ACCUTE FLACCID MYELITIS: New warning from CDC on polio-like virus impacting children | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A new warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a troubling virus that’s impacted some families in the Pittsburgh area.

Acute flaccid myelitis – or AFM – partially paralyzes children.

Source: ACCUTE FLACCID MYELITIS: New warning from CDC on polio-like virus impacting children | WPXI

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Dozens hospitalized after carbon monoxide exposure at Winnipeg motel | Fox News

Forty-six people have been hospitalized and 15 are in critical condition after they were exposed to carbon monoxide at a motel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, city officials said Tuesday.

Fifty-two staff and guests, along with one dog, were evacuated from the Super 8 Motel, the City of Winnipeg said in a series of Tweets after the fire department responded to an alarm shortly after 10 a.m. indicating carbon monoxide gas was present in the building. Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Chief John Lane told reporters that the alarm in question was in the hotel’s boiler room.

Johnstown medical marijuana shops appear close to opening | WJAC

There has been a high demand for information about the opening of two Johnstown medical marijuana shops.

Beyond/Hello and Harvest, LLC were among the 23 shops approved by the state last December in the second round of medical marijuana shops given the green light in Pennsylvania. Both were given six months to open.

A representative for Beyond/Hello said late last month that they were nearing their date for a state-mandated inspection that’s required for them to open at their location in the old Johnstown Cambria County Convention & Visitors Bureau building on Main Street. They said once the inspection is done, they can open in two-to-three weeks.

Source: Johnstown medical marijuana shops appear close to opening | WJAC

Affordable Care Act Is Under Attack In Court Again: 5 Things To Know : Shots – Health News : NPR

The fate of the Affordable Care Act is again on the line Tuesday, as a federal appeals court in New Orleans takes up a case in which a lower court judge has already ruled the massive health law unconstitutional.

If the lower court ruling is ultimately upheld, the case, Texas v. United States, has the potential to shake the nation’s entire health care system to its core. First, such a decision would immediately affect the estimated 20 million people who get their health coverage through programs created under the law. But ending the ACA would also create chaos in other parts of the health care system that were directly or indirectly changed under the law’s multitude of provisions — including calorie counts on menus, a pathway for approval of generic copies of expensive biologic drugs and, perhaps most important politically, protections for people who have preexisting conditions.

Source: Affordable Care Act Is Under Attack In Court Again: 5 Things To Know : Shots – Health News : NPR

Days without water: Unidentified leak prompts boil water advisory in Fayette County

Firefighters are delivering water. Also, water tankers are available at the following locations.

 

  • Old Jarrett’s Bar at Walnut Hill Road and Smithfield Masontown Road
  • Nicholson Township Building
  • Masontown Mennonite Church
  • Strickland Estates
  • My Darlins Store on Walnut Hill Road
  • Crossview Acres Road (in the cul-de-sac)

Source: Days without water: Unidentified leak prompts boil water advisory in Fayette County

HEALTH INSURANCE: Pennsylvania is poised to take over health insurance exchange

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Pennsylvania is poised to roll out its own online health insurance exchange to take the place of the one run by the federal government for the state’s residents since 2014, saying it can save money for hundreds of thousands of policy-buyers.

The Republican-controlled Legislature gave final approval Friday to legislation authorizing the move, after Gov. Tom Wolf had pressed for the bill’s passage this month in the hope that its savings measures can take partial effect in 2020 and full effect in 2021.

Source: HEALTH INSURANCE: Pennsylvania is poised to take over health insurance exchange

HEART ATTACK STUDY: Study: More young people having heart attacks | WPXI

A new study found more and more young people are having heart attacks.

Cardiologist Dr. Ron Blankstein just authored a study showing the heart attack rate among Americans under the age of 40 is rising dramatically, even though heart attack rates across the board have been falling.

“These are often individuals when they have symptoms they may not think this is a heart attack, again it’s not on their radar at all,” Blankstein said.

The study found that about one in five heart attack victims were under the age of 40 and that number has increased every year for the past decade.

Source: HEART ATTACK STUDY: Study: More young people having heart attacks | WPXI

Why Are People Homeless? 

The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty currently estimates that each year at least 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and public places not meant for human
habitation. At least an additional 7.4 million have lost their own homes and are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity.

But data related to homelessness are far from exact. Part of the difficulty is that there are different definitions of homelessness now in use. For example, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
development (HUD) uses a narrow definition largely limited to people living in shelters, in transitional housing and in public places.

Homeless family sleeping in the streets of KolkataIndia (top); a homeless man in ParisFrance (bottom)

The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) uses a broader definition that
includes families who are doubled-up with others due to economic necessity. Another difficulty concerns methodology. HUD reports annual “Point-in-Time” counts of the “unsheltered” homeless population; however, the methodology used to collect those numbers varies by community and is often deeply flawed.2 HUD also reports annual counts of the sheltered population; this number varies with shelter apacity, which depends on variables such as available funding.

Source: Greensburg Pennsylvania Homeless Shelter List

Sourc:e: https://nlchp.org/