CDC Director Frieden Warns of High Stakes in Fighting Ebola

This blog post by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden originally appeared on the Huffington Post website on August 7. The High Stakes in Fighting Ebola: Leave One Burning Ember and the Epidemic Could Re-Ignite By Tom Frieden,
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Pilot Study Examines Brain’s Reaction to Religious Symbols

Study and Commentary Open Multi-Disciplinary Dialogue on Intersection of Neuroscience and Religion Building on his work in neurotheology, Andrew Newberg, M.D., published a pilot study examining the effect of religious symbols on brain function in the latest issue of Spirituality in Clinical Practice. The first-of-its-kind study is published with corresponding commentary (more...)

Senate Law & Justice Committee Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

State Senator Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny), Democratic Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, announced that the Committee passed Senate Bill 1182 establishing access to medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “After hearing so many moving and deeply personal stories on the issue of medical cannabis, I am proud that the Law (more...)

Williams Planning June Forum on Marijuana Legalization in PA

With the Pennsylvania General Assembly moving forward on legislation to legalize medical cannabis, state Senator Anthony H. Williams will hold a forum next week at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, to discuss the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana in Pennsylvania. Sen. Anthony H. Williams’ free forum, “The Great (more...)

Philly Illnesses Going Around

Sickweather is prepared to help Philadelphians navigate through allergy season.  This is the weekly forecast for your area: Common Cold, Allergies, and Fever are going around in Philly.  Reports of Common Cold are on the rise. Animated 5-Day Common Cold Map: Animated 5-Day Allergies Map: Animated 5-Day Fever (more...)

The Federal Government Is Out of their League on Health Care

Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth’s largest grassroots organization, is reacting to the announcement that Governor Corbett has submitted his Healthy PA plan to the federal government for approval. “Asking the federal government for assistance and approval of a healthcare plan is like asking a little leaguer (more...)

U.S., 26 Nations to Speed Programs Against Infectious Diseases

The United States joined 26 countries, the World Health Organization, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organisation for Animal Health February 13 in a commitment to accelerate progress toward a world safe from the threat of infectious disease and to the goals of (more...)

Measles Cases Drop Sharply, but Eradication Goal a Challenge

Intensified efforts to conduct broad immunization campaigns have prevented almost 14 million deaths from measles worldwide since 2000, according to a new global report prepared jointly by U.S. and World Health Organization (WHO) experts. About 145 million children received measles vaccines from 2000 to 2012, resulting in (more...)

Start the New Year With High On Marijuana!

According to CNN News, " Colorado began allowing the sale of recreational marijuana on January 1 to anyone age 21 or older. Residents can now buy marijuana like alcohol - except the cannabis purchase is limited to an ounce, which is substantial enough to cost about $200 or (more...)

AFP: Pennsylvania Should Steer Clear of ObamaCare

WSJ article highlights continued chaos under the law, says PA director Stefano. Americans for Prosperity Pennsylvania is citing a recent Wall Street Journal piece detailing problems with state-established ObamaCare exchanges as evidence that the Commonwealth should continue to steer clear of the failed and flailing healthcare law, including (more...)

To Win Fight Against AIDS, We Must First Defeat TB

This blog post by Cheri Vincent, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Health Bureau, was published on the USAID website on December 3. There are no republication restrictions for use by U.S. embassies. To Win the Fight Against AIDS, We Must (more...)

Christmas Seals Campaign to Fight Lung Disease

ALA of the Mid-Atlantic Uses Profits from Christmas Seals Campaign to Fight Lung Disease This the season for an ever-popular holiday tradition, the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals.  First issued in 1907, these holiday stickers can spruce up any holiday card or package.  More than 100 years ago, the ALA used (more...)

U.S. Congress Supports PEPFAR into Its Second Decade

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. Congress has made quick work of legislation that extends the life of the nation’s 10-year-old program targeting the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, the most extensive campaign a nation ever has mounted against a single disease. Without controversy, the U.S. House and Senate on November (more...)

Pennsylvania: Bipartisan Medical Cannabis Bill

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) held a press conference to announce the introduction of a bill he drafted with Sen. Mike Folmer (R-48) that would legalize the use of medical cannabis in Pennsylvania. “I would like to thank my colleague Sen. Folmer for his action on (more...)

Health Care Plans Fly in Face of Middle Class, Poor

State Rep. Kevin Haggerty D-Lackawanna As a state lawmaker I find myself continually disheartened by the inequity among Pennsylvania families’ hard choices when it comes to health care, particularly at a time when there is so much doubt and turmoil in the market for benefits. Yes, I am blessed with a family health (more...)