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There’s more to health care access than pre-existing conditions

There’s more to health care access than pre-existing conditions

Health care has been a universal topic of discussion this political season. Candidates from both parties say they are in favor of it, although definitions of “it” vary ...

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How to make meaning in aftermath of Pittsburgh and other violent acts

How to make meaning in aftermath of Pittsburgh and other violent acts

As the last of the funerals were held for the 11 people gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, many of the survivors, their loved ones and the world are ...

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‘Stop the Bleed’ training saved lives after shooting, but stopping the need must be next

‘Stop the Bleed’ training saved lives after shooting, but stopping the need must be next

I am a trauma surgeon who cared for many of the critically wounded victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. As we raced to find the source of blood loss in one of ...

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Prenatal blood screening may predict Zika virus-associated fetal defects

Prenatal blood screening may predict Zika virus-associated fetal defects

The sudden and rampant outbreak of Zika virus in 2016 terrified pregnant women, particularly those residing in Zika-endemic regions, such as Brazil, as well as those in ...

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A vaccine to stop lung cancer? It’s made from tobacco taxes and legislation

A vaccine to stop lung cancer? It’s made from tobacco taxes and legislation

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the country, and almost 90 percent of deaths from this disease are directly attributable to cigarette smoking. Many cancers, ...

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How Mister Rogers’ message of love might help us now

How Mister Rogers’ message of love might help us now

The Pittsburgh neighborhood in which the recent horrific mass shooting took place isn’t only the home of the Tree of Life synagogue. Squirrel Hill was also Mr. Rogers’ ...

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Beating breast cancer only to die of opioid use – a sad Appalachian story

Beating breast cancer only to die of opioid use – a sad Appalachian story

The availability of life-prolonging treatments such as hormonal therapies and other targeted chemotherapy has led to a sharp decline in breast cancer deaths in the United ...

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Why do some people hurt more than others?

Why do some people hurt more than others?

Anyone who came of age in the 1990s remembers the “Friends” episode where Phoebe and Rachel venture out to get tattoos. Spoiler alert: Rachel gets a tattoo and Phoebe ends ...

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Get a flu shot now – for your benefit and your neighbors’

Get a flu shot now – for your benefit and your neighbors’

If you do nothing else the next few days, get a flu shot. The best time to get a flu shot is by the end of October, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

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What kind of support do breast cancer patients want? Food, rides and prayer

What kind of support do breast cancer patients want? Food, rides and prayer

For 31 days every October, pink ribbons and #BCAM hashtags flood our social media timelines with information about breast cancer. That’s because key cancer and medical ...

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