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Seniors with diabetes: Important questions to ask your doctor now

April 17, 2020

BPT If you’re a senior with diabetes, you’re not alone. The statistics are eye opening – more than 25% of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What’s more, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. If…

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Fears of ‘Wild West’ as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market

April 17, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: A scientist presents an antibody test for coronavirus in a laboratory of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) at the InfectoGnostics research campus in Jena, Germany, Friday, April 3, 2020. An international team of researchers with the participation of the Jena Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) has developed a…

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How to build a women’s health toolkit during the COVID-19 crisis

April 9, 2020

BPT Want an appointment for your vaginal health issues? Many doctors’ offices are shutting down for anything other than emergency care or diagnosing and treating people for COVID-19. This leaves many women with lack of access to their doctors when experiencing non-urgent, but highly uncomfortable issues. Lauren Streicher, MD, OB/GYN at Northwestern University, encourages patients…

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Turn your backyard into a safe space for healthy play

April 9, 2020

BPT As Americans across the country retreat to their homes to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many are rediscovering the value of their yards as places to take in fresh air, engage their children in outdoor games and enjoy physical activity in a safe environment. Three tips for safe, healthy outdoor fun for the…

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Black mistrust of medicine looms

April 9, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this March 26, 2020, photo, Rahmell Peeples walks in his neighborhood during an interview in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Peebles, who is skeptical of what he hears from white-run media and government, didn’t see the need for alarm over the new coronavirus. Peebles is one of roughly 40 million black…

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SEPTA asking all riders to wear masks, police will check if travel is essential

April 9, 2020

SEPTA’s new “Lifeline Service Schedule” begins today Thursday Aprol 9 operating with limited lines and routes. SEPTA is now asking all riders to wear masks or other facial coverings, consistent with new CDC guidelines, to protect both riders and operators. Access to stations will be limited, and SEPTA police will engage customers to ensure that…

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Lawmakers banning reusable bags at grocery stores due to coronavirus

April 8, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as the movement to eliminate single-use plastics took hold in mainstream America. What a difference a pandemic makes. In a matter of…

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COVID-19 UPDATE: 65 deaths in Philadelphia, 4272 infected

April 7, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 544 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 4,272.  The Health Department confirmed 20 additional fatalities in Philadelphia. This brings the number of residents who have succumbed to the virus in Philadelphia to 65….

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COVID-19: Citizens Bank Park testing site to close, Liacouras Center to serve as temporary hospital

April 7, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced Monday 539 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 3,728. This large increase over Sunday’s total is partially attributed to a backlog in lab testing; some labs do not report results over the weekend. The Health…

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