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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Dr. Patricia George: Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George: Racing to Bring Awareness to Pulmonary Hypertension

Dr. Patricia George, a pulmonary hypertension specialist at UPMC, knows how little people know about this devastating illness. To raise awareness this year, Dr. George and Team PHenomenal Hope competed in The Pioneer, a seven-day race through New Zealand’s Southern Alps. What is Pulmonary Hypertension? PH is a disease of the lungs and often goes unrecognized or misdiagnosed. It affects millions of people of all

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Losing Weight in Pittsburgh

Losing Weight in Pittsburgh

Health and fitness experts agree that the key to losing weight is eating fewer calories than you burn. They also say that in order to burn more calories, people need to get up, get out, and start moving. When people participate in an exercise they enjoy, they are more inclined to stick with that activity. Pittsburgh has some fitness opportunities that you may never have

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Home Health Care in Pittsburgh

Home Health Care in Pittsburgh

Sometimes you just need a little help.  The thought of leaving your home, the place where you are comfortable, the place that is filled with memories, is something that most seniors avoid.  With a little outside help, many seniors can choose to stay in their beloved home.  That help can come from a family member or friend, but when that is not an option, that

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Hospice Resources in Pittsburgh

Hospice Resources in Pittsburgh

No one likes to feel that life has spun out of control, and nothing can make you feel more out of control than if you or a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness.  Fortunately, hospice care can help you or a family member regain your equilibrium and not only face death on your terms, but also to live your remaining days to the

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Rehabilitation Services in the Pittsburgh Area

Rehabilitation Services in the Pittsburgh Area

Perhaps you’ve had an accident or surgery and require some extra care to get back to your old self.  That’s where rehabilitation services come in.  You have two options when it comes to rehabilitation:  outpatient care or in-hospital care.  Your health care professional will most likely determine which type of care is best for you.  Below are rehabilitation providers in the Pittsburgh area. Allegheny Health

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