State’s cancer mortality rate falls

DOVER — Delaware’s mortality rate for all cancers declined 10% between the five-year periods of 2002-06 and 2012-16, with specific declines for Black men and women and Hispanic women. Additionally, mortality rates decreased for female breast cancer, as well as colorectal, lung and prostate cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Delaware ranked 15th highest in the country […]

Chance to safely dispose of prescription drugs coming later this month

On Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Delawareans will have the opportunity to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs as part of the National Take-Back Initiative. The program, part of a partnership between the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration, is an opportunity for people to prevent pill abuse and theft by […]

Beebe presents DAISY Award to Hudson

LEWES — Jeff Hudson, BSN, RN, a nurse on Beebe Healthcare’s Intensive Care Unit, has been honored with this quarter’s DAISY Award.The award is a part of the DAISY Foundation’s national program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses make every day. Mr. Hudson received the DAISY Award because of the care and support he provided […]

Community screening of award-winning documentary

LEWES — Uday Jani, MD and Dr. Krista Griffin will host community screenings of an award-winning documentary on the power of redefining your life story. “Is Your Story Making You Sick?” offers a look at how our stories define how we see ourselves, view our relationships, live our lives and impact our health. Dr. Jani, […]

Delaware officials stress importance of drug drop boxes

DOVER – In the last year, seven new permanent prescription drug drop boxes have been added to the state’s existing locations, boosting the statewide count to 28, the Delaware Division of Health and Social Services said Tuesday. There are 10 permanent drop box sites in New Castle County, seven in Kent County and 11 in […]

Project links pediatricians, child psychiatrists

There’s a large and unmet need for children whose behavioral health is “a little more complicated” than what most general pediatricians can handle. Those children often don’t have access to many psychiatrists in the area, said Dr. Stacey Fox, a general pediatrician for Beacon Pediatrics in Rehoboth Beach. She described the frequency of children needing […]

Dental coverage to be added to Medicaid in Delaware

NEW CASTLE — Adult Delawareans who receive Medicaid will automatically get dental coverage as part of their plan starting Thursday, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Gov. John Carney signed legislation establishing the Medicaid adult dental benefit in August 2019. Implementation was originally scheduled for April 2020 but was delayed by […]

State launches Fight Flu DE campaign

DOVER — The Delaware Division of Public Health is partnering with health care, faith-based and community partners to launch an aggressive communications campaign to mobilize all Delawareans to get their flu vaccinations called “Fight Flu DE.” While DPH has always been proactive in encouraging flu vaccinations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a greater urgency for […]

NAMI conference highlights mental health issues

For five days next month, NAMI Delaware will highlight different aspects of mental health during its annual Inspiring Hope Conference. “I think people now recognize more than ever the importance of addressing mental health issues, because I think people are recognizing that their mental health has been impacted in some way, shape or form by […]

$50K challenge grant offered to Nemours Children’s Health

MILFORD — Nemours Children’s Health and an anonymous donor are calling on the community to help fill a vital need for pediatric care in southern Delaware. Later this year, Nemours will open the first full-service pediatric primary/specialty care center of its kind in Sussex County. Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Milford, will occupy 35,000 square feet on […]