Posted on: April 24, 2017

FDA: Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup Or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine

The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

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Posted on: April 19, 2017

Older people need regular exercise, and are better off for it

Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them.

“Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages. In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.”

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Posted on: April 18, 2017

'When I Was Your Age' And Other Pitfalls Of Talking To Teens About Stress

"When adolescents are distressed, most parents are inclined to try to solve their problems, but often what teens really need is help developing problem-solving skills of their own...."

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Annual wellness conference at Caritas Christi motherhouse focuses on 'Lifespan Rhythms'

At Caritas Christi motherhouse in Greensburg, home to the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, “we're all about communicating” and responding to the needs of the community, says Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro, director of development.

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Posted on: April 13, 2017

Penn-Trafford special education students enjoy Transitions career exploration

It's one thing to learn about operating a business. It's quite another to jump in with both feet and actually do it.

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

Head of county's drug OD force knows struggles of recovery firsthand

As head of Westmoreland County's Drug Overdose Task Force, Tim Phillips routinely talks to addicts and tells them recovery is possible.

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Boomers looking to age in place lead remodeling trend

The small businesses that dominate the home remodeling industry are looking forward to robust growth in the next few years thanks to baby boomers who want to remain in their homes

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Caregivers Are Heroes: Lunch & Learn Events in May

Caregivers Are Heroes

Westmoreland County, PA - Official Website 

Are you caring for an older adult?  Are you stressed?  Do you need information and resources?  Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging & Family Links invite you to the "C...Read on...

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Posted on: March 14, 2017

State reverses course on sheltered workshop requirements

"the new proposals require that workshops offer clients the option of moving into competitive employment or community service 25 percent of the time by Sept. 1, 2018. It will be up to each individual's team of family and caseworkers to decide..."

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

WCCC Wolfpack works with Special Olympics to build friendships, confidence

Boys in basket ball jerseys smiling and hugging

The overall program is in its fourth year but the clinics and exhibition games started last year and have expanded to also include athletes from Seton Hill Univ. and Pitt-Greensburg. “It's a real friendship-builder and confidence-booster"...

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

First aid for mental health: A new approach in Pennsylvania's prisons

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN)--The man was about to snap. He had just lost a child.

"I couldn't really relate to that," Peter Robinson said of his fellow inmate. "I know what loss feels like, though."

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Young woman's journey ends tragically in mental hospital

Robert Logsdon’s daughter was complaining of swollen feet, seemed to have one dilated pupil, and said no to her favorite flavor of muffin. She was discouraged after six weeks under constant supervision...

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

Senior citizen living facility to be built at former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital site

The site of the former Jeannette District Memorial Hospital will have a new life as a senior citizen living facility, an Excela Health spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Posted on: August 30, 2016

Inmates’ mental illness a statewide problem

bout 65 percent of Pennsylvania’s county jail inmates have a substance abuse disorder, 10 to 30 percent suffer from mental illness and up to 14 percent have serious mental illness.

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

Mental health matters to school students

Odds are that if you had asked Loren Davis what was troubling her, she wouldn’t have been able to tell you.

If pressed, the then-student at Park Forest Middle School might have described it as a bad case of nerves

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

The company you keep has long been thought to be an important factor in both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have documented how the quantity and quality of social relationships have effects that emerge in childhood and, as sociologists..

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Posted on: March 14, 2016

Pitt study links exercise, delay in mental decline

There's no question exercise is beneficial on many fronts, and a new study links calorie-burning in older people to delaying the onset of cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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Posted on: March 8, 2016

Doctors Often Fail To Treat Depression Like A Chronic Illness

Depression prompts people to make about 8 million doctors' appointments a year, and more than half are with primary care physicians. A study suggests those doctors often fall short in treating depression because of insurance issues, time constraints...

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Physicians want robust studies on medical marijuana use

Pittsburgh may be ready to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use, but a new survey suggests local physicians hold widely varying views when it comes to their willingness to prescribe marijuana for medical use, even if it were legal.

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