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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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26% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania are breakthrough cases — but don’t panic

It’s important to understand how Pennsylvania’s vaccinated and unvaccinated populations differ.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Poison centers in Pennsylvania see an increase in ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine exposures

Of the 29 post-COVID exposures, 10 occurred between Aug. 12 and Sept. 30.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Pa.

As immunity wanes, more vaccinated people in Pa. are getting sick with the virus.

By Sarah Boden/WESA and Brett Sholtis

Thriving instead of surviving, Pittsburgh therapist talks Black mental health

For many Black Americans, the past year and a half was particularly traumatizing. 

By Sarah Boden/WESA

State employees must mask at work, regardless of vaccination status

State employees and contractors are required to wear face masks at work, starting Monday.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

It’s not ketchup packets falling from the sky, it’s rabies vaccine

The USDA says its goal is to push rabies back east until it’s fully eradicated.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

A dozen Pa. nursing homes avoid one-day strike, while workers at several others might not clock in

The impending strikes fall on the backdrop of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s decision to update nursing home regulations.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Pitt study rejects idea that marijuana is a ‘gateway drug’

Researchers looked at state-level aggregate data from California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada, which all legalized marijuana at the start of 2017.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

UPMC data show immunocompromised patients also benefit from COVID vaccine

When doing the initial vaccine trials, drug makers excluded people with certain conditions like HIV and cancer. That has made it difficult for clinicians to advise some patients on the vaccine.

By Sarah Boden/WESA

Pennsylvania blood banks concerned by shrinking supplies, asking donors to step forward

The low reserve is related to the effects of the pandemic: People are giving less blood than they were prior to COVID-19, while simultaneously, surgeries postponed last year are now being scheduled.

By Sarah Boden/WESA
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