June 26, 2014 |
MARY Anderson doesn't know where her son is. She knows that his skin and bones were buried at Northwood Cemetery. But Vance Anderson's brain, eyes and other internal organs never made it to his West Oak Lane grave site. The 51-year-old painter, who died in 2012 at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital of complications from a lung condition, was allegedly a hollowed-out shell by the time he was lowered into the ground - stripped for parts like a junkyard Chevy. Vance Anderson's insides were, in the words of a Jefferson doctor, "donated for education.
June 15, 2014 |
Medical education is in a crisis. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, half of 4,287 students surveyed at seven medical schools experienced burnout and 10 percent expressed suicidal ideation. And doctors aren't much better off; a second study in JAMA Internal Medicine of 7,288 physicians showed that almost half had experienced some symptom of burnout. The public image of doctors hasn't fared well, either. While the popular notion of doctors was once the wise and avuncular Marcus Welby, M.D., more recent portrayals tend toward Dr. Gregory House, a brilliant but annoying know-it-all with a decided God complex.
June 14, 2014 |
Come Saturday, Philadelphia's beloved Franklin Institute will more resemble a fairground than a museum - albeit one with a scientific slant. At the grand opening of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, the institute's 53,000-square foot, $41 million addition, sounds of celebration will fill the museum's halls. The pavilion houses the interactive, neuroscience-focused "Your Brain" exhibit - a permanent installation that opens Saturday - in addition to conference and education centers and exhibition spaces for traveling shows such as "Circus!
June 12, 2014 |
Hello there On a summer afternoon in 2009 at an Ocean City Shore house, Bob's friend made an announcement about that evening's Atlantic City festivities: Several Eagles cheerleaders would be joining them. "It was like, 'Oh my God! Wow! This is great!' " remembered Bob, who grew up in Voorhees. He and the other dudes put down their beverages to prepare. "There were guys doing push-ups everywhere. " As soon as Jenna walked in, Bob whispered to his friend. "You really need to hook me up here.
June 11, 2014 |
THE FRANKLIN Institute has expanded its commitment to science education and made space for world-class traveling exhibits in the process, thanks to the new three-story Karabots Pavilion, opening Saturday. The addition will kick off with a "brain party" to celebrate its main attraction, "Your Brain," a permanent exhibit on the pavilion's second floor. But while all the sensation runs through the brain, it's only part of the opening day itinerary. The first 500 visitors can experience the Institute's new furnishings and a rare gallery of 80 scientific artifacts for free, while the rest must pay normal admission prices.
June 11, 2014 |
THE BRAIN. It's how we perceive and create our world. It's our motivator and best protector - and sometimes our undoing. All this and more are explored in the super-spiffy interactive exhibit opening Saturday at the Franklin Institute - a $10 million installation celebrating "Your Brain. " It's the big come-on of the Institute's new, 53,000-square-foot addition: the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. An entertaining hands-on, eyes-on, full-body experience demonstrating how our noggins' work, "Your Brain" - and the three-story museum addition that houses it - culminates seven years of planning and a whole lot of fundraising by the museum, explained incoming president/CEO Larry Dubinski.
June 9, 2014 |
Walk in looking the wrong way and you might miss the real star of the Franklin Institute's major new exhibition, preserved and suspended, unfurled for pondering both prosaic and poetic: a real human brain and its ruffled tail of a spinal column. Of all the major organs, this may be the most inscrutable. Form follows function in the case of the heart and stomach, but tracing this familiar intertwined clutch of tubes and two knotted bulges at the back, underneath, reveals nothing about what it actually does.
May 4, 2014 |
'Hi, folks! Do you know what a freshwater amoeba is?" That's how Jeremy Lewis greeted attendees at the Brain Health Fair who ambled up to his booth last week at the Convention Center. Then he told them about the brain-eating parasite that killed his son. During the dog days of summer 2010, Kyle, 7, was playing in a Texas lake. At some point, a single-celled swimming monster "went up his nose and basically ate his brain," Lewis said from Booth 15. It happened fast. "Thursday morning, he had a headache.
April 30, 2014 |
WHILE HIS SAINT Joseph's University teammates prepared under a beautiful blue sky for last Friday's baseball game against La Salle, sophomore Joey Gorman was stuck indoors, practicing simple tasks that his twice-operated-on brain once cycled through automatically. With dark tufts of hair spilling from his black Chicago White Sox hat - which also obscured the 6- to 8-inch scar that runs from the back of his neck to the middle of his head - Gorman walked heel-to-toe while tossing a ball above his head from hand-to-hand.