Letter to the Editor: Increase funding for support professionals

I am a lifelong Delawarean and have worked at Easterseals for almost 10 years. I am writing to request that everyone ask your senators and representatives to increase funding for direct support professionals by giving $14 million this year. The McNesby Act, passed unanimously last year, was a promise that funding will be fully given […]

Commentary: A clinician’s perspective on medical aid in dying

Suffering at the end of life isn’t theoretical to me. It’s not ideological nor philosophical. In my 30-plus years practicing clinical neurology in Dover, I’ve seen hundreds of patients suffer from neurodegenerative diseases that are certain to end their lives, sometimes under excruciating circumstances. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a prime […]

Federal government aims to roll back transgender health protection

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration proposed Friday to roll back Obama-era discrimination protections for transgender people in health care, a move LGBT groups warn will unleash a wave of discrimination. The Health and Human Services Department released a proposed regulation that in effect says “gender identity” is not protected under federal laws that prohibit discrimination […]

Nemours, Bayhealth top out new Sussex medical office

MILFORD — With celebratory fanfare, the final steel beam of the future Nemours/Bayhealth Medical Office Building on the new Sussex Campus was hoisted into place Wednesday afternoon. An evergreen tree and an American flag topped the beam that was covered with signatures of event goers. The event, laced with Scandinavian traditions, symbolized the end of […]

Commentary: Prevent Lyme disease by avoiding tick bites

The next time you are outdoors enjoying nature, take the time to protect yourself from small unseen enemies. Seemingly harmless tick bites can be very dangerous to your health. Black-legged or deer tick bites transmit the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and B. mayonii, which cause Lyme disease. It is frequently characterized by an expanding red rash, […]

Commentary: Mental Health Awareness Month a time for reflection

May is Mental Health Awareness month, which is also a time for increased awareness of addiction and substance abuse. As we see so often at Brandywine Counseling and Community Services, many confronting substance abuse challenges are also dealing with mental health issues. According to a National Institutes of Health article, “about half of those who […]

Letter to the Editor: Poll shows impacts of rural economy on farmers’ mental health

A strong majority of farmers and farm workers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact their mental health, according to a new national research poll by Morning Consult. Other factors farmers deal with include stress, weather, the economy, isolation and social stigma. Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau […]

Letter to the Editor: Increasing our pay

I moved from New York to Delaware a few months ago to work as a direct care worker for adults with special needs. I thought moving from New York to Delaware would have saved me money, but it hasn’t. Delaware does not pay its care workers enough money for me to make ends meet. I […]

Speak Out: Delaware state workers’ health care

The State Employee Benefits Committee is considering raising premiums for tens of thousands of state workers and their families, although nothing has been decided yet. • Many of us in the private sector also are paying higher premiums and our insurance doesn’t transfer with us in retirement. — Norma Lynn Evans-Hudson • Question, how often […]

Delaware addresses human trafficking issues

DOVER – Human trafficking often hides in plain sight. Although eight of nine victims will see a health care provider during servitude, clues aren’t always detected and the crime continues. Delaware’s health care community continues to develop a common protocol to identify and free the enslaved, billing the program as unique nationwide. “We hope this […]