February 23, 2015 |
It's 9:30 a.m. and Allison Ford, 24, a pastry chef at Vedge , a vegan restaurant in Philadelphia, is working on a host of exotic ice cream bases that include black pepper, Black Forest cake, and smoked walnut. Moving along a spotless surface, Ford shuttles among blender, stove, and ice cream maker, her movements economical and precise. Around her, the restaurant gleams - all polished glass, lustrous wood, and copper fixtures. "Here's the thing," says Rich Landau, 47, owner of Vedge and the recently opened V Street with his wife, Kate Jacoby, 35, who live in Philadelphia.
February 15, 2015 |
You wouldn't buy a car without negotiating, would you? Health care is the same now. Feb. 15 is the last day to sign up for a health-insurance policy and avoid a tax penalty to Uncle Sam that could total 2 percent of your income. If you don't have coverage, today's the day. If you have insurance, there are ways to save money on your medical bills. Because, let's face it, even the new insurance isn't that affordable. Silver and bronze plans under the Affordable Care Act carry median family deductibles of roughly $2,500 and $5,100, respectively, according to data from management-consulting firm McKinsey & Co. As health-care costs shift to consumers, we need to negotiate services at fair prices.
February 13, 2015 |
VICTORIA EMILY Smalls came to Philadelphia from her native South Carolina in 1964 to attend the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Boule. It was a fateful visit. She met a handsome man named Howard Wells, who escorted her to the sorority's ball. It was, as the saying goes, love at first sight. They were married on June 12, 1965. Victoria left a career as a teacher and activist in Charleston, S.C., where she taught home economics in two high schools and worked with migrant workers, who came to the state in large numbers every year to work in the fields and orchards.
February 12, 2015 |
PROVIDENCE COACH Ed Cooley, thankfully, seems to be OK. He had to leave the Friars' game over the weekend early in the second half. Spent a night in the hospital with what he said was exhaustion and dehydration. Villanova coach Jay Wright texted with Cooley on Sunday. "He said, 'I'll be fine. I want to get home and rest. And I'll see you Wednesday,' " Wright said. It was a brief exchange, because that's what coaches do. Everything is quick, quick, quick. Until there's a health scare, of course.
February 9, 2015 |
When it comes to health care, what do women want? It's a question that's increasingly important to the nation's hospitals, given that women are often the family's primary researchers, advocates, caregivers, and decision-makers for health care. Women make over 80 percent of health-care choices, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They choose their children's doctors (85 percent), take them to appointments (84 percent), and ensure they get recommended care (79 percent), reports the Kaiser Family Foundation.
February 8, 2015 |
The Thomas Jefferson health system is midway through what it hopes will be a transformation - improving the health of employees and then creating a new wellness model to market to area businesses. Two years ago, after its own health-care costs rose 22 percent in one year, Jefferson implemented a series of incentives to encourage its 12,000 employees to get fit, including a 15 percent discount in what employees pay for health insurance if they meet certain criteria. "We tried to introduce wellness as a culture," said Pamela Teufel, chief human resources officer.
February 6, 2015
NOW VACCINATION is a political issue? It bubbled beneath the surface before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie injected himself into it with an off-hand (and later walked-back) remark about inoculations. But after Big Boy mentioned it, the floodgates of cable TV, Twitter and Facebook swung open. As a public-health issue degenerates into a political issue, I'm here to sort a few things out. (Spoiler alert! I am pro-vaccination.) When I was in elementary school (and leeches were used by doctors)
February 4, 2015 |
THEY BROUGHT her baby wipes. With her cheek flayed open, nose crushed and eyes swelling shut, Micheal Allen needed a Band-Aid, gauze, antiseptic - something - to stop the flow of blood until she could get to the hospital. Instead, a staffer at the Kintock Center, a North Philadelphia halfway house where resident Allen had been attacked by another resident, brought her baby wipes when she couldn't get into the nurse's locked office after the assault last May. Later, when her cheek swelled into a "big blood-filled pocket," Allen said, it took a week before she could persuade a staffer to bring her back to the hospital for care.
February 4, 2015 |
Cerner Corp., of North Kansas City, Mo., said Monday that it completed its $1.3 billion purchase of Malvern's Siemens Health Services, joining two rivals in the rapidly changing field of health-information technology. Cerner offered jobs to all but a few of the roughly 2,800 Siemens employees in Malvern, with 95 percent to 97 percent of them accepting the offers, said Dick Flanigan, a senior vice president at Cerner. "We wanted to maintain and build upon much of the work that's been done by the Malvern team," Flanigan said, adding that the deal included Siemens' corporate campus.
January 30, 2015 |
A THIRD psychologist testified yesterday that charter-school founder Dorothy June Brown is competent to stand trial despite some memory issues. Dr. Christine Anthony, a forensic psychologist at Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, is one of five mental-health experts who examined Brown, who is accused of defrauding four schools of $6.3 million and conspiring with other administrators to cover it up. Brown, 77, was scheduled for...