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Beebe Healthcare

Beebe Healthcare is opening a new center for physical therapy in Rehoboth.

New data puts Delaware’s childhood obesity rate in the upper third on a nationwide ranking.

16.7% of young people ages 10 to 17 in Delaware are obese. That gives the First State the 16th highest childhood obesity rate among all states, according to data from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week.

Delaware health officials are commending steps taken by the Opioid Crisis Response Act signed by President Trump this week. It has special provisions for states hardest hit by the opioid crisis.

Kevin Bronson / DNREC

Data from the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife shows piping plovers continued making a healthy comeback this year.


The Wilmington-based addiction and mental health treatment center Gaudenzia is opening a new facility in Claymont.

James Morrison / Delaware Public Media

The Wilmington Police Department says it plans to have its officers carry the overdose antidote Narcan as soon as possible.

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.