Despite much wealth and success in our Appalachian northern region, widespread poverty still exists in rural Fayette and Greene counties. However, Michael Bartley shows how and why so many people are delivering life-saving services to our rural neighbors.

Original airdate: Apr 15, 2009


OnQ begins a new series focusing on everyone's goal of living longer and living better. While seniors face the increased likelihood of illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes, the population of people 65 is expected to grown in numbers by the year 2020.  OnQ takes a look at this growing population and talked with a local geriatrician and an orthopaedic surgeon about what older people can do to stay physically fit as they age.


While there are support groups for the more than 5 million Americans diagnosed with Alzheimer's, only one nonprofit agency has the sole mission of funding research for a cure. OnQ's Michael Bartley reports on the Cure Alzheimer's Fund, co-founded by a Pittsburgh couple.


OnQ profiles the Pittsburgh mother of a nine year old boy diagnosed with autism at age 3, and reports on two University of Pittsburgh studies aimed at helping healthcare providers diagnose autism earlier.


The bluegrass band Church Street Blues, based in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, performs "Black Bubblin' Crude" for OnQ viewers.


Any woman can get breast cancer but researchers know that women with a family history of breast cancer are at greater risk. OnQ's Tonia Caruso has the story of a local family in which five members received breast cancer treatments.


Guest Susan Rauscher, Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Pittsburgh discusses the many other services provided by this downtown Pittsburgh safety net.


There's a fence on the Carnegie Mellon University campus that is painted over by students nearly every day of the semester. OnQ explores how the tradition began, and talks with students who explain why the fence has been a place for them to advertise and express themselves for nearly nine decades.


On December 19, 1907, a tremendous explosion shook the Youghiogheny River Valley, killing 239 men and boys at the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Westmoreland County. It is the worst mining disaster in Pennsylvania history. Through rare archival images and interviews, this program focuses on a small but dedicated group - led by elderly Ann Toth of Bobtown, PA - all dedicated to preserving the Darr's place in history. The documentary is from writer/producer David Solomon and videographer/editor Paul Ruggieri.


Medical information is complicated enough, but some patients must also deal with language barriers or disabilities. OnQ explores how hospitals, providers and other organizations are addressing this health care disparities problem.

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