March 14, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday that he was undertaking an audit of the state health department's handling of nearly $800 million in research funding provided by the national tobacco settlement. "These funds are intended to fuel health-care research that could help people live longer, healthier, and more rewarding lives," DePasquale said. "We have to make sure these research programs are meeting expectations so that nothing jeopardizes their vital mission or erodes public confidence.
May 24, 1996 |
Is it churlish to raise questions about Christopher Reeve's success in obtaining an additional $10 million in government money for researchers working on spinal-cord injury? Clearly yes, given that Reeve, of Superman film renown, remains paralyzed from a riding accident last year. Determined to regain his health, Reeve has been campaigning for an expansion of research to benefit the thousands who share his affliction. In a wheelchair, and dependent on a respirator, he is a heroic figure.
March 16, 2007 |
Last year, the increase in the cost of health-insurance premiums was more than twice the increase in workers' earnings. And that made 2006 a really great year. Health-insurance premiums went up 7.7 percent. Workers earnings went up 3.8 percent - even more than the 3.5 percent rate of overall inflation, according to an annual report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust. But it's all a matter of perspective. In 2003, for example, health-insurance premiums rose 13.9 percent, while wages grew 3 percent.
October 4, 2013 |
HARRISBURG The state has frozen $100 million slated for health research, prescription drugs, and smoking-cessation programs because an arbitration panel slashed its share of the 1998 tobacco settlement that had been paying for the programs. In a ruling last month, the panel overseeing the multistate settlement found that Pennsylvania had failed to adequately enforce certain terms of the agreement with tobacco manufacturers. The arbitrators said the companies could cut their annual payments to the commonwealth by $180 million - or about 60 percent of the nearly $320 million the state had been getting every year.
December 19, 2000
Pennsylvania still hasn't figured out what to do with $464 million in new money from the national tobbaco settlement - making it one of the few states involved that is still dithering. House Republicans keep talking about how horribly complicated it is to decide what to do with the money. Fact is there is nothing complicated at all. Months ago, Republican Gov. Ridge proposed that Pennsylvania do as many of the 46 states getting the money have done - spend it all on health care, with the biggest chunk going to pay for health care for the uninsured.
January 27, 2003 |
Saying that medical science has focused too much on diseases of the rich, Microsoft founder Bill Gates announced yesterday that his foundation would offer $200 million for work on malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases of the poor. Only about 10 percent of medical research money is spent on diseases and conditions that make up 90 percent of the world's health problems, according to the Global Forum on Health Research. It is a Swiss foundation supported by the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and Gates, among others.
March 10, 1988 |
Using celebrity spokesmen and "scientific evidence," cigarette advertising has tried to persuade the public that smoking is safe, according to a university researcher who based his opinion on a survey of magazine ads released at a federal trial here yesterday. The survey - labeled in testimony as the most comprehensive of its kind to date - showed that more than one-third of the cigarette ads in Life and Look magazines between 1938 and 1960 contained some health claim. Also, the study showed, more than half the ads through 1983 made some health claim or carried a subliminal message that smoking was pure by setting the ad in a pristine scene.
October 5, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Drunken driving incidents have fallen 30 percent in the last five years, and last year were at their lowest mark in nearly two decades, according to a federal report. The decline may be due to the down economy: Other research suggests people are still drinking as heavily as in years past, so some may just be finding cheaper ways of imbibing than by going to bars, night clubs and restaurants. "One possibility is that people are drinking at home more and driving less after drinking," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
July 20, 2007 |
Banning lighters on airplanes just not worth it, feds decide WASHINGTON - Federal aviation authorities have decided to stop enforcing a two-year-old rule against taking cigarette lighters on airplanes, concluding that it was a waste of time to search for them before passengers boarded. The ban was imposed at the insistence of Congress after a passenger, Richard Reed, tried to ignite a bomb in his shoe in 2001 on a flight from Paris to Miami. Kip Hawley, assistant secretary for the Transportation Security Administration, said in an interview yesterday with the New York Times that the ban had done little to improve aviation security because small batteries could be used to set off a bomb.
August 2, 2005 |
With new management in place and a new business strategy, a California specialty-pharmaceutical company is moving to new headquarters - in Huntingdon Valley. Cellegy Pharmaceuticals Inc. will relocate to the Montgomery County offices of Biosyn Inc., which it bought in October in a deal valued at $30 million. The acquisition gave Cellegy a contraceptive gel intended to prevent the transmission of HIV. Under the deal, Biosyn's 15 employees and cofounder Anne-Marie Corner remained in Huntingdon Valley to continue development of a vaginal lubricant that is designed to prevent pregnancy and many sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.