July 1, 2013
Daniel M. Skovronsky, M.D., Ph.D . Age: 39. Title: President, CEO, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. Number of Employees: About 100. Tenure: Founded the molecular imaging agent company in December 2004. Financials: In 2010, Eli Lilly & Co. bought Avid for up to $800 million if benchmarks were met. Diagnosing Alzheimer's: More than 100 years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer [the discoverer of Alzheimer's disease] had a patient with dementia. After she died, he looked at her brain under the microscope and discovered it was full of these things called amyloid plaques.
June 26, 2013 |
Donald Patterson was a man of firsts. He founded the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary school genetics clinic, the first of its kind in the country. He was the first to identify certain heart diseases in dogs that correlated to those in humans. And he contracted what is believed to be the first reported case of chimp-to-human-transmitted hepatitis A. Dr. Patterson, 82, a longtime Philadelphia resident, died Saturday, June 8, at Northwest Hospital and Medical Center in Seattle after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
June 24, 2013 |
Judith Wilson Moreno, 79, a former health-care executive, died of Alzheimer's disease Saturday, June 15, at CareOne Harmony Village at Moorestown, an assisted-living community for the memory-impaired, where she had lived since 2010. Born in Philadelphia, she was a 1951 graduate of Frankford High School, attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., graduated in 1954 from the Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing, and later earned a master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.
June 16, 2013 |
HIS FATHER stood 6-4, weighed 250 and was respected throughout his West Philadelphia neighborhood as a strong man, so Raymond Holman Jr. was startled when his dad phoned to say that a female stranger had come into his home and robbed him. "My father's friends called him 'Big Ray' and his friends were big guys," Holman said. "Everybody in the neighborhood knew daddy. I mean everybody. So it was really a shock that someone would have the nerve to come into daddy's house like that and steal from him. " But that shock back in 1997 was mild compared to what would follow.
May 18, 2013 |
HERSHEY, Pa. - There was no military honor guard. No flag-draped casket. No politicians pontificating. Instead, the life of Pennsylvania's 36th governor, George M. Leader, was celebrated Thursday with family memories, a haunting rendition of "We Shall Overcome," and lines of his own poetry - as he had scripted his own funeral, years ago. Every living governor except William W. Scranton, 95, whose family said he was too ill to attend, filled the...
May 14, 2013
By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with family and a plan for treatment for comfort, rather than unlimited care in an intensive care unit (ICU). Does that surprise anyone? Nearly 40 years ago, the parents of Karen Ann Quinlan, distraught as they watched machines keep their daughter alive, launched a court battle in New Jersey to discontinue care they believed only prolonged their family agony.
April 5, 2013 |
The cost of caring for dementia patients has reached $109 billion annually, exceeding that for heart disease and cancer, and will double by the time the youngest baby boomers reach their 70s, according to a study. Dementia is characterized by a group of symptoms that prevent people from carrying out the tasks of daily living. Reduced mental function makes it impossible for them to do things like keep track of medications or finances. In more severe cases, patients lose the ability to handle basic tasks like bathing and dressing.
April 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the brain's activity in unprecedented detail, as a step toward finding better ways to treat such conditions as Alzheimer's, autism, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries. He asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project to explore details of the brain, which contains 100 billion cells and trillions of connections. That's a small investment for the federal government - less than a fifth of what NASA spends every year just to study the sun - but it's too early to see how Congress will react.
April 1, 2013 |
Carleen Hamilton wrote the first poem on a napkin, sitting in a coffee shop in Bermuda, on their honeymoon, Oct. 29, 1974. Oh, how I glowe and grew to inconceivable brilliance in his loving fire. And we were called Sun and Moon. Complete life. Virtually every workday for the next 29 years, she wrote a poem on a napkin and packed it in her husband's lunch. And George Hamilton, director of the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute, inspired by his new wife, her poetry, her devotion, and his own happiness, returned the kindness.
February 23, 2013 |
A Southwest Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for stealing the life savings of an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Antar Thomas, 32, will also serve 5 years probation after his sentence and pay $35,000 in restitution. The District Attorney's Office said that events began in early 2009 when Thomas befriended Lillian Drake, and an 82-year-old member of his church. Thomas eventually moved into her home, and her health began to decline.