April 11, 2011 |
At a press conference Friday morning, Chester police announced some good news: They'd solved a homicide from last summer's crime surge, which threw the city into a monthlong state of emergency. But before the day was out, there was a new crisis: Nine teens were shot at a birthday party attended by about 100 kids at Minaret Temple No. 174. The shooting prompted the all-too-familiar accusations and recriminations that plague the riverfront city of 37,000 - even as the local economy shows signs of life.
March 23, 2011 |
Instead of being strapped to an ambulance gurney and taken to the emergency room to be treated for a cold, Thomas Rhoe soon will be able to ride the elevator to the ground floor of his Camden apartment building to seek care in a brand-new examination room. "Just what the doctor ordered," the 11-year Northgate II resident said. With a "Bring Health Reform Home" sign in hand, Rhoe, 58, attended Tuesday's ribbon-cutting marking the start of construction for a medical office at Northgate II apartments, subsidized housing in Camden with more than 300 units.
March 21, 2011
Exercise was helpful in easing depression Adding light exercise to an antidepressant regimen proved more effective at helping older people with depression than taking the drug plus a weekly health education class. People in a University of California-Los Angeles study who had done tai chi chih, a simpler version of the Chinese martial art, reported greater improvement in depression, quality of life, memory, thinking, and energy level than the other group. The study, published in the current online edition of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, involved 112 people ages 60 and older with major depression.
January 16, 2011 |
Jacqueline A. Fulton needed a boil under her arm drained. Her pulmonary specialist worried it could leak into the tubing of her pacemaker. But the emergency room at Hahnemann University Hospital, where she arrived with her daughter, Rosalind, on a recent Wednesday afternoon, was jammed. The Fultons had not heard about a new, little-advertised service offered by Hahnemann: a clock posted on the hospital website displaying an estimate of the ER wait time. But they say they would have used it if they had known.
December 26, 2010 |
Randy Klein had a lovely vacation, three weeks in Europe with her husband, Stephen, for their 36th anniversary. They went to Paris, Rome, Venice, even took a cruise to Monte Carlo. On the last day, they ate oysters in Normandy. Her stomach started cramping on the airplane. The diarrhea didn't hit, thank God, until she got home, in Rydal, on Oct. 17, but it landed with a fury. "Doesn't even give you a shot to get to the bathroom," she said. She went to the emergency room at Abington Memorial Hospital, where they took cultures and she spent the night.
December 2, 2010 |
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children unveiled its bigger, refurbished emergency room Wednesday. The $3 million project was a response to increasing demand, said Christopher Haines, director of the department of emergency medicine. "It gets us to where we can provide care much more quickly," Haines said of the expanded space. ER visits to the North Philadelphia hospital increased from about 50,000 six years ago to about 70,000 last year, Haines said. He said he did not know why demand was increasing.
November 10, 2010 |
Amber Knierim, 20, wanted to be a nurse when she grew up, her MySpace profile says. Instead, she's in jail for beating one up - a Temple University Hospital emergency-room nurse who was attacked when she tried to keep Knierim from grabbing needles from an empty examination room on June 21. "She picked the wrong person to mess with," said Joan Meissler, 53, of Northeast Philadelphia, now working on light duty until she heals from the beating that...
October 8, 2010
RE STU Bykofsky's Sept. 27 column "Mumia Saga, Pro & Con": The piece jumps about so disjointedly that it's at first difficult to identify his premise - that "no rational person can convincingly argue that Mumia didn't shoot [Police Officer] Faulkner. " Actually, it was the prosecution's job to convincingly argue that Abu-Jamal did shoot the officer. While a rigged jury deprived of key evidence may well have accepted the prosecutorial spin presented in 1982, many facts have since emerged that refute its conclusions.
September 26, 2010
Many people believe that cities are dangerous places, and they're not entirely wrong. There are higher crime rates, speeding cabs, shaky scaffolding, fizzling car bombs, uncovered manholes, bedbugs, and pianos being delivered via deteriorating rope. But does that make a place unsafe? I'll tell you about unsafe. This summer, the suburbs almost killed me. And not in the figurative sense. I mean the suburbs were actually, physically, beating me up. That may sound ridiculous, but let me give you the facts: A perfectly healthy twentysomething went home to the burbs and ended up in the emergency room four times.