May 12, 2016 |
William Penn is due for a physical. Not to mention a waxing and a buffing. The City of Philadelphia plans to restore Penn's bronze statue atop City Hall in late August. The work will take three to four weeks, during which time the observation deck will be closed. Penn's statue was last restored in 2007 with funds from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and the city. This time, a different mix is involved: $125,000 in private funds, a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA)
March 12, 2015 |
IF THERE'S any such thing as lucky timing with injuries, the 76ers got lucky with Joel Embiid's apparent setback. It turns out that Embiid, the player they took with the third overall pick in June despite a stress fracture in his right foot, was scheduled to visit the doctor in Los Angeles this week to check the progress of the foot. It just so happens that Embiid admitted to the team that he was experiencing some soreness in the same foot and the team decided to put a boot on him just before he went out west.
December 21, 2014 |
The earsplitting scream turned every head. D, an otherwise healthy and robust 2-year-old boy, had arrived for his checkup and was having a superhero-size tantrum. Of course, routine visits to the pediatrician can trigger discontent in toddlers, but this boy's reaction was lasting an unusually long time. None of the staff's usual interventions were working and it was becoming clear he was fast approaching an inconsolable stage. His mother said that lately, D's meltdowns were getting worse; he was less talkative and not sleeping well at nap time or bedtime.
October 11, 2012
Through Oct. 17, Philly.com/health and The Inquirer will mark breast cancer awareness month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series will culminate in a special Philly.com/Inquirer/Daily News section Oct. 18 and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . "I remember the day that my phone rang," said Caryn Kaplan of Langhorne, "an ordinary workday. I learned that my breast cancer had returned and metastasized to my liver and bones.
September 5, 2012 |
The geese will be winging south. Falling leaves will soon paper the landscape in hues of copper and butterscotch. As if you didn't need another reminder of autumn's reckoning, here's a thought certain to send a November chill coursing through your veins: This year's freshman class, currently cramming their dorm rooms with desk lamps and beanbag chairs, has never seen a paper airline ticket. The Class of 2016 gets its cultural vitals measured in the latest Beloit College Mindset List, the annual ethnographic snapshot of college freshmen, including those enrolled at Beloit's Wisconsin campus.
June 22, 2012 |
It looks as though Lindsay Lohan has triggered a workplace-safety issue. Two Hollywood unions are scrutinizing Lindsay's TV movie "Liz & Dick" after the actress tweeted that she was exhausted because of long production days. That would be too much Liz and not enough Dick. Larry A. Thompson, producer of the Lifetime movie starring Lilo as Elizabeth Taylor, said Wednesday that no violations were found in the SAG-AFTRA review. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists confirmed that its representatives visited the production.
December 29, 2011 |
Sheriff Akinleye bends low over a customer in the barbershop, his eyes intently following the movements on a little dial, and a stethoscope in his ears. Then he straightens up. "All right. I get 136 over 82. Which is a little high. Normal is less than 120 over 80. You have prehypertension," he tells Phillip Griffin, 42, who has heard this before - though perhaps not in this much detail. The 26-year-old medical student explains how high blood pressure works, each organ that it affects, its links to exercise, fried food, salt.
December 18, 2011 |
Fifteen years ago, when Nani and John Chong had an opening for an optometrist at their Center City optical boutique, they wanted Dr. B. Herbert Behrmann had a following. Patients raved about his calm instructions and corny jokes. After refracting thousands of glasses and contacts, Behrmann's old-school training and precision awed younger admirers. Dr. B was 75. He'd survived World War II and managed care, outlived two wives, and witnessed seismic changes in his profession, but could see no reason to stop working.
October 22, 2011 |
They say that dental clinics and funeral homes are recession-proof - you can't put off a toothache or a funeral. But dentists are finding out that you indeed can put off a tooth-whitening or your regularly scheduled checkup. About half of Americans lack dental insurance and, according to a recent survey, dental-care premiums increased at a faster rate in 2010 than traditional health-insurance premiums. Lack of coverage, increasing costs, and the lingering effects of the recession mean many are putting off checkups and more urgent procedures.
July 25, 2011
Medicare must be cut, but the Cantor way would only shift costs to all citizens By Robert Field, professor of law and health policy at Drexel University Any deal to tame the federal deficit will have to cut Medicare. Its costs keep growing like weeds in summer. Eventually, it could eat up more tax dollars than any other government program. And like a weed, it will start to crowd out everything else. Most members of Congress on both sides of the aisle agree. The hard part is not whether to slice but how. Medicare cuts could affect our entire health care system.