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With a severe flu season expected to peak soon, Pa. docs urge vaccination

12/23/2014 08:32 AM EST
Pennsylvania upgraded its flu code to "widespread" — the highest level — a couple of weeks ago, when it saw an increase in cases of the virus. 
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York County getting heroin overdose antidote for free
12/23/2014 08:36 AM EST - York is one of 21 counties across the state being given funding for police departments to purchase and carry naloxone, a prescription drug administered to people who overdose on prescription painkillers or heroin. Full Story

New Pennsylvania law gives schools legal protection in storage, use of EpiPens
12/19/2014 09:43 AM EST - On Jan. 2, a new state law will give Pennsylvania schools legal protection when staff members respond to allergy emergencies in students. Full Story

Cardiac Diagnostic Associates joins WellSpan Medical Group
12/18/2014 12:56 PM EST - WellSpan Health this week announced that Cardiac Diagnostic Associates has joined the WellSpan Medical Group. Full Story

Report: York County hospitals cost less than state, regional average
12/17/2014 09:25 AM EST - York County hospitals in 2013 kept costs down and maintained mostly satisfactory mortality and readmission rates, according to an annual hospital performance report. Full Story

WellSpan report outlines health impact of super-utilizer programs
12/15/2014 01:04 PM EST - Carole Hicks is a super utilizer — rather, she was before WellSpan Health got involved. Super utilizers use lots of expensive health care services for their illnesses, and Hicks had the works: diabetes, heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea and depression. Full Story

York County police help turn old pills into power
12/15/2014 09:49 AM EST - Those old or unwanted medications and prescription drugs sitting in the cabinet can be put to better use. Full Story

WellSpan eyes affiliation with Good Samaritan
12/11/2014 11:55 AM EST - WellSpan Health on Wednesday announced that it has signed an affiliation agreement with Good Samaritan Health System in Lebanon County. Full Story

York Hospital ER project on schedule for 2017 opening
12/10/2014 08:20 AM EST - About a year ago, WellSpan Health built a mock emergency department out of cardboard to simulate York Hospital's new project. Full Story

New dental assistance fund helps low-income patients get care in York
12/09/2014 04:03 PM EST - When periodontist Dr. David Plessett retired at the end of August, fellow practitioner Dr. Bryan Siegelman wanted to give him more than a plaque or a golf club. Full Story

(Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)
York City entrepreneurs are perfecting the pretzel

Philip Given, co-owner of the York City Pretzel Co., has a passion for dough. If asked about the quality of his company's pretzels, Given can wax poetic about the juxtaposition between the airy white dough innards compared to the dark brown outside. Full Story
North Korea: No 'physical reaction' to new film

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea says it likely will have no "physical reaction," just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film "The Interview," which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un. Full Story