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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced Wednesday that he was undertaking an audit of the state health department's handling of nearly $800 million in research funding provided by the national tobacco settlement. "These funds are intended to fuel health-care research that could help people live longer, healthier, and more rewarding lives," DePasquale said. "We have to make sure these research programs are meeting expectations so that nothing jeopardizes their vital mission or erodes public confidence.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Politics, 'Funny' style Need to get your message heard? You have to go to where the peeps are. In that light, there's nothing funny about President Obama 's decision to talk health-care reform on satirical website Funny or Die ( www.funnyordie.com ). A vid posted on Hangover star Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns shows the president entering a jocular interchange with the comic. ZG wanted to engage the world leader about our nation's plans for dealing with aggressor North Ikea, but Obama was eager to get his message out. "What'd you come here to plug?"
NEWS
March 7, 2014
M AX PERELMAN, 37, of East Falls, is co-founder and head of business development for Philly start-up Biomeme. Backed by DreamIt Ventures, Biomeme has a device that will turn your smartphone into a mobile DNA-replicating machine to help point-of-care clinicians quickly diagnose and track infectious diseases. Other co-founders are Jesse vanWestrienen, 30, of Old City, and Marc DeJohn, 44, of East Falls. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Biomeme? A: Marc and Jesse have backgrounds in bioscience and engineering and had been working on a mobile-diagnostics device.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
Second in a series BOSTON - When the Flyers' 18 non-Olympians returned to the ice for practice on March 19 after an NHL-mandated 10-day break, the veterans organized a little team activity to see who fell out of shape the quickest on vacation. They called it a battle for the "Green Jacket," in reference to the Masters prize, since the "winner" likely spent too much time on the golf course during the break. A decade ago, the Flyers' least conditioned player would likely have been chosen subjectively - by a kangaroo court of vets judging simply with their eyes.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOE Mastropaolo wouldn't let a little thing like turning 100 keep him from the pool tables or the dance floor. He might not have been Minnesota Fats, but he could run a table with the precision of a much younger man, and proved it frequently after turning the century mark on Jan. 6, 2013. As for dancing, he might not have been Fred Astaire but he could cut a rug, as they used to say, with the best of them, and always made it a point to dance with every lady in the house. "He didn't want anybody to feel left out," said his daughter, Rita Ferrara.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies have been in spring-training camp for most of three weeks and playing exhibition games for a week, and nothing has happened that might change the theme of this season. In fact, boring as it is, that theme will hold true on opening day, on Memorial Day and on Labor Day. While the Northeast is still hiding from the chill shadow of the actual Groundhog Day, the Phils live the proverbial one every time they take the field in the warm Florida sun. Their season - you might have heard this before - depends on nothing more than staying healthy enough to put a representative team on the field.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 500 patients who visited a physician recently at Unity Health Care in Washington walked away with an unusual prescription. The medicine? Regular doses of a local park. The health system has a searchable database of more than 350 parks. The physician can print out a one-page summary of a specific park, detailing what it offers, where it is, and how to get there. The D.C. Park Prescription Program, focused on children, is a stepped-up version of programs trying to wrest children away from their computer screens and get them out into nature.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Last fall, the director of the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center briefed the legislative cancer caucus on the center's groundbreaking research on a variety of potentially deadly forms of the disease. In one case detailed by Chi Dang, doctors with Penn and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia used a novel cell-engineering treatment on a young leukemia patient as part of a clinical trial involving acute forms of leukemia. That was two years ago. The little girl remains cancer-free.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Al Tiller was in a state of despair on Jan. 7, when yet another hospital worker came into his room. He was homeless. Estranged from his daughter. Hadn't had a drink in a week. And his hands - on their way to losing parts of six fingers, the result of frostbite - "looked like something out of Halloween . " The worker sat down. "She said, 'I know you from somewhere,' " recalled Tiller, 61. They started tossing out names from the Southwest Philadelphia community where both had lived.
NEWS
February 26, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Main Line Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are the latest regional employers to announce plans to stop hiring smokers. The Main Line health system - made up of Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Riddle Hospital, and Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital - on Monday said it would no longer hire users of tobacco and nicotine products, including electronic cigarettes. Beginning May 1, job applicants must certify that they have not used such products in the previous 90 days, and will abstain during their employment.
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