May 18, 1990 |
Massive bacterial infections, such as the kind that killed Muppet master Jim Henson, are best treated with antibiotics and speed. But Henson evidently had passed the "point of no return" by the time he sought treatment, according to a professor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Henson died Wednesday of a quick-spreading bacterial pneumonia. Robert Austrian, professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Research Medicine at HUP, said yesterday that the bacteria, streptococcus, "can kill a patient rather quickly.
April 30, 2009 |
Peach Bottom Township is engaged in a showdown with state officials over a proposed factory hog farm. Since 2007, the York County community has been fighting a local family's plan to turn its 400-hog farm into a 4,400-hog concentrated animal feeding operation, also known as a CAFO or factory farm. Opponents believe animal waste from the facility would contaminate local wells, pollute the air, and lower property values, among other concerns. Based on the experience of other farm communities, their worries are well-founded.
February 25, 2016 |
Mid-February usually is peak flu season in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and this year is no exception. State and federal health officials say symptoms are widespread. If you're feeling lousy and regret not getting your flu shot, you're in good company - fewer than half of American adults get their annual vaccine. That's generally not the case for people who work in hospitals, where flu shots are considered especially important to protect medically fragile patients. In the Philadelphia region, where many hospitals have mandated the vaccine, the average topped 86 percent in the 2014-15 flu season, the most recent year for which federal data are available.
April 3, 2014 |
The intrepid sun has finally beaten the frost into reluctant retreat. The croci have gathered enough confidence to venture their tender shoots outside the earth's blanket. After months of hibernation, you step outside to take a deep breath of warm, sweet, fresh air and ... Hack. Wheeze. Gasp. Shiver. Moan. Back to bed you go. Influenza B, the annual spring flu, is on the rise. With its cruel sense of timing, the virus has hit the Delaware Valley - and the nation - with slightly more virulence than usual.
November 29, 1990 |
The deadly dozen - diseases that normally are not lethal if treated early, but that are killing poor blacks: Appendicitis, pneumonia, gall bladder infection, hypertensive heart disease, asthma, cervical cancer, tuberculosis, Hodgkin's disease, rheumatic heart disease, acute respiratory disease, influenza, and hernia.
October 11, 1987 |
Free influenza immunization shots will be offered at various sites this month and in early November. The shots are provided by Adult Health Screening Services of the Camden County Health Division and by the Burlington County Department of Health. In Camden County, a flu shot will be administered to anyone who wishes to receive one. In Burlington County, however, the immunization is only for the chronically ill or for people over the age of 65 because influenza poses the greatest threat to people in these two groups, according to Dennis Del Rossi, the supervising field representative for disease control for the Burlington County Health Department.
February 9, 1993 |
The Montgomery County Health Department is investigating the outbreak of a flu-like illness among participants at an equestrian trade show held at the Valley Forge Convention Center from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, health officials said yesterday. The health department has received 20 calls from exhibitors who said they were experiencing high fevers, chills, severe coughing, chest pains and coughing up of fluids. About 8,000 people attended the Equestrian Marketing Trade Association show, convention center officials said.
August 23, 2010
Robert M. Chanock, 86, a virologist who made a remarkable series of discoveries about respiratory viruses in the 1960s and 1970s, including the isolation of the deadly respiratory syncytial virus and four para-influenza viruses, died Aug. 4 of Alzheimer's disease at a care center in Sykesville, Md. Dr. Chanock also identified the cause of what was once called walking pneumonia, developed an adenovirus vaccine widely used by the military, laid the...
December 20, 2012 |
After a run of topsy-turvy influenza seasons that included one pandemic and another with almost no flu, the new cough-and-cold season has arrived abruptly and in force. Across the country, influenza-like illnesses are showing up at their earliest point in nearly a decade. Locally, pediatric hospitals are already experiencing some of their highest emergency-room volumes since the peak of the pandemic three years ago. What is typically a one-two punch - various early-winter viruses followed by late-winter influenza - may be emerging in the Philadelphia region as simultaneous rises in the respiratory infection RSV and flu. Both hit young children hard.
March 18, 2003 |
As new cases of a mysterious and sometimes fatal Asian respiratory disease surfaced yesterday in Europe, health officials said they still did not know what they were fighting but believed it was something new. If it had been seen before or common, "we would have found it by now," said Julie Gerberding, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are confident that we will be able to find the cause. " The disease, which is being called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, may be an unusual virus-and-bacteria combination, two top experts said.