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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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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High Hopes for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

High Hopes for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

Diverse opinions, laws, and research, as well as the varying positions of politicians, physicians, advocates, activists, and governmental agencies, like a cloud of pot smoke in a college dorm room, have obscured what’s at the core of the medical marijuana issue, which is: Does marijuana ease the suffering of people with certain medical conditions? The problem is we don’t know for sure, and because of

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A Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

A Promise Benefits Pittsburgh Breast Cancer Patients

When Diana Napper makes a promise, she keeps it. In 1990, her best friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman lost her battle with breast cancer. Before Carol Jo succumbed to the disease, Diana promised her that she would pursue a lifelong dream of designing jewelry and opening a jewelry store, selling her designs that would fund a hospice in Carol Jo’s name. Diana honored that promise

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Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

Q&A with The Glimmer of Hope Founder, Diana Napper

In 1994, Diana Napper founded The Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. She began this foundation to honor a promise she made to her friend Carol Jo Weiss Friedman before she lost her battle with breast cancer. Initially, Diana had designed a small piece of jewelry, a Swarovksi teardrop pin capped with a pearl to symbolize hope over

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What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

What Young Women Need to Know About Breast Cancer

In 2004, nearly a quarter million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Of them, approximately 15 percent were women of reproductive age. While the majority of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are older, the troubling part is that when younger women are diagnosed with the disease, it is usually found in a more advanced stage and the tumors are

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