I’m healthy. I’m young. Do I really need to purchase health insurance?

The 2019 open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15, is quickly coming to a close, and like many, I found myself faced with the complicated decision of whether or not to buy health insurance.

Babies, toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thought, Penn State study finds

Researchers found that up to 15 percent of the youngsters tested had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable to what would be found in an adult smoker.

Babies, toddlers at greater risk from second-hand smoke than previously thought, Penn State study finds

Researchers found that up to 15 percent of the youngsters tested had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable to what would be found in an adult smoker.

Medical Mystery: It was just a nosebleed — or was it?

When she pinched her nose closed to stop what was usually little more than a trickle, blood gushed out of her mouth. Her husband took her to a nearby emergency room, where a doctor cauterized a vein inside her nostril.

Medical Mystery: It was just a nosebleed — or was it?

When she pinched her nose closed to stop what was usually little more than a trickle, blood gushed out of her mouth. Her husband took her to a nearby emergency room, where a doctor cauterized a vein inside her nostril.

Holiday gift ideas for kids from the Free Library

This holiday season, encourage your kids to cozy up with a new book. As the nights are getting longer and the temperature drops, reading is a great way to spend some free time.

Holiday gift ideas for kids from the Free Library

This holiday season, encourage your kids to cozy up with a new book. As the nights are getting longer and the temperature drops, reading is a great way to spend some free time.
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Tips to help kids with diabetes stay healthy during the holidays

When you have a child with diabetes, the holidays and winter months in general can be stressful.

The media’s holiday suicide myth will never die

Two-thirds of the print news and feature stories Annenberg analyzed from the 2017 holiday season offered the false story line that the most wonderful time of the year is unbearable for too many.

Q&A: How can I stay sober during the holidays?

For those in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction, navigating those holiday social commitments can be hard. Here are some tips for avoiding former triggers.

How to create your own home gym — for free

Hidden around your home are the toning tools necessary for improving your health. Simple staples like laundry detergent and hand towel work as effectively as the expensive exercise equipment found at your local gym.

What do dying people really talk about at the end of life?

Patients are often worried about their families.

Pa. businesses must get trained and permitted for invasive spotted lanternfly or face fines

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is telling a broad spectrum of businesses that they must obtain a permit showing they are taking steps to stop the spread of the crop-destroying spotted lanternfly.

Your gut, like a second brain, knows when you’ve had enough of the holidays

The anxiety, fear and stress of gift buying, entertaining, dealing with troublesome relatives, choosing the right outfit, and simply getting through the holiday season can literally make us feel crummy.

Man gives up 1st-class plane seat for mother with ill child en route to CHOP

A Pennsylvania man who has been praised for giving up his first-class seat for a mother with an 11-month-old baby says he doesn't think it was that big of a deal

5 reasons everyone should use kettlebells

One of the best things about Kettlebells is their design. Because they are not balanced or shaped like dumbbells the entire body is required to work in unison for every movement.

Rising sea levels could kill off 500-year-old trees in ancient New Jersey forest

South Jersey's old growth forest has survived for half a millennium. But scientists fear the combination of sea level rise and sand mining pits is bringing salt water ever closer to the ancient blackgums, putting them in peril.

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