Zika mosquitoes don’t take vacations. Congress does.

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Congress is in recess for a seven-week paid summer vacation. The House vacation schedule is here. The Senate schedule is here. (Nice work... Read more

The 2015 GOP Debate: No surprises to answers on health care

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Ten Republican Presidential candidates appeared in the primetime debate on August 6: Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, Senator Ted Cruz from... Read more

Housing, not asylums

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This is one in a mini-series of posts exploring the state of mental health care in America, and how to fix it. In the January issue of the... Read more

Are we prepared for the next emergency?

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Our ability to stop terrorists from turning passenger planes into missiles wasn't the nation's only deficiency back 13 years ago. The public... Read more

Impact of Pa.'s Medicaid expansion delay? Study says up to 1,500 deaths in one year

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When Pennsylvania and 24 other states opted out of—or delayed opting into—the Medicaid expansion, they put a lot of lives on the... Read more

Why is Pennsylvania paying to advertise smoking?

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Pennsylvania is one of 11 states that subsidized 93 percent of recent top-grossing movies featuring characters who smoke, according to researchers... Read more

Disasters: How we can help those in the Philippines and ourselves

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The devastation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan is enormous. Over 10,000 are dead. Survivors are without water, food, and shelter... Read more

Concerned about food and drug safety now? Look back aways . . .

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The recent government shutdown brought a halt to most of the work of two agencies overseeing food safety. (Meat and poultry inspection continued... Read more