March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIPOLAR DAY There is help, hope World Bipolar Day is marked annually on March 30. Bipolar disorder is a medical condition of the brain in which a person's moods swing back and forth like the winds of March. Diagnosed individuals - who encompass all ages, from children on up - can do quite well. Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, 69, who died Tuesday, suffered from the disorder. What's needed is an excellent psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a support group, in which people like us learn from one another.
January 29, 2016 |
YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. Maybe the end really is near. In the same week Fox brought back The X-Files and launched the comical cop show Lucifer - about you-know-who - NBC has found the funny in the end of the world. Turns out it was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic. You, Me and the Apocalypse, which premieres Thursday, was made in Britain for people who drive on the wrong side of the road, but it should be right at home on NBC, thanks to a cast that includes Jenna Fischer ( The Office )
November 30, 2015 |
Take a deep breath. How often do you hear someone give that advice for calming down? Maybe you give it to yourself. You may be surprised to learn that a new biofeedback treatment for panic disorder suggests just the opposite. The at-home treatment, which uses a machine called Freespira that measures respiration rate and carbon-dioxide levels in exhaled breath, trains patients to breathe slowly and shallowly, with an emphasis on more complete exhalation than many of us are used to. A small early study found that 68 percent of patients were panic-free a year after training with the device for a month.
October 10, 2015 |
Nemours Children's Health System and the Clinic for Special Children in Lancaster County signed a five-year agreement to collaborate on the care of children with rare genetic disorders, the two tax-exempt organizations announced. As part of the arrangement, the Clinic for Special Children will help Nemours develop medical services for the Old Order Amish community near Dover, Del. The clinic, near Strasburg, Pa., was founded in 1989 to treat Old Order Amish and Mennonite children with genetic disorders.
September 18, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER yesterday unleashed a Donald Trump-style verbal beating on City Controller Alan Butkovitz, labeling his report on L&I "outrageous," "misguided" and "irresponsible. " "The controller seems to desperately seek public attention and relevance in any number of ways," Nutter said. "We're not going to get distracted by that kind of nonsense or ego or narcissistic personality disorder that seems to compel the need for constant public attention," Nutter continued. Butkovitz's special investigation report, issued yesterday, on the troubled city department calls on Mayor Nutter to fire Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams, citing excessive overtime, dangerous illegal demolitions and nonpermitted construction projects.
September 7, 2015
Pain disorder forum The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association invites people with complex regional pain syndrome/reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD), their caregivers, family, friends, and supporters to a conference at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill on Friday. The organization has assembled a forum where attendees and experts can share information, network, and explore new solutions to help manage the condition. There will be an awareness walk the next day in Cooper River Park.
August 23, 2015 |
A distraught medical student rushed over to me during a sick clinic usually devoted to fairly benign matters such as colds and minor rashes. "I think something is really wrong with this patient", the student told me. "He can't walk. " The 10-year-old in the exam room had suddenly lost the use of his legs for no apparent reason. His father and uncle carried him into our waiting room, with his mother and aunt by his side. "He was fine yesterday - then, this morning, he couldn't walk," the boy's father told me. I quickly glanced at the child and saw he was coherent and in no apparent pain.
July 20, 2015 |
A MAN WHO voiced displeasure outside a Criminal Justice Center courtroom in April - after which cops confronted him and a female public defender came to his aid - pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of disorderly conduct. Under a negotiated plea deal between the prosecution and the defense, Anthony C. Jones, 23, was then sentenced by Municipal Judge Charles Hayden to "no further penalty. " Jones' case made news because the public defender who came to his aid, Paula Sen, reportedly was punched in the head by a cop who was trying to tackle Jones.
July 11, 2015 |
Question: When I married my husband, I knew we both had pieces of ourselves under lock and key. I used to be a staunch defender that we are all allowed a private room in our minds, so to speak, where we store memories, thoughts, and feelings that, while formative of our current personalities, didn't really need to be shared with the other person. (Does H. really need to know I have a secret crush on Tommy Lee Jones?) I know my husband has a similar lockbox - he never told me about running away for quite a while as a teenager.
June 12, 2015 |
THE 10 PEOPLE arrested at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March protesting the death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Mayfair were acquitted yesterday, eliciting shouts of joy inside the Criminal Justice Center. They had shown up at the meeting, where District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office's decision to not file charges against two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, in December. Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks, after viewing a nine-minute video of the loud and noisy protest, and after hearing testimony from prosecution witnesses - primarily police Civil Affairs Unit Lt. Joseph O'Brien and community activist Greg Bucceroni - acquitted all 10. The 10 included Mallori Lofton-Malachi, 27, a professional soccer player; her sister, Megan Malachi, 34; and their sister, Morgan Malachi, 32. They also included Asa Khalif, a/k/a Earl Pittman, 44, who is a cousin of Tate-Brown's; and Scott Williams, 26, a University of Pennsylvania student.