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William K. Alcorn

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The gas caused more U.S. fatalities in 2014 than carbon monoxide, fires and handguns combined.

Radioactive element ranks as 2nd-leading cause of lung cancer

Half of Ohio homes have elevated radon levels

Cold temps, visibility of camp bring attention to homeless

A man sits next to a small tent in a camp under the Spring Common Bridge, viewed from West Front Street in downtown Youngstown. Several homeless people are living in the camp during this month’s sometimes subzero temperatures.

Dr. Gregory Benson graduated from Poland Seminary High School

He is a pediatric anesthesiologist

Here's where to get shelter from the cold In Youngstown, Warren

People who need a warm place to stay during the frigid weather can call 211 to reach Help Hot Line Crisis Center, whose phone lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Flu-like illnesses hit Mahoning Valley hard

Brenda Christensen, a registered nurse, administers the flu vaccine to a client during a Mahoning County Board of Health clinic Tuesday in Austintown. Mahoning and Trumbull counties have been hard-hit by the flu virus, county and state health officials said.

Peers say Cvetkovic is true advocate for kids with mental health problems

Cvetkovic describes them as "society's invisible children"

Implementing evidence-based programs in Mahoning-Youngstown

Look to improve social determinants that affect health of mothers

Red Kettle has raised $320, 371 to date

Another $25,000 in special commitments is expected

Baby’s death still haunts Youngstown couple

MAHONING VALLEY

Keep busy to keep their minds off Noelle's death

The Foundation had $13.7 million in assets as of June 30, 2014

Grants in January, 2015 will total nearly $200,000

Recipient says he can now hear his granddaughters

Centers for Hearing Care gives free hearing aids to 28 in need

Tears flow when the hearing aids are turned on

Salvation Army Toy Shop provides presents to over 3,000 kids

Shoppers must be pre-registered

Polls show most uninsured don’t know there is still time to enroll

75 percent of enrollees pay less than $100 a month out-of-pocket

CIC says 2014-20154 flu vaccine not as effective as hoped

Still recommends the shot to shorten length, severity of the disease

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He participated in several deployments and humanitarian missions

Brent Davis, 910th public affairs officer, retires

Says he will miss the camaraderie that is unique to the military

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Sam Biviano, of Niles, survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Awarded six medals, including the Combat Action Ribbon

Police are often at an overdose scene before medical personnel

Naloxone can immediately reverse overdose

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Dec. 14 is the last day to donate toys

Mahoning and Trumbull counties have some 200 toy drop-off sites

Webster family still making difference at St. Vincent de Paul

Standing around a table at the St. Vincent de Paul Society Dining Hall, preparing cookies for patrons Friday are, from left: Daisha Boyd, Gabrielle Boyd, Madison Hayes and Kierra Boyd. The young ladies were little girls five years ago when the Webster family tradition of volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul the day after Thanksgiving was started.

Second Harvest uses grant to buy 1,500 chickens for 8,000 Thanksgiving meals

Second Harvest member agencies fill 15,000 requests for food per week

Mobilizing health and emergency personnel good learning experience

Health department staff members to attend Ohio Infant Mortality Summit

D.A.L.E. Foundation recipients get vouchers before Saturday's event

D.A.L.E. Foundation

D.A.L.E. stands for "Do a Little Extra"

Valley audiologist seeks direct access to for Medicare patients

Valley audiologist takes efforts to DC and China

Says mission to China rewarding experience

Local urologist says both PSA and digital-rectal exam are needed

Report discouraging PSA test has done ‘massive damage,’ doctor says

Advancing technology improving prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment

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Vietnam War veterans "emotionally overwhelmed" by the ceremony

4 vets from New Springfield VFW place wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Experience gave added meaning to Veterans Day

Warren WWII Navy officer gets long-overdue Purple Heart

Wounded on Iwo Jima

2014 Red Kettle campaign begins today; goal is $345K

Money collected stays in the Mahoning Valley

Valley men have unusually high percentage of prostate cancer

African-American men in the Valley twice as likely to get prostate cancer

City health department launched free electronic program

Birth and death info available back to 1908 and 1954, respectively

Helped by friends and family, Giant Eagle and Boardman Rotary

Rescue Mission needs more turkeys to prepare 2,000 free meals

Says rural Southington would help provide a spa-like feel

No pharmaceuticals or surgeries will be used

First responders, health care workers must strictly adhere to protocols

U.S. likely to avoid widespread deaths

NanoLogix is seeking partners to produce the kits

Would reduce diagnosis time from two days to 30 minutes to two hours

Hospitals, first responders practice Ebola scenarios

Seth Durig, of Lane Lifetrans Paramedics, shows off a level C containment suit, typically worn for treating people with infectious diseases. Randy Pugh, vice president of Lane Lifetrans, said there is no clear protocol for first responders.

Next step in the process is up to Mahoning County commissioners

Goal is consolidation by July 1, 2015

Mahoning County Health Care Coalition to meet on Ebola

Make sure protocols and communications are in order ... in case

Canfield woman starts group to help kids in families facing illness

Piggyback Foundation can provide tutoring, special occasion celebrations

Bill targets C-130s; flown by 910th at YARS

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said C-130s must be upgraded by 2020

Student battles Type 1 diabetes, leads Red Strider program

Student battles Type 1 diabetes, leads Red Strider program

Family dog, Star, signals when his glucose levels are off

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Ed Schenk's service on the U.S.S. Skate “proud moment" in his life

Nuclear bonds

Provided deterrent to nuclear war

Haircuts, food, health screenings, job help and counseling offered

Transportation is available

Marina, 8, will see herself in the video on NYC's Times Square jumbotron

By WILLIAM K. ALCORN alcorn@vindy.com HOWLAND Marina Donadio’s winning smile not only makes

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Lincoln eighth-grader Pilot for a Day at air base

Got a pilot's eye view of taxi ride in a C-130 Hercules cargo plane

National total for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge tops $109 million

Local ALS Walk is Sept. 28 at Eastwood Field in Niles

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Goal is to provide events to enhance healthy lifesyles

Downtown Wellness Community

Focus is on people who live and work downtown/events open to all

City health department's food service program off probation

Director of Youngstown Minority Health Office resigns

Rich Center for Autism is legacy of victims of Flight 427 crash 20 years ago

Their families bond, wonder what might have been

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