public-health

Levine offers caveats on individual antibody testing

BY: - April 28, 2020

She did not advise Pennsylvanians against taking the test, but said that the only sure takeaway from a positive antibody test was that an individual had once had COVID-19. 

Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania up to 33; commercial labs open

BY: - March 13, 2020

*Updated with additional comment from the Department of Health at 2:26 p.m. 3/13 The state Department of Health has confirmed 33 cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13, including the state’s first confirmed pediatric case of the coronavirus. The pediatric case, or someone under 18 years of age, was […]

Lincoln cancels face-to-face classes; Cheyney extends spring break

BY: - March 12, 2020

Lincoln began emptying out its dormitories on Wednesday. The university will shut them down — for the remainder of the semester — by Sunday.

COMMENTARY

SEIU announces $150M get out the vote push; Pa. is at the top of the list | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - February 27, 2020

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. One of the nation’s biggest unions says it’s launching a $150 million push to get out the vote across 40 states, with eight battleground states, including Pennsylvania, being targeted the most intensely. In a statement, the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, says the push is one of the largest and earliest […]

Universal lead testing touches ideological nerve in Pa. House panel debate

BY: - November 20, 2019

The House Children and Youth Committee voted 17-6 to advance the bill, amid concerns from some of the panel’s Republicans about the proper role of government. 

Pa. Health department has collected just 160 complaints on oil and gas production in nearly a decade

BY: - October 18, 2019

Despite a natural gas boom and health concerns over drilling from environmentalists, the state Department of Health has received just 160 complaints related to drilling over the last decade. On Thursday, Stephanie Hasanali, of the department’s Bureau of Epidemiology, briefed a state oversight committee charged with approving environmental regulations on the data the agency has […]

Philly City Council expands lead-safety testing for rental units; Mayor Kenney says he will sign it

BY: - September 27, 2019

the Philadelphia Health Department has said many units have gone untested since the old law went into effect in December 2012.

Feds give Wolf admin $2.25 million to study maternal mortality in Pennsylvania

BY: - September 3, 2019

The committee, which has its roots in legislation sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-Lehigh, studies all maternal deaths before or up to a year after birth.

Washington County state reps call for federal study of rare cancer

BY: - July 26, 2019

Ewing sarcoma typically only occurs 200 to 250 times a year in the U.S.

marijuana

State OKs medical marijuana use for anxiety, Tourette syndrome

BY: - July 11, 2019

Individuals with anxiety disorders and Tourette syndrome will be eligible to join Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program starting July 20, the state Health Department said Thursday. The two conditions now join the 21 existing diagnosis qualify for a medicinal weed prescription — including cancer, epilepsy, chronic pain and opioid use disorder in special cases. “I do […]

Metcalfe leads anti-vaccine rally for bill that would penalize medical practitioners

BY: - May 1, 2019

In the midst of a measles outbreak nationwide, Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe gathered with families and three anti-vaccination academics in Harrisburg on Tuesday to push a bill that punishes doctors who refuse to see unvaccinated patients.  Fifteen of Metcalfe’s fellow Republicans have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which includes a “vaccine non-discrimination” clause.  […]