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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2008
You know herbal healing has gone mainstream when the packaging for plant-based remedies called "Flu Chaser" and "Sinu Clear" is as alluring as anything you'd see in Bloomingdales, and that's the case at the Apothecary Garden, on Germantown Avenue near the Chestnut Hill-Mount Airy border. The location is apt because the small, chic herbalist's shop combines the killer-style aesthetic of the Chestnut Hill retail district (where even the bathroom-fixture stores are drop-dead gorgeous) with the earthier, woo-wooier vibe of the neighborhood to the south.
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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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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November 25, 2013 | By Joey Cranney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Abdul Smith doesn't like Kobe Bryant. But the Temple senior defensive back admitted that the NBA superstar has what Smith said a lot his teammates don't - a killer instinct. It was that shortcoming that Smith said led to a second-half collapse in Temple's 28-21 loss to Connecticut on a frigid Saturday night at Lincoln Financial Field. It was the first win of the season for the Huskies (1-9, 1-5 American Athletic Conference) and the sixth time this year - including the past four games - that Temple (1-10, 0-7)
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July 5, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
PITTSBURGH - The Phillies' pitchers have become quite adept at performing nightly dances with disaster. Yes, they sure do know how to get down. We saw the tired act again Wednesday night at PNC Park, and it left this rudderless team with a 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates despite a ninth-inning home run by Domonic Brown, his 22d of the season. "It's going to be hard for us to be consistent," manager Charlie Manuel said when asked about his team's pitching problems. "I hope we are, but who we got is what we've got to use. " The Phillies' league-worst earned run average went up to 4.19, a mind-boggling fall for the team that had the best ERA in baseball just two seasons ago. The pitching staff managed to survive a series of turbulent situations to take the first game of this series Tuesday night, but got burned in the fifth and sixth innings Wednesday by the team with the best record in baseball.
SPORTS
March 15, 2013 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Louisville is one of the best teams in the nation at forcing turnovers. Villanova is one of the worst teams in the Big East when it comes to committing them. The combustible mixture was on display Thursday night and the result wasn't a surprise. The fourth-ranked Cardinals used a relentless press and avenged a regular-season defeat at the hands of the Wildcats, capturing a 74-55 victory in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. With three wins over top-five teams this season, including Louisville, the Wildcats (20-13)
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
HOUSTON - Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Houston hospital and went home Monday after spending nearly two months being treated for a bronchitis-related cough and other health issues, a family spokesman said. Bush, 88, the nation's oldest living former president, was admitted to Methodist Hospital on Nov. 23. His stay included a week in intensive care last month. "I am deeply grateful for the wonderful doctors and nurses at Methodist who took such good care of me," Bush said in a statement released by spokesman Jim McGrath.
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December 21, 2012 | BY DREW McQUADE, Daily News Staff Writer mcquadd@phillynews.com
EAGLES COACH Andy Reid said he will take full responsibility for the End of the World. Injuries? (Cough, cough) Andrew Bynum needs another MRI. He might have inadvertently pulled a fast one. Everyone else is having panic attacks. The apocalypse Friday should be a relief to Philly sports fans, who already believe their world ended innumerable times in proverbial sports angst. A bunch of Phillies fans met their Grim Reaper in 1964 and he surprisingly looked just like Gene Mauch.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a run of topsy-turvy influenza seasons that included one pandemic and another with almost no flu, the new cough-and-cold season has arrived abruptly and in force. Across the country, influenza-like illnesses are showing up at their earliest point in nearly a decade. Locally, pediatric hospitals are already experiencing some of their highest emergency-room volumes since the peak of the pandemic three years ago. What is typically a one-two punch - various early-winter viruses followed by late-winter influenza - may be emerging in the Philadelphia region as simultaneous rises in the respiratory infection RSV and flu. Both hit young children hard.
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
With pertussis at its highest level nationally in a half-century, the Philadelphia region has been weathering a spike that in some places is more than triple the previous record set two years ago. "We're sort of way off the scale this year," said Stephen Ostroff, Pennsylvania's acting physician general. "It really started picking up in the summer, and once kids got back to school, the [pertussis] was already there. " Cases of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, often decline in late fall into early winter.
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December 4, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
ARLINGTON, Texas - If the 2012 Eagles are afforded enough time, they will find a way to lose. Even in a game in which they took their biggest lead of the season, they collapsed Sunday night in the fourth quarter of a 38-33 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The unraveling has become a trademark of this team, and it occurred as it did so often this season. The secondary experienced a complete breakdown to the point that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo appeared as if he was playing backyard football.
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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.
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