July 31, 2015 |
Nearly three years after Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey, its effects linger in the form of heightened anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, a report released Wednesday found. More attention should be paid to the emotional consequences of housing damage, including mold, the report stated. Surprisingly, children who lived in homes with minor damage were even more likely than those in homes with major damage to feel sad or depressed or have trouble sleeping. "We're definitely still hearing about the issues and the problems," said David Abramson, a New York University researcher who led the Sandy Child and Family Health Study.
July 28, 2015 |
IT'S INTERESTING how little things can stick in your memory. Like Jim McLaughlin's No. 44. It was the number he wore when he played wide receiver on the football team of St. Francis of Assisi Parochial School in Springfield, Delaware County, back in the '50s. "It was a number he always remembered," his family said. Which might seem curious, because Jim McLaughlin went on to more athletic achievements, success in business and many charitable activities. But, apparently, in his mind he would always be No. 44. James J. McLaughlin Jr., a health-care marketer, founder of a health-care consulting business, an active alumnus of St. Joseph's University, an Air Force veteran and a devoted family man, died Friday at age 67 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
July 26, 2015 |
The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health has leased 17,000 square feet at Voorhees Town Center, a mixed-use development owned by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust. The center will pay more than $5.7 million over the 15-year lease at the office and retail development, Markeim Chalmers vice president Scott Martin, who served as the pediatric neurology specialist's broker, said Friday. The facility will occupy space formerly used by a big-box retailer at the center, which also accommodates the Voorhees Township municipal offices, Martin said.
July 26, 2015 |
Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. said Friday that it would acquire Cigna Corp., a major national health insurer with Philadelphia origins and 1,100 local employees, in a deal that would create the largest health-insurance company in the United States. The $54.2 billion transaction is one in a series of health-insurer mergers announced recently as firms scramble to get on top of rapid changes in the marketplace. The combined company will have more than $115 billion in annual revenue and an enrollment of 53 million members.
July 24, 2015 |
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care has leased 23,000 square feet at a Cherry Hill office park owned by an affiliate of Bala Cywnyd-based Endurance Real Estate. UBHC will operate an outpatient hospital at Colwyck Property's office park at 57 Haddonfield Rd., Markeim Chalmers vice president Scott Martin, who served as the health-care provider's broker, said Wednesday. UBHC's lease at the office park, in space previously occupied by the Internal Revenue Service, is worth $2.5 million over its initial five-year term, Martin said.
July 15, 2015 |
DreamIt Health Philadelphia - a boot camp for health start-ups - celebrated its third year Monday, saying that 21 firms had gone through the program and that 10 more were poised to participate. Powered by a collaboration among DreamIt Ventures, Independence Blue Cross, and Penn Medicine, the 16-week program's goal is to provide the support that takes a health-care idea to market. "We wanted to reach out into the entrepreneurial world and find passionate innovators who can help us reimagine health care," said Tom Olenzak, director of innovation for IBC. "We're trying to figure out what the future of health care looks like.
July 13, 2015
ISSUE | SPENDING Money, money everywhere A recent Philly.com article detailed the advertising firm LevLane's expensive "rebranding" contract with the Philadelphia Water Department ("Philly Water Dept. shells out $63K for new logo," Tuesday). The amount of money being spent by the department is astronomical. Let's start with $63,000 for a logo change. Really? Is this a necessary expense? Do the citizens of Philadelphia care about a logo change when water mains are breaking with such frequency?
July 12, 2015 |
Annmarie Ruiz has been handed a third card. The Gloucester County health officer, who doubles as Salem County's, will now also report to Atlantic City. Ruiz - charged with enforcing health and sanitation policies and restaurant inspections, and coordinating responses to public health issues - will now split her time among the jurisdictions under a shared-services agreement approved this week by Gloucester County. Atlantic City will pay Gloucester County $2,470 a month until the end of the year - an amount that will increase 2 percent at the start of 2016.
July 10, 2015
This plump, juicy burger is my desire-driven answer to the nutritional call to limit the portion size of a piece of lean meat to a deck of cards. I found a way to make a burger both healthful and indulgent: Stuff it with a modest amount of lean meat and vegetables. You expand the size of the burger, so your eyes widen with excitement before you bite into it. Antipasto-Stuffed Turkey Burgers 4 servings For the burgers 3 tablespoons chopped roasted red peppers, drained and rinsed 3 tablespoons chopped marinated artichoke hearts 2 tablespoons chopped pitted green olives 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 11/4 pounds extra-lean or lean ground turkey breast 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the spread 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1. For the burgers: Toss together the peppers, artichokes, olives, and mozzarella in a bowl.
July 9, 2015
ISSUE | HEALTH School centers reinvent wheel Outsourcing will not provide 90 percent of what school nurses provide, and school-based health centers will not fill the gap ("Schools can be health centers," July 5). According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and various other experts, including the federal Head Start program's performance standards, every child should have a "medical home" in the community. We do not need another layer of care between the child and his medical-home health provider.