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(The first annual Kidney Action Day, on the plaza near Broad and JFK Blvd.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Philadelphia Holds Its First Annual ‘Kidney Action Day’ To Fight Deadly Diseases

Bright sunshine and a chance to get a free checkup brought big crowds to the plaza outside the Muncipal Services Building, on JFK Boulevard across from City Hall.


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Health Officials Warning Philadelphians After Case Of Measles Identified In Resident

A case of measles has been identified in an unvaccinated Philadelphia resident who recently traveled to Thailand, according to public health officials.


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Philadelphia Health Dept. To Spray In Fairmount Park Against West Nile Virus

The treatment, to kill mosquitos that may carry West Nile virus, will be concentrated in the area bordering Strawberry Mansion, including the area around Smith Playground.


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Philadelphia’s Condom Giveaway Hits One-Million Mark

“We’re right on track to hit 2.5 million condoms by the end of this year,” says program manager Drew Del Los Reyes.



Latest Heat Wave Killed 15 In Philadelphia, Medical Examiner Rules

The City of Philadelphia has increased the death toll from the latest heat wave to fifteen.


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Philadelphia Health Director Says Halladay’s Heat Exhaustion Is Lesson For All

Dr. Caroline Johnson, director of disease control for the Philadelphia Department of Health, has been among those preaching the importance of precautions during this heat wave.


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Philadelphia Lawmakers Move Ahead With Legislation Making Raccoons a Health Dept. Problem

City Council members say they are increasingly getting complaints about urban raccoons that they say are terrorizing homeowners in some parts of Philadelphia.


(The rally promoting hepatitis B vaccination took place in the concourse level of Dilworth Plaza, adjacent to Philadelphia City Hall.  Photos by John McDevitt)

‘Superheroes’ Rally In Philadelphia To Fight Hepatitis B

About 100 people rallied outside Philadelphia City Hall on Tuesday afternoon, becoming “superheroes for a day” in the fight against hepatitis B.


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Winner Of Package Design For ‘Philadelphia Condom’ Announced

“The winner is Michael Bodenberger with the Freedom Condom design,” said Mayor Michael Nutter at a City Hall ceremony.