Pittsburgh Flu Epidemic of 1918

Pittsburgh Flu Epidemic of 1918

The opioid epidemic has claimed too many lives in our area, but at least in those cases, we know what’s causing the deaths and how to prevent them. Can you imagine thousands of people falling ill and dying and not knowing what was causing it, how to treat it, or how to prevent it? That is exactly what happened in Pittsburgh in the fall of

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Pittsburgh’s Growing Hospital Scene

Pittsburgh's Growing Hospital Scene

Pittsburgh has long been noted for its world-class medical facilities; however, not one to rest their laurels, the area’s medical providers are investing in our region and building a number of new hospitals, treatment centers, and specialty hospitals. Keep an eye out for these new medical facilities going up around town in 2020. UPMC Vision and Rehabilitation Tower This new nine-story facility will provide physical

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Health and Wellness Directory

Health and Wellness Directory

Michael Ocilka, CLTC LTCEPP The biggest financial risk Americans face today is “not dying.” One’s Longevity Planning (retirement, life and LTC insurance, Medicare) should be a comprehensive, holistic process. As a Long-Term Care Education and Planning Specialist, I’ve discovered that paying for LTC services are another expense in life. The only two questions are where will the money come from and what will be the

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Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

Oh Deer! Pittsburgh and Deer Collisions

The white tail deer is the Pennsylvania state animal. Unfortunately, many of us in the Pittsburgh region are meeting our state animal up close and personal by colliding with them in our cars. According to statistics compiled by State Farm Insurance, for 12 straight years our neighboring state, West Virginia, has taken the title of the state with the most deer collisions in the country.

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Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Poisonous Plants: What They Are and How to Care for Allergic Reactions

Whether you are a scout, a nature enthusiast, or an outdoor aficionado, the ubiquitous adage “Leaves of three, let them be” is always a present and clear reminder to be aware of your surroundings and keep a healthy distance from the devilish, itch inducing plant: poison ivy. However, while charming, this simple rhyme grossly underestimates the amount of poisonous plants lurking in Pennsylvania’s forests, green

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Mental Health First Aid Offers Answers and Hope

Mental Health First Aid Offers Answers and Hope

No one likes to feel helpless, and no one likes to feel helpless especially when they may be dealing with mental illness. Thanks to Mental Health First Aid more and more people are being empowered to know what to do or where to turn when confronting a mental health issue. “MHFA is designed as a first aid course that teaches the layman how to identify

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Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire

Increase Your Chances of Surviving a House Fire

During the winter, it seems that almost every local newscast opens with a catastrophic home fire. Sadly, these fires are often deadly. The National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately three out of five deaths from fire happen in homes with no smoke alarms or whose alarms aren’t working. If you are changing your batteries regularly and think you are protected, you may be surprised

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Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

Meet Your Friendly Neighborhood Watershed Association

For the past 16 years the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association (NMRWA) has been working to protect and restore the watershed ecosystem, located in the East End of Pittsburgh. Born from a small project originally created by the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University, the NMRWA has grown from just 1 employee at its inception, to now mobilizing 11 full and part time

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Ticks: My Experience and Education

Ticks: My Experience and Education

In the past 4 years of taking nature walks through the woods of North Park, I have removed only 3 wood ticks from family members, pets, and myself.  However, on a recent walk with my husband and son (on a trail that we trek every summer), I was surprised to find 9 deer ticks cleverly embedded in our clothing. Although none of the ticks latched

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