Hospitals in Pittsburgh

Hospitals in Pittsburgh

Medical care is not something to be taken for granted.  Just as Pittsburgh’s reputation is turning from smoke and steel to one of a leader in robotics and high tech industries, so too is the City of Champions gaining a new eminence in the field of medicine. Today, Pittsburgh’s hospitals boast highly trained physicians, the latest medical procedures and treatment research, and the most up-to-date

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The Changing Face of Nursing

The Changing Face of Nursing

The profession of nursing addresses many human needs, from the most basic needs to the more complex technological care of the modern day. To serve those needs, nurses must have increasingly rigorous training. It used to be that there was only one kind of nurse, usually involving a 2-year RN diploma course. But today, there are a plethora of nursing specialists ranging from a shorter

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Open Wide and Say Ahhh: Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

Open Wide and Say Ahhh: Pittsburgh Gets a Checkup

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 issues,

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

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 were

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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

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

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 little presentation we always leave time

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