September 25, 1994 |
Until her husband, James E. Chadwick, came down with polycystic kidney disease, or PKD, 15 years ago, Rita Chadwick had never heard of the condition. It killed him in 1991. Two of her three children also are afflicted with the devastating, inherited illness. Tests show her grandchildren to now be free of infantile PKD, but the condition could surface when they become adults. "After my husband died, I had to do something," Chadwick said. So she founded a Pennsylvania group to work in support of the National Polycystic Kidney Research Foundation.
June 28, 2009 |
Ralph F. Hirschmann, 87, a groundbreaking medicinal chemist formerly of Blue Bell, died of kidney disease June 20 at Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester. In 2000, at a White House dinner, Dr. Hirschmann received the National Medal of Science for his work in the development of several widely used drugs. For 37 years he was affiliated with Merck & Co., where he was director of medicinal chemistry and then vice president for basic research. During his tenure, his team developed or discovered major drugs including Vasotec and Lisinopril for high blood pressure; the antibiotic Primaxin; cholesterol-lowering Mevacor; Proscar for enlarged prostates; and Ivomec, used to combat river blindness.
January 31, 2001 |
Sixers center Theo Ratliff earned some extra cash yesterday, but that was hardly his primary focus when he learned he had been one of the seven reserves selected by the Eastern Conference coaches for the Feb. 11 All-Star Game in Washington. It is believed that Ratliff's contract includes a $1 million bonus for making the All-Star team, and that he can earn another $1 million based on the Sixers' final victory total. Commissioner David Stern will name replacements for East starters Grant Hill, of Orlando, and Alonzo Mourning, of Miami, but Sixers coach Larry Brown - as the East coach - will select the replacement starters.
July 19, 1992 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday on the 150th birth anniversary of Arthur Sullivan, better known as half of Gilbert and Sullivan. The duo's light operas, written at the end of the 19th century, remain popular today. The stamps depict scenes from The Yeomen of the Guard (1888), 18 pence; The Gondoliers (1889), 24 pence; The Mikado (1885), 28 pence; The Pirates of Penzance (1879), 33 pence, and Iolanthe (1882), 39 pence. Sullivan (1842-1900), whose Irish father was a military bandmaster, showed a talent for music at an early age and attended Britain's Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship.
June 7, 1987 |
Because of medical advances and improved nutrition, cats and dogs, like their owners, are living longer than ever before. The tradeoff is that both older human beings and animals are subject to degenerative ailments and have reduced resistance to disease. Cats do not age as rapidly as dogs. In general, dogs of 7 or 8 and cats of 10 or 12 are entering the seniors bracket. Canines live an average of about 11 years; cats, 15 or even into their 20s. These numbers vary among breeds and types.
May 16, 2012
EVEN WHILE HOBBLED by severe kidney disease, which required weekly dialysis treatments, Reggie Schell was out on Cecil B. Moore Avenue passing out leaflets or holding up signs, relentless in his pursuit of justice for black people. The former leader of the Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, Reggie was never deterred from working for the cause of equality for black people, the mission that had consumed him since the '60s - driving him to join demonstrations, work to get out the black vote and to get involved in other efforts to improve the community and the lives of his people.
November 28, 2010 |
John Stuart Katz, 72, of Society Hill, a film scholar, author, Penn professor, and one-half of a remarkable Philadelphia love story, died of complications from renal failure Friday, Nov. 26, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A movie omnivore whose courses explored film's impact on political change, Mr. Katz coedited Image Ethics , a book about the moral ramifications of documentary films. He was passionate about nonfiction cinema such as Errol Morris' The Fog of War , but, if pressed, would say his favorite movie was Annie Hall . Mr. Katz cut a jaunty figure at York University in Toronto, where he was on the faculty for more than three decades, and at Penn, where he taught for 13 years in the English department.
February 14, 2003 |
Juanita Jacobs, 66, whose devotion to her profoundly retarded daughter created a love story in its purest form, died Feb. 6 of kidney disease at Einstein Medical Center. A Florida native, Mrs. Jacobs grew up in the Tioga section of Philadelphia and was a resident of West Oak Lane. For 17 years, Mrs. Jacobs took care of her daughter, Scherri - remarkable in itself because Scherri Pearl Jacobs was not expected to live more than 24 hours, said Mrs. Jacobs' husband of 33 years, Edward, her only immediate survivor.
November 14, 2000 |
Alonzo Mourning was on the sideline watching the University of Miami's football team pummel Virginia Tech at the Orange Bowl two Saturdays ago. The Miami Heat's 6-10 center, out for the season as he battles a kidney disease, was on the bench in street clothes that same evening, watching his team lose to the 76ers. But that is all Mourning can do, watch and be supportive. And no one knows better than Heat coach and president Pat Riley that the players and staff have to focus on the job at hand, somehow finding a balance with their feelings for Mourning.
November 14, 2000 |
This is one time Alonzo Mourning can't help himself with his massive defensive ability. He can't block this shot. He can't intimidate kidney disease. He can't simply send it back where it came from. But cooler, more patient heads can dispel Shaquille O'Neal's recent, emotion-driven theory that Mourning's case of focal glomerulosclerosis was necessarily brought on by chronic use of anti-inflammatories. Mourning, the Miami Heat center and the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons, has been declared out for the season after the kidney condition was detected in a routine preseason physical examination.