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A peek into the day-to-day lives of the people delivering health care in Philly. Have a suggestion for someone for us to follow? We would love to hear from you. Send your thoughts to checkup@phillynews.com.

In honor of Father’s Day, Philly.com/health and the Philadelphia Inquirer want to salute our Dads, who teach us lessons large and small.

We are particularly interested in lessons you have garnered from your father about health and living well. It can be something you picked up from observing the big guy or some wisdom he passed on or an example he set (good or bad).

The first runners pushed off the starting line for the 2013 Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run in Philadelphia at 8:30 a.m. on May 5, 2013. Check out race photos, interviews with the winners, and profiles of inspiring local runners.

More than 1.6 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. Even though the rate of new cancer cases is dropping and the survival rate is increasing, it pays to know where the risks lie. All this month, Philly.com/health and OncoLink, a cancer information website developed by experts at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, are presenting 30 things you may not know about your risk of getting cancer. Check back each day for a new fact.

So just where are all the AEDs - automated external defibrillators - in the city of Philadelphia? University of Pennsylvania researchers want to know. But, more important, they want you, too, to know where to find the portable devices that can diagnose and treat life-threatening heart rhythms. With a clue each day, to be published here, you can join a contest that will have you searching within the city limits to find AEDs. 

Which cosmetic surgeries do women want most after childbirth? Which cosmetic procedure is the most popular with men between 30 and 60? How have face-lifts changed over the last 40 years?

It's your health. Take charge of it. Pump up your heart with the latest reports and practical advice on diet, exercise and more. Find out what you need to know about diet and exercise. How to keep your kids from becoming obesity statistics. And what women need to know about heart attacks.

 
Photo gallery: A mayor, a DA and a surgeon show how they fit fitness into a busy life

On May 19, 2011, Children's Hospital gave Daily News reporters and photographers unprecedented access to groundbreaking treatments. Here are dispatches from our marathon 24-hour visit.

24 hours of photos

On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control published the first description of a mysterious disease in gay men that would later be named Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Thirty years later, AIDS has killed more than 25 million people worldwide and changed American institution.

 

In the movies, people often die in some quick, dramatic way. There are bullets, train wrecks, serial killers, monsters, or, at least, exotic illnesses. If they die quietly, they almost always leave with a memorably pithy comment.

Many of us don't know much more than that about death until it comes to live in our own house.

 
Expert advice on telling a child a parent is dying
 
When Mom or Dad will die: What to tell the kids?

Brothers Stefan and Tyler Delp have spent every second of their lives together. But the boys have never seen each other's faces except for some sleight of hand with mirrors or computers.

 

Conjoined twins Stefan and Tyler Delp
Stefan and Tyler Delp and their parents

Watch a six-part video series on how to change your life and improve the health of your heart.

 

How to change your life in six weeks
 
Change of heart tips

Kermit Baron Gosnell was arrested on Jan. 19, 2011, and charged with eight counts of murder in connection with the operation of his West Philadelphia abortion clinic.

 

Abortion doctor charged with murder

The Philadelphia region is currently home to 446 bioscience companies, many of which consistently break ground in the development of new biotechnology therapies, vaccines, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics.

 

 
Timeline: A history of area medical innovations