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Susan Rahn's doctors first discovered cancer in her back a few years ago. They traced its to her breast, and she's now at Stage 4 - a terminal diagnosis. Rahn changes her medication every three months to fight the pain.

"The pain is going to at some point get substantially worse as the cancer progresses," Rahn said. "Because it's eventually going to get into a vital organs: my lungs or my liver or my brain."

Pennsylvania is making more treatment available for people dealing with addiction to heroin or other opioids. So-called Centers of Excellence have started to open, and more are expected to start operating in January. The centers are located at clinics that are already running in the midstate - from TW Ponessa in Lancaster to Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Chambersburg. 

(WRVO) A new book from a central New York author details the legacy of a group called the the Oswego County Pioneers, the first organized volunteer search and rescue team created in the state. 

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In Betsy Irish’s room, it’s all about the music. There is a big boom box in the corner, framed CD jackets and a special box just for Christmas music. She’s hanging out with her dad, David Irish, at her group house in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y. They’re doing one of their usual activities — reading the dictionary. 

(WXXI) The death this week of Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, just one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, has some wondering if you can die of a broken heart. Eugene Storozyski, M.D., a cardiologist at UR Medicine, says the short answer is "yes."

(WRVO) The number of heroin-related overdoses continues to rise in upstate, including in central New York. Now one agency that helps addicts is putting more emphasis on a harm-reduction technique called a “test shot.” 

(Harrisburg) -- Polls show health care is one of the most important issues for voters. During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, though he's since vowed to keep the more popular parts of the law. Trump's victory puts two of his supporters in rural Schuylkill County in a bit of a short-term bind as they decide whether to get health insurance for next year. 

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(Harrisburg) -- The state Health Department plans to start accepting applications for growers and dispensers in Pennsylvania's newly-formed medical marijuana program on February 20th. 


(Harrisburg) The state says 150 people released from jail will receive help in fighting their drug addiction. The Department of Corrections is awarding $1.5 million to county agencies to provide medication assisted treatment. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Dozens of people marched on the state Capitol and Republican US Senator Pat Toomey's office Thursday in support of the Affordable Care Act.