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Healthcare News from PennWatch – the latest medical and health related news that impacts the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today alerted Pennsylvanians of a significant increase in the number of Hepatitis A cases being reported across the state, as other outbreaks are occurring across the country. “The increase in cases highlights the importance...
(Cumberlink.com) Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn't work...
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his office will follow up on his audit of the Department of Health’s (DOH) oversight of nursing homes to ensure the continued safety of older adults and people with disabilities. “Responding to complaints about nursing...
Pennsylvania announced the winners of the statewide “Be Antibiotics Aware” art and video competition, which raises awareness about safe antibiotic use, the dangers of overusing this type of medicine and the importance of staying healthy. “Each year, it is estimated...
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both women and men, with 10,470 newly diagnosed cases in Pennsylvania in 2018 alone. Lung cancer screening can help diagnose the disease in the earliest stages when it’s most...
Pennsylvania’s hospitals continue to make strides in improving the quality and outcomes of the care they deliver to patients across the commonwealth, according to a report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). PHC4’s Hospital Performance...
Michele Reber has turkey on the brain.  In a week, she'll prepare a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings but 3 things will be missing from her meal-fat, calories and carbs.  "I start with a salad as a healthy option. ...
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced that it received the State Physical Activity and Nutrition (SPAN) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve nutrition and increase opportunities for safe and accessible physical activity for...
The State Health Department is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to be aware of the signs and symptoms of diabetes and the ways to reduce the risk of developing the disease by practicing a healthy lifestyle and regularly seeing a primary...
Are you the type of person who breaks out the Christmas decorations early or do you “bah humbug” your way through stores from Halloween to New Year’s? Science actually has a definitive answer for who’s happier. Turns out, it’s the...

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