Decision on adding anxiety, Tourette syndrome to medical marijuana list coming this summer
The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health will decide this summer whether anxiety and Tourette syndrome will be added as qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.
This is what opioid abuse in Pennsylvania looks like | The Numbers Racket
From the courthouse to the halls of state government -- and seemingly everywhere in-between -- Pennsylvania has made fighting the scourge of opioid abuse a priority over the last few years.
Long divided by abortion, House Democrats anticipate strong showing against Down syndrome ban
Still, some ardent opposing voices remain.
The road to measles elimination is predictable — but it can be rocky | Opinion
By Matthew Ferrari and Amy Winter The United States has seen more measles cases so far in 2019 than in any year since elimination was declared in 2000 – meaning the disease is no longer endemic in the country, spreading constantly throughout the year. This year’s American outbreak is dwarfed by those in Ukraine, Philippines, […]
Bipartisan senators want a ‘lead free environment’ for Pa.’s children
Almost every child in Pennsylvania could potentially encounter toxic lead in their homes, day cares, schools, or public water supplies, a report commissioned by the Joint State Government Commission found. That’s why a group of bipartisan group of senators on Tuesday announced a package of bills designed to increase public awareness of lead contamination and […]
GOP-controlled state House panel advances Down syndrome abortion ban
The House Health Committee voted along party lines Monday to advance a controversial proposal to ban abortions after an in-utero Down syndrome diagnosis. The panel voted 15-9 to approve legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kate Klunk, R-York, that amends current state law to add a Down syndrome diagnosis to the list of conditions under which a […]
Rep. Daryl Metcalfe: Doctors are getting ‘kickbacks’ for vaccinating kids | Monday Morning Coffee
He didn't offer any evidence to back up the claim.
How anti-science ignorance has stoked a real public health crisis | Dick Polman
Our best hope is that sanity will ultimately prevail.
From a bioethicist: 3 moral reasons why parents need to get their children vaccinated | Opinion
Measles cases in the US have reached their highest in 25 years. A bioethicist argues why parents opposed to vaccination are not just wrong about the science, but about the morals.
Is this the next fight over abortion rights in Pennsylvania? | Thursday Morning Coffee
In the absence of judicial action, anti-choice advocates are trying to legislate the medical procedure (and that's what it is) out of existence.
Metcalfe leads anti-vaccine rally for bill that would penalize medical practitioners
In the midst of a measles outbreak nationwide, Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe gathered with families and three anti-vaccination academics in Harrisburg on Tuesday to push a bill that punishes doctors who refuse to see unvaccinated patients. Fifteen of Metcalfe’s fellow Republicans have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, which includes a “vaccine non-discrimination” clause. […]
There’s a reason they call it the ‘Affordable’ Care Act. That’s why we need to preserve and protect it | Opinion
We must make sure all Americans have access to good doctors without fear of bankruptcy.