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The Allegheny County Health Department: Working to Ensure the Public’s Health

The Allegheny County Health Department: Working to Ensure the Public's Health

Share this…History of the Allegheny County Health Department In 1885, 114 of the 8,000 residents in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, died of typhoid fever. As the commonwealth’s population grew and commerce expanded, it became apparent that the state needed some sort of governing body to safeguard its residents’ health. In response, Pennsylvania established a State Board of Health in 1886. Until the 1950s all public health matters

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Colonoscopy: It May Be a Pain, But It’s Worth It

Colonoscopy: It May Be a Pain, But It's Worth It

Share this…Let’s face it, colonoscopies are a pain in the butt.  Well, not really–the procedure itself takes place under sedation so you feel nothing during the examination.  What is inconvenient about a colonoscopy is the prep work.  The idea of drinking an unappealing liquid that induces diarrhea, something we spend the rest of our lives trying to avoid, all so that someone can thread a

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What First Graders Know About Dental Health

What First Graders Know About Dental Health

Share this…By Dr. Jonathan Kolher, D.D.S. For the past few years in February (Dental Health Awareness Month) my staff and I head out to local schools to speak to first graders about dental health. We go over brushing and flossing, review what goes on at a typical dental office appointment, talk about how we prevent the spread of germs, and discuss healthy eating. After our

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Open Wide and Say Ahhh: Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

Open Wide and Say Ahhh: Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

Share this…What is the state of Pittsburgh’s health?  Not the city itself, but our residents.  How healthy are Pittsburghers? According to Bert Sperling’s Best Places website, Pittsburgh ranks 22 out of the U.S.’s top 50 most populous cities in health.  Each city was evaluated on several criteria including Mental Health, Lifestyle, Activity, Health Status, and Nutrition. Mental Health evaluated aspects such as stress level, sleep

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Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

Share this…McMutrie Sisters There are two kinds of people in the world: those who when they see a need, talk about doing something to satisfy it, and those who roll up their sleeves and actually get to work. Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie are of the latter stock. For nearly 14 years, the McMutries, who hail from Ben Avon, have been working in Haiti

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Military Connections: Supporting our Troops

Military Connections: Supporting our Troops

Share this…This post is written by –, the founder of Military Connections, a non-profit corporation that sends equipment, care packages, and supplies to military personnel stationed overseas. We have been shipping boxes since 2003 and celebrated our 9th anniversary in July. We are registered as a 501 (c) (3) with the IRS so that all donations are tax deductible. History of Military Connections I started

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Charities Near & Dear to Pittsburghers’ Hearts 

Charities Near & Dear to Pittsburghers’ Hearts 

Share this…One of the best things about Pittsburgh is the generosity of the people who live here. Below is a list of some local and national charities that are near and dear to the hearts of Pittsburghers as well as Popular Pittsburgh. Some of these charities have been founded by people just like you. Your support of them makes the world and Pittsburgh a better

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Neighborhood Notes: Collier Township & Nevillewood

Neighborhood Notes: Collier Township & Nevillewood

Share this…From Poorhouse To Golfer’s Paradise – The Transformation of Woodville All that remains is a makeshift cemetery. The graves are abandoned, smothered by weeds and brush in summer, and buried by snow during winter. Tucked away in transitional space between one of Pittsburgh’s most upscale housing developments and the commercial/industrial area that supports it, there is one major gravestone, marking and commemorating the institution

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Neighborhood Notes: St. Benedict Academy at Ross Township

Neighborhood Notes: St. Benedict Academy at Ross Township

Share this…The motto of St. Benedict is “ora et labora”, Latin for “pray and work.” Benedict, the patron saint of Europe, was a monk who lived 1500 years ago. Born in Nursia, he was educated in nearby Rome, but soon became repulsed by the decadence he found there. Desiring to serve God, he retreated to the mountains at Subiaco, where he lived as a hermit.

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Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

Share this…There is a lot about Pittsburgh, PA, that no one would guess is true.  Who could imagine that a city in southwestern Pennsylvania would be such a key to the waterways of the nation?  Or that Pittsburgh is home to the oldest cable car operation, even predating San Francisco’s famous cable cars?  Yet both of these pieces of Pittsburgh trivia are true! Pittsburgh holds

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