April 29, 2013 |
The Inquirer is presenting a daily profile of participants in next Sunday's Broad Street Run. In the summer of 2008, Joe Diana was 41, a smoker, overweight, and out of shape. He was playing volleyball at a pool party. He was diving for a shot, hit the poolside, and thought he broke a rib. He went to the emergency room. He never found out if the rib was broken. Doctors saw something much worse - a tumor in his right lung. On Aug. 13, the lung was removed, improving his chances of surviving the cancer.
April 22, 2013
Complex picture of ADHD Based on speaking with families as an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) coach and teacher, I know some pediatricians do lack the information needed for a comprehensive diagnosis. But depicting hyperactivity as the hallmark of ADHD is misinformed ("Too many children being diagnosed as 'hyper,' " April 11). ADHD is a medical diagnosis that represents a decrease in neurotransmitters that inhibit the message-carrying ability of neurons. The prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped, which is also why symptoms reflect deficits in executive functioning: time management, transitions, organization, emotional control, initiation, and working memory.
March 29, 2013 |
You know you're in trouble, Maria Kefalas said sadly, when you're fast-tracked for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kefalas, 45, is a St. Joseph's University sociologist whose daughter Calliope, 3, has a rare and untreatable genetic disease, MLD. It's a diagnosis without hope: Most patients don't live beyond age 5. Kefalas, along with her husband, Patrick Carr (also a sociologist), and their three children were sponsored for a trip to Martha's Vineyard over the summer by the foundation, which attempts to enrich the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
January 17, 2013
By Melinda Henneberger Oprah says she found Lance Armstrong's doping confession just mesmerizing: "We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers," Winfrey told CBS News. Liars can have that effect, of course, and she has a show to promote. But some of us who have lost years, friends, and body parts to cancer are not quite so fascinated. Even after he started cheating in the mid-'90s, Mr. Livestrong had a chance to strike an important blow against cancer, which has been linked to steroids and human growth hormone.
January 9, 2013 |
It was only a little hand tremor. That's what the doctors said. All kids shake a bit, get a little clumsy. Maybe 7-year-old Eli Vivian was dehydrated. Maybe his motor skills lagged a little behind those of his two older brothers. Not to worry. Not so easy - for a mother. So Becky Vivian kept watching. Everything Eli did got the mom once-over, even a potato sack race at Oaks Elementary School. While his classmates stepped into their bags and hopped away, Eli was left behind.
October 18, 2012
Through Wednesday, 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 section on Thursday, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . When Valerie Miller turned 25, her mother began nudging her to get a mammogram. Age 25 is extremely young to begin this check for breast cancer, but Valerie's mother had breast cancer, and Valerie's aunt had breast cancer, and both grandmothers had breast cancer.
October 13, 2012
Through Oct. 17, Philly.com 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 on Oct. 18, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . Shona Sladyk works at the Vermont College of Medicine and is a registered member of the Breastcancer.org Online Community. This is her story: "My most difficult moment in my cancer journey was the day I found out that my biopsy did, in fact, show cancerous cells.
October 6, 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 culminates in a special Philly.com/Inquirer/Daily News section Oct. 18, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . For Cynthia Besteman, a real estate broker in New York, the diagnosis of breast cancer came out of nowhere. She was 46, a vegetarian, with no history of cancer in her family, a daily exerciser.
September 25, 2012 |
JOSH HAMILTON was back in the lineup Monday against the visting Oakland Athletics after missing the last five games because of blurred vision and balance issues. In the Texas Rangers' 5-4 win, Hamilton played the part of Triple Crown spoiler - for a night, at least - hitting his 43rd homer of the season in the fifth inning to move ahead of Miguel Cabrera in the AL home run lead. Cabrera, the Tigers slugger, is bidding to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
July 31, 2012 |
Over her life, June Sams has been told she has schizophrenia and four mental health disorders: bipolar, post-traumatic stress, major depressive, and personality. The 60-year-old Chester woman's current diagnoses - she thinks these fit - are major depressive and generalized anxiety disorders plus PTSD due to childhood trauma. A doctor told Elisa-Beth Gardner, 51, of Swarthmore, that she had borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 1996. Three months later, she was told she had bipolar disorder.