June 25, 2015 |
The Philadelphia region and New Jersey are home to many pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies that send and receive finished medicines and raw drug ingredients around the globe. American Airlines officials snipped a ribbon and provided tours Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport of a new $5 million cargo refrigeration facility catering to the cold storage needs of these companies. The 25,000-square-foot renovated warehouse opened six weeks ago, and can handle nearly four times the amount of perishable, time-sensitive, and valuable airfreight - including vaccines, blood products, gene therapies, tissues, insulin and immunotherapies - that travel in the belly of planes on American and merger partner US Airways passenger flights.
August 19, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. It was supposed to be a routine surgery. At least, as routine as surgery can be on the aorta - the largest blood vessel in the body, one connected directly to your heart, the one that carries all the blood going to every part of your body other than your lungs. The story started about two years ago, when a CT scan done for chest pain and difficult breathing showed that M.E. had an aortic aneurysm. An aneurysm is a dilation of a blood vessel - basically, part of the blood vessel begins to balloon and get wider.
July 13, 2013 |
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood and platelet donors, blaming hot weather and summer vacations for lower-than-expected donations in June. Donations last month were the lowest since 1997, said Anthony Tornetta, a spokesman for the Penn-Jersey Region of the Red Cross, based in Philadelphia. The organization collected 410,000 units of blood from volunteers last month, down 11 percent from the 459,000 collected in June 2012. Each unit is slightly more than a pint.
June 8, 2009 |
The road to becoming a dancer, particularly for a girl, is a long, hard, highly competitive one. She must practice thousands of pli?s and tendus, and deal with sore muscles, strict diets, painful pointe shoes, blisters, bunions - and all the other dancers waiting in the wings. For 14-year-old Michaela DePrince, the road has been even rougher, carrying her from an African orphanage to a new life in Cherry Hill. But she already has begun to be noticed. In January, she won the Youth Grand Prix in the junior age division at the Philadelphia regional semifinal of the Youth America Grand Prix, the world's largest competition for student dancers.
December 10, 2003 |
Aventis S.A. said yesterday that it had a deal to sell its King of Prussia-based blood-products business to CSL Ltd. of Australia for $675 million and contingent payments that could add $250 million to the total. The company, Aventis Behring, makes blood-protein therapies, producing more than 30 plasma-derived medicines for people with illnesses ranging from hemophilia to immune deficiencies. About 275 of the 5,800 employees of Aventis Behring work in its King of Prussia headquarters.
December 26, 2002 |
If tensions with Iraq turn into a shooting war, the blood and plasma that battlefront medics might need to treat wounded Americans will come from here. McGuire Air Force Base in Burlington County and Travis Air Force Base in California are the only military facilities in the nation with labs that receive, store and ship blood overseas for the Air Force, Army and Navy. In a squat, warehouse-like building that many at McGuire know more as a place to get ice than a blood center, three members from each branch of the service work side by side, checking incoming shipments of blood and preparing to send them to U.S. bases in Europe and the Middle East.
September 2, 2001 |
The Bush administration and Congress were consumed recently over the controversy over public funding of embryonic stem-cell research. This is a subject of crucial importance: The prospect for cures for hundreds of thousands of Americans in five or 10 years hangs in the balance. But Congress and the administration are not paying sufficient attention to another issue that will affect the health of every American by this fall: ensuring an adequate supply of blood to keep our health-care system running as our nation gets ready to respond to the threat of mad cow disease.
November 21, 2000 |
A medical crusade that began in the Bible's Book of Deuteronomy took another step forward last week when Warminster Hospital unveiled its Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery. The center is a relief for area Jehovah's Witnesses, whose reading of Deuteronomy forbids them to accept blood transfusions - even if it is their own blood. Using an arsenal of strange gadgets such as the "harmonic scalpel" - which simultaneously cuts tissue and seals blood vessels - the hospital says it will now be able to perform major surgery without using a drop of outside blood.
April 28, 1998 |
Responding to widespread criticism, the world's major producers of plasma products vowed yesterday to work harder to ensure that critically ill patients will receive a life-sustaining medicine called intravenous immune globulin, now in short supply. "At this time, we cannot estimate how long the current shortage will last," said Jan Bult, executive director of the International Plasma Products Industry Association. But the organization "understands the critical need" for the product "and the seriousness of the current shortage," Bult told the government's Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability meeting in Washington.
November 27, 1997 |
In a sweeping report that harshly criticizes bureaucrats and industry alike for the 1980s tainted-blood scandal, a Canadian government commission concluded yesterday that a Montgomery County company broke Canadian law by not disclosing that its hemophilia medicines might be contaminated with the AIDS virus. "The principal actors in the blood system . . . refrained from taking essential preventative measures until causation had been proved," said the commission head, appeals court Justice Horace Krever.