September 11, 2016 |
The screams of another child woke me from a restless sleep. When I opened my eyes, I found tubes and wires stuck all over my 9-year-old body. "Where am I?" I thought, watching a stretcher wheel by carrying a young boy, head wrapped in bloody gauze. The last thing I could remember was my father carrying me into the emergency room. It had been months since I slept through the night, because I had to keep getting up to use the bathroom due to the countless glasses of water I was chugging.
July 17, 2016 |
People with type 2 diabetes, the kind you are more likely to get as an adult, are at risk for a host of additional medical problems. Stroke and heart attack. Kidney disease. Blindness. Skin infections. Numbness in the feet. Add one more you and even your doctor may not have heard is connected: dementia. Diabetes at least doubles your risk of developing it. Even diabetics without dementia can have subtle cognitive problems. "Your average diabetologist, internal medicine doctor, they're still not aware of that information," said Luke Stoeckel, a neuropsychologist at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
June 5, 2016 |
Erika Totten doesn't really remember the car crash. She recalls leaving her friend's house in Pennsylvania with her 2-year-old twins in the back of the car and heading back to her home in North Hanover, N.J. She vaguely remembers feeling a little confused, and a little lost. But the next thing she knew, she had run the car into a ditch, the police and ambulance arrived, and she was on her way to the hospital. No one was hurt. But the accident wasn't really a surprise. Totten had developed Type 1 diabetes at 21 after a severe case of mononucleosis that might have wiped out her insulin-producing beta cells.
November 20, 2015 |
IT'S A TRADITION of Philadelphia sports, going to the strip club after an Eagles game, but one mother and daughter's postgame trip to the velvet gridiron, according to a federal lawsuit, was marred by double standards, illegal use of the hands by Philly's finest and a lacerated eyebrow. According to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, Helen Reiber and her daughter, Heather Hughes, both of Coatesville, Chester County, attended an Eagles game on Nov. 17, 2013. The team was better then, their future still hopeful, and they stood atop the NFC East after beating Washington, 24-16.
May 17, 2015 |
If you're a woman who exercises, the fear of bulking up may have crossed your mind. But regardless of what your fitness goals are, muscle can help you get there. Why women need to build muscle: Increase strength. Building muscle makes it easier to do everything from carrying groceries to keeping your balance to preventing injury to the joints while running, power walking, or bike riding. Rev up metabolism. Resting metabolic rate - the amount of calories burned while doing nothing - is determined by lean muscle mass.
March 8, 2015 |
Managing diabetes can be tough. Tracking weight, monitoring glucose levels, counting carbohydrate consumption, and getting adequate exercise can tax even the most obsessively compulsive personalities, leading to fatigue or burnout when it no longer seems possible or even valuable to stick with the program. "The problem with diabetes is that it never goes away," said endocrinologist Mark Schutta. "It's a lifestyle disease, and it's challenging to lose weight, to take several medications, to monitor blood sugars.
January 17, 2015 |
The drama continued at Don Tollefson's fraud trial Thursday, when the former sportscaster complained of high blood sugar levels, ending the day's proceedings less than two hours after they began. Tollefson, 62, who has type 2 diabetes, had faced a second round of cross-examination by a Bucks County prosecutor over his charity's expenses. But Tollefson was instead taken to Doylestown Hospital by a Bucks County sheriff's deputy. Tollefson had told Bucks County Court Judge Rea Boylan that his blood-monitoring device showed dangerously high levels of blood sugar before arriving at court.
January 4, 2015 |
G. Clayton Kyle, 90, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a Philadelphia endocrinologist who specialized in treating diabetes, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, of complications from a subdural hematoma at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Dr. Kyle spent his entire career at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and served as the chairman of its medical board from 1977 until 1979. He rose to the level of clinical associate professor of medicine. Dr. Kyle's work centered on controlling the negative effects of diabetes.
September 8, 2014 |
The first time Craig Alter, a pediatric endocrinologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, heard the word for his specialty was as an eighth-grader. He was watching the original Star Trek when an endocrinologist joined Dr. McCoy to diagnose an adrenal condition in one of the starship Enterprise crew members. A longtime fan of the show, Alter also noted a second time when endocrinology played a role on the series. During the episode "Plato's Stepchildren," the crew encounters a character with dwarfism and Spock correctly states that it stemmed from a pituitary problem, another shout-out to Alter's future specialty.
February 9, 2014 |
When she was 13, Elizabeth Welsh entered a road race in Norristown. When she saw the huge trophy for the top female finisher, she made a vow: "I'm going to get that. " Welsh kept that promise, passing, among others, a fortysomething man to win the overall title. That trophy is in the bedroom of the house where she grew up in Haverford, draped with the many ribbons and medals she has won since in rowing and running contests. Welsh, 27, now lives in Fairmount. In May, she will receive her nurse practitioner degree from Villanova University, where she has been studying hard, perfecting clinical skills, and teaching nursing undergrads to earn her tuition.