Briefs

Pa. Dems, abortion advocates see parallels in Kansas abortion rights vote

BY: - August 10, 2022

The constitutional amendment, which was defeated by Kansas voters by a 60-40 margin last week, would have ended the right to an abortion in the state, according to the Kansas Reflector. 

Health workers sit at a table at a pop-up monkeypox vaccination clinic which opened today by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health at the West Hollywood Library on Aug. 3, 2022, in West Hollywood, California. California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1 over the monkeypox outbreak which continues to grow globally. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Biden administration proposes changing how monkeypox vaccine is administered

BY: - August 10, 2022

The Biden administration has begun encouraging health care providers to change the way they’re administering vaccines to protect against monkeypox.

Federal regulators say poultry producers are disadvantaged by the consolidation of meat processing. (Photo by Stephen Ausmus/Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

State attorneys general, including Pa., support new poultry rule but question oversight

BY: - August 10, 2022

The attorneys general of 10 states are backing a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is meant to get poultry growers fair agreements with meat processors, but they want stronger oversight.

Wolf admin. encourages parents, guardians to update immunizations for children ahead of school year

BY: - August 8, 2022

A COVID-19 vaccine is not required for children to attend school, but state officials said Monday that the Wolf administration encourages the vaccine for children five years of age and older. 

Fetterman to host first public campaign event since suffering stroke

BY: - August 5, 2022

For the most part, Fetterman has been sidelined since suffering a stroke and undergoing a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrillator in May, fueling attacks from Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent in the November election.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Feds drop probe of Pa. teachers’ pension fund property purchases

BY: - August 2, 2022

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia confirmed that an investigation of property purchases by PSERS is closed and the fund's chairperson said no civil or criminal charges are expected.

Philadelphia announces targeted vaccine response to monkeypox

BY: - July 31, 2022

By Jason Villemez PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that five local health clinics have been allocated doses of monkeypox vaccine for distribution to individuals at high risk for exposure. The clinics are Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, Presbyterian Hospital, Drexel Partnership, and Penn Medicine. Each clinic is reaching out to specific patients for vaccination. […]

Councilmember Cherelle Parker says “I think we, at the local level, can come up with solutions not just for Philadelphia, but also for Pennsylvania, and the nation.”

Philadelphia’s home appraisal bias task force issues its final report

BY: - July 30, 2022

This report is the culmination of more than a year’s work.

COMMENTARY

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson’s wedding gift | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - July 30, 2022

Days before his gay son’s wedding, the Pa. Republican cast a vote against same-sex marriage.

Congress mostly silent as states struggle to contain monkeypox

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — Two months after doctors diagnosed the first case of monkeypox in the United States, Congress has yet to hold a hearing, or give any significant attention to the painful and debilitating virus that’s spread to more than 4,600 people. Public health officials in the Biden administration have held several briefings, expanded testing capacity […]

Allegheny Co. Health Dept. expands access to monkeypox vaccine

BY: - July 28, 2022

By Jordana Rosenfeld PITTSBURGH — The Allegheny Health Department has announced expanded access to the monkeypox vaccine for people who have had a high-risk exposure to the virus. According to a Health Department statement, in addition to the department’s immunization clinic, the primary care providers listed below are currently offering the monkeypox vaccine to those […]

Wolf admin. adds intramuscular injection to expanded naloxone order

BY: - July 27, 2022

DDAP reports that between November 2017 and March 31, 2022, there have been 22,085 overdose reversals using state-purchased Narcan.