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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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Water, Water Everywhere: The Pittsburgh Area’s Water Supply

Water, Water Everywhere: The Pittsburgh Area’s Water Supply

  We simply turn the faucet and water flows out. We are so accustomed to having fresh, clean water that we rarely think about where our water comes from unless it’s time to pay the water bill or if there is a problem. However, with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, garnering so much news coverage, more people have been thinking about their drinking water,

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Dr. Bennet Omalu’s Research in Pittsburgh Launched a Revolution

Dr. Bennet Omalu's Research in Pittsburgh Launched a Revolution

Sadly, it’s become a routine occurrence as more and more well-known athletes reveal that they believe they have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE, a brain disease, its discovery, and the fallout from those findings all tie back to Pittsburgh. If you have seen the critically acclaimed 2015 movie Concussion starring Will Smith, you know that pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu first discovered CTE here in Pittsburgh. Dr.

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How to Choose the Right Home Care Provider

How to Choose the Right Home Care Provider

Most people would prefer to age in their own home or have their parent remain in their own home rather than being forced to move to a senior facility. Fortunately, there are many more options today to help keep you or your loved one living happily and safely at home. Services can range from performing light housekeeping to private duty nursing. With so many resources

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Alpha House Offers Hope for Substance Abusers

Alpha House Offers Hope for Substance Abusers

If you pay any attention to the news, you know that the country, including Pittsburgh, is facing an epidemic of substance abuse and addiction. It seems that a day doesn’t go by without a horrendous report of parents overdosing in the presence of their distraught children, young people dying from an overdose, or of crimes being committed while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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