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Digital eye strain cause by overexposure

The average U.S. worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home and the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q survey reports 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain...

 

Allegheny County registers 246 opioid overdose deaths in 2015

In Allegheny County, the most significant component of overdose deaths is due to opioids which include illegal drugs such as heroin, as well as prescription medications such as oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl. According to the Office of the...

 

Health Dept. selected to implement project to improve health data sharing

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has been selected by DASH -- Data Across Sectors for Health -- as one of ten grantees to implement projects that improve health through multi-sector data sharing collaborations. DASH is a national...

 

Sedentary behavior linked to poor health in adults with severe obesity

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first...

 

Pitt study shows racial bias may be conveyed by doctors' body language

Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in...

 

Text message program continued to cut binge drinking after ending

A University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine-led trial to test a text message-based program aimed at reducing binge drinking is the first to show such an intervention can successfully produce sustained reductions in alcohol consumption in young adul...

 

Bladder Health Week event at Magee at Mount Oliver

Magee at Mt. Oliver Bladder Health Week will kick off Bladder Health Week by Empowering Women to Take Control of their Pelvic Health. The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) in partnership with Astellas Pharma US, Inc., will host more than 75...

 

Health Dept. influenza vaccine clinic now open

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is now offering seasonal flu and high dose flu immunizations. The vaccines are available at the walk-in immunization clinic at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland – on the third floor. The immunization...

 

Free flu shots offered at UPMC Walk-In Clinic

Free flu shots will be offered at the UPMC Walk-In Primary Care Clinic located in UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, 2000 Mary Street, South Side. The flu shots will be available beginning October 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 9...

 

County police in prescription drug take-back program

The Allegheny County Police Department are participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The department will collect unwanted, unused and...

 

ACHD to be distributing rabies vaccine bait this week throughout county

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) will conduct its annual raccoon rabies baiting program through August 14. ACHD employees will be identified as part of the “Rabies Control Team” with signage on their vehicles and on their t-shirts....

 

Health Dept. issues Naloxone order for pharmacies

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Hacker has issued a countywide standing order for naloxone, or Narcan. The standing order allows any licensed pharmacy in the county, which chooses to participate, to dispense naloxone to...

 

Mercy Health System offering free screenings

Pittsburgh Mercy Family Health Center, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System’s family medicine primary care physician practice, will mark its third anniversary in the community with a free health fair on Thursday, May 21 from noon to 4 p.m. at 249 South...

 

Health Dept. launches web tools to help understand area health

As part of its ongoing efforts to be more data driven, the Allegheny County Health Department has launched two web-based tools that are available at www.achd.net. Both the Allegheny Community Indicators (ACI) dashboard and a comprehensive Community...

 

AAA offering free series for caregivers of older adults

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering a free education series for caregivers of older adults. This series is for nonprofessional caregivers and is designed to help them gain an understanding of...

 

Study shows each hour watching television increases diabetes risk

A well-known lifestyle intervention already proven to increase physical activity levels and decrease weight has now been shown to successfully reduce participants’ time spent sitting and watching television, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate...

 

Retreat for faith community nurses

The Mercy Parish Nurse and Health Ministry Program, part of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System and Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, will host “Joy of the Resurrection: A Reason to Celebrate,” an overnight,...

 

Handling stress workshop at Trinity Church

Trinity Lutheran Church, 601 Brownsville Road, Mt. Oliver, will hold a “Handling Stress” Workshop on Saturday, March 21. Guest speaker is Kathleen Hays from New Horizon Counseling Center. She will be explaining what everyone can do to relieve...

 

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold Heart Health Month event Feb. 21

Trinity Lutheran Church at 601 Brownsville Road, will host a “Heart” Health Month event on Saturday, Feb. 21. Information will be provided to help improve health and make everyone aware of the signs of an unhealthy heart. A free lunch will be...

 

Health Department, Healthy Start join to extend helping hours

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Maternal and Child Health Program and Healthy Start, Inc. will collaborate to extend the department’s free breastfeeding advice helpline hours for new mothers. The extended hours were made possible...

 

Health care basics for taxpayers under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act requires that a taxpayer and each member of their family either has qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, qualifies for an exemption , or makes an individual shared responsibility payment when...

 

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold Heart Health Month event Feb. 21

Trinity Lutheran Church at 601 Brownsville Road, will host a “Heart” Health Month event on Saturday, Feb. 21. Information will be provided to help improve health and make everyone aware of the signs of an unhealthy heart. A free lunch will be...

 

Early blood glucose control extends lifespan in people

People with type 1 diabetes who intensively control their blood glucose soon after diagnosis are likely to live longer than those who do not, a recent report led by a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigator revealed....

 

Commission makes recommendations on preventing violence and promoting community mental health

The Public Health Commission on Preventing Violence and Promoting Community Mental Health recently completed the work it was charged with in May of 2013, presenting a full report including recommendations and action steps to County Executive Rich...

 

Health Department urges health care workers to get vaccinated against the flu

The Allegheny County Health Department is urging all health care workers in Allegheny County to get vaccinated against influenza. Vaccination against the flu will help to protect not only health care workers but also their patients. Health care...

 

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