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Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 21:18:38 GMT2017-05-22T21:18:38Z

 



Philly museum's fossil surgeon reveals ancient past

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:18:38 GMT2017-05-22T21:18:38Z

Bit by bit, Frederick Mullison scrapes away rock from the bones of fish, sharks, and other creatures that lived nearly 400 million years ago.



No fruit juice before age 1, pediatricians say

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:00:56 GMT2017-05-22T21:00:56Z

Plus, they support limits for older kids and doing away with sippy cups for toddlers



Temple study: Baby boxes help improve infant sleep safety

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:26:45 GMT2017-05-22T20:26:45Z

Baby boxes and face-to-face parent education has helped increase infant sleeping safety practices, a new Temple University Hospital study has shown.



Microsoft co-founder gives Penn $9.25M grant to study concussions

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:23:08 GMT2017-05-22T20:23:08Z

The money will be used to study how brains cells and networks are affected by concussions.



Pa. 7th graders help name new 'bloody' plant species

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:36:05 GMT2017-05-22T18:36:05Z

The fruit from Australia made a list of top ten "weird, wild, and wonderful" new species for 2017.



Maybe the AHCA didn’t really pass the House, after all

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:35:13 GMT2017-05-22T18:35:13Z

Republicans were in such a hurry to abolish Obamacare that they voted on a repeal bill without having any clear idea of what the financial effects would be.



After John Oliver's riff on dialysis, local man shares his experience as a living donor

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:02:30 GMT2017-05-22T18:02:30Z

Today, as a living donor who fears the loss of affordable health care under the looming shadow of the AHCA, I can tell you lots of things about kidneys



AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:23:36 GMT2017-05-22T16:23:36Z

LONDON (AP) - Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine.



Research shows aggressive treatment of sepsis can save lives

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:23:03 GMT2017-05-22T16:23:03Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sepsis is the body's out-of-control reaction to an infection - and by the time patients realize they're in trouble, their organs could be shutting down.



They're not just stubborn: How to get people with dementia to participate

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:52:31 GMT2017-05-22T15:52:31Z

It's not their fault. It might be yours.



Rising seas could be turning Jersey’s coastal cedars into ghost forests

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:13:16 GMT2017-05-22T13:13:16Z

Scientists are alarmed at the impact rising sea levels and more frequent big storms could have on cedar forests living between the Pinelands and coastal saltwater marshes. Salt water kills the Atlantic White Cedar with a vengeance. There are many ‘ghost forests’ of dead cedars throughout South Jersey and the Shore regions.



PA treatment center cofounder dies after fight with addiction

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:05:37 GMT2017-05-21T16:05:37Z

Dallas Fetterman, co-founder of a local group of drug and alcohol treatment centers, loses his own fight to the disease of addiction.



Can neurofeedback help you think your way out of depression?

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:02:49 GMT2017-05-21T13:02:49Z

Study subjects at the University of Pittsburgh get immediate feedback through MRI scans about what's happening in their brains when they try to recall positive memories.



With telemedicine, doctor is in, but patient stays home

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:37:29 GMT2017-05-21T12:37:29Z

Telemedicine keeps medically fragile patients from having to travel, offers more choice for patients who live far away from preferred doctors, and lets therapists work with more patients due to decreased travel time.



Philly outstrips New York in job growth

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:58:58 GMT2017-05-21T10:58:58Z

Break out the Bluecoat (or maybe the Brawler): Philly is outstripping New York in the rate of job growth. Will Philadelphia’s momentum last, or will its traditional troubles (less than stellar schools and the wage tax) stall progress?



FactCheck: Can opioid addiction be cured?

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:28:07 GMT2017-05-19T22:28:07Z




Safe injection sites worth considering, says Philly mayor’s opioid task force

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:23:55 GMT2017-05-19T22:23:55Z

With Philadelphia on track for another record year of drug overdose deaths, a mayoral task force on Friday proposed a series of actions, from stepped-up campaigns against stigma, to considering something no U.S. city has done, allowing safe sites where drug users can inject heroin. “We have seen the costs of inaction on epidemics in the past and cannot let that happen again,” Mayor Kenney said at a City Hall news conference held with Gov. Wolf.



She looks and feels great – but has advanced lung cancer

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:17:46 GMT2017-05-19T19:17:46Z

Last weekend, I cheered my son in two soccer games (one in the pouring rain), went grocery shopping, worked on plans for the junior high school graduation party, and met friends for a girls’ night out. Does this sound busy, but pretty normal? Yes, but I am also a stage 4 lung cancer patient who has been living with my disease for about 3-1/2 years. But I do not look or act like I have terminal cancer. I am part of a new, but growing, class of people who live with cancer as a chronic illness.



Pa. DEP coming to Philadelphia to listen; it could get an earful

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:48:45 GMT2017-05-19T18:48:45Z

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection officials are traveling to the city next week as part of the agency’s environmental justice listening tour. The session isscheduled for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Fairmount Water Works.



Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:23:45 GMT2017-05-19T17:23:45Z