August 26, 1990 |
Seven years ago, Leona Stevenson tumbled off her bike on the Ocean City boardwalk and landed in hell. "Ordinarily she'd have hopped up and got back on," recalled her husband, Joe. "But she didn't. She had trouble getting up. " Lee, 58, had also complained before the fall about cramping in her legs and feet, and had begun to drag one foot. So after she fell on the patio of their Haddonfield home and again couldn't get up, the Stevensons consulted their physician. He sent them to a neurologist.
September 24, 1995 |
A boat race on the Delaware yesterday raised money for kidney disease research. Winning were: non-spinnaker class, Jerry Hoefle and the Osprey; spinnaker class, Don Hoefle and the Hot Canary; one-design class, Dillon Breton aboard his unnamed vessel.
August 7, 1986 |
The Bryn Athyn Borough Council has instructed its Board of Health to look into a connection between white-tailed deer and a number of cases of Lyme's disease recently reported in the borough and surrounding areas. At its meeting Monday night, the Council asked the Board of Health to seek information from the Pennypack Watershed Association, a wildlife management organization, for results of a study it conducted on the problem. Lyme's disease is named after a small town in Connecticut, where the first case was reported.
June 13, 1992 |
The first call came while my home health aide and I were eating breakfast. "Have you seen page two of The Inquirer?" my husband asked. "There's been a breakthrough. " The next call - my mother in North Carolina. Her bridge partner had awakened her at 6:30 a.m. with the news and Mom had sent Dad out for a Raleigh paper to get the details. Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified the missing element in the brain of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
February 13, 1986 |
At first glance, it looked like Bowling for Dollars, people flitting about the Thunderbird Bowling Lanes in Willow Grove Sunday, urging their friends to bowl for high scores. But profit was not the motive. The bowlers were raising money for a good cause: helping to find a cure for a child-killing disease. The three-hour bowl-a-thon raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. CF, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestion, is the number one killer of children and young adults in the United States.
May 26, 1991 |
In her lifetime, Ruth Hodson has endured 12 periods of total paralysis, six bouts with blindness and untold physical and emotional stress. Such is the nature of multiple sclerosis, the disease she's battled for some 40 years. "I got it when I was 17, and it's a constant fight for me to stay as well as I can so I can keep ahead of it," she said. She's now 60, and despite her own handicap, she has helped to develop a national health-care organization devoted to meeting the needs of others.
May 29, 1987 |
Two medical teams yesterday reported independently locating the gene that causes the disfiguring Elephant Man's disease, and doctors said they soon should have a way of detecting the disorder before birth. The findings, by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, "could lead to a medical treatment or possibly a cure for this disease," said Dr. Allan Rubenstein, medical director of the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation.
August 12, 1999 |
Tests completed yesterday concluded that the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease had been found in a showerhead at the county prison and likely caused an inmate to fall ill with the disease last month, health officials said. The bacteria were not found anywhere else in the prison, said Dr. Lewis Polk, director of the Bucks County Health Department. And county officials said they saw no further cause for alarm. County officials said the inmate, who was hospitalized in July with pneumonia caused by the disease, has since recovered.
August 11, 1996 |
In Montana, which has an international reputation for superb fishing, biologists learned in December 1994 that a disease caused by a parasite had killed 90 percent of the rainbow trout along a 50-mile stretch of the renowned Madison River. The discovery distressed anglers fond of Montana, and it left them wondering what the impact of the problem, known as whirling disease, would be. Now, 20 months later, biologists have a clearer picture of the daunting task they face in fighting the disease.
September 26, 2008
Officials are investigating the circumstances surrounding this month's deaths of two patients and infections of four others, all of whom apparently contracted Legionnaires' disease at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. In all, three men and three women have been diagnosed with the disease, a type of pneumonia that can be fatal for those with weakened immune systems. Test results were pending on five others. All six patients who tested positive were being treated for other serious illnesses at the time, a state health official said Wednesday.