Marie McCullough covers health and medicine, with a special focus on cancer and women's health issues.

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More women using marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding, despite warnings and unknowns

THC is a particular concern. It readily crosses the placenta to the fetus, and small amounts get transferred via breast milk to a baby. In theory, this mind-altering chemical messenger could interfere with development.

Penn health system sued by technician fired during breast cancer treatment

Kenya Harris, of Upper Darby, says she is now cancer free, but has been in financial straits since losing her job as an anesthesia tech.

More cases of lymphoma caused by breast implants, FDA says

At least 457 women in the U.S. have been diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma since 2010, including nine who died, the FDA said Wednesday.

Even cancer can’t get some patients to quit smoking. What could help them kick their habit?

Cancer patients who stop smoking improve their prognosis. Researchers thought they had a way to help patients break the habit, but it didn't turn out that way.

Obesity-related cancers are increasing in young adults

More young adults are spending more of their lives exposed to a cancer-causing substance: excess weight. And more of them are developing cancer.

Trump’s health care threats led to a boom in long-term birth control

Trump may be the first president in history who can claim he made women nationwide rush to get long-acting birth control.

N.J. abortion clinic doctor found incompetent. What happens to the troubled clinics?

A N.J. judge has dealt another blow to discredited abortion provider Steven Brigham. But the fate of Brigham's chain of abortion clinics remains unclear.

Twins born joined at the head exceeding expectations 19 months after separation at CHOP

Erin and Abby Delaney’s weekdays revolve around physical, developmental, speech, and other therapies. How are they doing? In a word, thriving.

Over $800K raised to get British boy cancer treatment at CHOP: ‘This is our only hope’

To try to save their child, these British parents raised $800,000 in three months for treatment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Now, donors worldwide are rooting for 4-year-old Zac Oliver.

Pennsylvania faces lawsuit over ban on Medicaid coverage of abortion

The lawsuit contends that the abortion coverage ban, which affects low-income women who qualify for the public insurance program, violates equal rights protection provisions in the state Constitution.