October 5, 2014 |
Hospital and public health officials are acutely aware of the public dismay at the poor handling of the first case of Ebola diagnosed - too late - in this country. Thomas E. Duncan, 42, arrived in Dallas from Liberia on Sept. 20. He became sick and went to a Dallas hospital on Sept. 25, but was misdiagnosed and sent home. He returned to the hospital by ambulance on Sunday and is now in isolation, in serious condition. About 50 people who came into contact with him after he developed symptoms - which is when the disease is contagious - are being monitored closely, including four family members who are under quarantine for 21 days at a Dallas apartment complex.
October 2, 2014 |
What caused the deaths of Cooper University Health System's chief executive officer and his wife, found unresponsive in their Somerset County home over the weekend amid a smoky fire, remained a mystery Tuesday, with authorities declining to release any updates on their investigation. Firefighters were called to John and Joyce Sheridan's home in Skillman, N.J., about 6:15 a.m. Sunday. Authorities said that day that the fire was contained mostly to their bedroom. They have released few other details, including whether the fire appeared suspicious or accidental.
October 1, 2014
IN THESE DAYS of growing income inequality, the rich get richer and the poor get . . . diabetes. And heart disease. And cancer. A recent study of the eating habits of 29,124 Americans by the Harvard School of Public Health verified a widening "food gap" between the poor and everyone else. While people at higher income levels are eating more healthy foods than they were 12 years ago, low-income Americans are lagging even farther behind. Poor eating habits, and the obesity that often results, are strongly tied to a host of chronic (and expensive to treat)
September 30, 2014 |
THE HOME clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was littered with boxes yesterday morning. Before taking the field for the final game of the 2014 regular season, Phillies players packed up their things so they could exit quickly and head to their offseason homes before the end of the day. There were handshakes and hugs all around, and even some applause for rookie reliever Ken Giles, who got engaged on Saturday. Despite a season ending with the Phillies in last place for the first time in 14 seasons, the mood was pretty upbeat.
September 30, 2014 |
THE DEATHS of Cooper University Health System president and CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, in a fire at their central New Jersey home yesterday morning are being investigated by an Arson Task Force, authorities said last night. Police and firefighters in Montgomery Township were called to the couple's house on Meadow Run Drive, in Skillman - about seven miles north of Princeton - at 6:13 a.m., according to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.
September 30, 2014 |
Arson and major crimes detectives were investigating a fire at the home of John P. Sheridan Jr., president and CEO of the Cooper University Health System, and his wife - whose bodies were found in their bedroom Sunday morning, authorities said. Firefighters found Sheridan, 72, and his wife, Joyce, 69, when they were called to the couple's home in Skillman, Somerset County, in central New Jersey. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the house but no flames. The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said detectives from its arson task force and the major crimes unit assigned to the case had been joined by the crime scene investigation and forensic units.
September 28, 2014 |
Universal Health Services Inc., of King of Prussia, paid $335 million for Cygnet Health Care Ltd., which owns 15 behavioral health facilities and two nursing homes in the United Kingdom, UHS said. Alan B. Miller, chairman and chief executive of UHS, called the deal an excellent opportunity. "Over 90 percent of the patients are National Health Service contracts," Miller said of Cygnet's customer base and referring to Britain's system of socialized medicine. "There's more," Miller said.
September 27, 2014 |
Abington Health is exploring a "unique" partnership with Center City's Jefferson Health System, Abington told employees in a letter Wednesday from chief executive Larry Merlis and chief of staff John J. Kelly. The Montgomery County health system said the talks were part of a broader effort to find a partner. "We are pleased to inform you that Abington Health is exploring options for aligning with another major health system through a strategic partnership that will ensure Abington will thrive in the future as we care for our patients in the rapidly evolving health-care environment," the letter said.
September 26, 2014 |
There was a day, not so long ago, when a parent could simply bake up a Funfetti mix and unself-consciously tote a dozen Technicolor-speckled cupcakes to school. Since then, of course, the acceptable choices have narrowed, due to a growing focus on allergies and sensitivities, not to mention general health and behavioral concerns, backed up by school policies and watchful parents. Forget the Funfetti - too much food dye and hydrogenated oils. Eggs and dairy are usually iffy, as is wheat.
September 13, 2014 |
An unencrypted desktop computer containing personal information on 3,780 patients was stolen during a break-in at a Temple University physicians' office in late July, the university said in a statement Thursday. The computer, in the department of surgery, contained files with patient information that could be used for identity theft, including name, age, billing codes, and, in some cases, the name of the referring physician. The files did not contain Social Security numbers or financial data, according to the university.