June 16, 2013 |
Serenely unaware of her star status, Audrey Rose Oberio nestled in the crook of her father's arm before going home last week from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Months earlier, surgeons had closed a hole in her spine, a defect called spina bifida. With her delivery May 28, the hospital celebrated the arrival of its 1,000th fetal-surgery patient - and the power of diagnosing and treating birth defects in the womb. "When you hit a milestone like this, you tend to be reflective," said Scott Adzick, the pioneering surgeon who in 1995 established Children's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.
March 1, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I'm convinced my father's wife killed him and I don't know where to turn. I'm pretty sure it was assisted suicide, which is illegal in most states, including the state where he lived. I feel cheated and angry at my father's wife for not having the guts to talk to us about his plans, and Dad for relying on her to tell us when she never had a good relationship with any of us. It has been several years now, and I still feel guilty for letting it happen, although I'm not sure how I could have stopped it. Your thoughts would be appreciated.
January 15, 2013 |
FORMER CITY Councilman Leland Beloff and his wife, Diane, are suing a luxury Florida drug-rehab center, claiming its treatment caused her to suffer a seizure and other medical problems. The Beloffs claim that Diane Beloff suffered a seizure and "change in mental status" in May, two weeks after checking into Seaside Palm Beach for an addiction to painkillers. The complaint, filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, contends that the Beloffs agreed to pay $49,500 for a 30-day treatment.
January 4, 2013 |
For a problem that has no doubt been around as long as humans have been falling on hard objects and bashing one another's skulls with clubs, brain injuries are still surprisingly mysterious. Scientists, including a cadre at the University of Pennsylvania, are lifting the veil, though, and what they're seeing is already "dramatically" changing American sports, said Douglas Smith, who heads Penn's Center for Brain Injury and Repair. Everyone from parents to pro athletes to military leaders is suddenly paying more attention to "mild" brain injuries, or concussions, and their long-term consequences.
December 5, 2012 |
At the time, it seemed like a great idea, a nocturnal outing on a spring evening for a dozen or so Temple University friends. "Let's go to the Divine Lorraine," Brian Jerome, then a 19-year-old art student, suggested to all those assembled on the benches outside Peabody Hall. It was before midnight on April 6, 2010. Brian had been inside the abandoned hotel on North Broad Street many times. He had felt the lure of the graffiti-draped Divine Lorraine from the moment he arrived on campus as a freshman the year before.
October 18, 2012 |
John Pettit's lawyer called the 2009 death of James Koons a tragic occupational hazard. Koons, said the defense lawyer, was a loud and aggressive drunk - ejected for conduct unbecoming a patron of the Oasis Gentleman's Club - who fell and hit his head in the parking lot of the Southwest Philadelphia nightspot. Or, as the prosecutor put it, was Koons fatally "tuned up" by Pettit and bouncers when his conduct became an excuse to settle years of bad blood between Koons and Oasis owner Robert Laflar?
October 17, 2012 |
BIRMINGHAM, England - A teenage Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has responded well to treatment and impressed doctors with her strength, the British hospital where she was being treated said Tuesday. Experts are optimistic that 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was airlifted Monday to Britain to receive specialized medical care, has a good chance of recovery because unlike with adults, the brains of teenagers are still growing and can adapt to trauma better.
October 16, 2012 |
BIRMINGHAM, England - A teenage Pakistani activist shot in the head by the Taliban arrived in Britain on Monday to receive specialized medical care and protection from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants. Officials said she was stable and had a chance at "a good recovery. " The attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai as she was returning home from school in Pakistan's northwest a week ago has horrified people across the South Asian country and abroad. It has also sparked hope that the Pakistani government will respond by intensifying its fight against the Taliban and its allies.
August 11, 2012 |
Delaware state officials yesterday suspended the license of an internationally-known pediatrician accused of "waterboarding" his 11-year-old daughter. Melvin Morse, 58, poses a "clear and immediate danger to the public health," declared a filing published on the website of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. Morse, who has written several best-sellers about near-death experiences and appeared on numerous TV talk shows, was arrested Tuesday at his Georgetown home after his daughter told investigators Morse waterboarded her as a punishment.