May 4, 2008 |
Six-year-old Brynn Henry has spent half her life battling leukemia. But on a chilly April Saturday in Glenmoore, Brynn wasn't thinking about her cancer. All she could think about was trying to get the Chincoteague pony she was riding to catch up with her little sister, who was running circles around a barn. Brynn spread her arms out like an airplane as the pony advanced toward the giggling target. With so much of her life out of her control, Brynn, of Coatesville, has found a much-needed escape through horseback riding.
August 20, 1987 |
The medical director of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has criticized a recent study that indicated a new drug might help MS patients and said he feared a black market could develop for the drug. The drug is a synthetic protein called Copolymer-1 that was developed in Israel. A doctor reported last week in the New England Journal of Medicine that, in a preliminary trial in the United States, the drug appeared effective in alleviating multiple sclerosis' symptoms. Multiple sclerosis is a crippling disease characterized by a slow degeneration of the protective sheath that surrounds nerves, resulting in a gradual loss of muscle control.
April 15, 2013
Small plates make small eaters Everyone who has ever read a diet book knows this tip: Use a smaller plate, and you are likely to put less food on it. Now researchers have found the same is true for children taking food at school lunch. A study showed the "food environment" - conditions around eating - counts, the researchers from universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia said. The researchers repeatedly watched 42 first graders serve themselves lunch at school, using plates and bowls of adult size and half as large.
July 11, 2013 |
THIS WEEK comes word that Sarah Murnaghan has pneumonia in her right lung - a condition that her mother, Janet, has described as "definitely a large setback. " Predictably, the online naysayers who comment on our stories are using the news as further evidence that the 10-year-old cystic fibrosis patient never should have undergone transplant surgery that allowed donated adult-size lungs to be surgically altered to fit inside her child-size chest. "Sad though it may be to hear, there's a reason that pediatric patients aren't routinely transplanted with adult lungs: the outcomes tend to be sub-optimal," wrote phillygwm.
March 20, 2014 |
Devon Dredden was not on the football field last fall, but his presence undoubtedly was. At Cheyney University, his twin brother, DeAndre, donned his number, 32. Teammates decorated helmets with orange ribbon decals with Devon's name. Players at his alma mater, Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, sold T-shirts with his name and a message: "Don't give up! Don't ever give up!" It's a mantra that Devon, a 20-year-old Berlin Township native, has taken from the field to his fight against leukemia - and one that last weekend earned him an award for courage from his church, Green Grove Baptist.
December 9, 2013 |
Three years ago, University of Pennsylvania researchers wondered whether their early success with a novel immune therapy was the dawn of a revolution in cancer treatment - or a fluke. Now they know the answer, and so do other experts in the cautious world of medical science. Penn and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Saturday reported the results from 59 adults and children who received a gene therapy engineered from their own disease-fighting T cells to treat recurrent, intractable leukemia.
February 24, 2012 |
PSST, Taylor Swift, I know a boy who likes you. He loves your music and thinks you're really sweet. He thinks you're really cute, too. No wait, he actually said "beautiful. " His name's Kevin McGuire, and yesterday he poured his big, romantic heart out to me from his room on the third floor of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. That's the oncology unit. He's dealing with a relapse of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He's very tired and a little homesick. But when I asked what he'd say to you if he saw you in person, he perked up a little and said he already had something prepared.
December 11, 2012 |
A 7-year-old pixie named Emily Whitehead has erased any remaining doubts about the power of a University of Pennsylvania gene therapy to eradicate certain blood cancers. The therapy is personalized using each patient's immune system "T cells. " Three weeks after Emily's infusion in April, she was completely free of the leukemia that had been on the verge of killing her. Just as important, she showed that the T cell therapy can have catastrophic side effects, and pointed the way for her doctors to find an antidote.
November 12, 1989 |
When he's not playing tag with his brothers, Brian Swiekczek's favorite activity is playing a new video game called Police Artist. The 9-year-old from Upper Providence Township enjoys mixing and matching clues with the computer memory game. In fact, his mother, June Swiekczek, said sometimes the only thing that can pull him away from the game is a flashing light indicating that he has an incoming message on his computer modem. The message is from his friends at Rose Tree Elementary School who have been corresponding with Brian through a new computer service called Prodigy during his recovery from a bone marrow transplant performed in Seattle.
December 28, 1989 |
The signs in the fourth grade class at Rose Tree Elementary School read: "Welcome Back, Brian. " And when 9-year-old Brian Swierczek finally made his appearance Friday, the 21 students waved banners and applauded wildly. "He looks good," said his friend Brian Boschetti, also 9. "This is the best Christmas present anyone could have," said his teacher, Audrey Foster. Brian, who lives in Upper Providence Township, was back after a bone-marrow transplant at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center/Swedish Hospital Medical Center in Seattle to combat acute non-lymphoblastic leukemia.