September 28, 2012 |
Not while he was in the ambulance - weakness, vomiting, and the wooziness that accompanies a lack of insulin tend to crowd out any latent instinct for the ironic. But by the time Frederick Pegues Jr. was resting in bed at Temple University Hospital, the irony struck him hard. Here, he had just finished a monthlong course in being a community health worker, sponsored by Temple University Hospital. He had learned how to help patients navigate a complicated health system. Yet he himself had not been able to get the help he needed.
September 17, 2012
By Terri Faye Brown-Whitehorn In a typical classroom of 20 children, one is likely to have a food allergy that could cause a severe reaction. And one in six children with a food allergy will have his or her first allergic reaction at school. Despite growing awareness of food allergies, tragedies continue to occur. Earlier this year, a Virginia 7-year-old, Ammaria Johnson, ate a peanut at recess and died from a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine, a medication that may have been able to save Ammaria's life, was not available at her school.
May 5, 2012 |
Police are investigating two shootings in Camden that left one man dead and another wounded. The fatal shooting occurred about 4:10 p.m. Thursday on the 1600 block of Pulaski Street in the city's Liberty Park section. There police found Gary Boggs, 19, with multiple gunshot wounds. The Camden resident was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he died a short time later. No word yet on a possible motive. At 1:40 a.m. Friday, a 27-year-old Camden man walked into Cooper's emergency room with a gunshot wound to the leg. He told police he was driving in the area of Broadway and Berkley Street in the Lanning Square section, a few blocks from the hospital, when he heard gunfire and was hit. Officials said his wound was not life threatening.
April 20, 2012 |
An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was hurt apparently trying to help someone during a fight outside a popular Northeast bar, and four other on-duty officers were injured breaking up a separate bar room brawl in Southwest Philadelphia. None of the injuries appeared to be serious. In the first incident, Northeast Detectives say an off-duty officer who worked in the 25th District was injured while outside Benny the Bum's on the 9000 block of Bustleton Avenue after the bar closed at 2 a.m. Police said they were not yet clear how the officer became involved in the altercation, but it's possible he was attempting to help another patron.
April 20, 2012
A shout-out from Dick Clark In 1956, I was a teenager on a date with my boyfriend, when my life suddenly changed. As we were driving down Broad Street, I was complaining about a Spanish test I had to take the next day. Seconds later, I was slammed against the windshield and thrown to the driver's side. A trolley car had blown through a red light and broadsided our car on the passenger side. My body was twisted and bent, and I remember a funny taste in my mouth and shivers.
April 12, 2012 |
THE BUCKS COUNTY mother was perplexed. Her 14-year-old son was visibly shaken after spending the night with the Rev. James Brennan in 1996, she said. The boy clung to his mother and refused to sleep alone in his bed. But he wouldn't tell her what happened at the priest's apartment, she said. Brennan, an inspiring priest and friend so close she considered him a brother, was just as evasive when she and her husband pressed him days later for answers, she told a Common Pleas jury Wednesday.
April 11, 2012 |
Dr. Joseph L. Hayes, 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, an emergency-room physician, died of complications of pneumonia Friday, April 6, at home. After graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1961, Dr. Hayes completed an internship at Cherry Hill Hospital. He then had a general medicine practice in Havertown. In 1969, he became an emergency-room physician at Tri-County Hospital, now Springfield Hospital. Dr. Hayes helped train many students, interns, and residents, his children said.
March 30, 2012 |
Less than a year after more than 300 residents of Northgate II, a large subsidized-housing high-rise in North Camden, were given an on-site health-care clinic, their neighbors have been promised access to the same medical staff. Local health-care officials and community leaders met with residents of Northgate I on Thursday and vowed to provide them preventive services and coordinate their hospital aftercare. The first step, authorities said, would be to give residents access to the Reliance Medical Group clinic across the street at Northgate II. Since its summer opening, the facility - which is open Monday through Friday and has a physician who treats patients two days a week - has only seen about 100 residents.
March 26, 2012 |
At 2:38 a.m. on Nov. 15, Kevin Neary found himself sprawled on the sidewalk of Bodine Street near the pretty brick rowhouse where he rented an apartment. He couldn't feel his arms or legs. He tried calling, "Help," three times, but with each attempt, as though in a nightmare, his voice grew weaker. Why could no one hear him? Minutes passed. Neary opened his eyes to see a police officer kneeling beside him. "Don't let me die," he pleaded. Over the next few weeks, he sometimes wondered whether he'd have been better off dead.
March 5, 2012
Study: 'Chemo brain' may not go away for cancer patients Chemotherapy patients have long complained of the mental fog that tends to accompany treatment. Now, a new study suggests that certain combinations of chemo drugs may have long-term effects on cognition. Researchers looked at 196 women who had been treated for early-stage breast cancer with a three-drug chemotherapy regimen. The women underwent cognition testing an average of 21 years after they had received chemo.