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The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill ealier today by a vote of 32-18 that would amend Pennsylvania’s current Abortion Control Act to change the current 24-week cutoff for abortions to 20 weeks except in cases of an extreme medical emergency. The bill would also make a safe, medically accepted technique called “dilation and evacuation” illegal, and would criminalize doctors for performing it.  

Opponents of the bill, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, say the bill simply limits legal access Read more...

In the wake of the new Presidential administration, and with a Congress that has announced its intention of restricting reproductive healthcare rights, a major area of concern has been what effect the new administration will have on the country’s healthcare. In particular, the sense that reproductive healthcare – especially access to birth control – will be under threat has been of primary concern. In the days immediately after the election, lots of people online were cautioning those in need of birth control to get an intrauterine device (IUD) – a long- Read more...

The incoming Congress has made removing health care and health protections for millions of people one of its first priorities. More than 1​.1​ million people gained coverage in PA through the Affordable Care Act, including​ nearly​ 7​0​0,000 people that benefited from Medicaid Expansion.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  This nationally representative data provides important information on Read more...

Lin-Fan Wang, MD
More and more healthcare providers are taking a nuanced approach to  the association of obesity with cardiovascular health, longevity, and quality of life. They are recognizing that the numbers on a scale, or a Body Mass Index, don’t tell the whole story about someone’s health or fitness level.
 
Part of this stems from the recognition that most ‘traditional’ weight loss programs are unsuccessful over the long term.  And that the ultimate goal of any serious weight loss program is improved health and mobility – so why not Read more...