Health

Thomas Jefferson University
David Madden/KYW Newsradio, file
Steve Tawa
January 11, 2019 - 1:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thomas Jefferson University is looking to do another acquisition: Fox Chase Cancer Center in the northeast part of the city. Jefferson is negotiating with Temple University Health System to buy the highly regarded 100-bed medical center. Jefferson President Steve...
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In this Aug. 16, 2007 file photo, a worker harvests romaine lettuce in Salinas, Calif. U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California.
Paul Sakuma/AP Photo, File
January 10, 2019 - 11:27 am
By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California. From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized...
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A demonstration of the smartphone "Second Chance" app, which uses sound waves to measure breathing. In first-step testing reported Jan. 9, 2019, the device detected early breathing problems in some people who’d just injected illegal drugs.
Mark Stone/University of Washington via AP
January 09, 2019 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing — and summon help if it stops. The app is still experimental. But in a novel test, the "Second...
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doctor and patient
Dreamstime
Lynne Adkins
January 09, 2019 - 8:48 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A gel-like implant is helping to make prostate cancer treatment easier for men to handle. Radiation treatment to the prostate can cause big issues with the rectum. It sits directly behind the prostate and will also receive the radiation. Dr. Wayne Pinover, a radiation...
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Research published Friday in the medical journal JAMA shows more than 10 percent of U.S. adults, about 26 million people, have at least one food allergy.
USDA
January 08, 2019 - 5:15 pm
By Naomi Thomas (CNN) — Blake Sorensen of Chicago has a routine: "Phone, keys, wallet, EpiPen. That's what I've become accustomed to." Sorenson, 30, has a life-threatening nut allergy that was diagnosed when he was about 3 years old. He says his allergy has affected him his whole life. When he was...
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Dreamstime
January 08, 2019 - 10:19 am
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) -- The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States seems to have dropped steadily for 25 years, a new study says, but disparities remain between the rich and the poor. The overall nationwide cancer death rate fell continuously from 1991 to 2016 by a total...
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Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine
Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Steve Tawa
January 07, 2019 - 4:32 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that Gov. Tom Wolf is beginning his second term, agencies that are a part of his Opioid Operational Command Center are highlighting its efforts on three fronts: prevention, rescue and treatment. The Wolf administration intends to address the opioid crisis at its...
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The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming that the flu is now widespread across the Commonwealth.
Dreamstime
Kim Glovas
January 07, 2019 - 3:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is confirming that the flu is now widespread across the Commonwealth. January and February are peak months for the flu, according to health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. "We have seen 6,400 cases of the flu. More than 4,000 of...
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Dreamstime
January 06, 2019 - 9:54 pm
By Ben Tinker (CNN) -- There's no shortage of things people swore to leave behind in 2018: bad jobs, bad relationships, bad habits. But chances are, you're beginning 2019 with something you didn't intend: a few extra pounds. Every January, one of the top New Year's resolutions is to lose weight ...
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brain tumor
Lynne Adkins
January 06, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Travel will no longer be needed to get second opinions from brain tumor experts at Penn Medicine. Patients in Des Moines, Iowa and other places around the country can now easily get a second opinion on the best treatment for their brain tumors without hopping on a...
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