Sarah Boden

Health And Science Reporter

Sarah Boden covers health and science 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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Pennsylvania reported its largest daily total of new coronavirus cases on Friday, as an additional 2,219 Pennsylvanians have tested positive for COVID-19. 

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The strong resurgence of coronavirus cases that’s been seen in other parts of U.S. has reached western Pennsylvania.

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A federal indictment from a Pittsburgh grand jury accuses Russian intelligence officers of perpetrating a malware attack against Heritage Valley Health System three years ago.  

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While the world waits for a safe and effective inoculation, this year’s flu shot can serve as a sort of dress rehearsal for when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available. That’s because everyone, from the very young to the very old, should get vaccinated in a relatively short amount of time.

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Though cases of the coronavirus are increasing in Allegheny County, it’s far less severe here compared to what’s occurring at the state and national level.

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A Carnegie Mellon University researcher is part of a national committee that recently produced a report on the equitable distribution of a coronavirus vaccine.

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One-hundred-and-five residents at an Allegheny County-run nursing home have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of September.

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Since the beginning of September there have been 300 cases of the coronavirus among children, ages zero to 18, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

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New, more relaxed rules on crowd sizes go into effect on Friday in Pennsylvania, with the caveat that these restrictions might be tightened if case investigation shows that events or gatherings are becoming a source of increased outbreaks.

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The Allegheny County Health Department says that college and university students comprise roughly 15 percent of September’s coronavirus cases.

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Ashley Taylor could have gotten special permission to visit her grandfather when he entered hospice this spring. But she has an autoimmune disorder, and didn’t feel comfortable visiting a nursing home, many of which have been plagued by the coronavirus. 


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A rare bird has been found at Powdermill Nature Reserve in Westmoreland County.

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University of Pittsburgh and UPMC researchers plan to start human trials early next year for an antibody therapy that might both prevent and treat COVID-19.

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The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has released 3D anatomical data and genetic sequences of tissues from seven organs, including the heart, kidney, and small and large intestines.

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Pennsylvania’s largest medical system reports that its COVID-19 patients are experiencing better outcomes than what was seen at the start of the pandemic, though it’s not clear why this is occurring.

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Data from the Allegheny County Health Department show that racial disparities in COVID-19 cases increased after the early summer surge of infections.

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Hundreds of demonstrators occupied the intersection of Forbes and Murray avenues in Squirrel Hill for over two-and-a-half hours Saturday afternoon, as some speakers challenged participants to redouble their efforts on behalf of the cause.

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Out of more than 1,000 tests, there were just 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported Wednesday in Allegheny County. That is the lowest daily case count in more than two months.

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In early July, Talia Landerman decided to get a coronavirus test.  

This was when Allegheny County was reporting nearly 200 cases of COVID-19 daily. Landerman works in an office and both her parents are over 60, so she wanted to be sure she wasn't an asymptomatic carrier. 


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Nursing home employees may soon be required to have weekly coronavirus tests according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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The Allegheny County Health Department is pleading with bars and restaurants to continue following state and local regulations aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.

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Earlier this summer the Allegheny County Health Department recommended that people who were returning from out-of-state travel should quarantine for two weeks, unless they could get two consecutive coronavirus tests that were both negative. 

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"A man shouldn't have to do household chores."

"Men should use violence to get respect if necessary."

These are two of five beliefs about “harmful masculinity” that University of Pittsburgh researchers identified as correlating with violence, sexual harassment and poor mental health outcomes.

To achieve these findings, researchers survey more than 3,600 men between the ages of 18 and 30 in the U.S., .U.K. and Mexico about their beliefs around masculinity.

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The current civil rights movement has been an emotionally and intellectually taxing experience for many Black Americans who are confronting injustices that stretch back generations.

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A UPMC cardiologist is no longer the program director for one of the medical system’s fellowship programs after he published an article in a prominent journal asserting that affirmative action policies produce less-qualified medical students and residents.

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Bars and restaurants still top the list of the most common places visited by people in Allegheny County prior to testing positive for COVID-19. But county data show that compared to previous weeks, the number of visits to these venues has fallen.

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Though people in Allegheny County continue to die from COVID-19, data from the state and county show these deaths have not kept pace with the county's spike of positive cases. But there are severe health consequences not captured by this data.

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Due to the recent spike in coronavirus infections, the Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday announced it has changed its recommendations for testing in order to meet demand.

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More than 220 children and teens in Allegheny County have been diagnosed with COVID-19, which is more than three times the number from just one month ago.

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For the sixth week, Pittsburghers marched through the city for Civil Saturdays to protest police brutality.

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