John Kopp

John Kopp

John Kopp is the Chief Health Reporter/Assistant Editor at He joined the newsroom after spending five years reporting for the Delaware County Daily Times. He spent the prior year covering state and local politics, including a $4 million Pennsylvania state Senate race. He previously covered Chester city government, the Chester Upland School District and high-school sports. A Temple University graduate, John enjoys long-distance running, watching baseball and exploring new places.

January 17, 2020


New Jersey adults among the least physically active in the U.S., CDC finds

About 29% of New Jersey adults are physically inactive, placing them at greater risk for a multitude of adverse health conditions. Pennsylvania did not fare much better, according to the CDC, which mapped physical inactivity across the United States.

January 15, 2020


Many vaping-related lung injury victims used THC products from 'informal sources,' CDC says

Many of the victims who suffered vaping-related lung injuries used THC products they obtained through informal sources, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been more than 2,600 EVALI cases since the outbreak began during the 2019 summer.

January 9, 2020

Health Stories

Born without a uterus, Philly-area woman births milestone baby thanks to transplant at Penn Medicine

Penn uterus transplant story

January 3, 2020


U-Haul adopts policy to stop hiring smokers, e-cigarette users in 21 states

U-Haul International is adopting a policy to stop hiring people who smoke cigarettes or use other nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, as part of an attempt to promote a healthier corporate culture. The policy will affect job applicants in 21 states, including Pennsylvania and Delaware.

January 2, 2020

Senior Health

An Alzheimer's vaccine could be ready for human trials within 2 years

A vaccine that both prevents and treats Alzheimer's disease could be ready for human trials in as little as 18 months, according to scientists.

January 2, 2020


Administering century-old tuberculosis vaccine in a new way may make it more effective

Scientists believe they have found a way to bolster the tuberculosis vaccine by simply changing the dose and the way it is administered.

December 23, 2019


Ten defining health care achievements of the 2010s, from artificial intelligence to immunotherapy

A lot has happened in the last 10 years – and advancements in health care are no exception. Here's a look back at the defining achievements and trends of the 2010s.

December 20, 2019


Temple doctors see hope, heartbreak among migrants at Mexican refugee camp

Some 1,600 migrants who have settled at the Matamoros refugee camp on the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a byproduct of the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, which sends asylum seekers back to Mexico until their cases are resolved.

December 16, 2019

Adult Health

Two apples a day may keep the heart doctor away

Eating two large apples each day lowers LDL cholesterol, which could help reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

December 13, 2019

Health Stories

His life in 'overtime,' Penn doctor races to find better treatments for rare Castleman disease

David Fajgenbaum, 34, recounts his battle against Castleman disease in his new memoir, "Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race To Turn Hope Into Action." Fajgenbuam wrote the book partly in hopes of boosting awareness of Castleman disease, which has not gained the notoriety of other rare diseases despite its deadly nature.

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