Friends Raises $5,250 with Spring Raffle

ALTOONA – The UPMC Altoona Atrium was bustling with activity on March 14 at the first annual Spring Fling Basket Raffle, sponsored by Friends, the hospital’s auxiliary. Hospital employees and visitors made their way around the tables of baskets trying to decide which...
Posted On 09 Apr 2014

Questions over Karamoja food security plan

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – Aid agencies are giving out food relief in Uganda's arid northeastern Karamoja region earlier than usual due to greater food insecurity, which locals and experts blame on the failures of a key government food...
Posted On 08 Apr 2014
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Volunteers Celebrated at UPMC Altoona

ALTOONA – There are more than 600 active volunteers working throughout UPMC Altoona, and these people, ranging in age from 14 to 95, gave a total of 86,107 hours of their time in 2013. UPMC Altoona will celebrate them the week of April 6-13, National Volunteer Week....
Posted On 08 Apr 2014

The Medical Minute: The Latest News on Alzheimer’s Disease

There are 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, two-thirds of which are estimated to be women. Claire Flaherty-Craig, a neuropsychologist at Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, said one of the main reasons the rate of occurrence is higher in women is...
Posted On 05 Apr 2014

Predicting disease outbreaks in a changing climate

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – Satellite and other new technologies could be deployed to help predict disease outbreaks and give us more time to devise strategies to counteract them, suggests the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...
Posted On 04 Apr 2014
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Closing Guinea’s Ebola infection gap

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – The Ebola outbreak in Guinea's southern region which has spread to the capital, Conakry, and to neighbouring countries, has been propagated mainly through person-to-person contact, a gap that health experts and...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014
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Mutant wheat fungus alarms food experts

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – Outbreaks of a deadly fungal disease in wheat crops in Germany and Ethiopia in 2013 have had the scientific community buzzing over the threat posed to global food security. Wheat stem rust, also known as wheat black...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014
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Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda

<img src="http://www.irinnews.org/images/ (IRIN) – Since the enactment of a draconian anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda just over a month ago, donors have been slashing or suspending aid to the country in protest. Health officials, activists and NGOs warn that this...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014
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Research Suggests Green Tea, Exercise Boost Weight Loss, Health

UNIVERSITY PARK — Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014

Corbett Convenes Healthy Pennsylvania Public Health Summit

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday held a Healthy Pennsylvania Public Health Summit in Harrisburg, bringing together more than 250 individuals and organizations to share both public health challenges and current best practices. The summit was convened as part of...
Posted On 03 Apr 2014