January 16, 2013 |
CHEF/RESTAURATEUR Marc Vetri is recuperating from recent shoulder surgery and wore a sling on his tuxedoed arm at Saturday's Lemon Ball. Vetri and his partners, chef Jeff Michaud and Jeff Benjamin , were honored at the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation event for their charity efforts through the Great Chefs Event. We hear that Vetri's telling friends the injury's just from getting older, but one suggests his jiu-jitsu training may be to blame. Vetri did not reply to our email Monday about the cause of the arm injury or whether it has affected his cooking.
December 28, 2012 |
Kelly Mack and her family just returned from a weeklong, professionally planned, all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando. The best part of the vacation? "No one asked how I was doing," said Mack, a 42-year-old mother of three who spent the last year battling an aggressive and often fatal form of breast cancer. "No one knew, so no one asked. And it was nice. " Of course, 9-year-old Sean and 7-year-olds Brynn and Emily had their own favorites: The Buzz Lightyear ride at Walt Disney World.
December 27, 2012 |
Young cancer patients who could not get a key medicine because of a national drug shortage were more likely to suffer a relapse than others who were able to get the preferred treatment, doctors report. It's the first evidence that a long-standing drug-supply problem probably has affected cancer treatment results in specific patients. The study involved more than 200 children and young adults with a blood cancer called Hodgkin lymphoma. Like childhood leukemia, it can be cured nearly 80 percent of the time.
December 12, 2012 |
Alice Hamilton was a 62-year-old widow suffering from terminal cancer in 2007 when she moved into a nursing home and asked her longtime Bensalem neighbor to handle her affairs. The neighbor, Virginia Marquardt, promptly obtained power of attorney for Hamilton and started spending her money. Marquardt, a former registered nurse, stole nearly $313,000 over the next 41/2 years, for everything from meals at local restaurants to trips to Las Vegas and Mexico, tickets for sporting events and a comedy hypnotist, payments for real estate taxes, and credit card late fees.
November 6, 2012 |
Lung cancer takes more lives than any other cancer. This year it will kill an estimated 160,340 Americans, more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Yet while lung cancer remains largely a death sentence - just 15.9 percent of those diagnosed are alive five years later - the federal government funds far less research on the disease than on other common cancers. The discrepancy is starkest when death rates are taken into account. In 2011, the two federal agencies providing most of the research money funded breast cancer research at a rate of $21,641 per death while spending $1,489 per lung cancer death.
October 19, 2012 |
Just eight years ago, human egg freezing was an unproven, hit-or-miss, costly technology being hyped as a way to defy biological clocks. It's still expensive, but now, it works. On Wednesday, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the professional organization of fertility specialists, declared that egg freezing should no longer be considered experimental because the rates of pregnancies - and healthy offspring - were comparable to using fresh eggs. That's a dramatic shift from 2004, when the society said egg freezing should be provided only as part of a research study, with strict oversight and at no charge, to patients with no other hope of having their own genetic children.
September 15, 2012 |
Richie Suarez and his family would say that all in all, they have a lot to be thankful for. In late August 2010, Richie was 18 and in the best shape of his life. He was two days away from moving from Voorhees to Rowan University, where he would study math or science and play his beloved baseball. Then he was thrown the worst curve imaginable: He was diagnosed with a pediatric form of leukemia. Nearly 14 months of intensive chemotherapy followed to beat the disease into remission.
September 9, 2012 |
For Sandra Mann, a philanthropist and former member of the board of directors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, working to improve the lives of cancer patients was a longtime passion. Mrs. Mann, 61, who lived in Rittenhouse Square, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, of a stroke resulting from kidney cancer, at Pennsylvania Hospital, her relatives said. Her husband, Fredric R. Mann II, a Philadelphia lawyer and businessman, said his wife served on the board of directors of Fox Chase for 15 years.
August 31, 2012 |
WHEN IT comes to sports firsts, Ryan Mackiewicz' résumé already includes one impressive entry. Now he's about to shoot for another and, if he's successful, Cool Memory No. 1 will become a distant No. 2. Yes, Mackiewicz, now a 5-11, 188-pound senior, enjoyed himself immensely last May 2 when his RBI single capped a two-run home seventh and lifted Father Judge High to a stirring 5-4 win over Roman Catholic in Game No. 1 on the school's new...
June 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Call it compassionate, even political. But ... scientific? Several experts say there's no hard evidence to support the federal government's declaration this month that 50 kinds of cancer could be caused by exposure to World Trade Center dust. The decision could help hundreds of people get money from a multibillion-dollar World Trade Center health fund to repay those ailing after they breathed in toxic dust created by the collapsing twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. But scientists say there is little research to prove that exposure to the toxic dust plume caused even one kind of cancer.