April 26, 1992 |
Flying the A-6 fighter plane at 8,000 feet was much better than Nintendo or grossing out girls for Matt Repsher, an itchy 13-year-old from Springfield. "I felt like saying over the radio, 'This is your captain speaking,' " Matt said. Matt's chance at the controls came last week during his flight from the Willow Grove Naval Air Station to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia. It was the beginning of a three-day trip sponsored by Kids Inc., a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of seriously ill children.
March 11, 2000 |
Roger Neilson's bone marrow transplant was termed a success yesterday at Hahnemann University Hospital. The Flyers' coach now enters the most dangerous period in his recovery from multiple myeloma, or bone marrow cancer. "The next five to seven days are a really critical period for Roger," said Isadore Brodsky, Hahnemann's chief of hematology oncology, who did the procedure. "A lot of places don't isolate their patients, but we do. We've never lost someone after a transplant. But Roger is 65, and I don't want to take any chances.
July 21, 2003 |
In 1988 in Paris, a boy with a life-threatening form of anemia was saved by a new, experimental therapy - a few ounces of blood from his newborn sister's umbilical cord. Soon, what had been just a waste product of childbirth was being hailed as a therapeutic miracle. Facilities for freezing and storing umbilical cord blood began to spring up around the world. Now, 15 years after that first "cord blood transplant," it is clear the procedure has several advantages over a bone marrow transplant, the older, more common way of rebuilding damaged blood and immune systems.
October 29, 1990 |
Researchers in Philadelphia are among a team of scientists experimenting with a drug that is proving successful in treatment of sickle cell anemia, a debilitating blood disease that affects 1 in 500 black people. The drug is hydroxyurea, which has been used for about 15 years to treat chronic leukemia and other blood disorders. Now, it is being administered in preliminary trials to a handful of those who have "crises" associated with sickle cell anemia, painful bouts of throbbing pain that sometimes put the sufferer in the hospital.
February 21, 1992 |
JUST THE FACTS Health hazards you may never have considered: Twice as many shy college students as bolder types have hay fever, Men's Health magazine reports. About 85 percent of men get athlete's foot between the ages of 13 and 40. And to deal with health problems, according to a poll of 500 Americans, 6 percent have tried acupuncture and 2 percent have been to a faith healer. CANCER TREATMENT Good news on cancer: Daily doses of the drug cisplatin, combined with radiation, seem to increase the survival of patients with inoperable non- small-cell lung cancer.
June 17, 1988 |
MISCARRIAGE PREVENTION. Some women who had suffered repeated miscarriages gave birth after being injected with blood cells from their husbands, an experimental treatment that might help 50,000 U.S. women. The treatment overcame an immune-system abnormality that had produced up to 11 consecutive miscarriages, says immunologist James Mowbray of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Treatment for such women also is offered at Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College. SPIDER-VEIN TREATMENT.
March 26, 1992 |
What does it take to succeed in a biotechnology company? Patience, says George L. Bird Jr., chairman and majority owner of Gen Trak Inc. in Plymouth Meeting. "Biotech" is today what "plastics" was to an earlier generation - the shorthand word for an industry a lot of people think has a big future. Biotech covers a multitude of companies that deal quite literally with blood and guts - and all the cells and DNA (the genetic code in cells) therein. Gen Trak's piece of this action is a group of blood cell products using HLA - human leukocyte antigens - for tissue matching and diagnosis.
October 13, 1992 |
When listeners of Ken Garland's morning show at WPEN (950-AM) yesterday were told that the 39-year radio veteran would forgo the magazine trivia segment, they knew something was up. And as Garland, 65, began struggling to explain the switching of the gears, the quaver in his voice confirmed their worst fears. "This is tough!" Garland said, pounding his fist on a table. "I'm giving it up, folks. " Broadcasting live from Eli's Pier 34, Garland yesterday announced to his radio audience and about 200 fans on hand that he has chronic leukemia.
December 2, 1997 |
Donald Squire arrived at Allegheny University Hospitals/Graduate, ready for the usual fight. For a Jehovah's Witness like Squire, serious illnesses are often complicated by battles with doctors. The Witnesses refuse to accept blood transfusions - even transfusions of their own blood. A doctor near Squire's home, in Phillipsburg, N.J., had made it clear she was reluctant to treat his cancer, fearing that he would die without a transfusion after chemotherapy. Squire had heard that Graduate, in Center City, a two-hour drive from his home, might be more comfortable treating him, but he was still expecting resistance.
February 5, 1987 |
In a new approach to fighting cancer, doctors say they have used ultraviolet light to activate a powerful drug in the bloodstream and apparently vaccinate cancer victims against their own disease. The technique, described in today's New England Journal of Medicine, has produced remarkable remissions in some people, suffering a relentlessly fatal form of blood cancer, who had not responded to ordinary treatment. The therapy - which was tested at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and at the medical centers at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Vienna and the University of Dusseldorf - appears to marshal the body's own immune defenses to zero in on cancer and destroy it. It seems to do this without causing nausea, hair loss or any of the other common side-effects of chemotherapy or radiation.