March 15, 2006 |
MY JAN. 11 column, "Touched by an Angel," chronicled my recent stay at Lankenau Hospital and extolled the diagnostic brilliance of Dr. Judy Robinson, my personal physician. My cardiac condition came as a shock, yet it should have been a very preventable malady, caused mostly by my foolish belief in my invincibility. Like most men, I've long suffered hardheadedness. Getting regular medical overhauls, outside of those badge-of-honor injuries from sports, seems, well, unmanly. Despite all the focus on men's health in the slick monthlies like Esquire, Men's Health, GQ and Men's Vogue, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancer take many of us to early graves.
April 21, 2005 |
Tennessee Tech basketball coach Mike Sutton was still in critical condition yesterday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he is being treated for a rare illness that attacks the immune system. Sutton, 49, fell ill while attending a tournament for potential NBA players in Portsmouth, Va., earlier this month and was admitted to a Virginia hospital. He was transferred to Nashville last Friday, and doctors are treating him for Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that attacks the immune system and causes paralysis.
April 14, 2005
Notre Dame? Who cares? Cover our teams The Inquirer's Sports' "Season of Change" series (April 10-16) is a real disappointment. Why is so much space being devoted to the football teams of South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana? Wouldn't the people of this area be much more interested in the schools where we send our kids, and pay for with our tickets, tuition and taxes? I know that Notre Dame is a hallowed subject at The Inquirer, even though most columnists usually end up at the end of the season asking the question, why?
February 10, 2005 |
One week after coming down with what appeared to be a common form of the influenza virus, a sixth-grade student at Bala Cynwyd Middle School has died. Adam Jordan Spandorfer, 11, a normally healthy high-spirited boy with red hair and freckles, died Tuesday at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where his family said doctors labored bravely to save the boy but could not. The boy's rapid demise from a common illness saddened and stunned his Main Line neighbors, many of whose children have the flu. "It's not supposed to happen this way," said Karen Zucker, a local district justice and mother of a Bala Cynwyd seventh grader.
January 12, 2005 |
IT'S A RECIPE for disaster. The holidays brought family members of all ages together. Bitter-cold January and February will keep everyone indoors for a couple of months. And on top of all that, there is a shortage of the flu vaccine this year. These are perfect opportunities for viruses to spread. For most people, viral illnesses last only a few days. But along with making millions of people feel miserable every year, colds and flu can cause serious problems and can even be deadly.
December 13, 2004 |
The holidays are hard on your amygdala, a primitive little part of your brain that gets activated whenever you experience a feeling. Emotions - both good and bad - give the amygdala such a workout this time of year that your frontal lobe, a more recently evolved part of the brain that acts as a rational brake on your primal impulses, has to work extra hard to keep you on an even keel, says Ruben Gur, a University of Pennsylvania neuropsychology professor....
September 15, 2004 |
When I was diagnosed with terminal liver disease in 1979 at age 31, it seemed an impossible dream that I would live to experience life as a father to five grown children and four grandchildren as well as being husband to an incredible wife. Recently, my family and I humbly celebrated the 15th anniversary of my having another man's liver transplanted into my body. Each anniversary is an opportunity to appreciate the last 365 days of life that I'm so lucky to have enjoyed. During routine gall bladder surgery in 1979 I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.
July 10, 2002 |
Frogs with three legs - natural phenomenon or the result of pollution? Both forces may be at work, according to a study published yesterday by researchers at Pennsylvania State University. It is a debate that has raged for more than a decade, ever since schoolchildren and naturalists began finding what seemed to be increased numbers of frogs with grotesque deformities. Both environmental groups and conservative think-tanks have entered the fray - the former blaming pesticides and other human influence, the latter warning against a sky-is-falling mentality, noting that deformed frogs have been found since the 1700s.
July 23, 2001 |
Tests on humans will begin this fall to see if a promising new vaccine can stop and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease. The vaccine, called AN-1792, has already proved safe for humans and somewhat successful in mice. The new tests, involving 375 people in the United States and Europe, will determine if the vaccine is effective in combating the premature senility and memory loss caused by Alzheimer's, a disease of the central nervous system. The vaccine, developed by Elan Corp.
April 7, 2001 |
Did you know that taking charge of your life may actually improve your health? It turns out that the pursuit of happiness has a beneficial trickle-down effect. Everyone wants to be healthier, and biologists are always testing things that affect the immune system. One study, designed by Marian Diamond at the University of California at Berkeley, indicates that the part of the brain that plans (the dorsolateral cortex) appears to communicate with the immune system. When Diamond found that mice with a diminished dorsolateral cortex did not produce immune cells, she tested a theory on humans.