Rita writes and reports on health issues — emotional, mental and physical — involving kids and families. That includes pets because they're family, too.

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Citing metal in chicken strips and E. coli in romaine, study calls for better food safety rules

The number of meat and poultry recalls in the most hazardous class — food consumption that could lead to serious illness or death — grew 85% from 2013 to 2019, according to the report.

N.J. bill to end religious exemption from childhood vaccines collapses, but Senate Democrats vow to fight

NJ legislative session ends with defeat for attempts to get rid of the vaccination religious exemption. Supporters vow to renew the fight.

A quarter of kids with autism may go undiagnosed, Rutgers study finds

Black and Hispanic kids with autism are going undetected, study finds

Philly health officials crack down on 149 businesses for selling tobacco products to kids

City shops caught selling tobacco products to lose their sales permits

Pew Center finds most Americans support vaccinating kids for measles

Despite growing controversy, study says most Americans support vaccinating kids

Cannabis-related psychosis, addiction, ER visits: For young users, marijuana can be a dangerous game

While it was once doubted as an addictive substance, treatment professionals now say they are seeing more adolescents and young adults with cannabis use disorder. Often starting in their early teens, many graduate to daily use.

Bernard Brachya Cohen, 93, psychologist, professor, writer, dies

After a career as a psychologist and professor, Bernard Cohen became a novelist in his 80s.

One person reported dead in crash on I-95; traffic backed up after Eagles game

A car and a tractor-trailer collided shortly after 6 p.m. at Academy Road in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Getting the kids a puppy for Christmas? Early exposure to pet dogs may lessen risk of schizophrenia, study finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine suggests that exposure to pet dogs before age 13 may lessen the likelihood of developing schizophrenia later in life.

N.J. measure to end religious exemption from childhood vaccines stalls in state Senate

A crowd of hundreds cheered as the Senate adjourned without voting; Senate President Sweeney vows to bring it back.