburgh facility

(Newser) - Gunfire at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh killed two people and injured seven others this afternoon. Police reported one of the dead was the gunman. It was unclear whether the wounded people were patients, employees, or visiting family members at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Police... More »

Big East Dominates Top Seeds

North Carolina joins Louisville, Pitt, UConn at top of bracket heap

(Newser) - Big East powers Louisville, Pittsburgh, and UConn helped the league that was created for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament in the field announced tonight. North Carolina, the regular-season ACC champ, was the other top seed. The coup comes 24... More »

Boob Tube Linked to Depression

As teen TV time rises, so does adult depression

(Newser) - Teenagers who watch too much television may risk depression as adults, according to a new study. Each additional hour of daily television viewing by adolescents boosted their odds of becoming depressed as young adults by 8%, reports the Los Angeles Times. Watching videos, playing computer games and listening to the... More »

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