public-health-issues

abortion protest capitol

New abortion laws jeopardize cancer treatment for pregnant patients

BY: - October 7, 2022

Cancer coincides with roughly 1 in 1,000 pregnancies, most frequently breast cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, lymphomas, and leukemias.

Medical staff tend to a COVID-19 patient. Courtesy of University Hospitals

Study: More Republicans than Democrats likely died of COVID-19

BY: - October 5, 2022

Research shows that there were 14,146 vaccine-preventable deaths in Pennsylvania.

As session nears end, Pa. counties urge Legislature to act on mental health funding

BY: - October 5, 2022

Officials want lawmakers to spend $100M in one-time federal funds to shore up the state's 'crumbling' system.

COMMENTARY
A nurse treats a patient with coronavirus in the intensive care unit at a hospital on May 1, 2020, in Leonardtown, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The pandemic made racial discrepancies in health care much worse | Opinion

BY: - September 29, 2022

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, but we suffer from one of the highest rates of preventable mortality.

COMMENTARY

Prevent Crime: Protect children from lead poisoning | Opinion

BY: - September 21, 2022

More than 9,000 young children suffer from lead poisoning each year in Pennsylvania.

Sick Leave Written on Notebook With Pill Blister Packs and Stethoscope

Pandemic prompts more states to mandate paid sick leave | Analysis

BY: - September 19, 2022

Seventeen states now have mandatory paid sick leave laws.

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

BY: - September 15, 2022

The first confirmed death of the American outbreak took place this week.

COVID-19 vaccine may become annual, like flu shot

BY: - September 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 boosters shots are on track to become as frequent as the annual flu shot, though high-risk people may need more than one dose per year, Biden administration officials said Tuesday. “For a large majority of Americans, we are moving to a point where a single annual COVID shot should provide a high […]

Pa. Health Dept: Providers are ready to give new COVID boosters | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - September 6, 2022

The new Pfizer jab is available to people aged 12 years old and up; the new Moderna shot is available to people aged 18 and up, officials said.

‘Tranq’ isn’t just a Philly problem. But it will take city officials, healthcare workers to fix it

BY: - September 6, 2022

'Tranq,' or xylazine, is an animal tranquilizer used by veterinarians and is not approved for human use.

CDC endorses updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters for this fall

BY: - September 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention late Thursday signed off on the approval from the agency’s independent vaccine advisers that recommended an updated coronavirus vaccine booster this fall. The CDC recommended boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech for those who are 12 years old and older and from Moderna for those who are 18 and older. These […]

COMMENTARY

Let’s celebrate the success of Pa.’s mobile vaccination initiative | Opinion

BY: - September 1, 2022

What’s important, but so often overlooked, is the ability for vaccines to reach underserved communities.