US officials identify ‘strong culprit’ in vaping illnesses

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials announced a breakthrough Friday into the cause of a mysterious outbreak of vaping illnesses, reporting they have a “very strong culprit.” The same chemical compound was found in fluid taken from the lungs of 29 patients across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The compound […]

Commentary: Keep children safe this Halloween

Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for pedestrians, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In Delaware, 23 pedestrians of all ages have died through Oct. 14 […]

Speak Out: DHSS split?

At the end of June, the Delaware General Assembly approved a resolution establishing a task force to review the Department of Health and Social Services and whether Delawareans would be better served by splitting it into several autonomous units. • The obvious first cut would be to bifurcate the Department into two parts: The Department […]

Should state’s largest cabinet department be split in two?

DOVER — About one in every five state employees who works in a cabinet agency (which is to say most state workers bar educators) is employed by the Department of Health and Social Services, and a whopping 27 percent of General Fund spending for the current fiscal year goes to the agency. That, in summation, […]

Commentary: Shedding a tear for a warrior battling FTD

Subordinate officer, best friend, lover, wife, caregiver, advocate, mind reader — the evolution of my relationship with my husband. Don suffers with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD), a little-known disease that cannot be prevented, cured, or slowed down. The Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration’s Food for Thought Week and FTD World Wide Awareness Week coincide with Don’s birthday […]

Delaware reports first vaping-related death

DOVER — A Delawarean is among those believed to have died from complications relating to vaping within the past few months, the state announced Thursday. In recent weeks, health experts have sounded the alarm on vaping, or electronic cigarette use, as hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control […]

Flu season begins with free vaccine clinics

DOVER — Flu season has begun, and local health officials are preparing for battle. Delaware’s Division of Public Health is gearing up for the season with free flu clinics across the state. “The Division of Public Health’s mission is to protect the health of all Delaware citizens. Our goal is to ensure as many Delawareans […]

Laurel teen’s persistence helps recovery from paralysis

LAUREL — Seventeen-year-old Phillip Hartman of Laurel is a Bulldog in more ways than one. Perseverance and tenacity are part of the body chemistry of the 17-year-old Laurel High School senior, whose sophomore and junior years were anything but normal. As he faced surgery for thoracic scoliosis, he was ready. When he emerged from surgery […]

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health

WASHINGTON — Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday. A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the otherwise healthy, that advice has […]

Commentary: Take it slow when beginning to run

With the weather improving I’m often asked about how to make running a successful part of a workout regimen to meet fitness goals. Juggling work, family and various obligations it can often be a struggle to “fit” in fitness. With time being the only thing slim, often the goal is to maximize your activity in […]