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Published: Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:28:01 GMT2017-06-25T15:28:01Z

 



On the Delaware Bay, N.J. town struggles against sea rise

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:28:01 GMT2017-06-25T15:28:01Z

A New Jersey bayshore town serves as an example of how rising seas are playing out in smaller communities with little resources to spend millions replenishing beaches and replacing aging infrastructure. It's touched off debate about whether sea level rise is real, what to do about it, and how to pay for it. The state is buying out homes.



Resisting temptation, when you're young and addicted to heroin in Kensington

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:17:42 GMT2017-06-25T12:17:42Z

But here they are, young and addicted to heroin in Kensington. And every day, passing through the gauntlet of their old lives - the epicenter of Philadelphia's opioid crisis, the blocks surrounding the El and McPherson Square Park.



Medical Mystery: An unexpected outcome from liposuction

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:21:22 GMT2017-06-25T10:21:22Z

A medical safety expert is called in to figure out what caused serious - and baffling - internal perforations in a man who had the cosmetic fat-removing procedure.



How breakfast at this South Jersey diner became PTSD therapy for 200 veterans

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:28:18 GMT2017-06-25T09:28:18Z

About 50 military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder gather for breakfast and peer support each week at the Garden State Diner in Wrightstown, close to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.



Senate health-care bill faces serious resistance from GOP moderates

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:35:48 GMT2017-06-25T03:35:48Z

Fears that proposed cuts would fray the social safety net are creating anxiety for Republican moderates whose states have benefited from the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid. Those centrists may pose just as much an obstacle to the bill’s passage as their colleagues on the right.



Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:35:11 GMT2017-06-25T03:35:11Z

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) - Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers' political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans.



5 GOP senators now oppose health bill — enough to sink it

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:21:13 GMT2017-06-25T03:21:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.



For West CEO Eric Green, the lab is a refuge

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:25:40 GMT2017-06-24T15:25:40Z

When West Pharmaceutical Services chief executive Eric Green needs a little stress relief, he pays a visit to his company's laboratories. In a white jacket and safety glasses, the former chemist gets to trade talk of share prices and corporate strategy for the fine points in developing the latest in patient self-injection devices or packaging solutions for sensitive molecules along with a healthy dose of ribbing from his fellow scientists.



Casey urges action against GOP health-care plan

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:51:02 GMT2017-06-24T13:51:02Z

The rally came a day after Senate Republicans unveiled their long-awaited proposal.



Desperate for help, heroin addicts get 'hijacked' to Florida

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:46:36 GMT2017-06-24T09:46:36Z

In a scam aimed at vulnerable drug addicts and their families, deceptive marketers have been "hijacking" the phone numbers of Philadelphia area drug treatment centers and re-routing them to Florida treatment centers.



Great Adventure can cut 18,000 trees for solar array

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:57:16 GMT2017-06-24T00:57:16Z

A N.J. judge ruled that Six Flags can clear cut part of an adjoining forest to install the array to power its theme park despite objections from environmentalists.



In Philly area, advocates see 'devastating impact' of GOP health plans

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:51:01 GMT2017-06-23T21:51:01Z

Insurance coverage will be lost, some hospitals may be in trouble, and "hundreds of thousands of jobs" will disappear, they said.



Philly mental health organization has a new name

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:18:28 GMT2017-06-23T19:18:28Z

It was the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania for 66 years.



Ever wonder why eggs are shaped like eggs? Scientists say they've figured it out.

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:26:41 GMT2017-06-23T18:26:41Z

Hummingbirds lay eggs shaped like Tic Tac mints. Sandpiper eggs come to peaks, in the manner of teardrops. Owls plop out tight spheres not unlike ping-pong balls.



How the GOP bill could change Medicare

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:58:59 GMT2017-06-23T17:58:59Z

Q. How would Medicare coverage change under the Republicans' health care bill? Would the annual free wellness exams be eliminated?



5 Questions: How to keep kids safe while traveling

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:57:27 GMT2017-06-23T17:57:27Z

A Philly-area pediatrician shares tips to keep children healthy on trips around the world, or just to Grandma's house.



Pa. awards 12 licenses to grow medical marijuana

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:14:07 GMT2017-06-23T17:14:07Z

The state this afternoon released the names of the 12 winners that will be granted permits to cultivate medicinal cannabis, including the two firms that will supply the Philadelphia area.



Trump again shows his mastery … of misdirection and fraud

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:04:21 GMT2017-06-23T17:04:21Z

The day was going disastrously for the GOP and its long-awaited and wildly unpopular health-care plan, and then along came President Trump and magnificent Twitter machine, changing the subject of the national conversation to his war with former FBI director Jim Comey. Will Trump's mastery of the Art of Distraction help this money grab for the rich sneak through Congress?



A pediatrician's view: What will proposed GOP cuts do to Philly's most vulnerable?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:33:43 GMT2017-06-23T16:33:43Z

As GOP spending cuts make their way through Congress, a busy doctor looks at his day's schedule and thinks how each of his patients and their families might be affected.



Philly methadone clinic doctor: Medicaid cuts will kill people

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:16:13 GMT2017-06-23T15:16:13Z

Our society's response to this epidemic will be our legacy. Opiates already are killing more of our neighbors than died at the height of the HIV epidemic in the 90s.