World Health Day: Know Your Blood Pressure

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer High blood pressure is a major factor leading to heart attacks and strokes for people everywhere. Health care providers are emphasizing the importance of controlling this risky condition in recognition of World Health Day,
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Pennsylvania Has Mixed Results in Working to Reduce Tobacco Use

New American Lung Association Report Follows Money Trail to See How Tobacco Industry Addicts Kids Pennsylvania fell short in adequately funding programs to protect children and curb tobacco-related disease in 2012 according to the American Lung Association’s “State of Tobacco Control 2013” report released today. The Lung Association’s “State of (more...)

Don’t Forget To Move A Clock Forward!

March 10 at 2:00 am. local time, the clock is moved forward to 3:00 am. According to, "the clock moves ahead (= losing one hour) in the spring when DST starts, and falls back one hour (= gaining one hour) when DST ends in the fall. To remember (more...)

Support Grows for Patients with Rare Diseases

There is strength in numbers when it comes to rare diseases, and that fact has led to recognition of Rare Disease Day every February 28 since 2008. The occasion is marked by patient and medical organizations in 2013 under the banner of “Rare Disorders Without Borders.” Rare diseases strike only (more...)

Experts Weigh In On Benefits Of Legalizing Marijuana In Pennsylvania

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) held a news conference at the State Capitol Building to announce the introduction of his bill that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. Leach was joined by a member of the law enforcement community, a physician, and an agriculture expert to (more...)

Dr. Simon Allen’s Incredible Theory Of Chronic Internal Diseases

For a long time people are trying to understand the causes of chronic disease and whether there is a real way to get rid of them. For this, they are turning to Western and Eastern medicine, folk means and even extra senses. But, unfortunately, all modern and (more...)

There Was An Increase In Influenza Activity In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Department of Health reported: "There was an increase in influenza activity in all regions of the state. Therefore, current activity is characterized as "widespread". Influenza cases have now been reported in all Pennsylvania counties. A majority of illness at this time is caused by influenza A/H3N2, a strain that generally causes (more...)

Is It Time to Legalize Marijuana In Pennsylvania?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana in Pennsylvania. The bill is currently circulating for co sponsorship. Leach, who has become known as the progressive voice in the legislature, previously introduced a bill that would allow the use (more...)

U.S. Issues Road Map to an AIDS-Free Generation

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer

U.S. officials battling HIV/AIDS have a goal to bring an AIDS-free generation into the world. When that may happen remains unknown, but on November 29 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton laid out a five-point plan on how to get there. “HIV may well

Health Officials Raise Diabetes Awareness in November

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer

November 14 is a day to give some thought to whether your lifestyle might lead to a disease that is disabling, deadly and on the rise. On World Diabetes Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Diabetes Federation are urging us to learn

Analysis of Nearly 1.100 Human Genomes Could Help Treat Diseases

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An international scientific collaboration has produced an analysis of 1,092 human genomes identifying genetic variants that can lead to disease or robust good health. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, helped fund the consortium of researchers (more...)

Methadone Abuse Prevention Bill Signed Into Law

A measure that would help Pennsylvania combat the growing epidemic of methadone abuse was signed into Wednesday, according to state Sen. Mike Stack. The new law creates a Methadone Death and Incident Review Team within the Pennsylvania Department of Health. This team will be responsible for (more...)

International Team Makes Progress Against Rare Disease

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer A four-nation research project is bringing some relief to people who suffer a rare muscle disease, and the collaboration may blaze a trail for breakthroughs in treatment of other rare diseases. The research team found that a drug first released in the late 1990s for treatment of irregular (more...)

We Should Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Just four months after Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to enact a law protecting student athletes from sudden cardiac arrest, Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and his two teen sons participated in a heart screening organized by Simon’s Fund at Upper Dublin High School. “My (more...)

Operation Provide Hope Delivers Medical Aid to Moldova

On September 21, a team of volunteer U.S. doctors and nurses will depart from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland bound for Chisinau, Moldova, as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Operation Provide Hope humanitarian assistance program. These volunteers will spend a week in Moldova sharing their expertise