November 29, 2001 |
As with most Americans these days, my mind never strays far from the war we are waging against terrorism. Recently, I had an epiphany about wars and heroes. Terrorism exists in many forms. Heroes and heroines are often disguised as everyday folks. Brave souls who keep marching forward into the face of certain pain and possible death. One lives right in my midst. I see her often. I know the toll the wages of war bring to her body and her spirit. She is my dear friend of 37 years.
August 7, 2001 |
I had always lived a sheltered life. My parents made every effort to shield me from things that they didn't think a child should see. But my little sheltered world was cracked open the first time I set foot inside an ambulance. Since my 16th birthday, I have been a state-certified emergency medical technician with the Clinton Town and Township Volunteer Rescue Squad. At 17, I'm also a student at Richard Stockton College in Pomona. The ambulance's siren is frightening to most people, but to me it's the sound of home.
May 11, 2001 |
Within hours of helping the Colorado Avalanche advance to the Western Conference finals, Peter Forsberg walked into his favorite postgame hangout intent on enjoying a subdued celebration. As he strode through the trendy restaurant, Forsberg spotted Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix and team owner Stan Kroenke and told them he had a strange feeling in his stomach. About 30 minutes later, Forsberg's late-night plans changed drastically. He was heading for the emergency room, where tests revealed a ruptured spleen and internal bleeding that required surgery.
January 26, 2001 |
Botanical imagery has become a prime source of subject matter for a number of artists. For immediate confirmation, check out the exhibition called "Plant Life" at both locations of the Schmidt/Dean Gallery (through tomorrow) or the current Challenge show at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Two Fleisher artists, Rain Harris and Charlotte R. Yudis, draw extensively on plant forms, which coincidentally makes their contributions perfectly complementary. Harris is represented by two bodies of ceramic work, small objects in porcelain and larger ones in stoneware.
April 7, 2000 |
America's future scientists were getting antsy - at least the 922 of them participating in this week's 52d Delaware Valley Science Fair were. Amid the organized chaos of vibrantly colored display boards and loud, echoing conversation inside the Fort Washington Expo Center, groups of teenage boys stood loosening their ties and young girls slipped in and out of now-painful pumps before plunking down in seats beside their exhibits. "It's about that time," said Henry Disston, president and director of the science fair, as he glanced at the scene outside his cramped office at the center.
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.
March 1, 2000 |
In a medical advance that could end painful finger pricks for the seven million diabetics who do them every day, researchers have extracted blood sugar right through the skin, without needles. The technique uses ultrasound to open microscopic spaces in the skin through which a tiny bit of fluid can escape. The fluid is then analyzed to determine glucose, or sugar, levels in the blood. The method, which was successfully tested on seven diabetics, is reported in the current issue of the journal Nature Medicine.
November 11, 1999 |
Seven hospitals in the Philadelphia region have embraced an American Red Cross goal of providing all patients with an improved blood product. The so-called leukocyte-reduced blood has been stripped of white blood cells, which can lead to fever and other complications for patients receiving transfusions. Area facilities that have switched to the refined blood product include Chester County Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, and the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, according to Susan Sponar, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Region.
April 17, 1998 |
They're critical building blocks of the body. They can restore a damaged blood-forming system and create the white and red blood cells and platelets that help the body heal, carry oxygen to tissues and fight off infections. They may be the key to treating leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, lymphoma and Fanconi's anemia. But the usual source of the so-called stem cells has been the bone marrow - and obtaining them requires expensive bone-marrow transplants, an exact donor match, and willing donors for a painful operation.
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.