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Metro

Casey warns of more cuts to medical research funds

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., speaks during a news conference at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PITTSBURGH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said new spending cuts to federally funded medical research will take effect in January if Congress does not stop them, and he blamed an earlier round of funding cuts for massive job losses in Pennsylvania.

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Health

Making good decisions about your health

Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief inclusion officer, UPMC and Yvonne Cook, Vice president of community and health initiatives,Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Every day, people make decisions about their health care. They read directions on a prescription label. They determine how much medicine to take or give to a loved one. They see TV ads for specific medications. They have conversations with health care providers or their health insurance companies. People need to be able to understand health information. It is essential to good health. Health literacy is the degree to which people get, use and understand basic health information and services to make good health decisions. But research shows that most health information is not presented in a way that many adults easily understand. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than one third of U.S. adults have difficulty with common health tasks, such as following directions on a prescription medicine label or sticking to a childhood immunization schedule using a chart. Not being able to do such tasks correctly can lead to serious health problems.

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Health

Fun Fit Fabulous hits jackpot with more than 1,000 women

FUN FIT FABULOUS CELEBRITY PANEL—From left: Jennifer Antkowiak, Jeanette Jenkins, Holly Frazier, Nia Frazier and Miyoshi Anderson. Massage Envy appointments, cream to remove stretch marks, zumba workouts, lunch, fun, fellowship, health screenings, vendors from all over the city, and large beautiful burlap bags filled with goodies, are just some of the things that the more than 1000 registered women received on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the annual Highmark Fun, Fit & Fabulous Women’s Health Conference.

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Business

Highmark gets Pa. approval for West Penn takeover

WILLIAM WINKENWERDER JR. by Marc Levy Associated Press Writer HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Health insurance giant Highmark Inc. received conditional approval Monday from Pennsylvania regulators to take over the financially troubled West Penn Allegheny Health System as part of its plan to compete with UPMC, western Pennsylvania’s dominant network, for patients and their health care dollars.