June 10, 2013 |
What society does to its children, its children will do to society. - Cicero, 106 B.C.E. A radical change in the underlying beliefs of what causes and accelerates adult diseases and childhood health is underway. It's a paradigm shift - a transformation in the practice of pediatrics. On a recent Friday, I had a full panel of patients. A jumpy 7-year-old with ADHD. A 12-year-old weighing more than 150 pounds. A teenager with a flat affect. It was a typical day for a pediatrician, except that this diverse group most likely has one unifying factor that predisposes them to their health issues: ACEs.
May 2, 2012 |
The blood-pressure-lowering drugs known as ACE inhibitors are a mainstay of treatment for many diseases. But with growing use of these heart-helping medications, more and more patients are winding up in emergency rooms with a rare side effect that most have not been warned about: swelling around the face and neck. In the worst cases, the patient's tongue and throat become hugely bloated, closing the airway. No medications can slow or reverse this swelling, called angioedema.
April 18, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Be happy - it seems to be good for your heart. Scientists have long known that Type A personalities and people who are chronically angry, anxious, or depressed have a higher risk of heart attacks. Now a Harvard review of the flip side of that psychology concludes that being upbeat and optimistic just might help protect against heart disease. Rather than focusing only on how to lessen heart risks, "it might also be useful to focus on how we might bolster the positive side of things," said lead researcher Julia Boehm of the Harvard School of Public Health.
September 7, 2005 |
San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Thomas Herrion had heart disease and evidence of previous heart trouble when he collapsed and died after a preseason game last month in Denver, an official in county coroner's office said yesterday. The coroner's findings confirmed the beliefs of Herrion's family and friends, who were certain drugs played no role in Herrion's death Aug. 20. Herrion's heart condition was caused by factors that are often nearly undetectable, though fairly rare in a 23-year-old athlete in good physical condition.
April 1, 1996 |
More than 30,000 cardiologists from around the world met in Orlando, Fla., last week to hear the latest research on heart disease. New findings on vitamin E, cholesterol and heart disease among African Americans were part of the research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 45th annual conference. The new cholesterol study - of people who've already had heart attacks - found that cholesterol-lowering drugs can cut their risk of another heart attack - or death - significantly.
April 18, 2013
An elderly woman who was found dead inside her burning South Philadelphia home Monday afternoon had died of heart disease before the fire occurred, the Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday. Jeff Moran, a spokesman for the Medical Examiner, identified the woman as Dorothy Powell, 84. Firefighters encountered heavy fire on the first floor of the home on the 2100 block of Pierce Street in Point Breeze, Executive Chief Richard Davison said. He said firefighters found Powell dead inside the home.
April 16, 2010 |
It's time to pump it up - your bicycle, that is. Sunday morning, you can hit the road for the fifth annual Girls with Gears: A Women's Cycling Event, to be held at Limerick Community Park. The event is sponsored by Bikesport in Trappe and CAROL for Heart Inc. CAROL, a nonprofit, aims to "eradicate women's heart disease through increased awareness and education. " "Almost every minute, a woman in the U.S. dies of heart disease. Nearly five times as many women (200,000)
November 18, 1986 |
Silent, symptomless heart disease is more dangerous and far more likely to result in a heart attack than the kind accompanied by warning chest pains, researchers reported yesterday. The finding, from one of the first long-term studies of silent ischemia, highlights the need for people at high risk of heart disease to undergo diagnostic tests, said Dr. Gordon Walters of the Medical University of South Carolina. "The people we're talking about here classically are middle-aged men who smoke, have a family history (of heart disease)
January 14, 1988 |
High-strung, ambitious men with Type A personalities are almost twice as likely as less aggressive men to survive heart disease, according to a study released yesterday that challenges the advice that heart-attack victims should slow down and relax. The surprising findings also cast new doubt on the theory that Type A behavior puts people at higher risk of getting heart disease in the first place. That idea has already been questioned by several other researchers in recent years.
August 29, 1989 |
Baby Cecilia, abandoned at birth 28 months ago with cocaine in her system, a lung disease and three heart defects, died over the weekend from severe congenital heart disease in a Boston hospital, hospital officials said. The baby, christened Cecilia by Lucinda Brzozowski, the pediatric care nurse who quit her job earlier this year to be the baby's foster mother, had been flown to Boston Children's Hospital last week from Philadelphia. The Boston hospital was the only hospital in the region that could perform complicated procedures to fix two of the baby's heart defects, but Cecilia had not received the surgery before she died Saturday, according to Laura Humphrey, a hospital spokeswoman.