October 29, 2010 |
The Holy Grail of colorectal cancer prevention - a reliable screening test that users don't dread and avoid - appears to be getting close. A novel test that detects telltale DNA markers in stool samples correctly identified 85 percent of colon cancers, 64 percent of significant precancerous polyps, and 90 percent of healthy samples, researchers announced Thursday in Philadelphia at a conference held by the American Association for Cancer Research....
September 1, 2010 |
Joseph A. Frick, president and chief executive of Independence Blue Cross, will retire Dec. 15, the company told employees in an e-mail Tuesday afternoon. And it's not because his colon cancer has come back, the 58-year-old Frick said in an upbeat interview Tuesday, turning serious as he otherwise joked about his trademark preference for pin-striped suits, his lack of vacations over the years, and his need to chitchat with nearly everyone he meets. "I think the first thing many people think is: 'Is he sick?
August 14, 2010 |
Vincent M. Raimondo, 57, a radio advertising sales executive and musician, died of colon cancer Friday, Aug. 13, at his home. Since 2006, Mr. Raimondo was vice president of marketing for Radio Direct Response and RDR Promotions in Media. Previously, he sold advertising for several radio stations including WMGK-FM, WPEN-FM, WYSP-FM, and WNTP-AM. As director of sports marketing at WYSP in the 1990s, he headed sales for radio on-air advertising for Eagles football games and was a committed fan. Mark Lipsky, president of Radio Direct Response and a friend since the 1980s, said Mr. Raimondo understood the market and was an excellent sales manager.
June 2, 2010
THE DUEMLERS were small-business owners raising their kids in northern Montgomery County when they were walloped with the news: Dave Duemler had stage IV colon cancer. It was a staggering blow for a 42-year-old previously healthy man. The next nine months were arduous, as Dave underwent chemotherapy. Cancer had unexpectedly reached in and taken an insidious grip over all of their lives and they were powerless to stop it. Dave's wife and two daughters were frantic with worry, as Dave battled nausea, pain and fatigue.
May 15, 2010
D. Craig Althouse, 70, of Ardmore, a chiropractor in Ardmore since 1964, died of colon cancer Wednesday, May 5, at home. Born in Bryn Mawr, he graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1957, attended Villanova University and Long Island University and earned his degree at the Chiropractic Institute of New York in 1963. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. His wife of 42 years, Ruth, said that at Ardmore United Methodist Church, "he was in various leadership capacities for over a quarter-century, including president of the administrative council, board of trustees, chairperson of pastor-parish relations, and as a lay leader.
April 27, 2010
AS THE mother of a 5-year-old autistic daughter, I'd like people to know that April is Autism Awareness Month. One in 110 children are diagnosed with autism every day, 1 in 70 are boys. They are calling it an epidemic. There are public-service announcements for heart disease, breast cancer, colon cancer and AIDS, but I have yet to see one for autism. Well, no one will know about this unless someone says something. When you talk to the parent of an autistic child and find out that they are autistic, please don't say, "Sorry.
March 10, 2010 |
William F. Stair, 89, a World War II veteran who suffered extensive injuries on a North Africa battlefield, including paralysis from the waist down, but returned home to lead an active life, died in his sleep Friday at Wilmington VA Medical Center's nursing facility. Mr. Stair was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., before going off to the war. He later lived in Wilmington for many years before moving to Woolwich Township in 1995. Mr. Stair joined the Army in 1939 shortly after finishing high school.
December 13, 2009 |
When Blaine Applegate was a kid, there was a grand property in his Bucks County hometown whose ivy-covered carriage house stirred his imagination. "I thought it was the creepiest, scariest house," he says. Years later, the place that had intrigued him so was on the market - where it remained for quite a while. Until one day, when the sunlight was hitting the weathered carriage house in just the right spot and it didn't look so creepy anymore. Applegate asked the real estate agent to see just the small house next to a tall 1830 Georgian brick beauty with white columns.
May 17, 2009
Colonoscopy misstatement As a physician I was dismayed by several statements in Dr. Richard Fried's commentary "Simple ways to cut cost" on Wednesday. The statement that "gastroenterologists recommend colonoscopy over fecal blood sampling for routine colon-cancer screening, even though there is no good evidence that colonoscopy is the superior method" is patently false and misleading. Not only is colonoscopy the standard of care for screening, but insurance companies penalize family doctors financially who do not achieve acceptable compliance rates with this recommendation.