January 27, 2016 |
An 18-year-old pregnant woman died Saturday morning of a suspected heart attack after shoveling snow at her Pottstown home. Briahna Gerloff was eight months pregnant and suffered from several heart defects, according to Pottstown police. Gerloff's soon-to-be born daughter, whose name was to be Kayliana, also died. Gerloff's younger brother, Stosh, found Gerloff unresponsive in her kitchen shortly after 9 a.m. and called 911. She could not be revived. The cause of death has not been determined, police said.
January 17, 2016 |
Once again, you've come to the right place. If you read this, you're going to LOL. But this time, I can't take the credit. Sometimes the world hands you an ace. All you have to do is set it down on the table and play. I'm talking, of course, about the SmartBra. Have you heard about this? If not, I'm here to tell you that at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, a Canadian tech company introduced a smart bra, which is a bra that is smarter than you are. Or at least smarter than your breasts.
January 17, 2016 |
Insurance policies that pay a lump sum if workers get cancer or another serious illness are being offered by employers in growing numbers. Companies say they want to help protect their workers against the financial pain of increasingly high deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. But it's important to understand the limits of these plans. Critical-illness plans have been around for decades, but they have become more common lately as employers have shifted more health-care costs onto their workers' shoulders.
January 11, 2016
Otis Clay, 73, a Blues Hall of Fame singer known as much for his charitable work in Chicago as for his performances, died on Friday. The Mississippi-born singer - whose gruff, tenor on songs such as "Trying to Live My Life Without You" varied from his haunting but hopeful baritone on gospel standards such as "When the Gates Swing Open" - died suddenly of a heart attack at 6:30 p.m., said his daughter, Ronda Tankson. The one-time Grammy nominee had a year's tour planned, manager Miki Mulvehill said.
December 28, 2015
David Becker is a board-certified cardiologist with Chestnut Hill Temple Cardiology. He wrote this for the "Check Up" blog, www.philly.com/checkup . A new use of an old test may help you decide whether you really need cholesterol-lowering medication. If you are one of the 45 million Americans whose cholesterol levels make them potential candidates for statin therapy (medications like Crestor and Lipitor) - but you don't have heart disease - there may be other options. A new study looking at calcium-scoring CT scans concluded that special kind of X-ray can reclassify half of these 45 million people as being so low risk they can avoid potentially unnecessary treatment with statins.
November 11, 2015 |
A large national study suggests that patients at risk of heart disease can reduce their chances of heart attack, stroke, and death by lowering their systolic blood pressure by even more than what is currently recommended. Authors of the widely anticipated research, published Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the more aggressive approach makes sense despite an increased risk of fainting and kidney problems. Currently, patients at risk of heart disease are told to lower their systolic pressure - the higher of the two numbers from the measurement in the doctor's office - to 130. Study authors said patients who lowered that number to about 120 by taking additional drugs were better off than those who made it only to the low- to mid-130s.
November 10, 2015 |
Statins are proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, yet as many as half of patients with prescriptions eventually stop taking the pills. A possible solution, says a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers: Pay the patients. And for those whose good pill-taking habits lead to lower levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, give their physicians a bonus as well. While the field of medicine has moved increasingly toward paying doctors for performance, there has been little controlled research on whether it works.
September 21, 2015 |
Mike Otto tried to stay calm. He tried to sit still in that yellow director's chair on the Delran boys' soccer sideline. He tried to resist the urge to jump to his feet, to shout some instructions, to offer some encouragement to his players. But it was no use. There was a game going on and his Bears needed him. "It's in the blood," Otto said after Delran's clash with rival Burlington Township on Thursday afternoon. "I'm an Otto. I don't like to lose. I like to win. "I give 100 percent, and I want my guys to give 100 percent.
August 28, 2015 |
AS TOUGH as things have been on the basketball court in the past couple of years for the 76ers, there has been absolute heartbreak away from the floor for the organization. Just over two months ago, legendary stat man Harvey Pollack succumbed to injuries he suffered in a New Year's Day car crash at the age of 93. Pollack had worked with the organization since the beginning of the NBA, in 1946. Last September, center Caldwell Jones died of a heart attack while taking practice golf swings near his suburban Atlanta home at the age of 64. So well-liked was Jones that, when the Sixers were going to trade him in order to bring in dominating Moses Malone from Houston in the summer of 1982, Malone threatened to not come to Philly unless Jones stayed.
August 7, 2015 |
IT MIGHT BE hard to believe, but Pete Mackanin wasn't always the mild-mannered, player-friendly manager he is today. Eight years after finishing his big-league playing career in 1981 with the Minnesota Twins, Mackanin, then 38, found himself storming back to his hotel room in a fit of rage one night after a tough loss as the manager of Aguilas del Zulia, a team in the Venezuelan Winter League. "I was just really going off and I was losing it, and my wife said to me, 'Are you going to have a heart attack over this?