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FDA, USDA food safety rules have loopholes, report says. The government shutdown only makes them harder to close

Last year was a bad one for food recalls, and, according to a new report, that’s part of a potentially worrying trend.

By Dana Bate, WHYY

Lawmaker targets companies that profit from Medicaid claims

"This is a government program for some of the poorest of the poor, and no one should be making a profit on it to that extent."
By Brett Sholtis

Chester County joins local governments suing opioid manufacturers

At least 18 Pa. counties have filed similar lawsuits in recent years. 
By Nina Feldman, WHYY

Smart Talk: Hospital price transparency

Consumers now have cost information with new federal rule
By Merideth Bucher

Hospitals now must list their prices, but shopping around might be more confusing than helpful

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, someone who isn’t a medical billing professional would have no idea what services would be bundled together on a bill.

By Brett Sholtis

Opioid prescription database helps Pa. doctors find at-risk patients

"We don’t want people to suffer, but we don’t want opioids to be overprescribed.”
By Nina Feldman, WHYY

Flu declared widespread in Pa.; death count doubles

The latest report shows flu taking the steep climb that often follows holiday gatherings and the beginning of the new year.
By David Wenner, PennLive

At all-inclusive ballet classes, ‘special things happen’ for special-needs children, and their parents

Lee Marriott says dancing is something everyone can do with their body, but not everyone was getting the chance.

By Keira McGuire

Stories we followed in 2018: Fighting back against opioid addiction

A year that began with record overdose deaths also saw an unprecedented response.
By Brett Sholtis

Emergency rooms are flooded with mental health patients who have nowhere else to go

Health system and county officials point to a need for more mental health resources.
By Brett Sholtis
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