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Published: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:55:58 GMT2017-11-18T03:55:58Z

 



Rev. Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:55:58 GMT2017-11-18T03:55:58Z

CHICAGO (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.



For those with dementia, the Barclay fire could pack the biggest emotional punch

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:03:57 GMT2017-11-18T00:03:57Z

A geriatrician says patients with dementia will have the hardest time adjusting to new homes.



Obamacare enrollment is an unknown for a third of Americans, poll finds

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:16:42 GMT2017-11-17T22:16:42Z

Nearly a third of people overall - including a third of people without health insurance - said they had not heard anything about the sign-up period for individuals who buy health plans on their own, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.



AP's gift ideas for yogis, gym rats and wellness lovers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:50:17 GMT2017-11-17T19:50:17Z

MIAMI (AP) - We've rounded up the 10 best gift ideas for all your favorite gym rats from Weekend Warriors to barre lovers.



Chiropractor/minister travels Pa. roads in old RV giving trucker exams

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:56:10 GMT2017-11-17T17:56:10Z

Patrick V. Suglia is one of 56,973 examiners in the country certified to conduct physicals for truckers. He's written several books on living with autism.



Philly honors experts in robotics, genetics, evolution

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:57:20 GMT2017-11-17T14:57:20Z

The 2017 John Scott Awards are going to Ruzena Bajcsy, Warren Ewens, and Masatoshi Nei.



Seriously? Battle looms over Pa. state amphibian: Hellbender vs. Wehrle's

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:52:00 GMT2017-11-17T14:52:00Z

The Eastern hellbender - an odd critter that has inspired vivid nicknames, such as snot otter, devil dog and mud devil - was poised for a promotion when an overwhelming majority of the Senate voted in favor of its becoming the state's Official Amphibian.



Why the first, FDA-approved pill with a sensor will be controversial

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:39:59 GMT2017-11-17T14:39:59Z

The first digital pill offers a new way to monitor patients, but also raises privacy concerns.



Staying gluten-free in the season of gluttony

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:36:51 GMT2017-11-17T14:36:51Z

Here's how you can stay healthy but still enjoy holiday eating.



CVS launches Philly apprentice program to find more pharmacy techs

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:25:47 GMT2017-11-17T01:25:47Z

On construction sites, apprentice carpenters work side-by-side with journeyman pros. Now, CVS wants to take that same model to train pharmacy techs in Pennsylvania. In other states, pharmacy tech apprenticeship programs have reduced turnover, important in a tightening labor market.



Bankrupt North Philadelphia Health System could continue running Girard Medical Center

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:45:37 GMT2017-11-16T23:45:37Z

After Philadelphia's talks with NHS Human Services failed to produce a contract to run Girard Medical Center, the city said it would use the bankrupt North Philadelphia Health System to keep the facility in business.



Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey names new CEO

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:38:28 GMT2017-11-16T22:38:28Z

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey named Kevin P. Conlin to succeed Robert A. Marino as chief executive of New Jersey's largest health insurer effective Jan. 1.



Some stem cell therapies would skip usual FDA rules under new guidelines

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:36:50 GMT2017-11-16T22:36:50Z

The FDA on Wednesday issued guidelines exempting certain cell and tissue products from the costly drug approval process, a move aimed at encouraging the emerging field of regenerative medicine while safeguarding patients.



Study: U.S. unequipped for an Alzheimer's crisis

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:20:06 GMT2017-11-16T19:20:06Z

If there were a treatment for Alzheimer's in 2020, the study found that people would have to wait a year and a half for access because of a shortage of specialists and equipment to diagnose and treat the disease.



Flood insurance revamp backed by GOP angers LoBiondo, other N.J. congressmen

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:06:13 GMT2017-11-16T19:06:13Z

Hurricane Katrina, Sandy and other subsequent storms and hurricanes have continued to plunge the widely-used National Flood Insurance Program billions into debt, which Republicans say they need to address. The new legislation, which still has yet to be taken up Senate, is really a sweeping package of bills that calls for, among a list of items, an increase in annual limits on premiums, with some properties experiencing multiple loses facing hikes of 15 percent a year.



Should kids play contact sports?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:49:41 GMT2017-11-16T17:49:41Z

Parents need to seriously reconsider having their children play high contact sports given the recent findings on brain injuries found in adult athletes.



Fly pupae on soda gun, live mice in glue traps cited at Philly eateries

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:43:23 GMT2017-11-16T16:43:23Z

Twenty four restaurants, markets and stores were closed temporarily by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.



Tom Marsilje, cancer researcher, patient and advocate, dies at 45

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:29:50 GMT2017-11-16T13:29:50Z

Tom Marsilje, the oncology researcher whose late-stage colon cancer diagnosis turned him into an internationally-known patient advocate, died Tuesday after a five-year fight with the disease.