Workers lack protections when wildfire smoke makes the air dangerous

BY: - July 19, 2023

A report by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that 'too many workers are left unprotected' from wildfire smoke.

A close up of a packet of birth control pills (Getty Images).

Over-the-counter birth control would be a game changer | Opinion

BY: - July 18, 2023

By Sonali Kolhatkar A federal advisory committee has unanimously recommended that the Food and Drug Administration allow the sale of Opill, an over-the-counter birth control pill. Coming amid a widespread assault on reproductive health care, this could be a game-changer. Margery Gass, an advisory committee member and an emerita professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, told The Washington […]

Q&A: Pa. House Health Committee Chairperson Dan Frankel

BY: - July 17, 2023

The Allegheny County Democrat spoke ahead of the Greater Pittsburgh Healthcare Summit.


Here’s what happens if we cure America’s loneliness epidemic | Opinion

BY: - July 16, 2023

It would make us healthier, fitter and less likely to abuse drugs.

Mental health respite facilities are filling care gaps in more than a dozen states

BY: - July 14, 2023

They offer a short-term, homelike environment for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis but don't need immediate medical care.


Pa.’s Boyle, Fitzpatrick back bill to study, prevent lung cancer in women | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 13, 2023

'Every eight minutes, an American woman loses her life to lung cancer,' U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-2nd District, said.

The Biden administration has officially designated illicit fentanyl adulterated with xylazine as an “emerging drug threat.” Shown are bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, on display before a press conference on a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, Sept. 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House rolls out strategy to battle deadly drug mixture of fentanyl and xylazine

BY: - July 11, 2023

The street drug known as 'tranq' has taken a deadly toll in Philadelphia, the Capital-Star has previously reported.

On Feb. 26, 2020, President Donald Trump speaks at the beginning of a news conference with members of the coronavirus task force, including Vice President Mike Pence. (Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images)

Science activism is surging. This is why | Opinion

BY: - July 11, 2023

They're now speaking out on political and social issues related to their research and in solidarity with other social movements.

Meet the people deciding how to spend $50B in opioid settlement cash

BY: - July 10, 2023

State councils, as unique as the states are from one another, wield immense power over how the cash is spent.

Johnson & Johnson, the New Brunswick-based pharmaceutical giant, faces paying billions of dollars to resolve lawsuits by people who say they got mesothelioma and other cancers from asbestos-tainted talc powders the company sold until 2020. (New Jersey Monitor)

Johnson and Johnson bankruptcy claim is a ruse to limit liability, cancer victims say

BY: - July 10, 2023

The New Jersey-based pharmaceutical giant, faces paying billions of dollars to resolve lawsuits filed by people who say they got cancer from its products.

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Report: 58% of underage Pa. residents carded, served booze anyway in 2022 | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 6, 2023

There were 9,220 alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania in 2021, up from 7,700 in 2020, according to a newly released report.

Thousands of Pa. kids sought mental health treatment last year, according to a new report.

Medical Exiles: Families flee states amid crackdown on transgender care

BY: - July 6, 2023

Missouri, Florida, and Texas are among at least 20 states that have limited components of gender-affirming health care for trans youth.