October 12, 2013 |
VENTNOR, N.J. Nearly a decade ago, Bill Ferrier saw a yellow laundry bag tumbling around in the Atlantic Ocean. He carried it to the Ventnor boardwalk and opened it. Inside, he found the body of a newborn, umbilical cord and placenta still attached. He called the police, then his wife, Susan. "You're not going to believe what I found," he told her. "Is it a body?" Susan Ferrier recalled asking her husband. He replied: "It's a little bit worse than that; it's a newborn. " The six-pound girl had been in the water for one to two days, but it was not clear when or where she had been strangled, an autopsy showed.
September 8, 2013 |
Ashley Grim suffers from a variety of medical problems, among them scoliosis, difficulty swallowing, and unstable blood pressure, so she has had to endure being poked and prodded more times than most children. Yet Ashley also has a harder time coping with medical settings than most children, as she has been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. When she went to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for a procedure last year, the experience of being placed under anesthesia was too much.
August 23, 2013 |
Q: I'm starting my freshman year in college and am leaving my high-school boyfriend behind. I expect to find new romantic partners, but I don't want to get a bad reputation. How many sexual partners is too many? If I have more than a dozen, am I a slut? What's the average for a normal woman? Mia: The number of men you choose to sleep with is between you and God, if you are a believer. Don't worry about what your high-school boyfriend thinks, and forget about what society says.
August 7, 2013 |
If you show up to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's emergency room but aren't in serious trouble, get ready to wait. New federal data show that the prestigious university hospital has the highest median ER wait times in the city at 81 minutes to see a doctor. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which publish the data from hospital submissions, say long waits can be a sign of understaffing or gridlock elsewhere in the hospital. And they can lead to lower quality care and more stressful stays for patients and families.
July 15, 2013 |
One in an occasional series on attempts to solve a medical mystery. Forty years ago, his wife mistakenly assumed his weekly fishing trips would taper off after the wedding. Then, perhaps after the children came. But throughout his career as a research chemist, through raising three children and supporting his wife's chemistry career, he'd kept up his passion for the hobby. So she had no doubt when he retired last year how he would be spending his days. She was at an out-of-town conference when she received his call.
July 9, 2013 |
GETTYSBURG - One of the enemies at the Gettysburg reenactment did not take sides. The weather - heat and humidity - affected reenactors and spectators alike. But there was help. In a reenactment site that resembles a small city, complete with security, traffic controllers, sanitation crews, and ticket sellers, there were three staffed medical aid stations and an impressive mobile emergency room. As of late Sunday, they had treated about 260, with 19 taken to area hospitals. One of them was evacuated by helicopter Saturday, Miller said.
July 5, 2013 |
The family of a North Philadelphia woman who died of misdiagnosed pneumonia has won a $2 million settlement in a lawsuit filed against Temple University Hospital, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mary Casiano, 25, went to the emergency room with pneumonia four years ago, but was diagnosed as having bronchitis and sent home with antibiotics, said the lawyer, Lawrence R. Cohan. Casiano, who was six months pregnant, returned to the hospital two days later with advanced pneumonia, he said.
May 12, 2013
The pain wall, veteran rowers call it. It hits every race if you're doing it right. It all looks pretty from the shore when an eight-oared shell gets in sync, but those rowers out there at the Dad Vail Regatta on Friday and Saturday are building lactic acid by the stroke, and eventually they lose the ability to clear it. They're at the pain wall, no way around it. "After that, you're just hanging on for dear life," said Temple men's coach Gavin...
April 12, 2013 |
IN THIS ERA of sky-high health-care costs and overbooked doctors, you don't need health insurance and you don't need an appointment at Temple ReadyCare on Roosevelt Boulevard, just south of Byberry Road. It's next door to Chickie's & Pete's, and it's just as walk-in friendly, which explains why more than 2,100 Northeast Philadelphia patients have walked into the nonemergency urgent-care facility since its New Year's Day opening. "We opened up just as flu season hit," said Dr. Steve Matta, who came from the Temple ReadyCare in Port Richmond to man the Northeast office.
April 10, 2013 |
Temple University Health System said it established an Institute for Population Health to put under one umbrella numerous existing efforts to move health care into the community. Among the programs being moved to the institute is the training of community health workers, who work to reduce readmissions and unnecessary visits to the emergency room, said Paula Stillman, Temple vice president of health care services and director of the institute. A second class of 30 community health workers is scheduled to start training in May. Another program is a Transition Center, which ensures that primary care physicians are notified when one of their patients comes to the ER or is admitted to the hospital, among other things, Stillman said.