Disability Bill Would Extend Coverage for Philly Paramedics, EMTs
Philadelphia firefighters are looking to get their peers in the city's Firefighters and Paramedics Union the same disability coverage they enjoy.
The Heart and Lung Act of 1935 compels employers of public-safety workers such as police and firefighters - but not EMTs and paramedics - to get their full pay and health coverage during time off for an on-the-job injury.
With help from Rep. Frank Farry, a Bucks County Republican and volunteer fireman, the union, Local 22, is pushing to extend those protections to emergency medical workers, making them "financially whole" while on disability leave.
Nasal Flu Spray Fails Again, Experts Urge Injection for All Ages
The nasal spray version of the annual flu vaccine failed to protect kids again last year, the latest in a string of failures that has prompted an expert panel to recommend that doctors stop giving it to patients.
Health officials recently reported that the spray performed dismally for the third straight year, while the traditional flu shot — the one that stings — worked reasonably well this winter.
Drones Tested for Disaster Response
How to distribute lifesaving supplies quickly and safely after a natural disaster has long been a puzzle for responders. Now, drones might be the lifesaver.
That idea was put to the test recently in New Jersey as a drone delivery service conducted test flights to help determine whether drones can be used to carry human medical samples to and from areas that cannot be accessed or communicated with during major storms, earthquakes or other disasters.