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May 25, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two federally funded clinical studies have dashed hopes that cholesterol-fighting statin drugs could relieve severe or life-threatening breathing problems. Past studies suggested patients with lung damage who were taking statins had better outcomes than patients who were not, presumably because statins can reduce inflammation and block cholesterol production. But one of the trials, designed and led by Temple University researcher Gerard J. Criner, found that simvastatin (brand name Zocor)
NEWS
August 19, 1995 | By Russell E. Eshleman Jr. and Dianna Marder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer Staff Writer Peter Nicholas contributed to this article
State Rep. David P. Richardson Jr. - a relentless advocate for African Americans, the impoverished and the disenfranchised - died suddenly yesterday of a heart attack. He was 47 and had a history of heart disease and diabetes. From the time he was a teenager - when he fought to make African American history part of the public school curriculum - through more than 20 years in the House of Representatives, Richardson threw his heft and his voice into causes he saw as just. In his own neighborhood of Germantown, he had a reputation as the community's moral compass, said U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah.
SPORTS
August 7, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON and Daily News Staff Writer
THEY OUGHT to give Hungary's Daniel Gyurta another gold medal, for compassion. Gyurta, who won the 200-meter breaststroke, said he will make a copy of his medal and give it to the family of fellow swimmer Dale Oen, of Norway. Oen, who was favored to medal at the London Games, died in April after suffering a heart attack. The 26-year old was apparently unaware he had heart disease. "We became very good friends this year," Gyurta said. "I'm sure that he would have won the 100 here in London.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A study that aimed to redeem the use of menopausal hormone therapy to reduce heart disease failed to show it prevents hardening of coronary arteries in women soon after menopause. The study, funded by the Phoenix-based Kronos Longevity Research Institute, explored the "timing hypothesis" - the supposition that hormone replacement therapy can protect women's hearts, but only if started around the so-called change of life. Hormone advocates have championed the timing hypothesis since 2002, when a huge federal clinical trial of postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79 shattered the prevailing belief that restoring lost estrogen and progesterone helps the heart.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Battling the flames and billowing black smoke, Deborah Feairheller fought her way into the Caln Township home. As a metal air pack pumped oxygen into her mask, she yanked down the ceiling with a long pole to ventilate the attic above. Understandably, she feared for her safety, if not her life. " 'Is the floor going to hold me up?' " Feairheller said she thinks each time she enters a fire. " 'Is the ceiling going to fall on top of me?' " Yet Feairheller knew, better than most, that the top cause of fatalities among firefighters is not collapsing walls, or ceilings, or floors - or smoke inhalation.
SPORTS
September 17, 2008 | by Paul Vigna
A chronological list of the former Steelers who have died since 2000 under age 60. Steve Furness: Feb. 9, 2000, 49, heart attack. Tyrone McGriff: Dec. 9, 2000, 42, heart attack. Joe Gilliam: Dec. 25, 2000, 49, heart attack. Mike Webster: Sept. 24, 2002, 50, heart attack. Ron Shanklin: April 17, 2003, 55, cancer. Fred Small: June 24, 2003, 39, his motorcycle collided with two cars on the Pomona (Calif.) Freeway. James Parrish: March 10, 2004, 35, cancer.
NEWS
November 19, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Smoking causes about half of all heart attacks among young and middle-aged women, and even three or four cigarettes a day sharply increase the risk, researchers conclude in a newly published study. In a separate study, a scientist reported that living in a home where one or both parents smoke may accelerate the development of hardening of the arteries in young boys and raise their risk of coronary heart disease as adults. The results of both studies should provide more incentive for smokers to quit, researchers said.
NEWS
August 10, 2001 | Daily News staff report
Three city residents died yesterday as the result of the heat wave, according to the Philadelphia medical examiner's office. The three were: Robert Chandler, 71, of 76th Avenue near Ogontz; Dorothea Gledhill, 66, of Wagner Avenue near 10th Street, who also suffered from heart disease and cancer; and Elda diMaria, 79, of 16th Street near Reed, who suffered from heart disease. These deaths bring the total heat-related deaths this week to four and the total for the summer so far to nine, according to Health Department spokesman Jeff Moran.
SPORTS
March 4, 2010
FLOWERS WILT. Candles melt. Pastel portraits blur in the wind and the rain and the tears. Memories last. Some memories outlast granite. On Jackie Robinson's tombstone it says, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. " Hank Gathers died at 23 on the basketball court at Loyola Marymount 20 years ago today. Caught an alley-oop pass and slam-dunked the basketball so hard and so swiftly it's a wonder it didn't set the net on fire. Hand-slapped the teammate who threw the pass, patted his backside, started upcourt to apply defensive pressure because that's the way the Lions played, like "gasoline on fire," said one awed coach.
NEWS
November 19, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
On the eve of today's Great American Smokeout, two studies released yesterday reported that smoking and exposure to cigarette smoke increases the danger of heart attacks and heart disease among women and boys. According to the Nurses Health Study, smoking causes about half of all heart attacks among young and middle-aged women, and even three or four cigarettes a day sharply increase the risk. Until a few years ago, many experts believed that cigarettes did not contribute to heart disease in women.
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