December 10, 1989 |
Jeanne Alper, mother of 2-month-old, dressed-in-pink Elizabeth Ann, doesn't mind when babies cry. "You know they're breathing when their screaming," said the Audubon mother with a rueful smile. While her comment might seem strange to outsiders, the group gathered recently at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees knew exactly what she meant. They are parents of infants afflicted with apnea, a temporary cessation of breathing that can result in crib death. At West Jersey, parents meet twice a month to discuss their experiences and hear speakers.
December 11, 2006 |
Loud snoring and insomnia used to be merely annoying. Now they are big business. In Philadelphia and across the country, sleep-diagnostic centers are popping up and people once aggravated by a lousy night's sleep are getting help. One beneficiary of the push for more testing is a local company, Viasys Healthcare Inc., which makes medical equipment including devices to diagnose and treat sleep ailments like sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops repeatedly for brief periods during sleep.
January 17, 2012 |
TONY LUKE Jr. isn't nearly the man he used be. And that's one of two reasons the 50-year-old cheesesteak-and-roast-pork entrepreneur may be the happiest he's ever been (more on the second reason later). A year ago, when I profiled the modern-day Renaissance man for the Daily News , Luke didn't so much tip the scales; he crushed them, weighing almost 350 pounds. But just about a year later, here is Luke (real name, Anthony Lucidonio Jr.) sitting at a back table in his favorite Italian eatery, the deep-in-the-heart-of-South Philly Franco & Luigi's, carrying a mere 243 pounds on an impressively toned, 5-foot-9-inch frame.
September 14, 1998 |
If your child's at the bottom of the class, the reason may be in his throat. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that removing a child's tonsils and adenoids can lead to better grades, presumably because the surgery allows for a better night's sleep. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can lead to a condition called sleep apnea, in which breathing stops for short periods during sleep. Children in the study, who had been in the bottom 10 percent of their class and also had been diagnosed with sleep apnea, raised their grades from C-plus to B-minus in the year after their surgery, said David Gozal, a professor of pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine who conducted the research.
November 10, 2010 |
State Rep. Robert C. Donatucci, 58, who received 84 percent of the vote last week in being elected to his 16th House term, died asleep in his bed in South Philadelphia early Tuesday, his family said. His death was related to sleep apnea, for which he was being treated, said his brother Ronald, the city register of wills. Robert Donatucci, a Democrat who chaired the House Liquor Control Committee and was a collector of antique Chrysler cars, had been at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital about a week earlier for a sleep study, his brother said.
January 21, 1990 |
A judge who kept falling asleep on the bench . . . a Catholic priest who constantly dozed off and began snoring while hearing confessions . . . a casino pit boss who was about to be fired because he would fall asleep while counting hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of chips. Not to mention a financial analyst who was about to lose his job because he would nod off over his computer, and a government official who was about to be canned because he couldn't stay awake at important meetings.
June 11, 2012 |
Question: I got an e-mail that described using egg whites to treat a bad burn. It said the collagen protein in egg whites helped heal the burn. Is that really true? Answer: No, it's not. Placing egg whites on a second-degree burn (blistering skin) or a third-degree burn (a burn through the entire thickness of the skin) places the person at high risk of salmonella bacteria entering through a defect in the skin to cause illness. Salmonella bacteria are commonly found in raw eggs, and burned skin acts as an excellent culture medium for all sorts of bacteria.
February 8, 1990 |
For Charles Capella, a long-distance truck driver, sleeping on the job could be a dangerous practice. The Bristol resident, 43, learned to cope with his chronic drowsiness by pulling off to the side of the road for a nap. At home, he often dozed while watching television. Yet when he went to bed, he was restless. And when he slept, his snoring was so raucous that his wife had to move to another bedroom. "I was getting disgusted with him," Sandy Capella, his wife of 15 years, recalled recently.
June 13, 1991 |
Carrying a toothbrush and change of clothes, Charles Woodard of Stratford was ready for one of the most important evenings of his life. Before his wife read a magazine article on sleep laboratories, he never expected that there would be a medical explanation for his problem. According to Woodard, his family has complained for the last five years that his snoring is so loud that it keeps them awake at night and that during the day, he simply cannot keep his eyes open. "I've stopped driving because I fall asleep at the wheel," he told Eva Morozsan, respiratory care director at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Stratford Division, which opened in 1981 as the first sleep laboratory in South Jersey.
May 22, 1997 |
SAN FRANCISCO Report links snoring to auto accidents Men who habitually snore or have a hidden sleep disorder known as apnea get into three times as many auto accidents as the rest of the population, according to a major study released yesterday. And men and women with undiagnosed sleep apnea are seven times more likely to have multiple accidents, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin. Alarmingly, the risk exists whether or not the person feels drowsy, said Terry Young, author of the study and a professor at the university's school of preventive medicine.