September 13, 2015 |
A new study finds that more aggressive treatment of high blood pressure in certain high-risk patients may extend their lives, the National Institutes of Health said Friday. Over a period of three years on average, patients were nearly 25 percent less likely to die if they took enough medicine to reduce their systolic blood pressure - the higher of those two numbers you hear at the doctor's office - to 120. Those patients were compared with a second group whose target systolic pressure was 140. Patients who got the more aggressive treatment also were 30 percent less likely to suffer a cardiovascular event such as a heart attack or stroke during the study period, the NIH said.
January 11, 2015 |
A middle-aged man came to Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia after enduring seven months of diarrhea and joint pain. He'd lost a great deal of weight, even though his diet was normal. A physical examination showed him to be severely debilitated, with muscle wasting and a markedly distended abdomen. Four liters of fluid were removed from his abdomen for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. The most common causes of that kind of fluid accumulation - called ascites - are liver disease, kidney disease, and malignancy.
July 22, 2014 |
THE LIFE of a reporter can be pretty tough sometimes. For example, you try taking notes while participating in a swim meet. KYW Newsradio's Jim Melwert knows how hard it is firsthand. Last week, with a little help from the Gift of Life program, Melwert was in Houston reporting on and participating in the Transplant Games of America, an Olympics-style event for people who have donated or received an organ. In 2006, Melwert stepped in to give his aunt Jean DelMuto , who had polycystic kidney disease, one of his kidneys.
March 16, 2014 |
James F. Burke Jr., 73, of Jenkintown, former director of nephrology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, died Monday, March 10, of pneumonia at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown. Dr. Burke's career spanned 40 years at the hospital, where he was considered one of the region's top nephrologists for kidney treatment. He was honored in 2011 as the Beatrice F. Nicoletti professor of nephrology by the Philadelphia institution. He was born in Philadelphia at Jefferson and raised in Drexel Hill.
March 9, 2014 |
Starting at age 15, Katrina battled kidney disease. She could not hold her urine and had to seek out a bathroom every two hours. Her friends noticed and teased her about her small bladder. After months of worrying in silence, she finally found the courage to tell her mother. "Something is wrong," she said. They made an appointment to see the family doctor, who listened carefully to Katrina's story, took a urine sample, and ordered a few routine studies. It turned out that Katrina had early renal failure due to Alport syndrome, a rare disease also known as IgA nephropathy.
December 26, 2013 |
When Theresa Welsh, a Haddonfield pediatrician, agreed to donate her kidney to a stranger, to start a chain of kidney donations, she had one requirement: get the operation done with before her first grandchild arrived. The surgery was Oct. 22. She was back to work part time in two weeks, seeing her own patients. And she will spend Christmas Day with her new grandson, Evan, born Dec. 5. "I do feel perfectly fine," she said. Her right kidney has stepped up its performance beautifully, making up for the loss of her left.
December 26, 2013 |
Another medical guideline. Another controversy. This time, a group of experts wants to redefine high blood pressure - it's now OK for some of us to be a little higher, they say - and other doctors are resisting the change. Raymond Townsend, a kidney specialist at the University of Pennsylvania who helped write the new guidelines, said the group's work is based on the best available evidence from high-quality clinical trials. Published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
March 5, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I always knew high blood pressure ran in my family, but I never realized that it could cause kidney disease. Because I felt healthy, I hadn't worried about my "borderline" hypertension. Turns out, my kidneys were silently being damaged. I have since made lifestyle changes to control my blood pressure and prevent further damage. These include daily exercise and cutting back on salt, sweets and fast food. March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. The National Kidney Foundation is urging Americans to learn their risk factors for kidney disease and to get their kidneys checked with a simple urine and blood test.
January 31, 2013 |
CHICAGO - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was released from prison before dawn Wednesday, stopping only briefly at a halfway house before he was allowed to travel home to serve the rest of his sentence for corruption. By midday, Ryan was sitting in the living room of his spacious home in a leafy northern Illinois neighborhood in Kankakee, beaming and surrounded by his children and grandchildren, said Jim Thompson, his attorney and also a former governor. Ryan's discharge to home confinement just hours after arriving at the halfway house seemed to surprise even Thompson, who insisted Ryan got no special treatment.
December 31, 2012 |
The e-mail that Nancy Gleason received last September was lengthy: a last-ditch plea from a distant relative, writing to ask if she knew anyone who might be willing to donate a kidney to a stranger. Gleason clicked the "forward" button and typed in her husband's e-mail address. Her e-mail was just one line long: "We're both O-positive. I'm in if you are. " Eight months later, Chief Joe Gleason of the West Goshen Police Department was heading into surgery at the Mayo Clinic, about to give a major organ to a woman he had met two days before.