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July 24, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Doctors write four billion prescriptions annually for pain, depression, high cholesterol, and myriad other conditions. Why not for hunger? That's what happens at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, which sits in a neighborhood of endless need, its residents suffering from higher levels of hunger than perhaps anywhere else in Pennsylvania. The North Philadelphia area is also among the hungriest in America. Pediatricians write prescriptions that offer $5 discounts for already highly reduced $10-to-$15 boxes of produce sold weekly in a hospital lobby.
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June 28, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania had the most Lyme disease cases in the nation in 2009, 2011, and 2012, yet no state-run surveillance program for ticks exists. A bill Gov. Corbett signed into law Thursday seeks to remedy that. The Lyme and Related Tick-Borne Disease Surveillance, Education, Prevention, and Treatment Act will establish a 20-member task force to develop educational and surveillance programs to be run by the Department of Health and other agencies. "This is an underdiagnosed and undertreated disease," said Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery)
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May 4, 2014 | By Reuben Kramer, For The Inquirer
'Hi, folks! Do you know what a freshwater amoeba is?" That's how Jeremy Lewis greeted attendees at the Brain Health Fair who ambled up to his booth last week at the Convention Center. Then he told them about the brain-eating parasite that killed his son. During the dog days of summer 2010, Kyle, 7, was playing in a Texas lake. At some point, a single-celled swimming monster "went up his nose and basically ate his brain," Lewis said from Booth 15. It happened fast. "Thursday morning, he had a headache.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James F. Burke Jr., 73, of Jenkintown, former director of nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died Monday, March 10, of pneumonia at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Dr. Burke's career spanned 40 years at the hospital, where he was considered one of the region's top nephrologists for kidney treatment. He was honored in 2011 as the Beatrice F. Nicoletti professor of nephrology by the Philadelphia institution. He was born in Philadelphia at Jefferson and raised in Drexel Hill.
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March 7, 2014
M AX PERELMAN, 37, of East Falls, is co-founder and head of business development for Philly start-up Biomeme. Backed by DreamIt Ventures, Biomeme has a device that will turn your smartphone into a mobile DNA-replicating machine to help point-of-care clinicians quickly diagnose and track infectious diseases. Other co-founders are Jesse vanWestrienen, 30, of Old City, and Marc DeJohn, 44, of East Falls. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Biomeme? A: Marc and Jesse have backgrounds in bioscience and engineering and had been working on a mobile-diagnostics device.
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March 7, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A 57-year-old Camden woman has tested positive for meningococcal disease and is recovering at home after being hospitalized, Camden County officials said. The victim, whom officials did not identify Wednesday, began undergoing treatment Feb. 28 at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill for an unknown illness. The patient's serology blood test showed she had meningococcemia, a disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis , officials said. The Camden County Health Department and New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services were notified Monday, and others in the woman's household were found to be free of the disease.
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February 24, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
Watching your weight? Hoping for better heart health? Trying to prevent type 2 diabetes? Nuts to all that! It turns out that nuts appear to bestow a wide variety of health benefits, from helping clear out bad cholesterol to cutting down on visceral fat to reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. The benefits of consuming nuts were emphasized late last year in a large study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Findings revealed that participants in the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study who ate a fistful of nuts daily were 20 percent less likely to die from any cause over a 30-year period than those who did not consume nuts.
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February 19, 2014
I AM a 28-year-old recovering heroin addict. Having said that, Ms. Flowers, I now need to address your perceptions of addiction and specifically Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. Being educated in this field, both academically and personally, I am blessed with a unique insight into the disease of addiction. And, make no mistake about it, it is a disease. However, it is not a disease like cancer or diabetes, as some like to compare it to. It is a disease not like any other. It is threefold in nature: a mental obsession, like obsessive-compulsive disorder; a physical allergy, like one would have to peanut butter; and a spiritual malady, which I have no words to explain.
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February 16, 2014 | By Stacey Burling, Inquirer Staff Writer
Theirs is not the kind of medical history anyone wants. The grandchildren of George Melling hope others can learn from the trail of death and damaged hearts that runs through their family tree. Four cousins - the children of two of George's daughters - died decades ago when their hearts stopped suddenly. Two were teenagers; another was 22 years old. When one of the mothers developed heart problems, a Johns Hopkins University doctor began looking for inherited heart defects in other family members and readily found them.
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February 4, 2014
R AJIV MAHALE, 31, and Jonathan McEuen, 32, both of Center City, and Jake Boy, 26, of Roxborough, are co-founders of startup SpeSo Health at 17th and Walnut streets in Center City. SpeSo has an online platform for identifying and accessing top medical experts in 6,000 rare diseases so that health-care systems can create communities and share information. I spoke with Mahale, who earned a master's degree from Wharton. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: A family member was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer.
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