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November 18, 1990 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
The raspy hacks and rattling coughs of children's colds are music to Dr. David Alexander's and Dr. Barbara Kelly's ears. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia pediatricians are studying over- the-counter cough medicines, and they need 200 children ages 6 to 12 to test them. The study, which is funded by a pharmaceutical company and being conducted at Abington Memorial Hospital, will look at the effectiveness of three different cough remedies and a new combination of over-the-counter drugs.
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April 13, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
Abington School District administrators say they have been dealing with an unexpectedly large number of pertussis cases this school year. Most unusual, according to health officials, is that the district had not experienced an outbreak before. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, tends to run in cycles, and this year's incidence is not unusual at the national, state, and county levels. The 56 cases in Montgomery County since Jan. 1 are "pretty routine," said Frank X. Custer, a spokesman for the county.
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May 23, 1990 | By Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
The "galloping" bacterial pneumonia that killed Muppets creator Jim Henson last week can be controlled - but only if a person recognizes that a mild fever and cough suddenly has become much worse. Five symptoms can signal the onset of bacterial pneumonia, a condition that can be life-threatening, according to Dr. Paul Epstein, chief of Graduate Hospital's pulmonary division. "If a person with a low-level virus suddenly develops high fever and chill, a cough with phlegm, or phlegm mixed with blood, or chest pain, or shortness of breath, these five things should tip you off that you need to see a doctor immediately.
NEWS
June 10, 2008
HOW THINGS have changed over the past 40 years or so: Our cars used to get eight miles to the gallon. Now, with all of the fuel efficiency technologies, our cars still only get eight miles per gallon, but now they are humongous. We used to get so drunk and wonder how we got that tattoo. Today we just get the tattoo. Every child wanted to become president of the United States. Today they want to be a charter school CEO. If you broke up with someone, you were called an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend.
NEWS
August 27, 2012
Children who live with cigarette smokers have an impaired cough reflex, meaning they are less able to clear the airways of potentially harmful particles and irritants. That is the finding of a new study at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, whose authors say it may help explain why such children are more likely to develop bronchitis and other respiratory infections. The researchers measured the cough reflex of several dozen Philadelphia-area children by having them inhale a mist containing a small amount of chili-pepper extract.
NEWS
November 30, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since the day after Thanksgiving to be treated for a lung ailment, reports the Houston Chronicle . Bush, who served as president from 1989 to 1993 and was vice president under Ronald Reagan for two terms, has battled a "lingering cough that has drawn concern," the Chronicle reports today. "President Bush is in the hospital," his chief of staff told a reporter. "We have kept this quiet out of respect for him. " She said Bush, 88, has bronchitis.
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November 30, 2012 | By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush was in a Houston hospital Thursday for continuing treatment of a lingering cough. Bush, 88, has been in and out of the hospital recently for complications resulting from bronchitis, Methodist Hospital said in a brief statement. The hospital and Bush's spokesman in Houston, Jim McGrath, described Bush as in stable condition and said they expected the former president to be released by the weekend. He has been under hospital care for nearly a week.
NEWS
February 3, 1994 | From Inquirer wire services
THIS IS NOT THE PERFECT CRIME Stealing a car was Todd Lee Johnson's first mistake. Leaving his stuff inside was his second. Johnson began an 18-year prison sentence for carjacking this week. But before he did, he filed a claim against San Mateo County, Calif., for $2,794, asking authorities to return or reimburse him for items he left in the 1992 Saturn that he stole last summer. The belongings included a $350 wedding dress, as well as maps, jackets, shoes, books, luggage, a trench coat and a high school equivalency certificate.
NEWS
August 7, 2012
Have you gotten your Tdap shot? If you don't know what that is, you aren't unusual, which helps explain why whooping cough, or pertussis, is making an alarming comeback. Nearly 18,000 cases, including nine deaths, have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention so far this year, a pace not seen since 1959. Tdap is a booster vaccine against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Since 2005, when it was licensed, the CDC has recommended the shot for adolescents and adults, including pregnant women, because protection from childhood vaccination wanes.
NEWS
May 24, 2008
I JUST READ Stu Bykofsky's series about the mounting problems at PACCA. I rescued a dog from the shelter recently, and, as soon as I brought him home, I noticed he was terribly ill. He was unable to keep any food or water down and was extremely lethargic. I was so concerned that, after a few days, I took him to a vet for fear that he was dying. He had mites under the skin and a severe case of pneumonia that likely started as untreated kennel cough. I ended up spending more than $1,000 to save my handsome dog. I'm outraged that PACCA didn't even utter a word to inform me that he was having health problems.
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June 13, 2016 | By Tom Avril, Staff Writer
For the parents of Jameson Finley, there was one thing more alarming than when he coughed up branch-shaped chunks of a substance with the consistency of string cheese. The thought of what would happen if he did not cough them up. The boy, then 5, suffered from a condition called plastic bronchitis, which can lead to asphyxiation, pneumonia, and death. It can strike children who have undergone certain complex heart surgeries, as Jameson had, and it occurs on rare occasions in noncardiac patients - some of whom go years before getting the correct diagnosis.
SPORTS
June 1, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Jeremy Hellickson was throwing freely and effectively. The Phillies righthander needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings Monday night, with the Phillies leading, 2-1. But his night was finished and as it turns out, so was his team. Hector Neris, who entered the game having been unscored upon in his previous 92/3 innings, lasted only two-thirds of an inning. Neris allowed three runs as the Washington Nationals beat the Phillies, 4-3, before 21,993 at Citizens Bank Park.
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April 24, 2016 | By Rene Alvarez, For The Inquirer
A woman in her 50s went to her family doctor with a variety of symptoms that could have indicated any number of conditions. She had shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, nausea, stomach pains, dizziness, and fatigue. Her doctor, noting that she also was significantly overweight and out of shape, believed she was suffering from asthma, and prescribed asthma and antinausea medications. Still, the symptoms persisted for several months. Looking for an answer, the woman went to both a respiratory specialist and digestive specialist, but neither offered treatments that helped her. Finally, one of her doctors, on the theory that she might have a heart problem, sent her to my office.
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April 13, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
Abington School District administrators say they have been dealing with an unexpectedly large number of pertussis cases this school year. Most unusual, according to health officials, is that the district had not experienced an outbreak before. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, tends to run in cycles, and this year's incidence is not unusual at the national, state, and county levels. The 56 cases in Montgomery County since Jan. 1 are "pretty routine," said Frank X. Custer, a spokesman for the county.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
H ulk Hogan 's $115 award Friday in his suit against Gawker Media was the main course. Monday came dessert. A jury hit Gawker with $15 million in punitive damages and its owner with $10 million, bringing the total to $140 million, for publishing a sex video of Hogan. From the size of the punitive award, it was clear that the jury wanted to punish Gawker even more. During brief arguments Monday, Gawker's lawyer pleaded that the Friday verdict is already "debilitating" for the company.
NEWS
January 24, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A high school student in Cherry Hill has been found to have whooping cough. Officials at Cherry Hill High School East wrote in a letter to parents that the student with the confirmed pertussis case was in the building during the week of Jan. 11, but had not been in school since Jan. 15. The highly contagious disease is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. "We continue to monitor the situation at school, and if additional actions to control the spread of pertussis among pupils become necessary, we will again notify parents," the principal, Lawyer Chapman, wrote in the letter.
SPORTS
July 2, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ken Giles took the Citizens Bank Park mound late Tuesday with 12 scoreless June frames to his name. The Phillies' 24-year-old setup man retired the first two Milwaukee Brewers he faced. Then the inning unraveled. Giles' 38th pitch of a laborious eighth inning put Adam Lind on first base and walked in the Brewers' go-ahead run. The Phillies spoiled a great start by ace Cole Hamels and lost, 4-3, in a battle of baseball's two worst teams. "I think he knows what he did. He made a couple of bad pitches," interim manager Pete Mackanin said.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Dr. Peter Bidey, For Philly.com/Health
Cold and flu season is upon us. Now is the time when we start to reach into the medicine cabinet and wonder, what can my children take when they get a cold? The problem is, there is no easy answer. But there are a few basic rules to treat by. First, the Food and Drug Administration does not recommend over-the-counter cold and cough medicines for children younger than 2. The reason is these medications can have serious side effects on children. Second, viruses cause common colds.
SPORTS
April 4, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas - The ball skipped past Chase Utley, drawn in because the tying run stood on third base, and Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms in disgust. The richest closer in baseball blew his first save opportunity of 2014, and with it the chance at a season-opening series victory vanished. Minutes after a 4-3 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night, Papelbon sat with his left leg crossed over his right and stared into his empty locker. Pitching coach Bob McClure consoled him. "It's just one of those weird innings, man," Papelbon said.
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