71 Pennsylvanians Killed by Flu So Far This Season

Seventy-one Pennsylvanians have been killed by the flu since late September.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health tracks influenza during flu season and updates totals every week. This season, the state began tracking the flu on September 28th of last year and will stop tracking on May 23rd.

The state has recorded 25,201 instances of the flu this season already, though only 514 in Philadelphia County — almost all due to the influenza A virus. In contrast, Allegheny County, home of Pittsburgh, has 3,300 recorded cases.

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Why Your Desk Job Is Causing You So Much Pain (And How to Fix It)

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It’s a fact that most of us sit at a computer for our jobs. In fact, I’m willing to bet most (if not all) of you reading this article are sitting right now. And as we all know by now, studies overwhelmingly show that sitting all day at a desk isn’t good for you. Not only is sitting all day responsible for things like high blood pressure and heart disease, it’s also responsible for a lot of the pain you may be experiencing.

These pains are most likely due to muscular imbalances in your body. Muscle imbalances are very common and are a big cause of daily aches and pains and overuse injuries. Common symptoms are muscle tightness, limited range of motion, low back aches and knee pain. Sitting all day can cause tight hamstrings, pectoral muscles and hip flexors, which is a recipe for back pain and bad posture.

Here’s why.

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Fact: You Probably Did Not Need to Shower Today, Experts Say

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If you, like me, hate showering (because hellooo, that 20 minutes of my life could be better spent re-watching Beyoncé’s Year of 4 for the 142nd time), then prepare to squeal with joy: The folks over at BuzzFeed chatted with a couple of dermatologists to get the lowdown on how often we really need to shower, and turns out, if you’re showering daily, you’re showering too often.

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Poll: How Healthy Is Your Company?

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With the new year fresh upon us, companies are busy renewing their efforts to help employees meet their health and fitness goals. Now that things like standing desks and treadmill desks are relatively common fixtures in the modern office, it seems employers are getting mighty creative with the kinds of fitness perks they make available to their employees.

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Multiple Hepatitis A Cases Tied to N.J. Restaurant

The health department of Hamilton Township, New Jersey, confirmed two additional Hepatitis A cases connected to a restaurant in town. That marks three reported Hep A cases in the town, which is north of Trenton.

The two additional cases happened to patrons who ate at Rosa’s Restaurant and Catering, where another hepatitis case was reported in November. The health department can’t say if any of the cases are related.

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Measles Scare at Please Touch Museum

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UPDATE: According to multiple reports, the Health Department has indicated that the person did not, in fact, test positive for measles.

ORIGINAL:

If you were at the Please Touch Museum on Monday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health says you may have been exposed to the measles. Read more »

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