June 1, 2016
ISSUE | AIR POLLUTION Ozone endangers children with asthma Ground-level ozone is a powerful pollutant that can trigger dangerous health consequences, including asthma attacks and heart attacks ("Linking environmental, public health," May 15). Doctors see patients' physical distress when ozone levels are high. My particular concern is the effect of air pollution on uniquely vulnerable members of our population: children with asthma. The health community can play a critical role in educating decision-makers about the need for clean-air safeguards to protect public health.
April 18, 2015 |
For nearly two decades, Tyra Bryant-Stephens has worked to lessen the asthma crisis among children in Philadelphia neighborhoods where rates of the potentially deadly condition far outstrip the national average. In 1997, the physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia founded the Community Asthma Prevention Program, which she has led ever since. The staff of 12 includes nurses, educators, and lay home visitors. Bryant-Stephens also is active with the American Lung Association.
February 4, 2015 |
THEY BROUGHT her baby wipes. With her cheek flayed open, nose crushed and eyes swelling shut, Micheal Allen needed a Band-Aid, gauze, antiseptic - something - to stop the flow of blood until she could get to the hospital. Instead, a staffer at the Kintock Center, a North Philadelphia halfway house where resident Allen had been attacked by another resident, brought her baby wipes when she couldn't get into the nurse's locked office after the assault last May. Later, when her cheek swelled into a "big blood-filled pocket," Allen said, it took a week before she could persuade a staffer to bring her back to the hospital for care.
October 16, 2013 |
OUTRAGE IS continuing to grow in the wake of a disturbing report about a 12-year-old student who died from asthma complications on the day her West Philly school didn't have a nurse on staff. The Pennsylvania chapter of National Action Network yesterday called on the School District of Philadelphia and the state Department of Health to investigate the circumstances around the Sept. 25 death of Laporshia Massey, a sixth-grader at Bryant Elementary School. "In West and North Philly, more than 30 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 12 have been diagnosed with asthma," Matthew Smith Sr., the chapter's president, said in a statement.
October 13, 2013 |
The death of a West Philadelphia sixth grader last month from asthma complications continued to spark outrage Friday even as the Philadelphia School District clarified actions staff at Bryant Elementary School took the day the girl became ill. Much of the anger stems from the lack of a nurse on duty on Sept. 25 who could have recognized Laporcha Massey's distress. Bryant has a nurse only two days a week. District spokesman Fernando Gallard said Friday that after Laporcha reported feeling ill, the school twice called her home to ask someone to pick her up. When no one came by dismissal time, around 2:45 p.m., an aide felt sorry for the 12-year-old and drove her home.
December 15, 2011 |
Since August, the Corbett administration has cut off more than 150,000 people - including 43,000 children - from medical assistance in a drive to save costs. That purge far exceeds what any other state has tried, health policy experts say, and officials may be walking a fine line between rooting out waste and erecting barriers to care for the poor and disabled. When most states were experiencing flat or rising Medicaid enrollment from the economic downturn, stepped-up eligibility reviews in Pennsylvania began producing a decline over the summer.
July 29, 2011 |
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Christie was hospitalized for eight hours Thursday after an asthma attack on the way to a bill-signing and news conference. Christie, 48, who said he felt better, but tired, after being released from Somerset Medical Center in central New Jersey, never lost consciousness and planned to resume work Friday. "I was a little bit scared, but I was never passed out, incapacitated," Christie said in a 28-minute news conference outside the hospital. Christie, who regularly speaks about using an inhaler daily, said it was the first time he had been hospitalized for asthma since law school.
July 28, 2011 |
SOMERVILLE - Gov. Christie was hospitalized for eight hours Thursday after suffering an asthma attack on the way to a bill-signing and news conference. Christie, 48, who said he felt better, but tired, after being released from Somerset Medical Center in central New Jersey, never lost consciousness and planned to resume work Friday. "I was a little bit scared, but I was never passed out, incapacitated," Christie said in a 28-minute news conference outside the hospital. Christie, who regularly speaks about using an inhaler daily, said it was the first time he had been hospitalized for his asthma since law school.
November 20, 2007 |
Mike Tyson could have received more than 4 years in prison. He left the courtroom having to serve all of 1 day in an open-air jail. The former heavyweight champion was sentenced yesterday in Mesa, Ariz., for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. "I take responsibility for my actions," Tyson told the judge. He left the courthouse flanked by supporters, lit a cigar and rode away in the back of a black Mercedes. The 41-year-old boxer will serve his day in jail today for DUI. He received 3 years of probation for the cocaine charge and also will have to pay a fine, submit to drug testing and serve 360 hours of community service.