September 21, 2013 |
Larry Dennis started smoking at 16, usually Newports, and he didn't quit until March. "I stopped because I knew we couldn't smoke no more in here," Dennis, 57, said Thursday afternoon outside the Church Street towers in West Chester, where he lives in public housing. "I wanted to anyway. It was better for me. " The Housing Authority of Chester County is the first in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey to go smoke-free, although the Philadelphia Housing Authority hopes to test a policy at four pilot sites within a year.
September 15, 2013 |
Air pollution has been fingered for many health ills. For many reasons, kids are more susceptible than adults. And the wider Philadelphia region is a bad place to be susceptible, ranking among the nation's worst cities for particle pollution and ozone. Indoor air can be problematic, too, given the fumes of pesticides, new furniture, and, especially, cigarette smoke. These are some of the findings that will be discussed at a forum to educate parents about the hazards of air pollution, and what they can do. Sponsored by the Moms Clean Air Force, an advocacy group, it will be held Thursday at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
September 11, 2013 |
The Obama administration moved Monday to insulate community nonprofits from demands of House Republicans, minimizing disruption weeks before a key part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in while potentially irking those who want to kill it. Fifteen Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters two weeks ago to 51 organizations that are receiving funds for "navigators" intended to help determine eligibility and enroll people in...
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration said for the first time Tuesday that menthol-flavored cigarettes appear to pose a greater risk to public health than standard cigarettes, largely reaffirming the findings of an agency advisory committee two years ago and potentially laying the groundwork for tighter regulations. In a 153-page "preliminary scientific evaluation," the FDA found that although there is "little evidence" to suggest that menthol cigarettes are more toxic than non-menthol cigarettes, the mint flavor of menthol masks the harshness of tobacco, making it easier to get addicted and harder to quit.
July 20, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued a temporary injunction halting the closure of state health centers across Pennsylvania. A union representing 160 nurses at most of the 60 health centers sued after learning that the Corbett administration was planning to eliminate 26 positions and close nearly half the centers that serve populations in rural areas of the state. The union, SEIU Healthcare PA, along with several Democratic lawmakers, appealed a Commonwealth Court ruling in April denying their injunction request.
July 1, 2013 |
Rationing medical care is denounced as immoral in the United States, yet it goes on daily in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, ambulances, and pharmacies. Since 2006, this country has had worsening shortages of sterile generic injectables - drugs given by shots or intravenously. Currently, more than 300 medicines crucial to treating cancer, infections, cardiac arrest, premature infants, pain, and more are in short supply. The reasons for this predicament are complex, and the fixes, elusive.
June 6, 2013 |
Frank Lautenberg may not have appeared to be a giant of the Senate, but when you review the arc of his legislation and the consistency of his agenda, the five-term senator left a powerful legacy. "Frank Lautenberg was a hero in public health," said Jay Winsten, associate dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. "If there was a Nobel Prize in public health, he would have deserved it for his aggressive fights in the public interest and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been saved.
March 22, 2013 |
Philadelphia remains the unhealthiest county in Pennsylvania, according to the latest annual rankings, though it has improved substantially in its rates of smoking, violent crime, and premature death. Chester County ranked as the state's healthiest county, a status that, like Philadelphia's, is strongly linked to social and economic factors. Bucks and Montgomery Counties also made the top 10 in the analysis, commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Delaware County slid a few places to 41st out of the 67 counties.
March 1, 2013 |
If federal spending cuts kick in as planned Friday, Montgomery County would lose significant funding for seniors, students and job-seekers, Commissioner Josh Shapiro said. In a news conference Thursday, Shapiro outlined how the "the sequester" - a technical term for $85 billion in automatic spending cuts - would affect the county: Seniors - waiting lists for Meals on Wheels and senior centers; reduced funding for senior-abuse investigations; reduced transportation for medical appointments; a waiting list for family caregiver subsidies.
February 28, 2013
New Jerseyans can breathe a sigh of relief that Gov. Christie on Tuesday joined the growing ranks of Republican governors savvy enough to put aside party loyalty and embrace a key element of Obamacare. Christie's decision to enact an expansion of Medicaid is a move that, as the governor noted in his budget speech, "will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy, and actually save money" for the state's taxpayers.