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The Pain of Depression

The Pain of Depression

According to the World Health Organization, about one in five women and one in 10 men are affected by depression – that’s about 350 million people of all ages across the planet – and it is now regarded as the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

Doing Good

Doing Good

The Healthy Steps Diaper Bank launched in July 2013, and each month it provides more than 20,000 disposable diapers to more than 400 low-income families in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. It does this by partnering with family-service organizations that identify those most in need. Healthy Steps collects, stores and then distributes disposable diapers through the organizations.

Face in the Crowd

Face in the Crowd

Amidst the passion and pageantry of Susquehanna Township football is Head Coach Joe Headen. In his 14th year at the helm, the youthful 43-year-old Harrisburg native and Bishop McDevitt alum directs a program established on four principles – responsibility, education, attitude and leadership.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

If there’s one category in which Pennsylvania has been, arguably, the leader throughout U.S. history, its transportation. The Keystone State has been at the forefront of American infrastructure since the beginning of the 19th Century but not without some problematic deviations along the way. The canal system was one of them, and Harrisburg was a major player in the publicly and privately financed system that, in hindsight, falls into the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category.

Medical All-Stars, Part 6

Medical All-Stars, Part 6

Dr. Irina Veytsman studied medicine in Russia, but with the collapse of the Soviet Union, her career goals became “basically impossible.” She and her husband, a fellow medical student, came to the U.S., “and that was the best choice.” Her path took her to do research as a visiting scholar at Yale University and then to a residency at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where she started research in the hematology/oncology field.

Medical All-Stars, Part 5

Medical All-Stars, Part 5

Dr. James McInerney is an all-star for taking medicine to new frontiers. Among the procedures he performs is Deep Brain Stimulation, a technique that implants a device regulating the effects of such conditions as Parkinson’s, epilepsy and even OCD.

Medical All-Stars, Part 4

Medical All-Stars, Part 4

Dr. Zakiyah Kadry studied and taught transplantation at the University of Pittsburgh, under transplant pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl. Since joining Hershey Medical Center and its new liver-transplant program in 2005, she and two other transplant surgeons have built a multidisciplinary team performing liver, pancreas and kidney transplants.

Medical All-Stars, Part 3

Medical All-Stars, Part 3

In the NICU, Pamela Harris-Haman cultivates calm among parents riding an emotional roller-coaster. Working in a faith-based setting, she can rely on prayer to surmount even the most difficult situations. She strives to keep babies with their moms whenever possible and pioneered skin-to-skin bonding for moms having C-sections.

An Entrepreneur's Dream to Help Others

An Entrepreneur's Dream to Help Others

Inspired Physical Therapy was established in August 2014 and moved to its permanent location in Mechanicsburg on June 1, 2015. The mission of Inspired Physical Therapy is to “be the industry leader in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation” and to “help patients achieve their optimal level of function and performance,” something that Jim Clahane is passionate about and fears that professionals in the medical field lose sight of at times.

A Buoy of Hope for Those in Need

A Buoy of Hope for Those in Need

A hot, nutritious meal, every day of the week served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – no cost and no questions asked. This is the basic mission of Downtown Daily Bread (DDB) in Harrisburg: to provide lunches to the homeless, the needy and the hungry. A simple act of charity, perhaps, yet the impact on the lives of those who it has helped is extraordinary and far-reaching.

Taste

Taste

In the heart of Linglestown, just past the roundabout, healthful cuisine and artsy, positive vibes combine to make Mellow Minded Café a must-stop for those looking to relax with a tasty meal and smoothie.

Medical All-Stars, Part 2

Medical All-Stars, Part 2

Dr. Rajesh Dave comes from a family of doctors – uncles, nephews, cousins. His older brother, practicing internal medicine in his native India, has always been his role model.

Medical All-Stars, Part 1

Medical All-Stars, Part 1

Jennifer Campbell is chief advanced practice clinician for a team of 16 physician assistants and nurse practitioners. She is an all-star for her devotion to patients, her community outreach, her commitment to teamwork and her volunteerism for Girl Scouts.

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Though it’s the most recent pick of Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, Colson Whitehead’s "The Underground Railroad" hardly needs that validation to be pronounced worthy of your reading time. Expect to see this vivid and disturbing novel about the horrors of slavery on many “Best of 2016” lists and competing for major prizes when the year is done.

Be Well

Be Well

You may have heard your doctor or other medical professionals say that regular exercise helps lower blood pressure or can help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. The reason for this is simple: Regular exercise makes your heart stronger, which means it can pump blood with less effort. If the heart uses less effort to pump the blood, it decreases the force on the arteries, which lowers blood pressure.

Wildcard

Wildcard

It’s becoming an overwhelmingly popular phrase when describing the 2016 presidential election. The Keystone State plays an important role in the “wait and see” of presidential elections, serving as one of a few “battleground states.”

Central Pa.'s Great Pink Out

Central Pa.'s Great Pink Out

You’ll know who they are as soon as you see them this Month. They’ll be wearing pink sunglasses, pink boas, pink bow ties and maybe a pink glitter beard. These are Real Men, and they’re showing off their support for breast cancer awareness through an innovative fundraiser as part of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Called Real Men Wear Pink, this fun way to raise monies for The American Cancer Society is new to Central Pennsylvania. Laura Weis, senior director, division communications, American Cancer Society, Inc., is thrilled to have the opportunity to launch it in the region.

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