June 24, 2015 |
In a step toward filling an unmet medical need, an experimental drug completely reversed the blood-thinning effects of the anticoagulant Pradaxa "within minutes" of being given, according to early results from a international study. Pradaxa, or dabigatran, is among four newer anticoagulants prescribed to people with a common abnormal heart rhythm that puts them at risk of blood clots leading to stroke. While the novel pills do not require continual, inconvenient testing of blood levels like the age-old anticoagulant warfarin, they do not have an antidote to undo their effect in an emergency.
June 13, 2015 |
When Samir Panthi saw television images of the mass destruction from earthquakes in Nepal, his homeland, he didn't sleep for days. The earthquakes April 25 and May 12 took the lives of more than 8,500 and left more than 19,000 injured. Months later, catastrophes such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons - often in developing nations - have an enormous effect on the labor pool in those countries and their ability to produce asinternational suppliersto customers as far away as Philadelphia, retail experts say. In Nepal's case, handwoven rugs - the country's leading export - and all those involved in the production process were adversely affected.
May 31, 2015 |
The Vatican archbishop in charge of overseeing the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia this year, is under investigation for possible embezzlement, according to several European news organizations. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, reportedly bought the 14th-century San Girolamo castle in Umbria, Italy, at an artificially low price with the intention of reselling it at market value. "The alleged scam" would have netted a profit of about $4.4 million, the London newspaper the Daily Telegraph reported Friday.
May 16, 2015 |
Jamer Hunt typically commutes from Center City to a teaching job at the Parsons School for Design in New York City four days a week on a 7:28 or 8:30 a.m. Amtrak train. After Hunt, 50, learned Tuesday night about the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at Frankford Junction, he tried to take a bus Wednesday morning, but tickets were sold out. On Wednesday, he worked from home via Skype on his computer to videoconference with a fellow teacher and class of 20 students. "I was up on the big screen, and talking with the students," said the director of the graduate design program at Parsons as he waited in line for an 8:15 a.m. Megabus on Thursday in University City.
May 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia's paid-sick-leave law takes effect Wednesday, and city officials are encouraging workers to make sure their employers know about the new rules. Passed in February, the law requires employers with 10 or more workers to offer paid sick time. Employees who were not previously given sick leave can start accruing it at a rate of one hour of paid time per 40 hours worked. The law caps sick time at 40 hours a year, or five eight-hour days. Councilman William K. Greenlee, who pushed for the bill for more than three years, said the new law applies to 180,000 to 200,000 city residents.
April 12, 2015 |
No one would chide a bald chemo patient for making bad decisions about her hair. But a stranger told one of Beth Eaby-Sandy's cancer patients - a woman whose treatment had made her skin turn bright red - that she "really should wear sunscreen. " The patient, who already felt conspicuous, was upset, said Eaby-Sandy, a nurse practitioner who works with lung cancer patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The stranger was rude, no doubt, but her ignorance is understandable.
March 22, 2015 |
In a few days, surgeons at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are scheduled to operate on the heart of Graziella Nobile's newborn baby, fixing a grave arterial defect that, if left unrepaired, would be fatal. The hospital lately has a stellar record on that type of operation, in the sense of getting patients home alive. From 2009 to 2012, the most recent data available, 60 infants had this surgery, called an arterial switch, and all survived. The part that doctors have yet to figure out completely is the brain.
March 22, 2015 |
The astronaut Scott Kelly is about to take off for the International Space Station, and if he is like some space travelers, he may temporarily feel a bit foggy or disoriented once in orbit. Scientists have not had much luck measuring this subtle effect with standard cognitive tests, but now, a group of University of Pennsylvania researchers is trying a new tack. While Kelly is in space, they will compare his mental performance with that of a uniquely qualified individual who stays behind on Earth.
March 17, 2015 |
Every nation, it seems, is devaluing its currency. The governments of Japan, Canada, the eurozone, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Russia, and some South American countries are all debasing their currencies - deliberately, to help their economies. What it does is make imports from those countries significantly cheaper than U.S. products. You don't have to be a genius to figure out that, as a result, demand for American products will slow and foreign imports will displace homegrown goods.
March 11, 2015 |
If shopping malls are really dying - killed by retail apps, next-day delivery, and those giant "fulfillment centers" rising across Pennsylvania - you wouldn't know it. Not the way big investors like Simon Property Group are buying and selling rival shopping malls. On Monday, Simon - the Indianapolis company that owns one of the largest malls in the United States ( King of Prussia ) and the biggest in Philadelphia ( Philadelphia Mills , the former Franklin Mills) - offered $22 billion, or $91 a share, for national mall chain Macerich Co. , of Santa Monica, Calif.