PA Women Reminded of Dangers of Consuming Alcohol while Pregnant

HARRISBURG – The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has announced that Gov. Tom  Corbett has proclaimed September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month to remind women of the health risks associated when consuming alcohol while pregnant. Nationally, there...
Posted On 10 Sep 2014

Sugar Substitutes Not So Super Sweet After All, Food Scientists Say

UNIVERSITY PARK – The taste of common sugar substitutes is often described as being much more intense than sugar, but participants in a recent study indicated that these non-nutritive sugar substitutes are no sweeter than the real thing, according to Penn State food...
Posted On 09 Sep 2014

Foundation Announces Mission Grants to Benefit Patients and Community

ALTOONA – The Home Nursing Agency Foundation, a community benefit, not-for-profit organization, recently awarded 27 mission grants, totaling $163,860 to agency programs and services. The grants will directly impact patient care and services that are provided in the home and...
Posted On 09 Sep 2014

Ariana Grande hit with reports she was ‘diva’ during ‘Stand Up to Cancer’

Katherine De Guzman – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Just a day after the telecast of “Stand Up to Cancer”, rumors have emerged that singer Ariana Grande was a total diva the whole time. This has been reported by...
Posted On 08 Sep 2014
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Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants

MASAKHANE, South Africa (IRIN) – South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths...
Posted On 08 Sep 2014
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The Medical Minute: The Disease Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

The ice-bucket challenge that was all over social media a few weeks ago raised about $100 million for ALS, a devastating, fatal motor neuron disease. But how much do those who participated and donated really know about the condition, diagnosis and treatment? “The challenge...
Posted On 06 Sep 2014

Researchers: Testosterone treatment to boost methadone therapy for drug dependents

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor Ontario, BC, Canada (4E) – The outcome of methadone treatment for drug dependents should improve if patients also undergo testosterone therapy and receive low dose of the addiction suppressing drug, according to a...
Posted On 05 Sep 2014
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Death threats sent to staff at Joan River’s endoscopy clinic

Tep Mayo – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor News York City, NY, United States (4E) – Sources say, some of the fans of now deceased Joan River’s have sent death threats to the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in New York City, blaming the clinic for her death....
Posted On 05 Sep 2014
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UPMC Altoona Celebrates 25 Years of Mending Hearts

ALTOONA – UPMC Altoona’s open-heart surgery program celebrates 25 years on Sept. 7 — the date in 1989 when cardiothoracic surgeon John Anastasi, M.D., successfully performed the first open-heart surgery between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. “There was a lot riding on that...
Posted On 03 Sep 2014

Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread

Nairobi, Kenya (IRIN) – Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society...
Posted On 03 Sep 2014
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