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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Breast-feeding moms in York County to catch a break at work
08/02/2015 11:19 PM EDT - Life will get a little easier for breast-feeding moms who work at eight York County offices. York City's health bureau announced Friday that it is distributing funds from a $50,000 grant to the eight locations for installation of private rooms or kiosks. Full Story

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

Alaska woman accused of stealing patrol car holding husband

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman suspected of stealing an Alaska State Troopers patrol car that held her handcuffed husband in the back seat was arrested on suspicion of theft and other charges. Full Story
(Matthew Mead — The Associated Press)
Onions deliver a robust soup for little effort

Talk about a vegetable that's everywhere. The humble onion is one the most common aromatic vegetables, popping up in so many ways across so many cuisines. Full Story
(Carlos Osorio/AP)
Aretha Franklin blocks screening of documentary at festival

DENVER (AP) — Aretha Franklin earned some R-E-S-P-E-C-T in a federal courtroom on Friday, convincing a judge to prevent the Telluride Film Festival from screening a documentary about a 1972 concert of hers without the Queen of Soul's written consent. Full Story