April 17, 2016
A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent both heart disease and colorectal cancer in adults age 50 to 69 who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular problems, an independent panel of medical experts said Monday. The final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that low-dose aspirin - typically, 81 mg - is most beneficial for people age 50 to 59. For adults 60 to 69, a decision should be made with their doctors because aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding, the panel said.
April 9, 2016 |
A soon-to-be released report commissioned by Camden County is expected to bring greater potency to residents' and county officials' demands for the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. The report by Sadat Associates will claim that contamination from the upstream Superfund site is entering the lake and passing downstream to the Cooper River, according to Emery Coppola Jr. of Sadat. It will also say the lake is threatened without dredging. Preliminary findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting Thursday night at Voorhees Town Center.
February 21, 2016 |
Sparking strong reaction from doctors and child-development experts, an influential task force says there's insufficient evidence to argue definitely that the benefits of screening all young children for autism outweigh the harms. "There's not enough evidence for us to recommend for or against screening in children for autism under 30 months," said David Grossman, a Seattle pediatrician who is vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Clinicians need to make a judgment on their own about whether to screen.
February 20, 2016 |
Pennsylvania's Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force filed its final report Thursday with Gov. Wolf, including 184 recommendations that identify best practices for pipeline siting, permitting and safety. Wolf created the task force last year in response to public anxiety over the number of pipelines proposed to deliver natural gas from the state's Marcellus Shale formation. Though pipeline regulation largely falls under the scope of the federal goverment, the recommendations include suggestions on employing better routing and construction methods to reduce environmental and community impacts.
February 18, 2016 |
Mayor Kenney on Tuesday released the report of the Transition Committee he appointed after winning the election in November. The committee, whose members came from both the private and public sector, made 139 recommendations aimed at "creating an accountable, accessible government that provides not only efficient, effectives services to every neighborhood, but that also provides opportunity to all Philadelphians," according to a statement from...
February 18, 2016 |
The transition team tasked with issuing recommendations for Mayor Kenney's first year in office handed him more than 100 suggested initiatives in a 65-page report released Tuesday. If Kenney follows the recommendations - and the timeline - he's got a busy road ahead. The report, compiled and edited by Kenney's policy team, largely reflects his campaign promises across every aspect of city government, but offers few details on how to fund or accomplish the initiatives. Kenney spokeswoman Lauren Hitt said the report offered recommendations, "not a list of what we're going to do. Some we will do, some we won't be able to do. " In November, Kenney appointed a diverse collection of leaders from the public and private sector to focus on five areas: education, economic opportunity, public safety, efficient government, and ensuring a diverse workforce.
December 24, 2015 |
The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections should separate its building inspection function from the business licensing and other economic development responsibilities, according to the latest report on the challenges facing the troubled agency. A report by the Building Safety Oversight Board, released Tuesday, outlined progress made so far by L&I and offered several other recommendations, including hiring more personnel to carry out needed reforms. The board, led by former deputy mayor Michael Nadol, evaluated the recommendations made last year by a special commission that reviewed L&I's role in the 2013 fatal building collapse.
December 21, 2015 |
It's sweet to read a great book - and sweet to recommend it to friends, to pass along the pleasure of a good read. In the giving spirit of the holidays, staff members tell us their favorites from this year. Prices are hardback. As books editor, I have some perks and preferences. This was the year of The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster), a book that really took off. And everyone should read National Book Award winner Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)
December 18, 2015
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: We just canceled our plans to go skiing in the Poconos next week because, well . . . there's no snow. We're still heading up there for a northern jaunt, and since I won't have much else to do but eat, I'd love some recommendations for good Poconos restaurants (is there such a thing?). I'll report back. Reader: The Poconos are a good 15 years behind the rest of the civilized world, but there's a really nice breakfast place called the Terra Cottage Cafe about a mile past the main entrance to Jack Frost/Big Boulder.
October 27, 2015 |
ON SATURDAY afternoon, when a rising career as a baseball executive was taking him from the West Coast back to his roots on the East Coast, from the shotgun seat in Anaheim to the head seat at the table that is the Phillies' front office, Matt Klentak's voicemail was full. But Klentak, who was introduced as the Phillies' general manager in an 11 a.m. press conference today at Citizens Bank Park, at least had some battery life left on his cellphone. On Saturday morning, he called Justin Hollander, the director of baseball operations with the Los Angeles Angels, with whom he worked as an assistant general manager over the last four years.