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On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, health officials reported that prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.
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August 06, 2019 - 5:26 pm
By Mike Stobbe NEW YORK (AP) — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled...
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GILROY, CALIFORNIA - JULY 29: Flowers and a candle sit outside the site of the Gilroy Garlic Festival after a mass shooting there yesterday on July 29, 2019 in Gilroy, California. Three victims were killed and at least a dozen were wounded before police o
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Antionette Lee
August 04, 2019 - 11:13 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As America deals with the aftermath of two tragedies in 13 hours, an expert says the effects of a mass shooting can last long after the actual event. Dr. Petros Levounis, a psychiatrist in New Jersey and chair at Rutgers Medical School, says people who survive mass...
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A fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
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Pat Loeb
August 02, 2019 - 5:15 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Richard Ross and other city officials return Friday night from a fact-finding trip to Canada, where they examined the country's safe injection sites. The consensus: The group agreed that safe injection sites save...
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Little Bites Cookies
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August 02, 2019 - 4:28 pm
By Susan Scutti (CNN) — Entenmann's Little Bites Soft Baked Cookies are being recalled due to customer complaints of finding blue plastic pieces on these commercially baked products, the company said Thursday . No injuries have been reported, but the plastic, which was not been baked into the...
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Dreamstime
Hadas Kuznits
August 02, 2019 - 12:24 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania's health secretary is reminding families that childen have the month of August to get up to date on their immunizations before they start school in the fall. Dr. Rachel Levine says state immunization rules changed two years ago. She says now parents and...
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Hadas Kuznits
August 01, 2019 - 7:39 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As we enter World Breastfeeding Awareness Week — and Breastfeeding Awareness Month for all of August — advocates are encouraging and spreading information about breastfeeding. Dr. Diane Spatz, nurse researcher and director of CHOP's lactation program, said encouraging...
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Hepatitis A vaccine
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Andrew Kramer
August 01, 2019 - 6:22 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Health officials in Philadelphia have declared a public health emergency over the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. Health care providers and agencies in the city have been told to help vaccinate people who are most at risk for the virus , including people who use drugs...
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Right to die
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David Madden
July 31, 2019 - 4:15 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A new law that takes effect Thursday in New Jersey will allow those with a terminal illness — who have less than six months to live — the right to end their lives with the help of a physician willing to take part in the process. But if history is any indicator, don’t...
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Lynne Adkins
July 30, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Having trouble falling asleep? Showering at the right time and temperature can help. A nice warm shower or bath about an hour or two before bed will help your body temperature regulate to the ideal range for sleep, according to Dr. Rich Friedenheim, the medical...
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Teresa Miller
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Cherri Gregg
July 29, 2019 - 5:02 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Over the past week, the Trump administration has said it wants to tighten the rules governing who qualifies for food stamps, which would strip more than 3 million people of their benefits. Individuals had been encouraged under the Obama administration to exploit a...
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