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Health experts and developers from Delaware contributed to an economic summit in Philadelphia last week. The discussion was on opportunities for hospitals to fund initiatives that spur economic growth and create healthier communities.

A child in Delaware has caught the flu.


The state’s Division of Public Health reports a five-year-old from Sussex County is the first pediatric flu case in the 2018-2019 season.

Contamination by toxic PFAS chemicals in ground water at Dover Air Force Base was dramatically higher than federal health limits recommended this year, according to a new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Health care payers across the country are shifting away from paying providers for the number of doctor visits and tests they perform and towards paying for healthy patient outcomes.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino has more on a group of primary care practices in Delaware who say they’ve been able to successfully use this payment model to both save money for Medicare and improve their patient outcomes.

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Earlier this week, Hurricane Michael quickly intensified and slammed into the Florida Panhandle - putting that state’s hurricane readiness to the test.

Readiness for storm’s like Michael is one area the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center examines in depth, and the center is part of a larger group recently awarded nearly $2 million dollars to specifically study the factors that influence whether people prepare for hurricanes.

For this week's Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt spoke with the UD Disaster Research Center’s Joe Trainor about this hurricane preparedness study.

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As Matt Denn wraps up his time as Delaware Attorney General, he’s making recommendations on how the state should continue its fight against the misuse of opioids.

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The flu season is now officially underway and the state and area hospitals are holding mass vaccination events.

First State nursing homes are seeking donations for their residents ahead of the holiday season.

Jim Schneck, Winterthur

Winterthur Museum has reopened its Science Research and Analysis Laboratory. The lab closed over the summer for its first renovations since 1969.

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Sun Behavioral opened a center for substance abuse and mental health treatment in Sussex County this week.