May 25, 2005
I'M NOT a journalist nor do I understand the process of editing the Daily News, but I know you have better sense than to write in big bold letters "A schizophrenic is missing" (City/Region, May 19). Our society is polluted because of the misunderstanding and stereotypical views of how someone is categorized with a mental illness. The schizophrenic that your article so insensitively wrote about had a full description of the person missing. You had her age, weight, height and what she was last seen wearing, but instead led off with the schizophrenic piece.
February 18, 1987 |
A psychiatrist who helped establish the professional criteria for diagnosing mental disorders testified yesterday that surrogate mother Mary Beth Whitehead is not suffering from a personality disorder, as other mental- health experts have asserted. Appearing on behalf of Whitehead at the Baby M trial, Dr. Donald F. Klein testified that Wynnewood psychiatrist Marshall D. Schechter improperly diagnosed Whitehead as having a "mixed personality disorder. " In his diagnosis, prepared for the baby's court-appointed guardian, Schechter said he used the criteria established in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, referred to as DSM- III. Klein, a practicing psychiatrist in New York City and a medical professor at Columbia University, testified yesterday that he had been on the 19-member task force that helped write the manual.
April 10, 1997 |
For young Joshua Knobel, life consisted of one crisis after another as he lay in a hospital bed, vomiting hour after hour, sometimes for days. Life was hell for his parents, as well, as they watched their child suffer, and waited for his death from Fazio-Laude Disease, one of the world's rarest neurological illnesses. But Joshua Knobel, now 14, of Langhorne, Bucks County, never had fatal Fazio-Laude. Yesterday, a Philadelphia jury awarded $9.9 million to Joshua and his parents in a medical malpractice suit against a former Children's Hospital of Philadelphia neurologist who diagnosed the disease.
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.
April 28, 1996 |
Given his credentials, one might presume that Jeffrey Lerner would have had an easier time finding the best medical treatment for his mother. But he bounced along like anyone else trying to gather sound answers for a grim cancer diagnosis. As a senior executive for a nonprofit health-services research group in Plymouth Meeting, Lerner could read whatever was available about malignant melanoma. Even so, his efforts did not equip him for his mother's three-year struggle with the disease.
February 22, 2009 |
Betsy Smetona of Haddon Heights quit her job last summer to stay home with her children. Her 23-year-old twins, Megan and Michael, have graduated from the Bancroft School in Haddonfield and can't be left alone. Both have autism, although in different degrees. "It's a big shock to the system when they graduate," Smetona said. "Their schooling was everything to them. It met their social and extracurricular needs. It's hard to find something in the community for Michael and Megan to do. " For the Smetonas and other New Jersey families in a similar situation, help could be on the way. Gov. Corzine signed laws in 2007 and 2008 that are now taking effect to enable early diagnosis of autism, develop screening guidelines for physicians, create a statewide patient registry, and educate emergency responders to recognize developmental disabilities.
February 10, 1999 |
The two men were brothers, they were friends, but they also were physician and patient. And one diagnosis made on a winter day five years ago changed everything. In December 1993, Joseph Labricciosa, a family practice physician in Springfield, Delaware County, examined his brother Robert and diagnosed a case of hemorrhoids. But he was actually suffering from rectal cancer. That first diagnosis recently culminated in a Delaware County courtroom, where a jury ordered Joseph Labricciosa to pay $8.2 million to his late brother's widow - one of the largest verdicts in recent county history, in a case that has divided a family.
April 17, 2015 |
Alex Niles, 32, formerly of Yardley, a businessman who created clothing designed to provide comfort for cancer patients during treatment, died Wednesday, April 8, of gastric cancer at his mother's home in the Forest Hills section of New York City. Mr. Niles founded CureWear, a nonprofit that made clothing with a flap so an intravenous line could be hooked up to a medical port without requiring the wearer to undress. His own health crisis inspired Mr. Niles to make treatment "a little more comfortable for the chronically ill," his family said in a statement.
July 12, 2015 |
A 43-year-old woman came to a hospital complaining of abdominal pain. She was in poor health generally, with serious kidney disease, insulin-dependent diabetes, vascular disease, and obesity. She also had stomach ulcers, but the pain that brought her to the hospital was like nothing she'd ever experienced. She had been taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection and developed blisters, which suggested an allergic reaction. Hospital staff quickly found her to be in severe septic shock.
November 19, 1998 |
The U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday announced that Presbyterian Medical Center in West Philadelphia had agreed to pay $535,448 to settle civil allegations by the government that it improperly obtained Medicare payments by using an inaccurate diagnosis reimbursement code for pneumonia patients from October 1992 to March 1997. The agreement, under which Presbyterian officials did not admit liability under the False Claims Act, was one of three such agreements filed by prosecutors in Philadelphia and in Chicago.