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October 10, 2012

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ALTOONA — Conemaugh: No links to meningitis

Amy Bradley, director of marketing for Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, said in a statement that practitioners at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center have never used products from the pharmacy at the center of the meningitis outbreak.

Federal health officials say 11 people have died as a result of the rare meningitis outbreak, which has now sickened more than 119 people in 10 states. The presumed contaminated steroid injections were used to treat back pain.

“We treat a lot of back pain at the Conemaugh Health System through neurosurgery, interventional radiology and our pain clinic,” Dr. David Carslon, chief medical officer, said. “So it is understandable that many of our patients have concerns. We want to reassure them that ... Conemaugh Health System does not purchase any products from the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, which shipped the vials of the potentially contaminated product.”

St. Francis to host cyberbullying seminar

St. Francis University computer science department will host Cyberbullying Intervention and Prevention at 4 p.m. Friday in the DiSepio Health and Wellness Center, Room 213.

The seminar will feature guest speaker Tina Meier, executive director for Megan Meier Foundation, who will address the audience via Skype. In 2006, Meier’s life took a devastating turn when her 13-year-old daughter, Megan Taylor Meier, took her own life after being cyberbullied by an adult neighbor.

Teachers, students, parents and guardians of all ages are encouraged to attend. The event is free and open to the public.

Red Ribbon rally will be held Friday

A Red Ribbon rally will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in Court Room One of the Somerset County Courthouse.

The event, sponsored by Twin Lakes Center, will recognize winners of red ribbon contests – including poster, banner and essay contests. Youth from every school district in the county were invited to participate in the contests.

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