Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed rolling back nutrition guidelines for school meals that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. The impact, child nutrition advocates said, will be less fruit and vegetables and more foods like pizza and fries in the school meals program, […]

Commentary: Being a blood donor offers gift of Holiday Hope

As we close out 2019, I want to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful people who took time to donate blood in order to help numerous patients throughout Delmarva and beyond. Each of you deserves our deepest appreciation for giving a priceless gift that provides hope to patients and their families. Through […]

Commentary: Stable, healthy and affordable the key to success

As members of the Governor’s Cabinet, we work together with the common goal of providing all Delawareans an equal opportunity to succeed. With 2020 approaching, we have plans in the New Year to continue working together to address our state’s health and housing challenges, because more and more, we recognize the connection between housing and […]

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

PHILADELPHIA — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won’t cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big […]

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 […]