Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://wesa.fm en Pennsylvania Tick Population Expected To Keep Growing http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-tick-population-expected-keep-growing <p>Put on a long sleeve shirt and load up on some pest repellent, because tick season in Pennsylvania is expected to get progressively worse year after year.</p><p>According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, and Penn State Urban Entomologist Steve Jacobs said that’s because of an increasing tick population.</p><p>“The only thing I can say for certain is that, across Pennsylvania for the last 25 years, we’ve been trending having more ticks in more places,” he said. “That will continue.”</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29681 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Health Network Works to Decrease Heart Attack Response Time http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-health-network-works-decrease-heart-attack-response-time <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year.&nbsp;</p><p>The Allegheny Health Network hopes to help these people with its new “First Contact-to-Balloon” initiative.</p><p>“First Contact-to-Balloon,” refers to the time when a patient first calls for a paramedic to when their blocked blood vessel is actually opened.</p><p>The initiative will enable Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers to diagnose patients from the field and then alert hospital cardiac catheterization teams to prepare for their arrival.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Jessica Nath 19633 at http://wesa.fm CDC: Lyme Disease Threat is Bigger Than Thought http://wesa.fm/post/cdc-lyme-disease-threat-bigger-thought <p>Pennsylvania has always been a hot sport for Lyme disease, but new studies being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the problem is far more widespread than earlier believed.</p><p>Previous reports from the CDC have listed about 30,000 cases of tick-borne Lyme disease each year, however, the CDC’s research from this year shows that a more accurate estimate would be 300,000 cases of the disease.</p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 15745 at http://wesa.fm