May 29, 2016 |
The health department usually inspects a Philadelphia eatery once a year. At Copabanana on South Street, however, sanitarians have dropped in six times since January and asked it to shut down twice. The margarita and burger joint has a chronic problem with keeping food at safe temperatures. When perishable items are stored between 42 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit, toxic bacteria - the types that can cause food poisoning - can multiply quickly. On May 18 a sanitarian found calamari and coleslaw stored at 46 degrees, 5 degrees warmer than is considered safe.
May 27, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department on Wednesday released preliminary rate requests for 20 small-group health plans and 18 individual plans that will be offered under the Affordable Care Act for next year. The requests for increases now under reveiw by the insurance department averaged 7.9 percent for small group plans and 23.6 percent for individual plans, but the final rates that will be posted in October could be lower. In addition, 75 percent of the Pennsylvanians who purchased insurance for this year on the exchange received a federal subsidy that reduces their cost.
May 25, 2016 |
Abington-Jefferson Health officials are planning a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday afternoon for a $75 million outpatient cancer center at 3941 Commerce Ave in Willow Grove. The 86,000 square-foot facility will be named the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in honor of a $5 million gift from members of the Asplundh family, which is known for its Asplundh Tree Expert Co. The new center, which is scheduled to open in early 2018, will operate in partnership with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, in Center City.
May 18, 2016 |
For the second time this year, a "heavy mouse infestation" and a staggering list of basic health violations prompted the Philadelphia health department to ask a Sichuan Chinese restaurant near the Belmont Reservoir to close temporarily. Chun Hing, in the 4100 block of Monument Road, was cited for 39 violations last week. Many of the infractions found May 12 echoed those found in a mid-February inspection: fresh rodent droppings throughout the kitchen, inadequate handwashing by employees, food thawing at room temperature, filthy dish racks and an ice machine held together with duct tape.
May 17, 2016
By David Woods One hears these days mutterings by disaffected Americans that if Donald Trump becomes president, they will pack their bags and leave for Canada. One assumes, of course, that no wall will be built along the border to thwart their exit. I made the reverse trip. Having emigrated from Britain to Canada, where I became the editor in chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, I opted to come to the United States in 1988 for personal reasons. But I was also taken with American rugged individualism and a health-care system focused on market forces and competition.
May 15, 2016 |
When Gina McCarthy started her professional life, she was a public health worker in community health centers. She still considers herself a public health worker, although her job today - administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - is vastly different. What that early community work showed, McCarthy recently told a group of digital health professionals meeting in Philadelphia, was the strong connection between environmental health and public health. "I was seeing people come in day in and day out with asthma, or the elderly who couldn't breathe," she said.
May 12, 2016
By Gene Bishop One of my greatest satisfactions as a physician was the ability to get to know many people from all over Philadelphia, and to offer advice and support as they tried to care for themselves and their families. I considered being a primary-care physician a great privilege, supporting people in times of need, finding the right medicine for asthma or hypertension, encouraging those who struggled with diet and diabetes. But at the same time, one of my greatest frustrations was the inability to write a prescription for the conditions that promote health and well-being: safe, clean housing, healthy food at affordable prices, places to exercise that are free from danger, and an education system that works.
May 11, 2016 |
A new public health concept - combining medical care with recreation and education - came to brick-and-mortar life with Monday's opening of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. Parents can take their kids to the third-floor pediatric clinic and then visit the primary-care center a floor down for their own health needs. A branch library will soon open at ground level, with a special section where patients can learn more about their health issues. The new recreation center will open next month, providing exercise as a foundation for healthy living.
May 7, 2016
By Marie Conley Sometimes we take Philadelphia for granted. We lead busy lives and don't often stop and reflect on the amazing things that routinely happen here. When you grow up in lower Bucks, as I did, it is easy to fall in love with the pulse of the city, its neighborhoods, American history, and, of course, the fantastic food. But I'm talking about life-changing stuff. I'm talking about men and women working at acclaimed research centers who are pioneering technological and medical breakthroughs on a regular basis.