Health
(Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
Aging population, newly insured contribute to York Hospital's busiest year

07/28/2015 08:02 AM EDT
With thousands of Yorkers freshly insured under the Affordable Care Act and an aging population, WellSpan's York Hospital is fielding its largest number of emergency room patients. 
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Yorkers, please don't kiss the chickens
07/20/2015 05:15 PM EDT - Jenn Tompkins says it's OK for her clients to hug their chickens. Kissing, not so much. As the owner of Rent the Chicken, Tompkins specializes in chicken rentals for many residents in central Pennsylvania, Maryland and even part of Canada. Full Story

State urging Yorkers to get vaccines
07/20/2015 01:16 AM EDT - The Pennsylvania Department of Health later this summer will host a public immunization clinic for children and adults in Shrewsbury, and officials are encouraging York County residents to attend. Full Story

Good News: Family, friends and church community step up to help with twins
07/20/2015 01:16 AM EDT - In times of hardship and tragedy, York countians band together and support one another. Gwen Summers, a reading specialist in Southern York County School District, has been on a roller coaster for nearly two years, a time she said she would have barely struggled through if not for her neighbors, co-workers and Advent Lutheran Church community. Full Story

York City looking to make residents 'heart smart'
07/10/2015 11:55 AM EDT - It might be time to get that heart looked at. According to the Healthy York County Coalition's 2015 community health assessment, 45 percent of adults have high cholesterol. Full Story

Task force making gains against heroin abuse in York County
07/15/2015 09:34 AM EDT - Heroin addiction, like a cancer, spreads throughout society and becomes entangled with social issues from crime to mental illness to family crises — even affecting how some elderly people augment their fixed incomes. Full Story

Methadone clinic to open in Hanover
07/15/2015 09:34 AM EDT - A second methadone clinic is expected to open in York County, making it easier for more heroin and opioid addicts to access the daily treatment. Full Story

Anticancer medication bill gains momentum thanks to York push
07/10/2015 11:55 AM EDT - The limbo continues. For months, Matt Helfrich and friend Sarah Falvey have been calling legislators, educating and raising funds on a deeply personal issue — affordable anticancer medication. Full Story

Coroner: York County's heroin deaths so far this year about the same as last year
07/15/2015 09:33 AM EDT - York County has not yet seen a significant drop in the number of people dying from heroin and heroin-related overdoses, despite coordinated efforts on multiple fronts by county officials, agencies and individuals. Full Story

Mount Wolf medical center to shutter operations
07/10/2015 11:56 AM EDT - A longtime Mount Wolf medical center will shutter its doors by the end of the year, officials confirmed Thursday. Full Story

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From Scratch: Just give that 'green spaghetti' a try

Pasta with pesto Genovese may be ubiquitous in the rest of the United States now, but it hadn't yet "arrived" in York County when I tried serving it to my dinner guests. Full Story
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Jolie, Suu Kyi visit Myanmar female factory workers

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Angelina Jolie has joined Myanmar's opposition leader and democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, in sitting down with female workers to learn more about their dire conditions. Full Story