Health Care

With a rise in overdose deaths, how is Pa. combating the opioid epidemic?

BY: - July 27, 2021

Preliminary data from the state Department of Health show a 14 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2020, compared to 4,458 deaths the year before.

Wolf admin. officials push for tick-borne illness awareness

BY: - July 27, 2021

“This summer, don’t let a tick make you sick,” acting Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said Tuesday.

COMMENTARY

States and schools should reinstate mask mandates | Trish Zornio

BY: - July 27, 2021

If we don’t act now, masks could become a long-term fashion accessory.

COMMENTARY

Delta Variant 101: What you need to know to protect yourself | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 22, 2021

Here's how the rapidly spreading Delta variant might change your behavior.

Wolf admin. announces its first round of fixes to Pa.’s nursing home regs

BY: - July 21, 2021

The first package of proposed regulations will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by July 31. This will begin a 30-day public comment period

COMMENTARY

My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID | Opinion

BY: - July 21, 2021

I decided to enroll my daughter in the trial because I trust scientists and doctors. I do not trust a virus that kills some and leaves others unmarked. 

Pa. GOP lawmaker eyes constitutional amendment to avoid veto, limit top health official

BY: - July 19, 2021

The latest effort to avoid a gubernatorial veto comes from Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette, who announced plans for an amendment in a Friday memo to colleagues that would curtail the Pennsylvania secretary of health’s emergency powers.

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Kids aren’t just littler adults. Here’s why they need their own clinical trials for a COVID-19 vaccine | Opinion

BY: - July 19, 2021

Children are not just littler grownups; their bodies differ from adults’ in important ways.

Pgh is getting its first drive-thru medical marijuana dispensary

BY: - July 17, 2021

The Healing Research Center in Robinson Township is expected to officially open on Fri., July 30 and will operate Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Black Americans are more likely to be harmed by high drug prices. How one Pa. lawmaker is trying to help | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2021

Nearly 30 percent of people who take prescription medications struggle to afford them. The burden is disproportionately borne by Black Americans, a new report concludes.

COMMENTARY

Medicare is headed for a crisis. We’re not ready – but there’s still time | Ray E. Landis

BY: - July 13, 2021

It is past time to shore up Medicare’s finances and reverse the drift toward its privatization.

Pa. to receive $225M from Sackler family opioid settlement

BY: - July 8, 2021

This story was updated at 2:50 p.m. on 7/8/21 to correct a spelling error. Pennsylvania is poised to receive $225 million over the next nine years in damages related to the opioid epidemic in a bankruptcy settlement with the family who owned Purdue Pharma, the maker of Oxycontin. The settlement comes after 24 states, including […]